Hi! Welcome to my home site. As my cyberspace guest, perhaps I
should introduce myself to you, since it may well be that we do not know each
other personally. I am Raghu to my friends. I have been an academic for the
significant part of my professional life, that is nearly two decades; a banker
for a while and in a CSR role thereafter. Since I have been doing a lot of
writing in the public domain, I am also referred to as a Columnist and in some
flattering references, even as an author, especially after my last few books, like Games Indians Play (Penguin, 2006), Stock Exchanges, Investments and Derivatives (co-authored, Tata McGraw Hill, 2007), Don't Sprint the Marathon (Harper Collins, 2010), Corruption Conundrum (Penguin, 2010) and Ganesha on the Dashboard (Penguin 2012).
My academic affiliation was with IIM, Ahmedabad (1982-2001) as a
Professor of Finance & Accounting; my banking association was with ING
Vysya Bank as its President (2001-04) and my corporate/Foundation role is with
the GMR Group since 2005. I continue a small academic role as an Adjunct
Professor since 1990 with Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.
Collecting old and antique locks (as in pad locks) is my serious hobby. I have
played chess at all India level and have done a bit of cartooning for a
national daily briefly and some competitive sketching in the past. Apart from
these, I have flirted with a vintage car (a 1937 Austin 7) for a few years, and
occasionally fix mechanical clocks and travel a good bit.
Meena, a former Environment Educationist and now a Community
Services professional, is my best pal. She also happens to be my wife.
According to her, the secret of success of our marriage is that we see so
little of each other, since we both travel so much! I second that!