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 also wear the hat of a Columnist
and an author. My latest book is Locks, Mahabharata and Mathematics (Harper
Collins, 2013). 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) are some of the others.
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. My current academic role is restricted to being an
Adjunct Professor since 1990 with Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, and
Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada.
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!