Don’t panic, not scared said Somen Debnath

“I’m not scared. I don’t panic” said Somen Debnath while cycling around the streets in Beijing on 4th February. China was his 154th nation after having cycled around the world since 2004. Somen, our young man from Basanti, Sunderbans, West Bengal, has faced even tougher challenges when Taliban militants kidnapped him for 24 days inContinue reading “Don’t panic, not scared said Somen Debnath”

Humanitarian angle of Pharma Paragon Dr.Yusuf Hamied to save lives

Thanks to Prof. Tarun Khanna of Harvard Business School for this interview with Pharma Paragon Dr.Yusuf Hamied. This interview was held in 2013 and Dr.Hamied had prophesied that in 2020, India will feel the real impact of patent law. In view of that he had said that he would be willing to pay the originatorContinue reading “Humanitarian angle of Pharma Paragon Dr.Yusuf Hamied to save lives”

Youngest Entrepreneur Arjun Deshpande -Poised to scale up with a purpose

Arjun Deshpande two years back, when he was 16, came up with this idea of aggregating pharmacies to source generic drugs directly from WHO GMP approved manufacturing facilities. This would eliminate the wholesaler’s margin plus offer the economies of generic pricing. He started with bootstrapping and today Ratan Tata has personally invested 50% stake inContinue reading “Youngest Entrepreneur Arjun Deshpande -Poised to scale up with a purpose”

Meeting with Thabo Mbeki in Sudan

Memorabilia 7: It was Thabo Mbeki who became the second President of South Africa, after Nelson Mandela, from 1999-2008. During his tenure in office, the South African economy grew at an average rate of 4.5% per year, creating employment in the middle sectors of the economy. He also oversaw the successful building of economic bridges toContinue reading “Meeting with Thabo Mbeki in Sudan”

Meeting with Prof.Dr.Salim Yusuf in Sudan

Memorabilia 6: It was a mind blowing moment for me to have met Professor Dr.Salim Yusuf in Khartoum,Sudan(2017).He is World’s most-cited researcher. Prof.Yusuf’s large-scale clinical trials have had a significant impact on the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease.He was the President of World College of Cardiology in 2015 and 2016. When heContinue reading “Meeting with Prof.Dr.Salim Yusuf in Sudan”

Memorabilia 5: Ambassador’s Letter

Memorabilia 5: Today I received a piece of very good news that Ambassador Sanjay Kumar Verma has been promoted to the Secretary level at the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. He is presently Ambassador of India in Japan. My association with him goes back to Sudan during his tenure as Ambassador from 2013-2015.Continue reading “Memorabilia 5: Ambassador’s Letter”

Birthday Wishes to a Living Legend

Memorabilia 4: We witnessed the live performance of the living legend Sonal Mansingh in Sudan on Saturday, November 4, 2006. I had the opportunity to report the event in the local English daily. Ambassador Deepak Vohra had complimented me on my write-up which he thought was not amateurish. I must mention here Mr. Deepak VohraContinue reading “Birthday Wishes to a Living Legend”

Memorabilia 3: Pewter plate from KL

It was only when I visited the Royal Selangor company in KL, circa 1996, that I learned what Pewter is. The designs and craftsmanship with Pewter were amazing. I still cherish the plate that was gifted to me by my colleagues from Parke Davis Malaysia. Mr. Yugal Sikri and I had represented Parke Davis IndiaContinue reading “Memorabilia 3: Pewter plate from KL”

Memorabilia 2: Having met Mother Teresa

Memorabilia-2: During my days in Sudan, I used to meet the sisters from the Missionaries of Charity at the ‘home’ in a remote town. I was simply moved by their selfless service for mankind in a different continent. They thought I was blessed to have met Mother Teresa in Calcutta in 1988. This was herContinue reading “Memorabilia 2: Having met Mother Teresa”