The Big Life: The Pandemic Of The Cluttered Mind
Flexible graphene technology used for the mapping of brain activity on a stand during the opening day of the MWC Barcelona, 2019. (Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg)

The Big Life: The Pandemic Of The Cluttered Mind

The Big Life is a podcast that discusses leadership – of self and others.

“When I was growing up, we had a very simple life. We were happy with whatever we had — from a radio to a cycle to a company-owned car. We’d go to the library, read a book or read a comic,” Mohandas Pai says in the prologue to The Victory Project.

There was not much growth for us and no impetus to change, he adds.

Since then India’s economy has more than tripled in size, opportunities abound, competition is cut-throat.

There’s nothing simple about life anymore. It’s not clear if we truly want it to be. Every day we speak the mixed language of ambition and success, fulfillment and peace.

Pai puts it well when he reminds readers that, “The economy can grow at 8% compound annual growth rate for a long time but employees simply can’t grow at that pace in their jobs and be more productive...”

It is these challenges, dilemmas and trade-offs, between professional and personal achievement, that Saurabh Mukherjea and Anupam Gupta’s new book discusses while exploring how leaders have navigated these.

At the core of the book is a simplicity paradigm.

Because long before the pandemic of Covid-19 we were all hit by the pandemic of the cluttered mind.

This series of The Big Life discusses The Victory Project over four episodes.

The first episode features Saurabh Mukherjea, founder and chief investment officer of Marcellus Investment Managers, investment research consultant Anupam Gupta, Mohandas Pai, former Infosys director and current chairman of Manipal Global Education, and Nisha Holla, technology fellow at C-CAMP (The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms).

We discuss...

Who are Akanksha and Suraj? Why aren’t they happy?

The pandemic of the cluttered mind - the best leaders, how do they fight it?

The simplicity paradigm.

The cost of economic growth.

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