I'm a Social Media Entrepreneur, Professor of Digital Marketing, Author of 5 books, Podcaster and an Organic Farmer.


Kiruba Shankar

What Would You Ask Devdutt Pattanaik?

Super thrilled to have Author and Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik agree to come on the First Book Podcast. Imagine a person who has authored 30 books (many of them bestsellers), tell you about his tips, techniques, and secrets of becoming a better author!! The Interview is scheduled for 25th Oct (day after tomorrow). If you had one question about authoring to ask Devdutt, what would it be?

Having a Global Mindset: An Important Lesson from the President of Singapore Management University

Recently, on my trip to Singapore, I met up with Dr.Arnoud De Meyer, the President of Singapore Management University. He is better known as the founder of INSEAD Singapore.

If there’s one major takeaway from our half hour conversation, it is that one has to have a global mindset to be successful.

He is a Belgian national and it is very easy for him to study and work in that country. Yet, he chose to move out of his comfort zone to go to the US for his PhD and then to France for his first job. He chose to travel to many Asian countries to do executive teaching and research. That have him a good platform to start INSEAD Singapore from scratch. Later, he went on to be the Director the Business School at Cambridge University in the UK before moving back to Singapore to head SMU.

It is this willingness to step out of the comfort zone and take up challenging opportunities globally that Dr.De Meyer attributes to his success. Keep an eye out for the podcast to hear the full conversation I had with him. Very valuable life lessons out there.

Upcoming Podcasts at CNN Asia Business Forum

I’m right now in Bangalore to attend the CNN Asia Business Forum, which is an invite only event that brings together key business leaders and thought influencers to assess India’s position in a tumultuous global economy.
I’ve lined up podcast interviews with very interesting personalities. The list includes:

Ajay Singh, CEO of SpiceJet Airlines

Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO of Vistara Airlines

Nandan Nilekani, Cofounder of Infosys

Yesterday I had a very interesting interaction with Sunita Rajan, Senior Vice President, Advertising  Sales at CNN.

In the conversions, I look forward to digging into their career journey, life lessons and explore new ideas and innovations that capture their imagination.

Very excited for the event.

The Property Show on NDTV Profit

Heading to the NDTV studio in Chennai to take part in the ‘The Property Show’ on NDTV Profit. The topic of discussion is ‘Smart Marketing Strategies for Tough Times’.

My fellow panelists are:
Harish Bijoor, CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults
Smeeta Neogi, VP – Marketing, Mahindra Lifespaces
Bharat Dhuppar, CPO & CMO, Omkar Realtors & Developers Pvt. Ltd.
Girish Shah, EVP, Marketing & Sales, Godrej Properties

This is a recorded show and will let you know the time of actual telecast.