A rollercoaster ride

Madhav Kochunni’s rollercoaster career ride began in Bombay, India. The first part of the ride took him through the world of publishing instilling in him the finer aspects of writing, editing, proofing, print production, and interviewing. Seven years later, he embarked on the second leg of his career into advertising. Besides enjoying the duties of a copywriter, creative lead, and client services representative for nine years, he learned graphic design and gained experience in pre-print production. 

In 1999, he decided to move to Toronto which coincided with the third leg and most exciting part of his career. The learning bug made Madhav’s mind its permanent home. Madhav tackled the internet teaching himself web design and development keeping in mind the constantly changing trends and raising his own standards intuitively. He is well versed in the latest web and interactive technologies. He is now tackling the challenge of converting corporate marketing publications to an interactive digital format saving hundreds of thousands of dollars and shortening project timelines to 1/10th the timeframe usually taken.

Musings

Tiger tales

Our African adventure jogged a few memories. Stories about my grandfather heard in my childhood in bits and pieces. Some narrated by his sons, some gleaned from his diaries I stumbled upon. I heard these tales between the ages of 10 and 18. Most of it is true, for everything else I uphold the term…

Temple of dreams

Getting the opportunity to be a part of building a traditional Krishna temple does not come even once in a lifetime. It did not appear in my wildest dreams! In 1999, when I first heard about the idea of constructing a replica of the Guruvayurappan kshetram [temple] in N. America, it stirred up a lot of…

Is the pen mightier than the word?

When The Pen was born it was placed in an elegant coffin. As it came to its senses it found out that it was immobile, held in place around the waist by an ivory-coloured band in the middle of a ivory-coloured velvet-cushioned box. At a 45 degree angle, The Pen watched the world go by…

The English countryside roads that drove me nuts!

The first time I drove a car was in India. A friend taught me the basics in his father’s 1960 Fiat that had doors opening from the front. The road had no markings. The general sense was as long as one stayed on it one was fine. In Dubai, I learned that the road had…

Mundu – The most sensible clothing for men!

Mund. Munde. Mundu. All one and the same thing. In some cases a bit of a rag! In other cases, a delightful piece of attire that keeps the stuffing in! After a long gap I got the chance to wear that ‘delightfully easy to wear’ length of cloth – mundu. The occasion was a kathakali…

What’s in a name?

Some moons ago I was peacefully watching TV when the phone rang. It was a 1-800 number. Usually I do not pick up marketing calls. That day I was indulgent. I took the call. “Hello”, I put on my booming, deep, scary voice. A female voice spoke back to me in a high pitch, “Hello,…