Mahesh  Verma

    Trivial Travails

    Mahesh has been in Oman for almost 25 years. He worked with the State Bank of India group, Banque Indo Suez, BankMuscat and Merrill Lynch before starting Trinity Investments. Why Trinity? Apparently because of the three women in his life... his wife and two daughters! You can contact him at

Old order changeth
    November 6, 2018

Lord Tennyson had written “The old order changeth yielding place to new...” and as is the nature of that beast called ‘change’, it is the only thing that is constant. So on the last day of October (which always does coincide with Halloween), the ‘trick or treat’ started fairly early in the day; my morning fix of the orange masthead broke my reverie as one saw The Daily Mood silently screaming ‘Good morning and goodbye’ and one thought it was a ‘trick’.

A festival of emotions
    October 22, 2018

Plutarch, born around 45-46 AD was correct to a certain degree when he pontificated, “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks” but then he took all the resultant accolades a bit too seriously, and without really knowing or understanding the psyche of those hailing from the land of Ashoka the Great and Gurudev Tagore, went on to further pontificate that “For the wise man, every day is a festival”.

T-Two calling out
    October 8, 2018

Disclaimer: No person was harmed in the writing of this column! I guess this disclaimer needs to be issued, because although no one was harmed, I was very very close to throttling somebody if I could have laid my hands on them. So ala the #MeToo calling out, this is #T-Two calling out, and no prizes for guessing what ‘T-Two’ is! 

The month of September
    September 25, 2018

September is almost ending and as the heat abates, one is reminded of Groucho Marx and his famous quote where he said that his “favourite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something.”

Remembering the 9/11 victims
    September 10, 2018

 Today we mourn the murder of sanity, the assassination of discernment, the massacre of judiciousness and the extermination of realism. It doesn’t matter whether one refers to this day as 11-9 or 9-11 or what the lead hijacker Mohammed Atta referred to in his coded messages as ‘Two sticks, a dash and a cake with a stick down’ - the two sticks being the number 11 and the cake with a stick down a 9! What matters is that 17 years ago, the world witnessed a group of demented, deranged, insane psychopaths, who thought they could terrorise the world.