Retail Lessons From Kalidasa

Retail Lessons From Kalidasa

There is a scene in the classic Tamil movie ‘MahakaviKalidasa’. Egged by ‘intellectuals’, an uneducated Shepherd , played brilliantly by SivajiGanesan, comes dressed as a prince to participate in the Swayamvar of the highly educated princess played by SowcarJanaki. In a wordless test of intelligence, the princess first shows a […]

 

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