Monday, December 22, 2008

Wedding pictures...

Tilak - 4 December '08

Sagai on 5 December 2008
Marriage - 6 Dec 2008

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Surprise for her...

I had been thinking hard to gift a special gift to Aakriti on the wedding...and then I did this...

I got designed a billboard right in front of Allahabad railway station...with a special message for her ...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Latest News - Getting married…


Well…I am not quite good in breaking news so let me tell the news without much hoopla - I am getting married to Aakriti on 6th December

Details of marriage could be gathered here 
Aakriti and I met during our post graduation and we complemented each other quite well…me being brash and cantankerous and she literally and figuratively acted as "better half" by being calmer and more patient…so we mutually agreed that she needs to be the "better half" for my life as well…
Lot has been said about love and love marriage and I want to refrain from all that…in simple words…Aakriti knows how to fill colors to my thoughts and hence enable me "to dream" – if today I am a "successful dreamer" then she is quite well the raison d'etre of all my dreams… 



Aakriti – looking forward to have a great life with you…

Friday, October 31, 2008

HCL in Ferozshah Kotla grounds...

Our team enjoyed doing this...HCL stands during India v/s Australia Cricket test match between 29th Oct to 2nd Nov, 2008 at Ferozshah Kotla grounds ...



Thursday, October 23, 2008

HCL presents "Political Debate on US Presidential Election"...

I had been following the US debate for last 8 months and I was so happy when I was told we are to have a political debate in New Delhi ...

We did the political debate yesterday in The Oberoi, New Delhi ...

Watch the Curtain-raiser AV...

Richard called the AV as very MTVish  and he wished he and Neson had brought their boxing gloves :)...

Thats me with Abhishek on right on the podium
I think that entire place was looking nice !
Shiv Nadar addressing the public...
Jehangir S. Pocha starting the debate...

Nelson W. Cunningham (Advisor - Barack Obama) & Richard Burt (Advisor - John McCain)

Shiv Nadar in discussion with Dr. P Chidambaram

In all, it was a great experience...

Now the big question...whose side am I? Well...like Jehangir mentioned in the last - Both are so capable with their own positives and negatives, that it actually does not matter...:) (I know I know that is a diplomatic answer ;)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

13 Tzameti - (8/10)



13 Tzameti (Tzameti means 13 in Georgian language, native of the director) is a thrilling sensational movie which will pace up your hearts for 88 minutes the movie will last! 


The story is about a 22 year old Sebastian (played by George Babluani), who is a worker in a house to earn living for his poor family. Then one day the owner of the house dies because of his morphine intake and by chance (or mischance), Sebastian gets hold of a mail with a ticket and hotel bills for the owner.


Sebastian decides to go in his place as he understands there are lot of monies at stake and he decides to take his chance...he least expected that his chance will land him up in a roulette game where 13 men arrange themselves in a  circle and shoot themselves off...and Sebastian gets to be the 13th person...


The movie, by Géla Babluani, is in black and white to curtail down the blood but in my view it adds up to the thrill even further...blackness in the movie makes each and every second full of such abyss of suspense that I recommend this movie not at all for teenagers or for faint hearted...


There is a  dialogue in the movie by a gambler who wants to bet on Sebastian, who is like a baby amongst his opponent and totally unexperienced in the game,  
"It's when I have logic against me that I have more luck!" 
This dialogue alone made me give the movie 1 number more than 7 which added up because of cinematography, ruthlessness and carelessness depicted by No. 6 and other players,  also the details to attention paid by director is noteworthy. In all I give the movie total of 8 of 10 points.

A must must watch for all world cinema lovers :)

Monday, October 06, 2008

Happiness and Sadness are mirror images!


Have you ever noticed that its so tough to differentiate between dusk and dawn? is there something that nature is trying to teach us by their example? 
This is the thought which struck in my mind once I saw the above picture by Nazli Yilmaz Bolat

Dawn and Dusk are nothing but like matter and antimatter - part of each other...neither can survive without the other , actually neither can exist without the other and will lose its existence...

Is it not exactly the case with happiness and sorrow in our lives? 

In fact, they bear the same relationship with life - happiness will lose the exuberance attached to it if there would be no sadness...and at the same time- if there would be no happiness but only sadness - people will lose the motivation to live life because there would be no reason to live life! 

Photo Courtesy - Nazli Yilmaz Bolat

Sunday, October 05, 2008

A small journey in train...

I had to take a very quick trip to Gwalior , where my sister stays with my brother in law and 2 naughtiest but sweetest kids...and since train is the most convenient trip between Delhi to Gwalior - I had a chance to travel  in train alone after a long long time...and wow! I am feeling so good after a long long time...here is why? :)

Train journeys have always been like a rejuvenating trip to garden for me...I like to sit in silence and watch out in the greenery and think about special people who fill my life...moments which have given me the toughest time and the best time in my life so far...those 5-6 hours of journey in the train act as a purgation and meditation time for me...weeding out certain thoughts and trying to fill the mind with plans and dreams of future...

Sitting inside the train - I often observe people...try to live their life...husband and wife trying to soothe a crying baby ...a young fellow trying to win over a lady, a guy (me!) lost in thoughts of someone so much ...2 people fighting over which is the worse state of India UP or Bihar! - you get to see everything in the train

I always find myself humming my thoughts on the speed and sound of train...it goes fastest when train is at its fastest speed and slows or stops when the train comes to halt...I also love to think of stories of lives of people whom I saw outside the window - a lady with a small baby in the field carrying water, 2 girls laughing on their way to school, a bunch of fellows waving hands on us...I love the life outside the train...I feel as part of life of so many people in such a short time

Such train journeys have become more and more infrequent because of the corporate life but given a chance I always chose to travel by train...I simply love the lessons of life such train journeys teach me...

Monday, September 29, 2008

UTVi News Blooper- How "NOT TO USE" Google in Internet Campaign!

As a brand marketer, I have often debated and hailed Google's Adsense program, SEM/SEO, etc with so many agencies, fellow brand managers...and how it can help reaching out to customers you really want to...

I think the Adsense program is really great but what is critical, when a brand is using it in its campaign, is to continuously monitor how your campaign is doing...its basic difference from banner (Web 1.0) mode of advertising on it being very very dynamic!
A recent example of this is UTVi news campaign... what I see in my regular mail blast of NYT is a news from 24th September about  Large Hadron Collider being closed and the ad in Google section is still talking about 10th September, Wednesday when it started!
It saddens me to say but brand marketers still need to understand and make use of SEO and SEM effectively...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Meaning of life lies in our death…Can you feel it?

I had a terrible day today...nothing seemed to be going my way ...it was one of those days when you have to curl back into your own self and just be patient for the day to pass...

I decided to do that...was in control of myself and then I got a mail from Dailiywriting tips of their new website...

Their topics touched my senses and decided to write on the topic- The Meaning of Life -

Look forward for your comments and ratings on the website - 

________________________________________________________________________________


Imagine you are dying…right now…what do you see? Whom do you think about? Do you see those eyes which made you love life? What do you smell? But most importantly how do you feel?

Have you ever studied how a baby behaves? If she does not get something – she cries…but a mother can very easily focus her attention on something else and she gets content with the new thing. The baby, thus, forgets what she was earlier craving for…there is insinuations for meaning of life there…did you get them?
Continued here

Monday, September 15, 2008

Romancing with clouds...

Yesterday, while I was coming back after a lunch interaction with couple of MBA students, I noticed that it was such an ideal sunny cloudy day for cloud watching...I was also not well with fever and bad throat but the moment I saw the clouds above I forgot everything...

I wish I had the camera with me but still I managed to take some pictures by my phone...

 
 
 

It was so relaxing watching clouds playing hide and seek with Sun...it was dark one moment and it was sunny the other moment...


Somehow I always beleive that clouds are never given its due honor...but I love watching clouds and trying to decode or understand what they stand for...I love watching clouds formation and trying to interpret them...it somehow relaxes me a lot...why don't you try it yourself next sunny cloud day?

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Do you love yourself?

Sometimes, we all feel like we don't exist , well metaphorically, what we actually mean in those times is that we have ceased to make any big bang in and around us and therefore we have ceased to exist.

There are high times and there are low times in our life...the post is not about whether its right to feel like that or not .

Its about when we become critical of ourselves and start admiring others - that is injurious...that does not only harm an individual but also conjures a lot of illness to her brains because it starts feeling sub-ordinate...

Consider these two cases - 

 lady A- Woke up on Sunday morning and this is her schedule -

 6:00 am - Wakes up
6-8 am - Yoga, Prayer and meditation
8 am- Cooks breakfast for the family
8-11 am - Indulges herself in a book
11am -13:00 pm - Cooks her favorite lunch for herself and her husband
13:00pm - 16:00pm - Time for Sunday siesta
16:00-21:00 - Outing with husband and dinner
21:00 - 23:00 - Catches a movie on World Cinema and sleeps


Case study #2 -

Lady B's schedule on a Sunday morning...


11:00am - She wakes up and wakes her husband (who is still sleeping)
12:00 noon- Husband and wife watch a movie and start their regular discussions
15:00 pm - lady B cooks lunch
16:00 - 21:00 - lady B and her husband go out with lady A and her husband
21:00 - Lady B and her husband decide to go to discotheque
24:00 Lady B and husband back to home and decide to watch a classic
2am - lady B sleeps

Whom do you think is having a better life?
Whom do you think is content in her life?

Now lets go back to Lady A -

Lady A is satisfied? No - She compares herself with lady B - who is close friend of hers and lady A feels irritated that she can not wake up till till late night and for Disc since she starts feeling sleepy...she also 

is lady B satisfied? No - She has lately started feeling pain in her body and her doctor has recommended her to do Yoga and exercise....she therefore feels jealous of lady A..

So...this is my point...we all compare ourselves with people around...its good to gain inspiration from others but its very unwarranted to have a relative measurement of one's happiness???

We should all love ourselves...we should love ourselves in whatever we are and what we can and will be...
We should never ever chide ourselves for not having done something...because then you are not only showing dis-respect to yourself but also you are feeding into your mind that you have faults...

And mind you...once your mind gets convinced that you have faults - it will reciprocate with loss of confidence...and thus ultimately you are reason alone for your demise...


Bottom line - We all should love ourselves without any condition...

Friday, August 29, 2008

Big Boss - Big Goof-up!



In the contest of Rakhi v/s Rahul Mahajan to be turned out of Big Boss home , a rare oddity was observed....

The official website of the serial mentioned at about 10:20 pm (date - 29Aug08) that Rakhi is evicted while just above the news, a placeholder reflected a banner for voting for them...


And at 11:10pm - same day the placeholder was replaced with Coming Soon! flash...





Being a brand marketer myself...I think its a serious goof-up announcing news on Internet before TV which is mainstream media for the show.

Consider this...advertisers who have placed ads between the show - just because the elimination day is supposed to have higher TRPs would have found thousands of viewers switching off the TV since they already know the  result - like me and my family - we switched channels once we knew who has won!...thousands of monies would mean millions of rupees ..considering the high rate of a 10 seconder on the show

Colors is a nice channel and is from Viacom 18 - who is a great marketer....and coming form them I think its a serious goof-up...

Time to learn some marketing lessons for them!

BluePont - Cool mobile dating application based on your location...

 
Just read on Sociable Blog
"Ever wondered if someone around the corner might be interesting to meet but you would never know? Ever felt like striking a conversation with a guy/girl in the elevator but it just did not happen? Makers of one of the coolest mobile social networking applications – BluePont – have now made it all possible."
Mobile phones today are growing at breakneck speed in India ...with about 9 Million users added in July 2008!  and with the youth population around 60% of India's population, I think the product has very good prospect in India as well...
Dating, has always been, and will always be important...just like love has been an ingredient in all movies - dating is the spice of every body's life...
Combining mobile phone and dating gives us a killer - dating while being on mobile phone - which I am sure is craze in every country...And I think BluePont's technology is pretty good in mobile dating - They maintain privacy and connect people which is based on proximity match 
I also like their brand positioning...a simple google on dating will give you millions of search...but BluePont team has done a clever thing - they are not targeting the dating crowd - they are looking at anyone and everyone who is looking for a companionship - not just for date or dinners but also for music concerts, a cricket match, etc...if the product actually does all the above...then I have no doubt that it will spread like wild fire...there are millions of people who are looking for just the right companion to not get bored in life...
Company source - www.BluePont.com

Friday, August 22, 2008

Role that MBA education should play...

Lot of people have been asking / discussing and debating with me whether an MBA from IIM A or SP JAIN makes sense...I decided to write a post on topic which is very relevant today...when the going has gotten tough and there is urgent need for all of us to mark a difference from milions of other students...
 
 Harvard Business School or IIM Ahmedabad or Amity or IIPM?

I am not talking about your salary here...but let me put it this way...if you want a career (and not a job!) then it does not matter at all...What is more important is what you do with the education you have got in the B School and also in your attitude...Just try to think of the name of the person (in real life) who has actually impressed you...chances are that person may not be actually an MBA or if he is - you may not remember his MBA school...

Students are so much bothered while selecting schools - yes, its right to do so...And you should lose your night sleep over it...but what I don't appreciate is even after having done , people crib about not having got through Havard or IIM A...I find it funny!...Remember - MBA school can not make you successful...its your personal caliber...A good MBA school can give you a platform but what you do there at that platform is what YOU need to know...and the same platform will come if you are really smart in life...opportunities do not ask or resume before knocking at your door!

Top 5 things MBA School education do for you

1. be eager for live projects from industry...

Remember practicality is what any education should teach you...while most of B-school adopt case studies approach ...which is fine...but what you as a student should look for real projects from corporates...it helps you build your resume and can come quite handy when you are appearing for jobs as well..

2. Learn to make you work like a horse and not like donkey...
Remember, when you are in the industry, you will have so much work that even if you work 24X5 it would not finish...MBA education should help you in managing and prioritizing your work loads...Also on managing the relationships in the office is important...while in B School you are free to choose whom to work with and whom not - chance is you will get the worst of people when you join your first job...so be smart!...practise all this in MBA School...so just go and team with the guy whom you hate most and try working with him...or go to the most cantankerous girl and work with her on that Accounts project ...that will help you...believe me :)

3. Learn all the tools, software, applications possible...
Remember, you will never get a chance to learn new tools,  softwares or applications when you are in the corporate jobs...so if you are planning to be in Media - learn the intricacies of Excel Sheet, if you want to be in Branding - master PowerPoint!

Let me give my own example - Atleast 60% of the softwares that run on my laptop are the ones I learnt to use in MICA (Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad)...I still get praises from my boss to be good in PowerPoint and every important presentation has to go through me...no one knows that I had earnt atleast 25-35K as a project for Birla group of Industries in a live project when i was heading a team for making a corporate presentation for them...

Its a necessity to be good in MS PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Irfan View, Google (Not just Search) and Movie maker

4. Develop a personality because you will never ever get a chance to do it later...
Personality traits, social graces, facility with language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism mark people to varying degrees. Soft skills complement hard skills, which are the technical requirements of a job.
Remember while in MBA - you get to meet a diverse set of people...while in graduation all of the students are like minded...MBA offers a wide variety of people...its the most important time to pick up good habits...these habits will help you develop a personality...everyone wants to look up to you just give them a chance!

For Guys - 
  1. Learn Dancing
  2. Learn reading a book
  3. Learn to give compliments to girls
  4. Learn on dressing sense
  5. Learn on looking clean even when you have not had a bath!
 For Girls -
  1. Learn numbers and basic tips on mathematics
  2. Learn a few tips on technology
  3. Learn on smiling
  4. Learn to take compliments from guys 
  5. Learn to read newspapers and stay updated with current affairs
 5.   Make you disciplined!
You may mot understand this until you are in the corporate world...every boss loves discipline...try to think of what values you will want to have in office, try to think of what you actually want to be after 10 years...try to think of what is your motivation tool...MBA time is best to think of what you want to do in life (and thereafter!)

Academics and Practicality need to result into Professional success...so if you want to succeed - get going!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Eye in the Sky (8/10)


A totally thrilling movie for a perfect Sunday...so much so that I got scolding from my girl friend for not taking her phone...

The movie actually depicts story around character called Piggy (codenamed in the intelligent services) - who has just joined the surveillance unit of Hong Kong. The unit is trying to catch the trail of burglars of jewelery store ...quite unlike other HK movies like Infernal Affair - there is not much blood and gore in the movie.

Piggy is played by beautiful Kate Tsui - (Miss Honk Kong 2004) and she has done a fairly good performance - showing her amateurishness for a new joinee in force and yet oozing out with confidence in the last scene - I loved the way Piggy is nurtured by Dog faced - played by Simon Yam ( A Brilliant HK veteran actor) ...The lead in the negative role is played by "Big Tony" of Hong Kong film industry and he has done a brilliant performance...he is the man in control with his power and can be quiet vicious when he wants...his presence during the movie is enough to bring chill in the spine...

My most favorite scene in the movie is when Brother Shan comes to Piggy in the restaurant ala the starting scene when Dogfaced had done exactly similar exercise  - and post this scene we know that Piggy is going to be a great resource in the team - and all the confusions in her mind about her future in the force gives way to confidence when Doghouse in the scene looks and smiles - as if telling her "Good Show! Piggy!"

Must watch for world cinemas out there!

Picture poster courtesy - http://nevinyrral.blogsome.com/2007/07/

La Spagnola (English - The Spanish Woman) (6/10)


La Spagnola reflects upon lives of Lola and Lucia - mother and daughter - both , in a way, suffer because of loving (in their own way) - Ricardo - husband of Lola and Father of Lucia. Lola loved him so much - but never showed and was always fighting with him for better life while Lucia loved him without any expectations and too suffers from him , when one day he decides to leave both of them for an Australian cool headed blond. All hell loose for mother and daughter duo - as they were financially dependent on Ricardo.

Director , Steve Jacobs, has not led his prejudices come in putting the characters out for viewers - and as a viewer you are left to form any impression about the characters.
  • Ricardo has been shown to be a superfluous guy who is only interested in flesh and nothing else.
  • Lola - though loves her husband but throughout the movie she comes across as a cacophonous and belligerent - fighting with her husband.
  • Lucia - 13 year old girl - ugly duckling - who has to survive death of her animals - pigeons and goat - and yet be with her mother is the biggest pain in her life.

Like most of the Spanish movies - there are beautiful colors in the movie...and the movie leaves lot of lose threads for the viewer to imagine his or her own answers - this is the reason why a viewer starts bonding to any movie and this is what happens with this one as well...

The irony in the movie is Lucia serves as communicator between Australian doctor and other immigrant patients and yet there is such a huge gap of communication between her mother and herself.

The rumbustious humour, gleefully mixing sex, scatology, and food, resembles Fellini at his most burlesque, while the hints of the surreal and the supernatural recall South American magic realism. Marceli's operatic performance as the self-dramatising Lola suits these moods perfectly, but it is Ansara's quieter, more restrained performance that provides the film's truest moments ...courtesy - BBC Films Review

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Les Chevaliers du ciel (English - Sky Fighters) (8/10)

I happen to see this movie by chance...it was Independence day and we wanted to go out and watch some movie...with other options being typical masala movies like "Singhh is King" and "God Tussi Great Ho" , we decided to settle for this French movie. So there we were in Select City Walk with the tickets of this unknown movie.

A quick search on Google told me that it is a "French Thriller" movie...and I had no idea that I was in for such a great surprise...

The movie revolves around two pilots - Captains Marchellia and Fahrenheit - Marchellia had to shoot down a demo Mirage which has been brought to Farnborough Airshow - and this ultimately results into their expulsion from Services. Subsequently they get a chance to work on a secret mission and fight off the terrorists and save Paris.
While watching the movie - I was often reminded of Tom Cruise starrer Top Gun but this one differs from Top Gun as most of the shots in the movie has been shot in air while Top Gun had most of the stories happening in land.
Movie has some real breathtaking visuals of aerial landscape in and around France especially the one scene which has Alps...here it is..



The soundtrack of the movie is divine!...My favorite being  You're the conversation - I'm the game and Girl talk...

Being an avid cloud watcher myself , this movie came out to be a visual treat....

For all the dreamers out there - its a must watch movie for you.

Even one of the the most talked about couple of India - Priyanka Gandhi with her husband Robert Vadra  was there watching the movie...rumor mills tell me that the movie was specially screened for the couple since Gandhi family has always been so passionate with airplanes ...if its true are true then I am thankful to them!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Five people you meet in Heaven

Writing complicated thoughts simply is the biggest jewelry of any writer.  And Mitch is a goldsmith by this standard. He knows what it is to feel the writing and it is expressed in each and every line he writes...when you  read his book it feels as if someone is narrating you story but then when you raise your eyes to look around for the person there is none...

What remains after reading this book of his is...thoughtful serenity - you will start looking at most of things which fill your everyday of life - useless! ...you would rather start thinking about those people whom you want to give importance but have not been able to do so...in a hope of meeting them in heaven...

I believe - a book which can compel me to run directly from my office just to finish the book - is a great book :)...I finished it in 2 days when I was terribly busy in office and had to wake up till 3am during weekdays...simply put - I loved the book...

Book starts with THE END of a person called Eddie - and captures the very last moments of his life...its tragic but the very first chapter succeeds in establishing a relationship between Eddie and reader...

And then Eddie starts experiencing what heaven has to offer - meeting 5 people - some expected and some unexpected - who  played very important role in his life.

1st person - Blue Man tells Eddie -
"No life is a waste. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone"
So true! Infact I believe the only biggest fear that anyone of us have is - I have no one! and I am alone. I am sorry but let me tell all of you so thinkers - you are wasting your own life!

And the 2nd person - The Captain reveals to Eddie -
"Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else."
Its a very tough thing to understand and more tough is to live upto this thought...we are all so mired into selfishness that we forget that we are mature...so many times it happens to us...we lose our religion over such a thoughtless thing, we cry because we have lost an opportunity or something...but think about it yo think you would actually not get the thing if you really wanted it?

 The third person - Eddie's relationship with his father finally establishes when Ruby teaches him...
"Holding anger is a poison...It eats you from inside...We think that by hating someone we hurt them...But hatred is a curved blade...and the harm we do to others...we also do to ourselves..." 
 I loved the phrase about love in the episode where Eddie meets Margueritte as 4th person -
"Love , like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive."
Its true...many times we feel the love inside the relationship has died...no ...true love can never die..hat can die is its fervidness...what is needed then is to seed it ...but most of the times it finds its own way....

The book ended with me pondering...thinking about myself....thinking about my Last journey...thinking about who would those 5 persons i will meet in heaven?

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Looking at Technology from the eyes of people @ Bottom of Pyramid

My current discussion with an extremely brilliant person in the fields of consumer behavior regarding 
"Role technology is playing for the people at the bottom of the pyramid" - i.e.for people who earn daily wages like Auto rickshaw people, washerwoman, courier boy - is yes like a fairy tale story...
Never before it would have happened that I send an sms to my maid servant on what want to have breakfast in the morning and she comes prepared with vegetables etc...or I just call up my vegetable wala and I get fresh vegetables on Saturday morning....truly fantastic...

But this is the second time it has happened in India...first was STD boom - Thanks to Sam Pitroda...when Lakhs of jobless Indians got jobs by opening up STD booths across hundreds of cities...But yes Mobile penetration had not been such deep-rooted like this before...though I strongly believe STD Booth boom was no doubt the first version of the success which has led to today's Phase 2 story....because that introduced people to "Phone"....and then came "Mobile Phone"

Let me attempt and put a fresh perspective on this phenomenon...What then led to the spread of mobile phone to the Target Group we are talking about is also because of some Trends and psychological reasons - which people have hardly noticed - here are some of my thoughts...

Because of the boom in Indian economy - started because of IT / ITES and then carried forward coz of Retail, Transport, Aviation etc - what started was the BIG SHIFT OF MIDDLE CLASS - which started around 1990s-1995s and was most visible around 1995-2000s which was also the start of Telecom's story in India - 1996 - Mobile call was 16 Rs - and in 2005 it was 1Re...

Psychological angles-
1. "Sons and daughters" of Allahabad, Aligarh, Coaimbatore etc left home and came to Bangalore, Noida, etc - and to communicate with them - their parents found a cheap mobile phone quite comfortable...

2. With this "new middle class emergence" - there also has happened a splurge of movement from Villages to such towns and cities- coz this new class needed someone to cook their food, wash clothes and they had money with them! - today there are numerous autowallas in NCR who are from villages of Allahabad...and even they find 50 paise call per minute quite handy to be connected to their Home...

3. Since the technology was cheap and easily available - it became economic viable to keep a phone with yourself - just cost Rs. 150 per month and you can then start servicing a co-operative society by becoming a washerwoman, laundry guy, errands boy, etc...

"So as we observe it is the affordability -from consumer's point of view which has made this happen...while from Business point of view..the technology needed to be (a) Sustainable and (b) Scalable - And these two will then make any technology have an epidemic and large scale effect ....Profitability and Viability are offshoots of these..".

Largely this is what fascinates about technology to me - keep the basics right...think from Consumer and work like a business person :)...and you get such great results!!!

(source - excerpt from the discussions)

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne


I don't like a "self-help" book - but I got curious with this book as this book had been doing quite good in States and raking up quite good ranking. I got curious and thus decided to read this one.

I did not like the book much - I already know what the basic tenet the book has harped in more than 150 pages (and there is a movie as well!!!)

The Book talks about 'Being Optimistic" - we need to think that we can do anything because of "Law of Attraction" -
The "Law of Attraction" principle posits that feelings and thoughts can attract events, from the workings of the cosmos to interactions among individuals in their physical, emotional, and professional affairs.
Summary is - If you think you can do it - you will be able to anything else NO!

If you want someone to fall in love with you - first love yourself - since like attracts like - if you are not happy or content with yourself how will any other person be?  If you don't send out I AM WORTHY LOVE message in the universe - how will the universe be able to understand you

The book is presented in a narrative dialogue documentary manner and is an easy read....the best part is the summary of each chapter given in the end...

Overall - I think if you don't know that you can do wonders by your mind - i.e. by positive attitude - please do read the book else its worth a miss.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A trip to Greater Noida

On the weekend I made my first trip to visit Greater Noida to visit an old friend from ITBHU...I loved the scenery on the way to Greater Noida...it was a great weather...raining...and I love to bike when it rains...

 

Friday, July 25, 2008

Randy Pausch is dead...

We all knew he would die...and that he had very less time...


But Randy, you will always live in our hearts, in our minds, in our souls.
You were a great human being.

I have never met you in real life...I only saw your video, read your blog but I miss you.

I will try to live what you taught in the last lecture...I promise!

Your fan.
Your follower.
Anshul


Quiz: What's your weather outlook?

A very interesting (and accurate!...atleast for me :) weather quiz from CNN...Click here to view it

I came out to be Snow...





Do tell me what is your weather outlook.

Friday, July 18, 2008

ITBHU becomes IITBHU

The news that thousands of ITBHUites had been waiting for is out...The Union Cabinet gave its much due approval for lot of strategically important news related to professional education in India...but the piece that brought a smile to me and thousands of other ITBHUites was following...

3. In principle approval for taking over the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University – a constituent unit of the Banaras Hindu University, a Central University, its conversion into an Indian Institute of Technology and integrating it with the IIT system in the country.
Click here to read the complete announcement

Well, let me be very frank with you...the news may not be strategically important to me now... to me - after all I have been passed out of the college some 5 years and now the industry knows me more for what I am doing and what I will do ...but still its a different thing that...

1. I got my current job after my boss was intrigued of the fact that what was I doing in life after having graduated from ITBHU...

2. My boss himself is from ITBHU...

3. My brother from ITBHU....

4. I have had to reason lot of times to lot of people that ITBHU is a great institute

5. When Roorkee became IIT - this somehow resulted into a sort of degradation of the college as the sudden IIT brand attached to Roorkee pulled lot of talent to it which usually used to go to ITBHU

6. Lot of times - many of us - ITBHUites - had to put a line in resume - passed out of ITBHU - part of the IIT JEE - most prestigious and tough engineering competition to pass through on Earth...not because we did not believe in "ITBHU" brand but becuase "IIT" brand sweeps all other education brands in India (or the whole world?)

Still the news is important to me...

I am a branding person...I play an important role in brand building of a $4.9 Billion Enterprise...I know what it means to have a power brand...IIT is no doubt a power brand...and ITBHU is a great brand...I wonder what will happen now...when both brands come together...

But more importantly - I would like to tell all ITBHUites...friends...our testing times have arrived...we have to now work even harder...to prove that we will continue to do the great works...believe me it will be now much easier for us to show the work we had been doing for so many years to the WORLD...

I remember slogan of the t-shirt that I have still preserved in my bag - a memorabilia of ITBHU....

Hey ITBHUite - go ahead...set the world on fire and WE will take the BLAME....

Congrats to you...ITBHUite - (or IITBHUite :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Secret Man - The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat

I had always wondered about Watergate scandal and I got a chance to clear some air about the mysteries in this book...though the book primarily deals with the main character who supplied Bob and Carl (the Washington posts journalists who played a major role in bringing out the crime and abuses under President Nixon's time)...and whoa! what a solid man the guy is...you have to read the book to see the entire episode from his perspective...

It reads like a true revealing book of the main character behind the scandal - who was the guy who made it all possible? why did he not come out in the open...

Somehow after reading the book - Mark felt has been etched in mind as a truly mastermind and a genius spy...I wish If i could sit and talk to him...though the book tells that he is now suffering from memory loss and is about 90 years but still...

if you are not into the politics then I would strongly recommend you read the book with below list handy - there are so many characters in the book that you may lose the thread if you don't keep these handy...
  1. J. Edgar Hoover - Founding Director (FBI)
  2. E. Howard Hunt - Former CIA and White House consultant
  3. G.Gordon Liddy (Jr.) - Former FBI Agent
  4. W. Dean III - White House counsel
  5. Donald H. Segretti - political operative for the Committee to Re-elect the President
  6. Herbert W. Kalmbach - President personal lawyer
  7. Howard Simon - Washington Post's managing editor (then)
  8. Elsa Wash - Bob's wife
  9. Benjamin C. Bradlee - Former Washington Posts' executive editor
  10. John Dean and Leonard Garment - Nixon's lawyers for Watergate
  11. CREEP - Acronym for Committee for the re-election of President
  12. John N. Mitchell - Attorney general & Head of CREEP (then)
  13. Judy Hoback - Creep' bookkeeper
  14. Dita Beard - Washington lobbyist for International Telecom
  15. L. Patrick Gray III - Acting FBI Director
  16. W. Mark Felt - Acting associate director of FBI ; Deep Throat
  17. James McCord - Presumed lawyer of the 5 burglars of Watergate & salaried security coordinator for CREEP
  18. 4561414 - White House contact number (I have not tried so dont know if this still is ...)
  19. Charles Colson - Nixon's special counsel
  20. 17th June 1972 - Burglary happened
  21. Stanlee Pottinger - associate Attorney General heading the civil rights division
  22. Fred Weisberger - student of Turlock, California who speculated who "Deep Throat" was in his master's thesis
  23. Frank Willis - the security guard @ Watergate - died of brain tumor at age of 52
Overall - a good read to know the man who was the whistle blower of century's biggest political scandal....

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Shades of Pink...

Girls love Pink!...so much so a famous showroom in Connaught Place in Delhi had all the shades possible of pink at display on mannequins...
I wonder if pink color had been associated with the fair gender for ages ...in that case...I can see 

Radha in pink suit wooing krishna...
Sita in pink Sari sitting in Ashok Vatika...
Razia Sultan / Laxmi Bai in pink armor fighting...
Madhubala in pink sari sitting in car with Kishore Kumar

And then a modern girl - Aakriti in pink t-shirt working on her laptop :)


Disclaimer - Just a comic post - hope no historian or whomsoever minds it :)

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A "fancy"ful thought...

Sometimes something creates an impression in our minds.

And there are times when some things make you think.

Has it ever happened with you that you want to just live in a dream. A dream which does not exist...a dream which is not even a reality ...but something you can just crave for?

Has it ever happened that while you are engrossed in the worldly affairs...your mind is somewhere else...meandering in an abyss full of thoughts ...and so brimful of dreams?

Has it ever happened to you that you start disliking your milieu (which you liked so much just a few moments ago) and that too just on a fancy?

Have you ever felt the loudness of a subtle thoguht which just creeps in mind very casually?

Well I have ...and I am overwhelmed

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Oil prices to go up further...

CNN reports " Saudi Arabia says no oil production boost" ...

And just a month back they had met and stated that they would be trying to start production to maximum capacity of 11 million barrels a day....

I guess gas prices are going to increase higher...

I will start walking now ....


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Top 5 things to happen once North Pole gets ice-free

CNN reports that North Pole is going to be ice free by this September

Well...its a great news ...10 things that I think will happen once North Pole is ice free are -

1. Five Seasons opens up its grand hotel there

2. Virgin starts first commercial flight to the hub of arctic circle

3. Travelpedia / Makemytrip will start the honeymoon cum adventure trip to Arctic (of course in collaboration with Virgin and Five Seasons)

4. There is lot of oil the bottom of North Pole - so may be the $140 barrel oil may come down

5. Santa Clause will be able to come on a horse


Read the CNN news here

Read the TIME news here

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My Birthday - June 12

I had my birthday in June - this time it was a sleepy birthday as I wanted to rest ...but what made my day was two cakes and one life time gift from my girl friend :)


Memorable thing #1 - cake cut in office - there is one minor error in this if you can point out :)


Memorable thing #2 - cake cut at home - I could not have it as much as i wanted as I had a train journey to do :(...can I get it again or do I have to wait till my next birthday?


Memorable #3 - A photo album - which made me feel something of a superman!

Book - Age of Shiva

I had read Manil Suri's Death of Vishnu in December'05 (Post on it here) and even then I was so intrigued the way he cultures his characters. But this book - I was not impressed by anyone - I was so wrapped in the life of Meera - (The protagonist) - playing the role of mother, daughter, lover, sister, etc and each role making his life so complicated and yet when she is finally got rid of all the relationships - she feels empty.

The book has 5 chapters - each chapter makes Meera die and then reborn like a phoenix - ending of each chapter leaves you agape with what more will happen to her! and yet beginning of each new chapter somehow brings back the essence of life - HOPE...

The book succeeds in taking the reader into the roller coaster ride of relationship that still exists in the joint family that exists in India - full of "Hopelessness' and full of "Hopefullness" - full of sunrise and sunsets -

The last 4 days in which I read the book - I found myself somehow sad on Meera's plight...so if you want to read a fiction work to amuse you this is not for you

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

iPhone porn is here







Well there are some who say Internet was born for porn...and very soon people will say mobile phone was made for porn...


Sensing the start of a profitable new era for pocket porn, the adult entertainment industry is investing heavily and feverishly broadening its marketplace of iPhone porn.
The industry sees the iPhone 2.0 as having multiple advantages over the first model. For one thing, Apple's new gadget is nearly twice as fast as its predecessor at loading Web pages, and even faster at running video, which is crucial for the porn industry. About a third of iPhone users watch video on their phone, according to Nielsen Mobile, which is nearly 10 times the number that watch video on other cell phones. Three out of four iPhone users are men with above-average incomes, and iPhone users spend heavily on entertainment. More than a third of iPhone users shell out more than $100 on phone and data charges every month, as compared with just one-fifth of other cell-phone users.

Funny Funny!!! Lol!


For the TIMES article , click here
Photo courtesy - TIMES