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Entries from May 2009

Tikuji-ni-wadi

May 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Sunday was spent at Tikuji-ni-wadi. I remember seeing their somewhat tacky ads long ago when cable was still there at home (it is now Tata Sky). There were 8 adults in our group and 5 kids (ages 3.5 to 5.5 years). And I have to say I was quite impressed with what they have done. […]

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May Musings

May 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments

So, it is May. I tend to notice May more than any other month because Bhavana and Abhishek go off on their big annual vacation — first to Bhavana’s parents’ home in Santa Cruz – so that’s not too far, and then to Bhavana’s sister’s home in Surat. That leaves me all alone in the […]

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Blog Past: India Rising

May 10th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Three years ago, I wrote: India has been the flavour of the year internationally in 2005 and that looks likely to continue in 2006. The past year has seen very favourable write-ups in many international publications. Outsourcing to Indian companies continues to grow rapidly – in software and other areas. Many companies are expanding their […]

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Weekend Reading

May 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Genius: The Modern View: by David Brooks in The New York Times. “The key factor separating geniuses from the merely accomplished is not a divine spark. It’s not I.Q., a generally bad predictor of success, even in realms like chess. Instead, it’s deliberate practice.” The Wolfram Search Engine: by Danny Sullivan in […]

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Low-cost Airlines

May 8th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Till a few months ago, almost all my domestic travel would only be on Jet, Kingfisher and Air India/Indian Airlines (the full-service airlines). In the past couple months, I have taken many flights on the low-cost carriers (LCCs) — Indigo, Go, Spice and Kingfisher Red (erstwhile Deccan). And I have to say that the LCCs […]

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Elections 2009: Low Voting from Middle India (Part 3)

May 7th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Some more thoughts on the poor turnout – and what we can do to change the situation: Heat, etc.: There may have been other factors at work. April-May are India’s hottest months, and this year has seen above average temperatures. But I don’t think that a determined voter will be kept away by heat. After […]

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Elections 2009: Low Voting from Middle India (Part 2)

May 6th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Continuing with the discussion on the reasons and possible solutions for the Middle Indian’s disconnect with the democratic process in India: Voter Registration Process needs Simplification: There are plenty of stories of people who tried to register but could not, and those who just gave up because they found the proces cumbersome. This process needs […]

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Elections 2009: Low Voting from Middle India

May 5th, 2009 · 14 Comments

Mumbai’s low voting percentage (about 40%) is causing much discussion and heartburn. This was the election when Middle India (comprising urban youth and professionals) was supposed to vote in great strength. None of that has happened.  I will outline my assessment of the reasons – and the possible solutions. Declaring Voting Day a Holiday: Talk […]

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Suggestions Needed on iPhone Replacement

May 4th, 2009 · 66 Comments

Sensors on some parts of my iPhone screen have stopped working – result is that I cannot send SMSes using the entire alphabet! I am not sure if this can be fixed. (The phone is about 20 months old, and not covered by US warranties.) So, I am thinking of buying a new phone — […]

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Blog Past: The Discovery of India

May 3rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

I wrote this about six years ago about the opportunity the domestic Indian market offered: Indian technology companies have a significant opportunity ahead of them to take up leadership in the global technology marketplace. Let the existing set of software and services companies focus on the world’s developed markets. We need a new crop of […]

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Weekend Reading

May 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

This week’s links: The Best Entrepreneurs Know How to Fail Fast: by Brad Feld. “Give me the experienced entrepreneur whose last company was a failure 100% of the time.  The cliche ‘you learn more from failure than success holds true’, but more importantly the dude that just came off a failure and is ready to […]

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The Blog Mirrors My Thinking

May 1st, 2009 · 9 Comments

One of the comments I got recently was that over the past few months I have changed tracks from discussing about technology to talking more about politics — and that has disappointed some of you. I accept the criticism. The blog is a reflection of what I am thinking and doing. And in the past […]

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