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Entries from June 2010

Delhi Road Names

June 30th, 2010 · 88 Comments

This is perhaps a seemingly trivial topic to bring up, but during one of my recent Delhi trips I could not help wonder about the roads named after the Mughal rulers of India. These were the conquerors of India, who subdued the local populace and ruled over them. We have given them pride of place […]

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Announcement: Launch of MyToday, India’s #1 SMS SuperStore

June 29th, 2010 · 16 Comments

Today, we have launched MyToday, our direct-to-consumer store for great SMS content. Think of MyToday as an SMS Store, where you can browse, search and subscribe to premium SMS updates on topics spanning the spectrum. At nearly 200 SMS channels, it is already the biggest in the market. News, cricket and sports scores, market and […]

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Summer Vacations

June 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Since Abhishek started school a year ago, our vacations now have to sync up with his, which effectively mans the IB/IGCSE calendar. So, we have the unusal situation of having June and July as the vacation months for him, even as all his cousins have finished theirs and are back in school! When I was […]

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Blog Past: State of the Internet in India

June 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

From a series I wrote a year ago: The current crop of portals (horizontals and verticals) are too few and for the most part, unexciting. They haven’t yet become “utilities” (daily must-visits) in our lives. The content is quite insipid, and there seems to be little innovation happening on the Internet front from the larger […]

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Weekend Reading

June 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: Reliance’s entry into the Broadband Wireless business in India: A quote from me in an India Knowledge@Wharton article. “We can certainly expect RIL’s entry to create a significant disruption in the Indian telecom industry. It is going to be very unsettling for the incumbents and very good for consumers. Reliance is known […]

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Tea, Coffee…?

June 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I don’t particularly like Tea or Coffee. This is the legacy of a childhood wherein the only good beverage was Milk! I ended up going through IIT also without partaking too much of tea. In the US, I somehow managed to stay away from the coffee culture – would stick to water or orange juice. […]

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East and South-East Asia Travels

June 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I have travelled a lot in the East Asian region. Besides the many visits to HK and Singapore, I have been to Taiwan (Taipei), Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket), South Korea (Seoul), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and China (Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen).  Most of the visits have always combined some sort of business. This time, it will […]

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Hong Kong Visits

June 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Hong Kong has been a place I have visited often in the early 2000s, but not much of late. The visits started when I began to use the Round-the-World tickets that Cathay Pacific used to offer  – and Hong Kong became a convenient stopover en route to the US. HK has always had one of […]

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It’s Up To Us Now – PDF

June 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Many of you wrote to me asking if I had a single document of the 20-part series I wrote in May. Its Up To Us Now View more documents from rajeshjain.

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The Overton Window by Glenn Beck

June 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

An interesting political thriller, Glenn Beck’s “The Overton Window” is a book that showcases an extreme scenario in the US. I read it on the Kindle. From the book’s description: “There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception […]

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Blog Past: London Vacation

June 20th, 2010 · No Comments

A year ago around this time, I had gone to London for our vacation. I will remember this London vacation for the time I spent with Abhishek.On work days now, I hardly get to see him since he tends to sleep by 8 pm. In London, it was just him and me for the most […]

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Weekend Reading

June 19th, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: The coming rebirth of the desktop computer:  by Eric Knorr. “Google Apps and desktop virtualization foretell the reincarnation of the ‘desktop PC’ as a personal, virtual environment accessible anywhere.” What’s wrong with America’s Right: from The Economist. “Too much anger and too few ideas.” There is a similar problem in India. The […]

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The Rains have arrived in Mumbai!

June 18th, 2010 · No Comments

So, finally, the rains have come. A little delayed (June 10 was what we had been told), but they are finally here. I hope we get plenty of rains this year after the poor show of last year. As a country, one would have thought we would have gotten serious about water harvesting after the […]

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Surat Science Centre

June 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments

While in Surat, I took Abhishek and his cousin to the Surat Science Centre. It is so good that I couldn’t help thinking why every Indian city shouldn’t have one. There is a large area with science exhibits (good, but can do with more), a planetarium and a children’s play area. There is also a […]

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Surat-Mumbai Train Ride

June 16th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Since Shatabdi does not run on Sundays, we took the Inter-City back from Surat. The second-class (“D”) compartment ostensibly was a reservation only compartment. What “reservation” means is that you get to sit. That’s about it. The compartment was absolutely packed with as many standees as those sitting. It was almost impossible to move – […]

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Digital Printer in a Pune Bus

June 15th, 2010 · 7 Comments

I was pleasantly surprised to get a bus ticket on a Pune local bus printed out on a handheld printer and handed over to me. This was a most appropriate use of technology where I least expected it — having been used to the Mumbai BEST’s pre-printed tickets. Towards the end of a bus route, […]

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Life’s Little Clues

June 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

On May 1, I was out on a bus ride with Abhishek when I saw some hoardings in the suburbs about a Maharashtra Day event on Marine Drive. I saw it, and promptly forgot about it. Big mistake. In the evening, we were going to see a movie for which we had to drive through […]

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Blog Past: Bridging India and China

June 13th, 2010 · No Comments

I will be visiting Shanghai again after 8 years. This is what I wrote after my first visit to China: China is a competitor, but it is also an opportunity and a very big at that for Indian companies, if we are prepared to look at it that way. Walk through the Shanghai Museum and […]

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Weekend Reading

June 12th, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: History for Dollars: by David Brooks.  “Let me stand up for the history, English and art classes, even in the face of today’s economic realities.” How to test your decision-making instincts: from McKinsey Quarterly. “Executives should trust their gut instincts—but only when four tests are met.” Does the Internet make you Smarter […]

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43 Signatures to open a Share Trading Account

June 11th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Every so often, something amazes me. The other day, I got a booklet to sign for opening up a share trading account. (Don’t remember if it was a special account or an ordinary one.) There were 43 places marked out in the booklet that I had to sign. Get that again — 43 repeating signatures. […]

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