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Entries from June 2010

Hong Kong, Shenzen and Shanghai

June 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments

We are planning to go to HK, Shenzen and Shanghai for vacation in early July – about 2-3 days in each of the cities. I am looking for recommendations for: hotels to stay (rooms with a kitchenette, if possible) places to see that a 5-year-old boy would enjoy (eg. Disneyland in HK) shopping places that […]

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Movie Reco: Rajneeti

June 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments

If you want a movie that combines the Mahabharat and Indian politics, Rajneeti is just the movie! The scripting is done very well, and the performances are excellent. In a year that has seen few good movies, Rajneeti stands out. The first half is very gripping, though it does take a bit of time to […]

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When Hovering Time is more than the Flying Time

June 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I was talking to a friend the other day – he took a flight wherein the flying time was 45 minutes and then the aircraft spent 75 minutes hovering over Mumbai before it could land. This is plain stupidity. I can understand congestion happens -with airports like Mumbai, it is a daily affair. (They cannot […]

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Exploring Mumbai by Bus

June 7th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Thanks to Abhishek, I have been seeing many parts of Mumbai that I never explored during my four decades of living here. Like, the other day, we took 135 and went to Ferry Wharf. And the time we took 63 and went to Chunnabhatti. Many of these places were just signages on buses — now […]

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Blog Past: Elections – The Digital Connection

June 6th, 2010 · 2 Comments

A post from a year ago about the role of the Internet and mobile in the Elections: Internet reaches about 50 million of 700 million (7%) voters; so overall impact is small. Question is how much influence does this group have and that is not clear.  Unlike in marketing products where the audience is top […]

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Weekend Reading

June 5th, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: What Motivates Us: Will Price discusses a Dan Plink talk. “After a certain level of income, we are no longer motivated by purely financial gain.” The Coming Data Explosion: by Richard MacManus. “We don’t know yet which computing or Internet companies will be most successful over the next 5-10 years, but one […]

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It’s Up To Us Now – Part 20

June 4th, 2010 · 4 Comments

What I have outlined may seem quite simplistic. But it is a start, and there is much more to it. What I wanted to do is get us start thinking about change. And that change is not about a generational shift from one member of a dynasty to another. It is about doing away with […]

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It’s Up To Us Now – Part 19

June 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Second, Middle India needs to create a base in every constituency that does three things. First, each member agrees to vote. Second, each member agrees to vote for the candidate selected by the group in that constituency – a candidate who stands for the ‘pretty good principles’ as outlined previously. Finally, each member agrees to […]

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It’s Up To Us Now – Part 18

June 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

First, Middle India needs to agree on a set of principles that it believes in and which lie at the foundation of good governance. Think of these as “Pretty Good Principles.” (Thanks to my colleague, Atanu Dey, for this phrase.) So, what can these “Pretty Good Principles” be? Here is a starting recommendation. Equality and […]

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It’s Up To Us Now – Part 17

June 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments

India has 543 Lok Sabha (Member of Parliament, or MP) constituencies. Out of them, about 150 can be considered as urban (with about 50% or more urbanisation). Each constituency has about 1 million voters. In the general elections, the average victory margin is about 70,000. Only about 50-60% of eligible voters cast their votes. A […]

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