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Entries from July 2010

Blog Past: New India Policy Foundation

July 11th, 2010 · 4 Comments

From a series I wrote a year ago: …It is no secret that India as a nation has not realised its potential even after six decades of Independence. Our agriculture is in dismal state, internal security is compromised with alarming impunity, manufacturing sector is not robust enough to employ the vast semi skilled work force, […]

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Weekend Reading

July 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: The SuperPhone era: by Rob Glaser. “The emergence of the SuperPhone has created one of the most exciting new business opportunities I’ve seen in more than 25 years in the industry.” How to Lose Time and Money: by Paul Graham. “The way most fortunes are lost is not through excessive expenditure, but […]

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Mumbai’s Road Infrastructure

July 9th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Someone said to me the other day, “India has built one sea-link in 70 years. China would have probably built 70 in a year.” Leaving aside the exaggeration, it just goes to show how poor we are on envisioning what is needed and how slow we are on executing public infrastructure projects. If there is […]

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Bus-spotting

July 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Given Abhishek’s fascination with Mumbai’s BEST buses, one of the games we have started to play is “bus-spotting.” The goal is to look for a bus and then be the first to state its two endpoints. Abhishek invariably wins at this game! This game has made me realise the breadth and depth of the BEST […]

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Staff Exits

July 7th, 2010 · 6 Comments

April-June is always a difficult period if you are managing a business. Performance reviews and appraisals invariably lead to exits of staff members, and there needs to be a scramble to not just manage for expansion but also for the vacancies being created. In India, now that the jobs market is hot again, departures are […]

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Company Offsite

July 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

18 of us went for an offsite recently — 2 days of brainstorming and thinking about the business, and also some fun and interaction. This was the first time we had an offsite. The location was “The Resort” – in the suburbs of Mumbai. It was a good experience, both from the business and social […]

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Flip Video Camcorder

July 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I had my cousin get the Flip Video Camcorder for $150 from the US, and it is terrific. I bought it based on Atanu’s recommendation. Recording is so easy that even Abhishek has started using it!(Flip was acquired by Cisco a year or so ago.) I am not much into taking photos or recording videos. […]

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Blog Past: India’s Education Emergency

July 4th, 2010 · 5 Comments

From a post a year ago: In Surat, I got talking to Bhavana’s niece on her school. She is in the 8th standard. She begins her day with school from 7 am to 2 pm. She comes back home and then after some time at home doing – what else – homework, she is off […]

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Weekend Reading

July 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: Mobile Megatrends 2010: from VisionMobile. What is IBM’s Watson? from the New York Times Sunday Magazine. “For the last three years, I.B.M. scientists have been developing what they expect will be the world’s most advanced “question answering” machine, able to understand a question posed in everyday human elocution — “natural language,” as […]

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The Economist: A Weekly Must-Read

July 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

One magazine (or, newspaper, as they prefer to call it) that should be a most-read is “The Economist.” It has an excellent collection of articles each week. The Rs 100 per week that the subscription costs is well worth the investment. In a crowded space, The Economist has actually grown its subscriber base over the […]

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A Brainstorming Format

July 1st, 2010 · 189 Comments

Brainstorming is very useful to get a set of opinions on different issues from a diverse group. I have tried out this format for getting ideas to bubble up from individuals and groups: Identity 4-5 key questions that needs to be discussed Create a questionnaire which is then given to each individual to answer in […]

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