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Entries from September 2010

Weekend Reading

September 11th, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: Mobile First Web Second: Fred Wilson writes about apps that are mobile first and web second. “The thing I like about these kinds of apps is they are with you all the time and can be used in moments of downtime. As such they lead to higher levels of engagement. But because […]

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Passport Office – Part 4

September 10th, 2010 · 8 Comments

The Fees queue in an adjoining hall was a joke. 25-30 people crowding around, and a person softly speaking the names – almost inaudibly. And if you did not show up then, your file went to the bottom of the queue and you were reprimanded if you asked questions. A mother of a young baby […]

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Passport Office – Part 3

September 9th, 2010 · 4 Comments

My patience was wearing thin. As I looked around, I saw mothers with 6-month old babies sitting on the floor. After some time, I too squatted on the floor – during their 50-minute lunch break. After lunch, when the single processor situation did not change, I went to some of the staff and spoke sternly. […]

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Passport Office – Part 2

September 8th, 2010 · 8 Comments

In the queue in front of me, there were about 50 people. There was one queue and one “document processor.” In Sholay dialogue style, “Hum Pachas The, aur Woh Sirf Ek.” Twenty minutes into the queue, I realised that the rate of clearing one person was about 6 minutes. Which means, I would be standing […]

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Passport Office – Part 1

September 7th, 2010 · 5 Comments

About a month ago, I went to the Passport office to get a new passport. My passport was actually valid for 4 more years.  When it was issued in 2004, I had asked for a Jumbo (64-page vs 32-page) booklet. They didn’t do that. As a result, all the pages were used up by the […]

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Attending Gov 2.0 in Washington this week

September 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I will be in Washington this week attending the Gov 2.0 Summit. From the introduction: Gov 2.0 Summit brings together innovators from government and the private sector to highlight technology and ideas that can be applied to the nation’s great challenges. In areas as diverse as education, health care, energy, jobs, and financial reform, there […]

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Blog Past: Telling A Story

September 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

From a blog post a year ago: Over the years, I have realised the importance of being able to tell a story of what one is doing in a manner that is simple and compact. It doesn’t always start that way. On my recent US trip, I had a slide deck talking about NetCore, what […]

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Weekend Reading

September 4th, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: Are you a Coach or a Player: by Vineet Nayar. “A big mistake happening across corporates around the world. The CEO and managers refuse to give up control because they still think they are Maradonas.” The Third Replicator: by Susan Blackmore in the New York Times. “Imitation is not just some new […]

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Palitana – Part 5

September 3rd, 2010 · 3 Comments

Through the trip, I couldn’t help thinking about the role of religion in our life. As my in-laws told stories from the origins of Jainism to Abhishek, I realised how little I knew about the founding principles and philosophy of my own religion. It is something that needs to be corrected. Even in today’s modern […]

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Palitana – Part 4

September 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Palitana is a town of temples. The entire local economy is centred around the constant stream of pilgrims throughout the year. The new cars mingle freely with the horse carriages – it is a mirror of an India which exists in multiple decades simultaneously. Part of the charm lay in the dharamshala  we stayed at. […]

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Palitana – Part 3

September 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Climbing down after spending 3-odd hours in the temples at the top was much easier. But one had to be quite careful to ensure one didn’t slip given the slightly wet ground. The excitement of reaching the foothills increased with each step down. The climb up had taken me an hour and 45 minutes, while […]

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