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Entries from February 2011

Thank You, Uncle Pai

February 28th, 2011 · 7 Comments

The creator of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinke, ‘Uncle’ Anant Pai, passed away last week. My earliest memories of my childhood include going out with my parents to buy ACK every fortnight. I had every comic that was published, and still have most of them. ACK was how many of my generation learnt about Indian [...]

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Blog Past: Neighbourhood Action Committees

February 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment

From a post a year ago: One idea I have been thinking about recently has been that of Neighbourhood Action Committees (NACs). These will be apolitical and based on volunteering. They will focus on making the neighbourhood better across the country, especially in urban India. This means ensuring delivery of local services, working to solve [...]

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Weekend Reading

February 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: Top Mobile Internet Trends: Mary Meeker presentation. The Rise of Generation C: from strategy+business. “How to prepare for the Connected Generation’s transformation of the consumer and business landscape.” Articles on the enablers of Egypt’s Revolution: NYTimes, broadstuff, Foreign Policy. New cities in India along the Delhi-Mumbai corridor: An interview in DNA with [...]

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Why? – Part 5

February 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments

What I have written this week can be seen as a rant. It is the rant of a frustrated Indian who sees the future slipping away. It is the rant of a citizen who would like to act but doesn’t know where to start and what to do. There is a way out. Three generations [...]

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Why? – Part 4

February 24th, 2011 · 3 Comments

The Whys can continue. The unfortunate part is that while the answers are there, we refuse to see them. Corruption has become a way of life. Breaking the rules and benefiting from patronage when caught on the wrong side of the law becomes a way of life. We don’t blame others because we would act [...]

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Why? – Part 3

February 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Why did India not become a fully literate nation within 15 years of Independence? Who kept India illiterate? Why didn’t they realise that all it takes is to educate one generation and they will in turn educate the next? Why did we not realise that not being educated subjects you to a life worse than [...]

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Why? – Part 2

February 22nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

Why is that we have some very good Chief Ministers but they inevitably never make it to the Centre? Why is it that good governance is possible in some states although the bureaucracy is nearly the same across all states? Why is that some states still languish? Why is that the voters in those laggard [...]

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Why? – Part 1

February 21st, 2011 · 4 Comments

Why are we surprised when Manmohan Singh messes up his press conference? Why did we expect anything better? When will we change our frame of reference that he is despicably dishonest? Raja may have looted the nation along with many other Ministers, but who let them get on with the looting? Who turned the proverbial [...]

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Blog Past: Talking to Others to Clarify to Self

February 20th, 2011 · 2 Comments

From a post a year ago: Over time, I have learnt not to worry about the success rate of meetings – new opportunities creation requires many meetings, and one should not aim for a 100% success ratio….As I put forth my ideas to people I met, I also found me talking to myself. Each meeting [...]

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Weekend Reading

February 19th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: Can India lead the mobile internet revolution? from McKinsey Quarterly. “The country could become the world’s first truly mobile digital society. But grasping the opportunity requires unprecedented cooperation between the private and public sectors.” Finding the Next Big Thing: An interview with Any Kessler. What’s your Founder Superpower? by David Beisel.”Just like [...]

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Rs 40 lakh donation for a School Admission

February 18th, 2011 · 9 Comments

It is quite shocking that there isn’t more outrage over how India’s education system is completely messed up because of near-total government control. A friend I met recently talked about the troubles he is having getting his daughter admitted to LKG in Delhi. Of course, in Delhi everyone knows everyone else, and money flows like [...]

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Where I Lived 36 Years Ago

February 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I had recently gone to Mahim for a meeting. I reached there early. Realising that I had actually lived in that neighbourhood till when I was 7 years old, I took a walk on the road where I actually lived. The building was very much there. I have few memories of the home. What I [...]

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The Waters around Mumbai

February 16th, 2011 · 4 Comments

We have one Sea Link in Mumbai (named after the same person whose name prefixes Hyderabad’s airport and a million other things.) There is another one planned, from Worli to Haji Ali. Now, there is an idea of a Coastal Road as a possible alternative. The link on the eastern side of Mumbai is stuck [...]

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NetChakra: Book 15 years of the Indian Internet

February 15th, 2011 · No Comments

I am glad to be one of the contributors to NetChakra, a book by Madanmohan Rao and Osama Manzar on 15 years of the Indian Internet.The book was launched in Delhi on Friday night. My contribution is “The IndiaWorld Story.” I have compiled writings from the time I was running IndiaWorld to tell the story [...]

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An Egypt in India?

February 14th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Tavleen Singh writes in Indian Express: “Those of our political leaders who have paid attention to the protests in Tahrir Square must be spending sleepless nights. Not because a floodgate of public rage is about to burst open in Delhi or Mumbai but because the reasons for the rage are so familiar to us who [...]

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Blog Past: An Advisory Board

February 13th, 2011 · No Comments

From a year ago: I cannot overemphasise the importance for early-stage companies to create an Advisory Board. The founder and management team, more often than not, are very closely involved in the business on a day-to-day basis.  As such, they can do with inputs from an Advisory Board which meets once a quarter or so [...]

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Weekend Reading

February 12th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: How to find the Perfect Startup Job: by David Beisel. “As an employee joining then, you bear (nearly) all the risk as founders but an order of magnitude less compensation, recognition, and influence.” Strategic Bets: from strategy+business, by Ram Charan and Michael Sisk. “Sooner or later, most global business leaders will have [...]

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Airport iPad Duty

February 11th, 2011 · 9 Comments

I thought we had outgrown such nonsense in India. When I came back from a recent international trip, the customs officer at the baggage screening machine wanted my bag to be opened because he said there were two computers. I said – I have a laptop, and an iPad. He said, the iPad thus becomes [...]

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Chanakya – A Play and A Book

February 10th, 2011 · 3 Comments

As part of a Friends of BJP event in Mumbai, we had organised “Chanakya”, the play, by Manoj Joshi and his team. Was an amazing experience. It is probably my first play that I had been to in Mumbai. The last plays I had seen were a few in the US during my time there. [...]

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Company Picnic

February 9th, 2011 · No Comments

We  had our company picnic recently – to Silent Hill Resort on the National Highway no. 8, near Vaitarna River Bridge. The resort is very big, and has plenty of stuff to do on the open land that is there. That was a nice change from our last picnic to Alibagh a few years ago, [...]

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