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Entries from April 2011

Weekend Reading

April 30th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: The Really Smart Phone: from WSJ. “Researchers are harvesting a wealth of intimate detail from our cellphone data, uncovering the hidden patterns of our social lives, travels, risk of disease—even our political views.” Margins: by Fred Wilson. A second post. “When you think about your business; starting it, building it, scaling it, […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Winners – 3

April 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Winner 5: Rakesh Babu, in response to multiple questions: We need electoral reforms first, then you can continue with the economic reforms. This will solve 90% of the problems ** Information to farmers about what crops to grow, what the prices are etc. ** Make users pay more for using electricity at peak time. Give […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Winners – 2

April 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Winner 3, Mockingbuddha, in response to Should India be a soft state or an assertive one? A little bit of history. America faced this problem while it was growing big, in fact one of its Presidents got elected for saying that America will stay out of world politics. They even tried to stay out of […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Winners – 1

April 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Over the next few days, I will reproduce excerpts from the winning entries. The detailed responses for most of the winners can be found in the comments of the original posts. The winners, in no particular order: Winner 1: FirstBallSix, in response to “Is there an alternative to entitlements for the social sector?” At this […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Winners

April 26th, 2011 · 4 Comments

We have chosen 11 winners. Each of the winners will receive a copy of Atanu’s book “Transforming India: Big Ideas for a Developed India” soon. The winners: FirstBallSix Aaren Mockingbuddha Sushil Umang Saini Prakash Rakesh Babu Pratik Mhatre Jeevak Kasarkod Anshuman Goenka Abhishek Puri Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone for having participate. […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: 150 Responses

April 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Thanks very much for the response to the Big Ideas for India Contest. There were 150 responses in all to the 13 questions. I want to thank you all for the participation, and apologise in advance if you thought your answer was better than one of the winners we have picked. There is always a […]

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Blog Past: Early-Stage Investing

April 24th, 2011 · 3 Comments

From a series of two posts last year: I was talking to a friend recently on the problems of early-stage investing in tech companies India: lack of  serial/successful entrepreneurs whom investors can bet on limitations of the digital (Internet and mobile) marketspaces (in terms of revenue opportunity) in India dearth of risk capital (from angels […]

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Weekend Reading

April 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: Crafting Best-in-Class Business Intelligence: from strategy+business. How Genius Works: from The Atlantic. “We enlisted some of America’s foremost artists to discuss the sometimes messy, frequently maddening, and almost always mysterious process of creating something new.” The Unlit Social Graph: by Lawrence Coburn. “Much like the Dark Web, there exists network upon network […]

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Letter to a 6-year-old – Part 5

April 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

For your vacation last June-July, we travelled to China (Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Shanghai). You also did the two annual trips to Surat where SaifaliMasi and Niyati (who is just a year older than you) live. We also went to Lonavla to attend my cousin’s wedding. The times when we travel are the ones I […]

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Letter to a 6-year-old – Part 4

April 21st, 2011 · No Comments

You are currently learning swimming. And you are quite good at it. Your instructor is impressed by your enthusiasm and yet you push your relatively smallish body to do more. You learnt Skating in the first half of the year – and actually won a second prize in the competition at the end. Your Sports […]

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Letter to a 6-year-old – Part 3

April 20th, 2011 · No Comments

You are an only child, and as such have the concomitant benefits. But you also have no shortage of kids around you – Siddharth and Maya (my sister’s kids who are 9 and 7 years, respectively) next-door ensure you don’t miss the presence of siblings as you grow up. Siddharth is your idol and you […]

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Letter to a 6-year-old – Part 2

April 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Until a few months ago, your likes included trains and aeroplanes, cash registers to play with, Geronimo Stilton books to read every morning and stories from Jainism. Few of those interests remain. Now, you are a walking encyclopedia on beyblades and mobile phones. One of our regular conversations is which model should be my next […]

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Letter to a 6-year-old – Part 1

April 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Dear Abhishek, This Tuesday on April 19, you will be six. I have used every one of your birthdays to write a letter to you capturing key transitions in your life and my own impressions watching you grow. Now that you are older and can understand much more, I told you about my letter and […]

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Blog Past: Two Questions and Answers

April 17th, 2011 · 2 Comments

From a post a year ago: If there was ONE thing you could Change about India, what would it be? Middle India Apathy towards the nation. It is almost as if most of us in Middle India (young, educated in urban India) have switched off from trying to make a difference to what we see […]

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Weekend Reading

April 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: How to get a real education: “Forget art history and calculus. Most students need to learn how to run a business, says Scott Adams.” Weak government, subverted state: by Kanchan Gupta. “What India needs is sweeping governance reforms that will take away discretionary powers from politicians and make bureaucrats accountable…This sense of […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Question 13: What can be done to improve India’s information infrastructure?

April 15th, 2011 · 8 Comments

Information availability is a key component of decision-making in any institution – be they corporations or governments. The Indian government has hoarded information. This asymmetry loads the dice against citizens and their participation in the decision-making process. The Right to Information Act passed in 2005 tries to prise out information from government. Is that the […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Question 12: How do we address India’s mass transportation needs?

April 14th, 2011 · 11 Comments

India’s transportation sector needs rapid change. For many decades, we barely built quality roads or added to the train network. Over the past few years, the slight momentum in road-building at the turn of the century has also slowed.While air travel has boomed with competition in the sector leading to increased availability and lower prices, […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Question 11: What can be done to improve quality and availability of healthcare across India?

April 13th, 2011 · 5 Comments

One of the more stark indicators of India’s health challenges is that half of India’s kids below five years of age suffer from malnourishment.Together with education, health is the other social sector that needs urgent attention. With costs of healthcare rising and insurance still not widespread, there is a crying need to ensure that there […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Question 10: How do we change the functioning of the education sector?

April 12th, 2011 · 10 Comments

No social sector has been harmed by the government’s action as much as education. Near complete control of the sector coupled with a disregard for the quality of education has set India back substantially in the development process. Manufacturing needs an educated workforce. Neither is India getting education, and nor are people getting the right […]

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Big Ideas for India Contest: Question 9: How do we serve the needs of India’s rural population?

April 11th, 2011 · 6 Comments

India has a large rural population of about 700+ million people. Living in one of India’s 600,000 villages is tough – with the large majority facing the dual challenges of low incomes and the lack of availability of basic services that we take so much for granted in urban India. There is a need to […]

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