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Entries from May 2011

Urban Infra in Mumbai

May 31st, 2011 · 2 Comments

Indian cities need some serious urban planning. What we have right now is a mix of sub-standard ideas, ad hoc decisions and delayed implementation. That is no way to treat cities like Mumbai. Let us look at Mumbai. Yes, we got one Sea Link. Plenty of flyovers. An above ground metro and monorail are coming […]

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Wanted: July Vacation Ideas

May 30th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Abhishek’s school vacation is in June and July – he goes to the first standard when school re-opens. We were planning to go to the US in mid-July for 10 days, but are rethinking that. Any alternative recommendations? Our travel dates are July 10-20. Some ideas that have come up are: one of the Club […]

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Blog Past: Memories of Two Days

May 29th, 2011 · 3 Comments

The Day I First Landed in the US…. Come May, and a memory that comes by is of a day almost exactly 18 years ago when I returned for good from the US to become an entrepreneur in India. And with that is the memory of the day I first landed in the US in […]

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Weekend Reading

May 28th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: Why Middle Managers May Be the Most Important People in Your Company: from Knowledge@Wharton. Financing options for start-ups: by Fred Wilson. On Innovation: Steve Denning blogs about a Malcolm Gladwell article. “What has emerged over the last decade is a group of firms like Apple, Amazon and Salesforce.com that have learned how […]

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India’s 21st Century Infrastructure

May 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I came across this article by Tavleen Singh (read it in The Afternoon, May 19), and it struck a chord: Our most serious problem is the inability to build basic 21st century infrastructure without which there is little doubt that our great Bharat Mata will by the middle of this century resemble one, gigantic slum. […]

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Kashmir

May 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I met a friend on one of my flights back from Delhi. He has a factory in Jammu and goes there often. One point he made in the conversation: doing business in J&K is different from doing business elsewhere in India. Case in point: the Indian Penal Code has a variant there called Ranbir Penal […]

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Airport Blues

May 25th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Given the travelling I do, airports are natural transit points. And I cannot stop complaining about the inefficiencies and stupidities. I want to add one more to the list – the dumb security check. They have the scanners installed but absolutely ignore the results of the scan. Instead of only checking those who beep when […]

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Manohar’s Bookshop in Delhi

May 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I read about Manohar’s in an article in Mint a couple months ago. I visited it recently looking for books on Indian politics and elections. Everything that Mint says about them is true – and more! The collection of books on India is absolutely amazing. I am still of the school that likes to look […]

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Indian Elections Data

May 23rd, 2011 · 12 Comments

I was looking for data on past Indian elections – Lok Sabha and Assembly elections over the past 10 years. One obvious source is of course the Election Commission site but what they have is mostly PDFs and some XLS files (could not find XLS files for 2009-2011 Assembly elections). I am looking for the […]

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Blog Past: The Change India Needs

May 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

From two posts (Part 14 and Part 15) in the series “It’s Up To Us Now” that I wrote a year ago: Let us first think about the change India needs. India needs political leadership of the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Lee Kuan Yew. From that leadership will flow policy changes that we need […]

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Weekend Reading

May 21st, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: Social Media’s secret weapon – Email: by Fred Wilson. “The rise of alternative notification channels; sms, mobile push notifications, direct messages on twitter, facebook messaging, etc are going to move some of this kind of thing off of email over time. But today, if you want to drive retention and repeat usage, […]

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Verdict 2011: The BJP’s Path to 2014

May 20th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Let us start with two facts. First, if one actually analyses the BJP’s Lok Sabha performance through the years (and a similar analysis can be done for the Congress), it will be seen that the party has won at least once in about 300 of the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies. Second, the BJP is in […]

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Verdict 2011: Allies or Alone

May 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Much of the narrative that I have read post these Assembly elections is that the national parties (Congress and BJP) need to factor in coalition politics as the way forward since none of them are strong across the country. The Lok Sabha elections will be but an aggregation of the state electoral math – as […]

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Verdict 2011: The Powerful States

May 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The way India’s political system is structured, elections happen every year, sometimes multiple times in a year. So, some state or the other is always going to the polls every few months. In this situation, there is a sort of N+1 syndrome that creeps into policy-making – the hard decisions are put off because the […]

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Verdict 2011: The Lessons

May 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment

There are three takeaways that I see in this election. The first is the importance of good governance and development, as perceived by people (the voters). They want more – well-paying jobs, better lives, greater opportunities. The government that can deliver this to them can hope to get re-elected. Anti-incumbency is not the norm. We […]

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Verdict 2011: The Results

May 16th, 2011 · 4 Comments

After almost exactly two years, it was the day when lots of votes get counted and political fortunes are decided. This time around, it was the four major states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam, along with Puducherry. All the national political parties had plenty to fight for – some more than the […]

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Blog Past: It’s Up To Us Now

May 15th, 2011 · No Comments

A long series I wrote a year ago. Here is how I ended the first part: Focus on the future of the country and our children. We are watching what is happening. If 10-15 years from now, your then grown-up child were to ask you, “You saw what was happening. Why didn’t you do something […]

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Weekend Reading

May 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: Atoms, Not Apps, Will Power the Next-Gen Phones: by Christian Lindholm on GigaOm. “By “atoms,” I mean widgets, essentially, that provide contextually relevant links to service APIs. You may have an atom in the phone book for instance, which provides a contextual link to send a Facebook message right from a contact’s entry […]

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Five Results

May 13th, 2011 · 6 Comments

In a few hours, we will know the results of the five states that went to the polls and many questions will have answers: Will it be 5-0 for Congress? Or does Corruption matter to people in India? What will be Mamta’s margin in West Bengal?  Which way will Tamil Nadu vote? Is this the […]

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Mission 300

May 12th, 2011 · 4 Comments

I wish the two national political parties in India would set themselves a goal of winning 300+ seats in the next Lok Sabha elections (2014, or when the UPA Chairperson decides). Congress won 206 and BJP 116 in the last elections. BJP’s highest has been 182 in 1998 and 1989. No single party has won […]

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