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Entries from June 2011

State of the Nation – Part 4

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

We need to understand that change in India can only happen through the ballot box. We cannot think of overthrowing governments  through  coups like some of our neighbours have done in the past. We cannot have military intervention. We have only one instrument in our hands – our vote. That vote has been so far […]

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State of the Nation – Part 3

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

So, it is a difficult situation we find ourselves in. There are still many who care about the future, and who do not want British Raj 2.0 to continue. Change is always brought about by a few – an ordinary few who are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to do something they believe in. […]

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State of the Nation – Part 2

June 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I, like many others, believe that our economic policies are flawed. It is quite amazing how much damage these policies can do. For example, as Niranjan Rajadhyaksha explained in an article in Mint recently, NREGA has put Indian on an inflation treadmill. And the coming Food Security Bill is going to make the situation even […]

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State of the Nation – Part 1

June 27th, 2011 · 5 Comments

It is an interesting time to be in India and follow the political games that are being played out. The sentiment that is now on the increase is ABC – Anything But Congress. Luckily for the Congress, national elections are not due for another three years. At the same time, while this should have helped […]

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Blog Past: Mirror World

June 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I wrote this a couple years ago:  During the elections, I was struck by the lack of databases and real-world linkages. Such tools could be great assets for both campaigning and direct marketing. I think of this as a “mirror world”– a virtual replica of the real world along multiple dimensions: start with maps add […]

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Weekend Reading

June 25th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: The Leader’s Checklist: A new book by Michael Useem, “presents a collection of 15 principles that can help leaders navigate successfully through even the most difficult circumstances.” A Knowledge@Wharton interview. Apple could buy the mobile industry: A short piece on asymco but with a remarkable insight on how the industry has been […]

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Rang De Basanti

June 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

One of the evenings recently, I ended up watching “Rang De Basanti” on TV. I had watched it after it was released, but watching the movie in the current political context of corruption and middle class frustration with the political class created a new setting. While the solution advocated at the end is not the […]

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Why I am not more active on Twitter and Facebook

June 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

A friend recently asked me why the only I do on Twitter and Facebook is repost by blog posts. Why didn’t I do more? Why wasn’t I more active? There are three reasons. First, I like to write slightly longer posts. Second, I like to take my time thinking through what I write. Third, given […]

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Manney’s Bookshop in Pune

June 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Every once in a while, I come across a bookshop that is made for a book lover. Strand Bookshop in Mumbai is one such shop. I wrote recently about Manohar’s in Delhi for India books. Another such shop is Manney’s in Pune. (Disclosure: Manney’s owner’s daughter is married to my cousin.) There is no better […]

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Bandra Terminus Road

June 21st, 2011 · 3 Comments

I wrote about this last year, but I just cannot help writing about it again. It is unbelievable that a major railhead like Bandra in Mumbai can have such pathetic access by road. The terminus has been around for many years, and little seems to have changed. Come the rains, whatever little of the road […]

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Ragging

June 20th, 2011 · 9 Comments

A few days, I got a message on Facebook from an old IIT friend – who as it turned out was one of my first raggers! As we were reliving old memories, the topic of discussion turned to ragging. I know that today ragging is seen as something of an evil, but in those days […]

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Blog Past: Summer Vacations

June 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

From a post a year ago: Since Abhishek started school a year ago, our vacations now have to sync up with his, which effectively mans the IB/IGCSE calendar. So, we have the unusal situation of having June and July as the vacation months for him, even as all his cousins have finished theirs and are […]

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Weekend Reading

June 18th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: IBM CEO Interview: Sam Palmasino speaks to Forbes. “We picked three major shifts and came up with the road maps–first the 2010 road map, now the 2015 road map. The three shifts are 1) global economies rebalancing, 2) the post-PC era driving infrastructure technologies like cloud and analytics, and 3) a changing […]

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Surat-Anand Trip – Part 5

June 17th, 2011 · 5 Comments

A few closing thoughts.Through the road and train journeys, I could not help think that I should do a driving tour of India sometime in the next year. One needs to get out of the metro (and South Mumbai) cocoon. Maybe, a small group can be put together to drive, discuss and debate. A good […]

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Surat-Anand Trip – Part 4

June 16th, 2011 · No Comments

The two days of travel made me think that we need to travel more in India. I am already looking forward to our Binsar vacation in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand. I haven’t travelled widely enough in India – most of my childhood vacations alternated between Pune and Rajasthan. With Abhishek now growing and his […]

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Surat-Anand Trip – Part 3

June 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment

In Anand, we visited two Amul factories, thanks to a friend at Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing (GCMMF). It was amazing to see the huge integrated equipment which process the milk and convert it to butter and milk powder, among other products. Working on computers all my life has limited exposure to the mighty machines that […]

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Surat-Anand Trip – Part 2

June 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment

We took the kids  (Abhishek and his cousin) to Anand to visit Amul for our obligatory one-day outing. Amul was one of my first customers during the IndiaWorld days, and from there started a relationship that has stayed through for fifteen years. Anand is about 225 kms from Surat. It took us about three-and-half hours […]

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Surat-Anand Trip – Part 1

June 13th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Last weekend, I made a short visit to Surat, with a 1-day trip to Anand. The family was already in Surat. With Abhishek’s vacation now underway, we are back to our short here-and-there trips. I have been visiting Surat for more than 15 years. Surat is about 260 kms from Mumbai. It takes about three-and-half […]

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Blog Past: It’s Up To Us Now

June 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The last part of my series from a year ago: What we need to start doing is to stand up and be counted. Stand up and say, Yes, I am willing to do by bit to help change India’s political and policy climate by 2014. And then, look around. You will be amazed by how […]

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Weekend Reading

June 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: 10 Asian Tech companies beating American ones: from Business Insider. Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations and People Always Die, and Life Gets Faster: from Edge. A conversation with Geoffrey West.” The question is, as a scientist, can we take these ideas and do what we did in biology, at least based on […]

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