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Entries from July 2011

An article in DNA on NetCore’s Missed Call Solution for Anna Hazare’s Campaign

July 11th, 2011 · 3 Comments

There was a front page article in DNA (July 1) on how missed calls have helped the Jan Lokpal Bill campaign of Anna Hazare: Who said Anna missed his calling? Over 76 lakh missed calls in support says he did not! No, Sir Mayank Aggarwal Delhi It started with one man’s call to support his […]

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Blog Past: A Nation Adrift

July 10th, 2011 · 4 Comments

From a post a year ago: I cannot but help think that we in India don’t have a clue how to solve the big challenges that we face. Whether it is getting 500 million out of extreme poverty or dealing with Naxalism or handling our neighbours (Pakistan and China) or even something seemingly simple as […]

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Weekend Reading

July 9th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: The World is an Internet Startup Now: by John Battelle. “The Internet no longer belongs to the young tech genius with a great idea and the means to execute it online. Innovation on the Internet now belongs to the world, and that is perhaps the most exciting thing about this space.” The […]

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A Journey and a Conversation – Part 5

July 8th, 2011 · No Comments

I asked the driver and the watchman about the government. They said the government made no difference to them. The MPs and MLAs only came to ask for votes and were never seen again. Both voted, and would flip their vote each time because they saw no progress. Many of the 12-15 year-olds end up […]

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A Journey and a Conversation – Part 4

July 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment

While at Nageshwar, I had a conversation with the driver of the vehicle that brought us from Vikramgarh Alot and the watchman of the dharamshala. It brought out the reality of India that we have to work hard on improving. They were both in their mid-30s. Both had been born in the neighbourhood. Their salaries […]

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A Journey and a Conversation – Part 3

July 6th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I wish they would add digital displays with GPS in the train compartments. They can then provide contextual information on the stations and the states one passes through. (Presumably, a mobile app could do the same thing.) A train ride can be very educational, and adding a bit of history, geography and economy can make […]

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A Journey and a Conversation – Part 2

July 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I have loved long train rides ever since I can remember. Business travel necessitates flights, so the joy of sitting in a train and letting the world go by has been all but forgotten. On a train ride like this, one isn’t worried about take-off queues, connecting flights and being late for meetings. And with […]

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A Journey and a Conversation – Part 1

July 4th, 2011 · No Comments

I went to Nageshwar recently with Bhavana and Abhishek, and Bhavana’s parents. We spent the day at the Jain temple. Nageshwar is in Rajasthan, on its border of Madhya Pradesh. The nearest train station is Vikramgarh Alot, which is about 10 kms away. Nageshwar itself is primarily the temple complex and a small village. There […]

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Blog Past: India Needs to Think Big

July 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

From a post two years ago, written just after the UPA 2 government had been elected: The verdict is in. A new United Progressive Alliance government is expected to take charge of India next month. With it comes the promise of a change for the better. The new government has the opportunity – and the […]

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Weekend Reading

July 2nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: Who will pay for Mobile Data? Michael Mace “talks about the forecasted growth of wireless data, and why I think growth won’t continue the way most people are expecting.  That creates some big challenges for mobile data companies, but also some fantastic opportunities.” (via Anish) Obama vs. ATMs: Why Technology Doesn’t Destroy […]

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State of the Nation – Part 5

July 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

An informed, united voting class is the only force that can change the course of India. It has the power to force the political parties to put up better candidates, and then send good people to Parliament. The hope is that these good people will stay good when they go to Delhi and make policies […]

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