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Entries from August 2011

The Right Fight – Part 3

August 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment

I had plenty of time to think over many of these points with Atanu during my US trip. Being away from the action, one could take a different perspective. The problem is much deeper than we think. It starts with freedom. Not the freedom we think we won during the regime change of 1947. Not […]

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The Right Fight – Part 2

August 30th, 2011 · 14 Comments

Let’s take a brief look around us in India. Of course, this is a crib sheet, but stay with me. There is an important point coming up. Try and figure that out. The government controls all radio news broadcasts. The prices of petrol and diesel are still set by the government. Education continues to have […]

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The Right Fight – Part 1

August 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I was away in the US when the Anna Hazare movement was at its peak, so I missed the on-ground excitement. Seeing Middle India come out in numbers would have been a good sight. A fight to the finish for what is seen as a right cause against a corrupt, bumbling government always makes good […]

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Blog Past: Boosting Mobile Data

August 28th, 2011 · No Comments

From a post I wrote a year ago: As voice becomes a commodity on mobile networks, the action is shifting to mobile data services. In this context, India’s user base is only second to China. This availability of a domestic market can help India become a large market for mobile data networks as networks become […]

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Weekend Reading

August 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Why Software is eating the world: by Marc Andreessen. “Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at global […]

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India’s Tourism Opportunity

August 26th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Having travelled to both Bali and Binsar in July, I am convinced that there is a much untapped tourism opportunity within India. India gets about 18 million foreign tourists each year, according to Wikipedia. China gets three times as many. With better infrastructure and promotion, India’s numbers can easily match that of China. For example, […]

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O Scale Indian Train Models

August 25th, 2011 · 5 Comments

I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on how to get miniature O Scale models of Indian engines and trains. Abhishek and I are quite fascinated with the Lionel models that we have seen in the US. What we want to do is to build a collection of Indian trains. So far, Abhishek has been […]

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A Book as a Context to Think

August 24th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I have experienced this so many times. A book that I am reading helps me think through a conundrum I have been contemplating and creates the space for coming up with interesting ideas and solutions. The book doesn’t even have to be directly linked to the topic – what it does is forces deep thought, […]

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The Sea

August 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

I live in a building which faces the sea – the Arabian Sea. It has been so for the past 37 years. But there is a big gap between seeing the sea, and walking close to it. Mumbai doesn’t have too many places where one can actually enjoy the closeness of the sea. As a […]

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Water Woes

August 22nd, 2011 · 3 Comments

A few days ago, I heard a new phrase to describe the world’s three biggest challenges: FEW Problems, to refer to Food, Energy and Water. I loved the FEW monicker. And the W part hit home when I was talking to a friend in the suburbs of Mumbai. He is living in a new building […]

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Blog Past: Pretty Good Principles

August 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

From the first of a series written a year ago: India, like every successful entity, must have a set of principles at its core from which all governance and policies are derived. These principles should be understood by its citizens and therefore must be Comprehensive Comprehensible Minimal These principles are an expression of fundamental and […]

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Weekend Reading

August 20th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: Top 10 Gadgets we can’t wait for this year: by Dylan Love. 10 Big Projects to transform India: on Rediff/Business Standard. (via Vijay) India Today Mood of the Nation survey: “Congress comatose with stinkflation” Not a Happy Birthday: by Tavleen Singh. “The reason why political leaders are called leaders is because they are […]

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43 to 44: Part 5

August 19th, 2011 · 3 Comments

The past year has seen me make four short trips to the US. The single most important reason has been Atanu. The “think time” that we spend together helps me in working through the roadmap going forward. The only thing then left now is to make the time to ensure I can now start implementing […]

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43 to 44: Part 4

August 18th, 2011 · No Comments

On the personal front, I have been watching Abhishek grow more and more independent. He is now six years and just entered first standard. He was very excited at the prospect of having plenty of  younger kids in the school; that thought itself made him feel big! In Abhishek’s life, in the time we get […]

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43 to 44: Part 3

August 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Looking at things from a wider lens, the last year has been a year where India has lost a lot of faith in its political leadership. Scams, decisions not taken along with some extremely stupid decisions, corruption, inflation – it has all added up to a difficult year. And the most recent fall in the […]

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43 to 44: Part 2

August 16th, 2011 · 4 Comments

As I look back at the past year, I can see it from two different angles – from the Netcore lens, and from the India lens. In Netcore, our enterprise business has grown well. Our focus has been on “profitable growth.” Ensuring continued profitability helps simplify decision-making and requires continuous adaptation in changing markets. It […]

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43 to 44: Part 1

August 15th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Today, I turn 44. And after 7 years, I am once again travelling internationally on my birthday. This trip is not as much about work as it is about thinking through how I am going to bring about the political and policy change in India that I have written about. This August 15 comes at […]

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Blog Past: 42 to 43

August 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment

From the first of my annual series written a year ago: Once every year, I turn the mirror inward to look at my life -on my birthday. It is that time of the year once again. The dominant theme for the past year was about NetCore, the company I run. I spent the better part […]

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Weekend Reading

August 13th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: Freeing up the sales force for selling: from McKinsey Quarterly. “Most sales reps spend less than half of their time actually selling. Here’s how companies can reshape sales operations to allow them to focus on their real job.” India’s Health Problems: from WSJ. “India’s infant-mortality rate—50 deaths per 1,000 births—is worse than […]

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Binsar Vacation – Part 5

August 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Bali and Binsar capped off a summer of plenty of travel. Pune, Surat, Anand, Nageshwar, Bali, Binsar, Nainital. It was a packed June-July for us. As I write this a few days later, I cannot but help think of the beauty in India, and how little we know of it. If only we can improve […]

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