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Airport Dysfunctions – 2

August 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The security check at airports is a bottleneck that is what I think of as a “daily dysfunction.”  It occurs multiple times daily. Everyone around knows about it, but no one wants to do anything about it, because the buck stops somewhere else. The metal detector that we walk through – the information emanated by […]

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Airport Dysfunctions – 1

August 6th, 2012 · 3 Comments

I have been taking many flights on work of late. While the on-time arrival of flights has improved, many procedures at our airports hark back to a different era or are simply illogical. Of course, everything goes in the name of security so no one will have the courage to make any changes, but that […]

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Blog Past: Binsar Vacation

August 5th, 2012 · 2 Comments

From the last part of my Binsar vacation series a year ago: 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, […]

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Weekend Reading

August 4th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: M2M: NYTimes: “The combined level of robotic chatter on the world’s wireless networks — measured in the digital data load they exert on networks — is likely soon to exceed that generated by the sum of all human voice conversations taking place on wireless grids.” Business Standard: “t is this internet of […]

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Australia Vacation – Part 10

August 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

I was thinking about our past international vacations with Abhishek: 2011 was Bali, 2010 was China (HK, Shenzhen and Shanghai), 2009 was London, 2008 was Singapore, 2007 was Dubai and US East Coast. By age 7, he has already seen a lot more of the world then Bhavana or I did till our 30s. Seeing […]

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Australia Vacation – Part 9

August 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Our last day of the vacation was in Kuala Lumpur. We began the day visiting the Petronas Towers. It was a Sunday, and all the tours to the top were booked, so we had to be content seeing the malls at the base. We then visited Little India and nearby China Town for some last-minute […]

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Australia Vacation – Part 8

August 1st, 2012 · 2 Comments

I could not help thinking that we, in India, perhaps have better and more scenic places. But the ease of access is just not there. The drives we did to Binsar and Munnar last year were, quite literally, back-breaking. Tourism done right can be a huge revenue generator and jobs creator for India. On the […]

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Australia Vacation – Part 7

July 31st, 2012 · 2 Comments

Day 3 was a tour out to the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge. It took the full day. We also took a river cruise and saw a couple of crocodiles. At the restaurant in the rainforest where we had lunch, a python showed up on the roof, even as we were getting ready […]

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Australia Vacation – Part 6

July 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I had planned out our four days in Cairns as 3 days of tours, and the last day for general walking around town. This was to be our real sightseeing part of the vacation. Day 1 was a trip to Kuranda.  A 7.5 km cable skytrain takes you over the rainforest into a small village. […]

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Blog Past: Bali Vacation

July 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments

From the last part of my Bali vacation series  of a year ago: For me, Bali was a good break with family. This year, we split our summer vacation into two – Bali for 5 days, and then Binsar in Uttarakhand for 4 days. It is faster to reach Bali from Mumbai then Binsar! For […]

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Weekend Reading

July 28th, 2012 · 3 Comments

This week’s links: The Olympian Contradiction: by David Brooks. “The Olympic Games appeal both to our desire for fellowship and our desire for status, to the dreams of community and also supremacy. And, of course, these desires are in tension. But the world is, too. The world isn’t a jigsaw puzzle that fits neatly and […]

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Australia Vacation – Part 5

July 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Over the rest of Sunday and part of Monday, we did our walkabout through Sydney visiting different streets and places. I took some time off for myself and visited a couple bookshops, Dymocks and Kinokuniya, on George Street. I spent quite some time looking at the huge collections – in Business, Political Sciences, Sociology and […]

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Australia Vacation – Part 4

July 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Next morning, we went to Manly. It is less than an hour’s drive from Sydney. We took off on one of the trails and walked along the beach and through a bit of forest for about 5 kms, and then turned back after lunch at one of the picnic benches en route. The 10+ kms […]

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Australia Vacation – Part 3

July 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The flight to Sydney via KL is long – a total of about 13+ hours flying time. Some time was spent sleeping, some reading, a little watching the inflight entertainment. We reached a wintry Sydney in the evening. My cousin surprised us by landing up at the airport to pick us up. A short ride […]

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Australia Vacation – Part 2

July 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Doing research for a trip is now so much easier thanks to the Internet. TripAdvisor was a useful resource, condensing the wisdom of crowds. I also bought a hard copy of Lonely Planet’s Australia guide. Between these two, and a few other sites, I planned out the itinerary. It would be 4 days in Sydney, […]

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Australia Vacation – Part 1

July 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

Our annual vacation this year was in Australia – Sydney and Cairns. It sort-of just happened. We were wondering where to go. A friend said he was going to be in Sydney for a couple months on work, and suggested we could come over. My cousin also lives there, and she too got excited about […]

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Blog Past: A New Mobile Phone

July 22nd, 2012 · 2 Comments

It has been a year since I bought the Samsung Galaxy II S. This is what I wrote a year ago: After a couple years of the Nokia E71, I got myself a new mobile – Samsung’s Android phone which sold 3 million worldwide in its first 55 days. It cost Rs 30,500 ($680). It […]

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Weekend Reading

July 21st, 2012 · 4 Comments

This week’s links: The Capitalism Debate: by David Brooks. “For centuries, business leaders have been inept when writers, intellectuals and politicians attacked capitalism, and, so far, the Romney campaign is continuing that streak.” On Stephen Covey, who died this week. 800-CEO-Read and Economist. Nokia’s Bad Call on Smartphones: from WSJ. An account of what went […]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 10

July 20th, 2012 · 3 Comments

A week or so ago , there was a very good article in the New York Times by David Brooks, “The Campus Tsunami.”  It  talked about online education. And I’m going to read out a small passage, because it’s very important from the perspective that we are thinking through, what we need to do for […]

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Higher Education Innovation Speech – Part 9

July 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

A few points about these government funds for education. For primary and secondary education,   these funds have to be given as grants. For tertiary education, for higher education, these funds have to be given as loans which have to  be repaid once the person is employed. So the key point here is that  government should […]

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