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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

IITM - Batch of 95, Alumni Reunion

Yeah! We guys (and gals) are meeting up after 10 long years of sojourn in our own lives. This meeting is the Bay Area edition of the Alumni Reunion, the Chennai / Bangalore edition is still to come :-)

Radish, Kavi, Trauma are the forebearers of the efforts and my visit to the Bay Area is serendipity in disguise so that I could join all the fun.

Radish has created a Wiki here and the program, over a weekend, looks juicy!

If you're from IIT-M batch of 95, dunno about this yet and can possibly join the fun, sign RSVP this Evite.

If you want more info, or would like to volunteer, join the Reunion Yahoogroups.

... Can't wait to meet up with the junta.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Smoothies - Berry Cream smoothie

I've been bitten by the 'Smoothies' bug. Yesterday I made this berry cream smoothie. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
10 almonds, 20 cranberries, half a glass of milk, 2 scoops of vanilla icecream, a glass of watermelon juice.
Serves 2

Preparation Method:
In a blender, grind the almonds with a little water, to a fine paste. Then add the cranberries and blend both for a minute. Then add the milk and the watermelon juice and then blend it for 2 minutes. Add the scoops of ice cream and whip till it's consistent.

Serving suggestion:
Serve this smoothie with 1 ice cube in each glass, garnished with a cranberry each. Try this out - it's great for the summer!

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Bangalore - Silicon Valley of India, what else?

This city is my latest habitat. I moved here since the advent of this year and have also taken up a new job here. Some of the thoughts on this erstwhile beautiful city:
  • Very congested - on the road to be one (literally & figuratively)
  • Too many opportunities - good for the young generation (I feel younger ;-))
  • Almost reckless development - may end up getting the city more skewed than necessary
  • Nice people - despite the din and bustle
  • Lot of activities - the Times of India comes up with its daily dosage of 20 names, with some seemingly interesting caption (dunno who finds it so)
Above all, work at my new place is exciting.

Friday, December 31, 2004

Supply overdose - what next?

My IIT batchmate, Sriram (a.k.a. SKD), from an NGO called Akanksha, called me up last night to let me know that he's organizing some supplies for rehabilitation for the Tsunami-affected people of coastal south india. He also mentioned that he's networking with other friends to see if all efforts can be aggregated so that relief and rehabilitation has a larger reach. At such times, I guess all these people will face lot of challenge in order to avoid duplicating efforts - leading to supply side excess. Also, it must be interesting to see how they handle the field efforts - ensuring that the stuff reaches the people, rather than just arriving at some collection points. And, it is definitely the 'last mile effort' that will help these initiatives.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Law as intelligence!

The arrest of Avinash Bajaj, CEO of Baazee.com has prompted lots of action from the fledgling internet industry captains in India. A gist of the incident and post-facto actions in CXO Today.

Here are some questions, pertinent from my view:
1. How does a group of law-makers argue for a non-standard way of evidence from an industry? For example, the court is asking for some signed papers regarding Terms of Agreement from a company where the online acceptance is deemed to be legal. Does this create a question of 'deemed' versus 'authorized'?
2. At the entrance to a restaurant in a strict 'No Smoking' area, if your customer smokes without your knowledge (though there are signboards to that effect), do you hold the restaurant owner responsible for the customer's smoking. All this when you fully realise that the cigarette, matchbox or the lighter were completely owned by the customer? Or, do you insist that once known, the restaurant owner should have stopped the customer or evicted him/her?
3. If lawmakers are not understanding enough about the way business is conducted over a given medium (that too, one where the growth of customers / users is very rapid, to say the least), then what right do they have to impose their own staid laws and regulations on this medium? Will it not result in detriment to the medium of business itself?
4. From a long-term perspective, education, rather than punishment - has always resulted in benefit for mankind. Repressive regimes and actions not just fall short of disciplining people, they also infuriate the masses to take up to worse stuff! Isn't it the duty of the court to 'correct' rather than to 'punish'? Or, has law already fallen short in trying to correct the wrongdoer that it finds solace in punishing the unwitting and unwilling accomplice?

Ultimately, I feel law-makers must understand the paradigms on which business is being conducted in the online industry and mould their approach based on what's suitable in that industry rather than try fitting a square peg in a round hole! In that context, it's high time they acquired intelligence in business.

What do you have to say?

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Tourism and safety!

The last episode of Powerr Trip, the program in Sahara One where Shobha De has a rendezvous with corporate bigwigs and other celebrities, was an interesting one. The person in question was Ashwini Thakkar, the CEO of Thomas Cook India.

Shobha De's question was,
'How do you improve Tourism in India?'
to which the profound but simple answer Ash had was
'Tourism is about giving confidence to the visitor that (s)he is safe and secure in our country. It's not about fashionable branding and promotions. It's about giving clean sanitation and healthy places to stay, have beggar-less streets, have merchants who do not cheat the foreign visitor. By creating such a comfortable and secure place for visitors, we automatically promote more people to come here. The best marketing tool for tourism is 'Word of Mouth' and that will happen only when the visitor feels safe and comfortable on a visit here'.

Simple things underline most of the frills and bloat that we see...