January 17, 2016
After quitting the renewable energy I had founded several years back, I had not looked at the sector until recently. The sector seems to have come a long way from where it was when I was running my company.
Idea - A Food Sharing App
January 13, 2016
I love food. When I had to change my house a year back, the first thing I thought about was the number of restaurants near my old home that I was going to miss. Fortunately, we live in an app-world where everything is just a tap away. Recently, I got thinking about what would immigrants in foreign countries do? You get some of the generic items like Roti, mutter paneer etc in generic Indian restaurants. But what would you do about rare to find food such as Maddur Vada? Same applies to an African person in India or a Brazilian in Russia; I guess you get the point.
2014 - What I learned
December 31, 2014
Thirunelli to Murappilangad, Nov, 2010.
December 26, 2014
This one's an old draft from 4 years back about a beautiful cycling trip. I don't know why I had not posted it though. I reproduced it here without any new changes. The post though ends abruptly for reasons I don't remember now.
July 29, 2014
I have always liked running. I loved to run the 3.6 kms around Kukkarahalli lake in Mysore. The 8 kms run up Chamundi hills in Mysore with Suraj was my greatest challenge until a few years ago. Once in a year, I used to run the sunfeast 10k (now TCS 10k) and I had completed the BSNL 21K as well. But I still had my doubts about running. Partly due to people-talk, I was thinking in fact that running may wear off my knees.
A travel in time to Gundimane
April 18, 2014
I sit and listen while Ganapathy uncle and his father speak about their land. It seems their ancestors used to live in a vast forest area called Bheemeshwara. Pepper was the main produce and it probably reached the kings of then. The grinding stones can be found in the forests even now. But nobody lives in the deeper forests now. Those were abandoned long back. Nevertheless, Gundimane feels just as remote to the normal city dweller. When you reach here, you immediately feel that you have reached the land of trees, spices and kings.
January 10, 2014
Why can't I be there again?
Hosting this blog on openshift
September 21, 2013
I'm sure there are hundreds of posts already on how to do this. Openshift has a one click installation as well. It's ok. I'll still write my take on it. The idea is to learn something about how openshift works and how to deploy a simple application on the cloud. A one click install does not provide learning opportunity. However, taking the longer route and doing a few mistakes in the process does exactly that.
The goal and the path
September 18, 2013
I can choose one of many paths. Most are easy but they give me no joy. The one I like is dead opposite and I don't know why. It just always is that way.
Cycling from Manali to Leh – Day 9 - Leh
July 8, 2013
It was day 9, the last day of cycling during this trip. 5 high passes had been crossed, so much pain endured and so much distance traversed, the journey so far seemed quite unbelievable.
Cycling from Manali to Leh - Day 7,8 - Taglang La
July 6, 2013
Lachalang La, the 4th pass in our itinerary was right in front of us from where we were at Whisky Nala. When we started cycling at 6 AM, there was still frost on the saddle and handle bars. I had never before felt as happy when the sun came out as today. The body warmed up and slowly, the energy levels increased. In 1.5 hours, we finished the 7 km, 300m climb.
Cycling from Manali to Leh - Day 5,6 - Gata Loops
July 5, 2013
Baralacha La was 14 kms away on the 5th day. Venu was down with altitude sickness and preferred to walk rather than cycle. None of us had a great sleep the previous night due to the cold and altitude. And now, it was uphill until the top. A few kilometers later, mountain sickness caused Venu to retire to the jeep. He would get better only after we reached a lower altitude. Sandeep coughed and cycled all the way. Cycling here is really a test of one's limits. You start thinking in terms of moving forward by inches.
Cycling from Manali to Leh – Day 3, 4 - Zing Zing Bar
July 4, 2013
The countryside on the Chandra-Bagha river valley is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The river changes color between green, blue, brown, white and even grey depending on the time of the day and the type of mountains around.
Cycling from Manali to Leh - Day 2 - Rohtang
July 3, 2013
Rohtang: The pass of "pile of corpses". It was a ominous start with a light rain overnight. Our support jeep driver and the hotel staff did not like the idea of us cycling up in bad weather. The driver woke us up at 3.30 AM and wanted to transport us in the jeep to somewhere safe on the other side of Rohtang. Elsewhere, a few hundred kilometers away in the Himalayas, floods were already ravaging villages and many were dead. The danger of floods and landslides was always present in our itinerary as well.
Cycling from Manali to Leh - Day 1 and Before
July 2, 2013
6 years back, in 2007, when I was touring at Manali with my family, I saw a lone cyclist between Manali and Rohtang pass. Until then, I had not even imagined that one could cycle in such a road.
Mobile App to detect (and then warn about) speed bumps
March 13, 2013
As part of my MS project, I have been working on an android app that can detect and subsequently predict speed bumps. Although it is still a work in progress, I was able to get the detection part to work. Following image shows the speed bumps when travelling from Bangalore to Mysore:
Bicycle - Best means of transport in Bangalore
November 22, 2012
First, let me compare some travel times here from my experience:
September 30, 2012
Neighborhood Match - A personalized view of the perfect neighborhood for you!
Don't blame your education system (Anymore)
September 5, 2012
September 3, 2012
Impatience causes corruption.
March 18, 2012
Biking in Goa – Part 4 – Dudhsagar to Bondla to Panjim
January 7, 2012
Biking in Goa - Part 3 - Assolna to Netravali to Dudhsagar
January 5, 2012
Goa.. One tends to think only of the warm and beautiful beaches.
Biking in Goa – Part 2
December 28, 2011
Cycling.. Just like marathons..
Biking in Goa - Part 1
December 25, 2011
"I am planning for Goa Biking expedition. Anyone interested?" - mail from Du in July...
Hunting.. Farming.. Technology?
October 11, 2011
A talking robot is about to become common place in the form of iphone's Siri. Lawn mowing robots, house cleaning robots and military robots are already not so uncommon (See previous blog). And although we don't realize, we interact with robots on a daily basis in the form of ATMs, customer care bots etc. Looking at the current pace of progress, how would the future look? You could read about a possible scenario here: Robotic Nation.
Asimov cannot be wrong
October 2, 2011
I am not responsible for the world I am in..
May 29, 2011
As evil as it may seem to some, I now believe in that statement. It does not mean that I would put an atom bomb or something on a city. It just means that I don't have to feel guilty for not sacrificing my life for the good of others in this world.
2011 AD, India:
March 27, 2011
February 3, 2011
Learn From Failures
February 2, 2011
I was just cleaning up my website and found something I had written a long time back and stored in the drafts section. Although things have changed a lot for me, the points below seemed very relevant. Points are kind of myth-busters.
Musings about corruption
January 19, 2011
Who isn't corrupt? Based on what is your definition of morality, you may have a different level of gauging how corrupt the other person is. But how good are you really? And an even more important question. In this world driven by competition, is it of any use to be good and suffer?
Need adventure? Just walk in this city.
November 18, 2010
After more than 6 months as a pedestrian in Bangalore, I have come to think that this city just loves its pedestrians. The people are given so many opportunities to keep themselves fit, for sport and for adventure; I thought they should be documented. Here are some of those:
Cycle To Work
September 26, 2010
In the few hours that I can squeeze out from a working day, there are not many things that I can do. And, inactivity implies boredom, the opposite of happiness. After a 2 year gap, when I went back to my regular job, I had to do something to make my workdays work for me. Without a motivated plan, I knew how corrosive long hours at work can be on the self. One output of this plan was cycling to work.
Cycling log - August
August 31, 2010
The rockrider 5.2 I bought has now crossed 415 kms on road.
August 18, 2010
His reason was unseated by the blind yearning of the flesh to exist and move, at all hazards to move, to continue to move, for movement was the expression of its existence.
Not Entrepreneur Anymore
July 5, 2010
* THIS POST IS JUST ABOUT ME.
*ENLEN, THE COMPANY I CO-STARTED IS RUNNING WELL AND I STILL GET UPDATES FROM THE OTHER 2 FOUNDERS OF THE COMPANY. ONLY I AM NOT PART OF IT ANYMORE.
The Startup Conundrum
March 17, 2010
One of my entrepreneur friends, Vinay once told me "Earlier, your boss used to screw you. Now when you are an entrepreneur, the whole world wants to screw you."
Climate Change - The Long War Ahead
March 10, 2010
World war II. Events that changed our history. In many ways, it changed the course of humanity itself. Surviving the war required huge amounts of effort from all the participating countries. Now replace the B26, FW200, T60, M2 etc of the world war with CO2, NOx, CH4, SOx etc and you have a new war called climate change. Surviving this requires a greater effort than anything humanity has ever done. If you think I am just exaggerating things here, have a look at the following slideshow (97 slides):
Royal Mysore Walks
March 1, 2010
What is the connection between Mysore and Dan Brown's favorite secret society? How did the Maharajas of Mysore plan the city? Why does NASA, in its Virginia facility have a painting of Tipu and his soldiers of the war at Srirangapatna? These and hundreds of interesting facts plus an energetic presentation by Vinay plus a morning walk at the pleasant city of Mysore make up the experience called Royal Mysore Walks.
Report on Mysore Santhe
February 25, 2010
Mysore Santhe started on January 10th, 2010 as an informal gathering of people who do not necessarily have anything in common. To know it better, be at the Rangayana open theater this Sunday any time between 11AM and 1PM (earlier held in Samvaada vana, Yuvaraja college). (See here for an earlier post). It is amazing to see how 7 Sundays can create many new things or at least ignite new ideas. Here is a list of some of the outcomes from my perspective:
Why a startup is like an uphill trek..
February 24, 2010
Kumara Parvata, 13th-14th Feb 2010
February 20, 2010
ChitraSanthe @ Mysore
February 15, 2010
Democracy education at school
February 2, 2010
The problems we see today are a result of the mistakes of the past. So, it seems natural to me that today's solutions should be directed at the future. The disregard for environment, the cynicism about government, the skepticism about democracy all seem like the result of a vicious feedback cycle of negative thought.
January 29, 2010
Death of 50 trees
January 26, 2010
Be a Wangdu!
January 13, 2010
Spread that Idea!
January 7, 2010
Imagine a place where artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, journalists and people from various streams come together with just one agenda: To let ideas flow. That is the kind of place we want "Mysore Santhe" to be. And for it to be a success, you need to be there too. Just walk into Samvaada vana at Yuvaraja campus, Mysore on any Sunday anytime between 11AM and 1PM. The first one will be on 10th January, 2010.
January 1, 2010
If you believe...
December 27, 2009
We were talking with the chief of a company about our business idea and project and how he could sell his product to us but it turned out he was interested in investing in the project too. Another day, another chief, similar proposal and this person provided us the contact of a person who does similar work like us in a different country which is a great insight for us. Yet another day, another chief and this person tells us about many other places where we could implement similar projects.
Why aren't there more entrepreneurs?
December 23, 2009
A few days back, I had a conversation with a highly experienced CEO who had started his company more than 3 decades back. He had this to say:
TIE CleanTech Conference Hyderabad - 17th Dec, 2009
December 18, 2009
November 24, 2009
I have been watching a lot of TED-Talks lately and every time I watch one, I ask myself one question. Is my life as varied as theirs?
Pakshipatala, 15th Nov 2009
November 17, 2009
Questions I don't have an answer now
November 10, 2009
I am writing this post so that I can come back 5 years later and see if I have found the answers. Its just a list of questions.
November 8, 2009
A few months back, teachers at Vidyavardhaka school in Mysore called me to gain some knowledge on climate change and renewable energy technologies. Their intention was to participate in a national level science project. I suggested them various simple things such as a simple biodiesel project, a carbon sequestration calculation project, a school level tree nursery among others. However, due to the mere charm of it, they wanted to do a windmill. And so, 3 months later we have a partially working windmill:
November 7, 2009
Is this how every entrepreneur's days look like? Full of ups and downs.
The railway ticket queue
October 28, 2009
Thought of an interesting analogy while talking to my friend.
October 26, 2009
Took a break
October 20, 2009
I just did a reboot by not blogging for 3 weeks and it feels fresh. Extrapolating this to other forms of communication, does it help if
Policies going waste
September 28, 2009
I went to a retail mall today and bought some products. I reached the bill counter and noticed they had hung some cloth bags (with the mall's brand name) for customers to purchase. I must say, the bags very really cheap. The most probable explanation to this was so that at least a few customers would buy these instead of the free plastic bags. It could serve multiple purposes; it may have been environmental concern, it may have been branding or it may have been a strategy to reduce some costs by saving on plastic bags.
The 60+ Entrepreneur
September 20, 2009
Most often, we think of entrepreneurs as young and still in their 20s, 30s or sometimes in their 40s. The name 'businessman' however can create the image of a person above 50s. One of the main reasons is that entrepreneurship is risky, physically and mentally tough sometimes and is bearable only to the young, bar a few exceptions. Conducting an established business on the other hand is most often just managing the variables and not creation of those variables.
Rural Statistical Info
September 17, 2009
Often, we require rural statistical information related to our business. How many farming communities exist in an area. What is the forest cover in an area. What is the existing economic scenario in rural areas. And many more like this. How do you find such information?
September 14, 2009
My friend, Sunil and I chat often on startups. The discussions have always been useful and interesting to me. These might be interesting read for you too.
September 6, 2009
We all love stories. Kurt Vonnegut explained this beautifully (as written by Derek Sivers).
Ideas and Happiness
August 28, 2009
Why do I like writing? Because the writing process forces me to generate new ideas, refine those ideas and put those ideas in understandable format.
Do you try to copy success?
August 22, 2009
Avik Pramanik sends me this interesting post: Business advice plagued by survivor bias. Do you learn lessons only from success? And not hear the "lessons learned" from a guy who hasn't yet learned those lessons himself? If the answer is yes to some extent at least, then you should read that post. The world war II anecdote in the post would definitely keep you interested.
Eximius 2009, IIM Bangalore
August 18, 2009
Eximius was an entrepreneurial summit held at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. If you had written down the names of each of those present in that event, and 10 years later calculated the total of the net worth of those people, it would be a billion dollars at the least (If not more). And if you calculate the jobs created by them, it would be a few thousands at the least. And I am definitely not exaggerating. Entrepreneurs, Venture capitalists and angel investors were all together, in one place. And also, we won the 2nd prize at Genesis, a venture validation platform from among 6 finalists selected from 100+ companies.
Beautiful Earth; What have we done?
August 14, 2009
How was your city 15 years back? Much beautiful than now? I am sure it was. These changes are visible. That is why we cry and shout whenever trees get replaced by roads or when a lake gets converted to an apartment. We care only about the things we can see with our eyes. What about the changes that have happened to our planet? Probably, if eagles were to talk, we would have known. But humans have reached even where eagles fly and we can see the big picture; if we keep our eyes open that is. I am talking about the movie, HOME, by Yann Arthus Bertrand, French photographer, journalist, reporter and environmentalist.
What made you leave your regular job?
August 11, 2009
In the recent past, I've met many people who have asked me "What made you leave your regular job?". When I left the job, it was only because of some sort of uneasiness and a feeling that it was not right. I never was able to identify the root cause back then. That was 1.5 years back. Now, since the work I do feels so perfectly right, I can identify the exact reason for the discomfort back then.
You can't please everyone
August 8, 2009
Everyone praises a country's soldiers. But very few would send their sons to the army. It is too risky! Everyone wants the country's political system to change and hope that good people join politics. But very few consent their sons and daughters to enter politics. It is a corrupt place you know. Every one wants their children to be like Narayan Murthy. But very few would like their children to stay away from a regular job.
Entrepreneurs are rare
August 7, 2009
To create tasks is difficult. To create tasks for oneself is even more difficult. That is why, we have people to assign us tasks in large companies. You get your tasks from your manager, the manager gets his tasks from his manager and the chain continues till the top. It does not end even there. The people at the top are answerable to the board, the shareholders and so on who indirectly set their tasks.
July 31, 2009
Recently, I had three experiences, however small they may seem had a huge effect on me. First is about entrepreneurs, possibilities and the hope of capitalizing a possibility that brings happiness. Second is about a grassroot approach that can bring immense change. Third is about the necessity to attack common human tendencies with radical approaches.
Environmental science at schools
July 16, 2009
A few days back, I had been to a school to provide teachers with technical help related to environment related projects. During the discussion, I came to know about some interesting activities being conducted in one of the classes; With a view to teach students about how a seed turns into a plant, they have practical demonstrations and hands-on activities. Similarly, another class did projects based on biogas production. Most of the teachers seemed to be very Eco-conscious. Yet, even the teachers seemed to lack knowledge related to many of the activities. This led to a thought.
July 14, 2009
What do you want to become when you grow up?
It only matters if you do it
July 11, 2009
It has been 3 weeks since I last blogged. The first 2 or 3 days it didn't feel anything. The next 5 to 6 days, it was like "tonight, I will write" and it somehow never happened. And after the first 10 days had passed, there was sort of a pressure that I had to write something really super to make up for all the absence. But anything I could think of was not good enough for me.
Place you live and success
June 21, 2009
Does the place you live in determine your success? I never gave it a thought earlier but now I feel it might be worth thinking. Here's what I think may be missing in a smaller city like Mysore (where I live in):
June 8, 2009
Today, I was at a public meeting for protecting 137 trees from being cut: http://www.sapgreen.com/2009/137-trees-saved-in-mysore
June 5, 2009
If you are in the habit of sleeping in the morning till 8AM, you would definitely know the difficulty in getting up early for that early morning train. Get hold of some video game for some days and you just can't let it go. Work at your cubicle for 12-14 hours a day and you just can't let go off that habit. We all have inertia, the tendency to remain in the same state as we are in now.
Is it too late to start?
May 27, 2009
Once in a while, you come across stories of ultra successful people. When you see their track record, it seems like they were born with success. But were they really much different from you when they started off? Consider these example:
Meet more people
May 25, 2009
There is a major problem with techie-turned-businessmen. Almost all the techies I know (including myself in the past) typically are people-shy. I think it is because we spend day in and day out with computers; coding, debugging, testing, blogging, facebook, orkut and more. I got trained in watching computers for 30 months and it has definitely taken its toll. When I decided that I would quit software and do business and that too, a non-internet-based one, I didn't expect that business is all about meeting varied types of people, sometimes all day.
How to get a job
May 15, 2009
Being on the other side of the table while conducting an interview teaches you so much about "how to face an interview". When I look back now, I've conducted varied types of interviews, from posts for marketing managers to software engineers. Low salary jobs to high salary jobs. 15 year experience people to no experience people. I don't claim that I have understood everything about this process. Yet, I think there is a basic criteria based on which you get that job or you don't get it. It's called confidence.
Not enough skills?
May 11, 2009
The question is: Whether to perfect the skills you have and then apply them on a task? Or whether to apply whatever half-baked skills you have on a task and then improvise the skills?
Top 5 mistakes when starting a business
May 4, 2009
In spite of having read about all of the 5 things I am going to mention now, even I committed the mistakes and I should admit that many of them were costly; in terms of both money and time. The internet age has made so much information available to us that we tend to think ourselves as 'not prone to errors'. However humans have a tendency of taking in whatever is favorable to them and ignoring everything else. And hence I ignored a lot of good information and had to learn my mistakes the hard way. Following is the list of my top mistakes:
Follow the truth
May 3, 2009
I've been watching construction workers since a few days now. One thing I have seen in them is that they never complain about their work. They do the same thing day after day, yet they do not complain. I have asked them in many ways whether they are happy with their work. It seems, they have understood their limitations and that things will not change by complaining. They know what they are supposed to do and they do it with full heart.
April 29, 2009
Strange! I wrote the previous post about writing and since then, haven't written. And then I read this manifesto by Chris Guillebeau: 279 days to overnight success. If you haven't already read about Chris, I think you should read now. He is a world traveller and has visited 107 out of the 197 countries. His goal: To visit every country in the world by April 7, 2013!!
April 10, 2009
49-O Vote for nobody
April 9, 2009
MBAs running companies
April 8, 2009
It's time to not go to work
March 29, 2009
Cost of Incremental Improvement
March 26, 2009
Run a marathon. You may finish in, lets say x minutes. Now try improving that time by 5 minutes in the next marathon. An enormous amount of effort goes into achieving that much extra. Another example, consider train or bus travel costs. In the place I live, Volvo buses travel about 20% faster as compared to normal air-conditioned buses. Yet they cost almost twice as much!
Open to change
March 16, 2009
A few days back, Paul Graham found a basic quality of good startup founders: Be relentlessly resourceful. Really, a beautiful definition. Think about it, one of the most important qualities required in starting up is the will to accept change and adapt to it in every possible way. You can never work the same way tomorrow as you did today. When starting up, every single variable would change between now and 5 minutes later. Today, if you are a php coder, tomorrow you are a graphic designer. Today if you are meeting CEOs in luxurious hotels, tomorrow you are doing sales and marketing in dusty streets. Today if you are reading about switched mode power supply systems, tomorrow you are learning the basics of value added tax!
Start a company
March 8, 2009
Recessions are good for startups. Everything is cheap. Real estate prices come down, so office space is cheap. Good employees are available for affordable salaries. Big businesses are now willing to work with small companies unlike during boom times when they would just say 'No'. Suddenly, startups are being treated with respect.
March 8, 2009
Two people, x and y decide they want to reach the top of the hill in front of them. x drives a car and reaches in an hour while y climbs by foot and takes five hours. Did time really matter to y as much as choice? If he wanted, y could have taken the easier path as well.
Reclaim your life
February 16, 2009
If you looked back at your life, what would you remember?
February 12, 2009
Working at large organizations is really depressing sometimes. The numerous checklists, policies and timesheets tend to reduce the employee into a robot. At least, that is the employee point of view. But aren't they present because of a reason? The methods used may be flawed but the reason in most cases would be very valid. The reasons for the existence of such 'overheads' may be the only reason why an organization has managed to grow.
Better for less? That's impossible.
February 11, 2009
If a product is the costliest, then it ought to be the best. That is the line of thought most people have!! A few days back, I saw a bottle of mineral water whose price was Rs.40 as compared to other brands which cost Rs.12. It beats me as to why any one would spend that much! It is after all water. Yet, I see people buy the special water. Similar examples can be seen elsewhere too. An apple with a half inch wide sticker pasted on it is 4 times as costly as the one without the sticker. I've never found a really noticeable taste difference between the two.
February 9, 2009
Well, I am in no way connected to the marketing department at Zoho. But I just can't help marketing this product. Try Zoho :)
Customer and Us
February 8, 2009
February 3, 2009
What is the first impression you would get of a person who introduces himself with a sorrow tale of his?
Special Economic Zone
January 24, 2009
Bribes and Fear Psychology
January 17, 2009
How does a government employee manage to extract bribe from you? Experiences in the past one week have clearly showed me that it is by installing fear. Example this conversation:
Chief Idea officer?
January 15, 2009
Ideas are just a small part when you embark on a big project. As long as you have the ability to think wide, ideas never fail you. However, ideas by themselves do not take you anywhere. Execution is what is required to realize the idea. And execution is what would test an individual to his core. I have seen so many people say "I had plans to do this and plans to do that". Of what use are plans if they are not realized?
Planning v/s Execution
January 12, 2009
How many times have you seen the two match? More specifically, when the task was a considerably large one, how often do the two match?
The pace of development!!!
January 10, 2009
The pace at which bangalore city grows can be best seen from the sky.
January 9, 2009
Some things have to be learned the hard way. Say, you want to launch a new product. For example, shoes. What would it take to introduce a shoe into the market? Theoretically, you would just have to find lace suppliers, leather suppliers, thread suppliers, hard sole suppliers and a few workers to stitch the shoe. When you actually start looking for the suppliers, comes the surprise. The lace supplier would be dealing in thousands only. The leather supplier would not take an order if the quantity is less than a truck load. Workers in your state wouldn't have the knowledge to make leather shoes, they may be proficient in rubber boots probably. The issues never end.
Santa for entrepreneurs
December 26, 2008
An entrepreneur needs to know how to make the perfect pitch. If Santa were to be one, what would he do? He'd make a business plan with lines such as "Projections: Total addressable market of two billion children. Conservatively, 1% market share means...". Read more at the open forum.
Outside the cubicle
December 24, 2008
If you don't look out of your cubicle, you are not living on this planet. At least that's something proved by most of my friends who dared to look out of the cubicle. Here is Anil's recent experience.
December 22, 2008
I am waiting for my friend, Anil to write a post on the experiences he had at Sringeri.
A company I really admired from a long time, one which was admired by many others too, a winner of social responsibility awards multiple times, one which seemed to change people's lives. The same company makes money in reprehensible ways, takes advantage of the ignorance of illiterates, pushes its products on people who didn't even know they required the product. Wow!!
December 21, 2008
Everyone's got a philosphy of their own. Don't they. I've got mine here. I am not sure who would benefit most by reading another person's thoughts. The writer by giving his thought a form. Or whether its the reader by collecting hundreds of such thoughts.
December 16, 2008
A few days back, I took a session on global warming to a small group of 12 year olds. The kind of questions they ask can take anyone by surprise. I never expected a young fellow to ask "What would be the future like if we keep burning fuels?". I never thought they would think so far ahead!! Many adults don't seem to think that far.
Customer satisfaction standards
December 14, 2008
Once in a while, you come across this really amazing company which doesn't look like the typical faceless corporate. There are just a handful of such companies whose policy is "Break company policy when the customer says so". These companies go all out of their way to make the customer feel like he is getting value for what he has paid. Fedex, Amazon, Zappos lead the list of such companies.
Learn by teaching
December 14, 2008
I knew this guy who wanted to crack the CAT exams. Instead of taking the usual path of studying books written for CAT, the guy started teaching "how to crack the CAT" to other aspiring students. Of course, the idea paid well. Aspiring guitarists and artists often use this technique. Would Al Gore have such influence and knowledge on the issue of climate change if not for the 1000+ talks he gave on the topic at various parts of the world?
Customer is everything
December 13, 2008
First, do read this story: "I heart Zappos".
Windows in the history books
December 11, 2008
Is it possible that some day, there will no more be microsoft windows? Could your operating system be free? Hard to imagine that way, but I bet it will be so in less than 10 years. In 1959, a US postmaster general Arthur Summerfield remarked: "We stand on the threshold of rocket mail". Then there was email. 7-8 years back, could anyone imagine that mail could be free and unlimited? All you had was a 4MB limited email exceeding which you needed to pay for further usage. Then came skype and voice transmission became free. Youtube brought unlimited videos. The ultimate result of all these is that, "UNLIMITED" and "FREE" are no more a novelty. We expect everything on the internet to be so.
Making sense of the internet
December 10, 2008
Now, even Seth Godin is quite unsure about the internet. Its become full!! No, not that there isn't enough space to fit the data. Its just that our attention is quite full. Probably the first time you used the internet, it was more about finding relevant information in the easiest way. It was about finding information even before it appeared on TV or the papers. Is it the same anymore?
December 5, 2008
Have you come across this kind of a statement: "I would not say that Mr.Frank has underworld connections". What kind of picture does it give you about the person? This kind of an allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned is known as apophasis. Shakespeare has Mark Antony say, "Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up To such a sudden flood of mutiny". Although he uses the word "not", the word that remains in the minds of people is "mutiny". "not" does not have the same power as "mutiny" which is considered as a strong word. And Antony indeed gets a mutiny.
December 3, 2008
A casual remark or a casual discussion sometimes turns into a high temper, high volume debate. Egos clash and nothing remains in control. I try hard and then intentionally fall silent every time the volume of a discussion crosses a certain decibel, no matter the opposition's stance. However, I'm not really sure if this is a right approach. Maybe, a continuation of the discussion at the same level would have been fruitful! Something to think about.
This country needs change
November 27, 2008
As act after act of terror strikes our country, it certainly feels that we are not safe anymore. Glorification of the acts by the media aggrevates the feeling. One cannot fail to notice the lapse in intelligence gathering. Misplaced priorities of the politicians makes the situation worse than it is already.
Bootstrapping and office space
November 26, 2008
First of all, if you are not quite aware of the term bootstrapping, here's a great explanation of the same. Now, when you are bootstrapping a business, you may not be able to gauge the exact office space requirements. So, what do you do? A few innovative ideas implemented by others are:
How to stay busy
November 24, 2008
Here's my list:
November 23, 2008
I've tried livejournal. Then, I also wrote at blogger. However, nothing impressed me as much as Wordpress. I'm not talking of wordpress.com which also is a typographically beautiful blogging site. What really blew my mind was the open source blogging tool that is wordpress.org.
November 14, 2008
Since I plan to blog regularly, I thought it would be best to personalize my blog. Moreover, livejournal was not allowing me to post for the past one month. As a result, I decided to purchase my own domain, personalize the whole blog with my own template and write some serious stuff :)
October 2, 2008
1 Engine, 2 Auto-Rickshaws
September 24, 2008
This is not freedom.
September 14, 2008
Imagine you had a beautiful ancestral farm which is the sole source of your income. You may not earn much over there but that is the place you were born, brought up and now live. I am not sure if the typical city-fellow can experience the kind of emotion associated with such a thing but the majority of rural India lives on such emotions. If you can somehow associate with such an emotion, imagine being bullied by a rich guy to sell your farm for a price.
French Rocks Rocks :)
September 13, 2008
Self discipline and happiness
September 9, 2008
In spite of doing all that you ever need to do, you would still have this feeling of not accomplished some things. And this causes stress. It is never a good feeling to have unfinished tasks at the desk and go to sleep.
The perfect Pink Floyd wallpaper.
September 9, 2008
Are you an explorer?
September 7, 2008
September 7, 2008
September 6, 2008
September 3, 2008
Fitness and Risk
September 2, 2008
Both evolutionary and economic theories suggest that physically stronger decision makers should make riskier decisions,......
Mysore - A treasure mine.
August 30, 2008
Love to say its fake :)
August 26, 2008
August 17, 2008
What are you doing on Independence day?
August 13, 2008
2 Millennia and a classical status
August 12, 2008
Even God can't save this country!!!!!
August 6, 2008
No.. Thats not my view.
That is the Supreme court's view!!!
Crazy DCH series - Part 3
August 4, 2008
These are the last of the photos. Was there a sequel to Dil Chahta Hai? I hope there will be one some day..
Crazy DCH series - Part 2
August 4, 2008
Continuing on my series of "Dil Chahta Hai" photos...... And its not over yet :)
Crazy DCH series - Part 1
August 3, 2008
An year and about 10 months back, 3 of us got this crazy idea that we should do a photo series. I am not sure who got this idea but anyway, this series went on and on at a number of locations. Unfortunately, the series ended when 2 of us quit Bosch. Finally now, I found almost all the photos and put it in one place. I find it fun to watch. This will be one photo compilation I'd love to frame and keep. Yet more photos to be posted.
August 1, 2008
An interesting man, A blog worth reading and A movie worth watching
July 30, 2008
Use your brain wisely :)
July 24, 2008
Solving the wrong problem
July 19, 2008
The man from Earth and 12 angry men
June 29, 2008
The SJCE forest
June 23, 2008
June 14, 2008
June 13, 2008
The individual is the highest level of decentralization and individual rights are the ones to be protected at all costs but what happens when one's rights are at jeopardy by protecting the rights of another?
Has pro-environmentalism and anti-environmentalism come to this?
June 1, 2008
I ran alone. So what? :)
May 23, 2008
May 22, 2008
Pessimism is the worst type of communicable disease. Even the best vaccine won't make you completely immune.
Polls, Fights and Me
May 10, 2008
Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty --the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself. -Mark Twain
Orkut WAS good
April 29, 2008
Till a few days back, orkut was one place where I could find out what went on the lives of some of my spatially separated friends. Whenever they had something new to share, they would update their profile and I could see the updates. I just loved the feature. Now, all I find in this section from top to bottom is that 'x added Krazzy', 'y achieved the rank of sunday schooler', and more such nonsense. Its a silly place to be these days.
April 21, 2008
March 29, 2008
Kabhee kabhee :D
March 8, 2008
A lesson learnt !!
March 7, 2008
Neither win nor lose
March 5, 2008
Trees and Religion
March 5, 2008
I now write on Blogger on the FORT mysore (Friends of roadside trees) blog also. Contributors to this blog with whom I am closely involved write about trees. Its about protecting, preserving and increasing the number of trees.
March 2, 2008
Its an obsession. Its an indulgence. Its a temptation. I just can't resist the lake. And once I'm there I just can't come back.
How I got the number in my user ID?
February 24, 2008
As I jogged with my friend yesterday at the lake, I suddenly got this thought that I would never be here jogging if I had kept my concentration intact during a fateful day of my life. I would never have been his friend and never would I be jogging in Mysore.
After a busy week...
February 23, 2008
One thought after the end of a week is: "It feels strange not to be paid immediately for working so hard". Anyway, this was a choice I knowingly made. Yet, it feels so strange, it can only be experienced.
February 17, 2008
A new lesson I learned is "reality has to be experienced unlike thoughts and ideas". Following list is an echo of this statement where each thought gets re-estimated during the real action.
February 10, 2008
Its Unreal !!
February 9, 2008
One Way :)
February 3, 2008
The day started a bit early today. I pulled my bike out from its deep sleep and hit the empty roads of Mysore at 6:30 in the morning. The destination was the foot of Chamundi hills. 15 kms of zero-traffic tree-lined roads carried me back to my past.
January 29, 2008
It had been almost 9 months since I last went to Thirunelli and we were 9 of us then. This time we were only 3 of us and we had decided to go on bikes. The day was 26th January. The start time planned was 7 AM but as usual, it was delayed.
Dark side of the moon!!
January 25, 2008
January 22, 2008
Bought a Moto Q9h today for 18k and its amazing. The blackberry was not worth its cost when I compared with this. The O2 XDAs also were not worth the money. Anyway, when it comes to a PDA, only personal opinion matters.
January 19, 2008
Once, we were a pack. Then something happened and each started off his way. Some reached distant lands. Others remained closer yet in foreign lands. Some are about to start off. And some stayed back home yet far apart. If you are confused, I am just talking about a bunch of chums who split in no time for their own good reasons. It feels like everyone is living in a different world, what with the difference not just in location but also in time.
The Game is On!!
January 16, 2008
Till a few days back, I was trying to analyze what might have gone wrong. Here I was, everything in perfect state, with one of the best jobs for my education level, with the perfect status level in society, with a pay that satisfied everything I wanted, without a single manager who could make me work against my will, with a house that was leaping distance from the office, without any pollution problems to crib about and far from the usual headaches of Bangalore.
January 12, 2008
Every year, the polar bear goes into a state of hibernation during the harsh winter of the Arctic. When it wakes up in summer after the 4 month sleep, it weighs only half as much as it was before sleeping. To regain its past strength and weight, the polar bear sets out on a journey over thin sea ice hunting for seals. Wherever the ice is broken, seals come out of the water looking for air to breathe. The polar bear feasts on this opportunity and hence is able to rule over the vast arctic.
January 9, 2008
With no clear reason yesterday while watching Discovery channel at Mysore, I suddenly felt I had to get out of home. I just had some vague ideas which required me to travel to my former home, Bangalore. It took me 25 minutes from first thought to actually tie the lace of my shoe and in another 20 minutes, I was sitting comfortably, reading "India Today" in an empty compartment of "Tuticorin Express". Another 30 minutes and the world was at peace or rather I had dozed off until I reached Bangalore at half past nine.
22 minutes of bliss
January 7, 2008
Crisp air that can soothe all pains, the view of a hill behind a misty screen challenged only by the golden rays of the Sun which rises higher and higher, musical sounds as storks cut through the otherwise still waters and fresh smells of the ever growing jungle. If these are what I'd get in return for just 22 minutes of jogging, I will consider it as the most worthy investment of all.
A Brief History of Time
January 6, 2008
Today is the 9th day out of software and it still hasn't affected me in any way. I'm just having an extended holiday feeling. I was thinking 2.5 years of software immersion would make me think that "C" is oxygen and "Test-spec" is water. I was wrong. Life goes on without them although it is still early to say.
January 6, 2008
I'm just playing with the settings of this site. Looks pretty good. I should have started writing here years back.
Finding a theme that suits my need was really a tough job. Finally, I got something close to what I wanted.