Found this link somewhere on twitter if I am not mistaken. This about a project trying to document the lost lakes of Bangalore, many of which are layouts, housing complexes, industrial estates and software parks. Take a look. Here and here.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Tactics change, Big Shift, announces Indias approach to talking with Pkstn, its ever friendly neighbour. Let us really see if it is any change in strategy.
We have been talking to Pkstn since donkeys years and it has produced a whit worth of change in the way that our neighbour thinks. And we have been talking all through their support for Kashmir, our dons in other countries, insurgencies in Punjab and any general thing against India. Why, they would force the South east monsoon to turn away if they could.
So talking or not talking does not signal any change in strategy - indeed in general not talking is a stupid strategy. But from where? Is it negotiation or shooting the breeze? Are we negotiating out of desperation or weakness? As far as I can see, we still cry wolf and negotiate with a gun to our head. There is no change in the way that the neighbour thinks or acts or behaves or any indication of change.
So, what would a change in strategy be? As Theodore Roosevelt said, Speak softly and carry a big stick. A change in strategy would be, if we had a big stick with us. Now, we run often to Obama uncle who has a big stick but is afraid to use it. And then again, Obama uncle is not clear on who he needs to support, for one.
So, this is not a change in strategy, it is pure status quo. Baaki sab bakwas...
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I mean, there were no terror attacks after 26/11. Absolutely none. And the reign of the Empress ushered in an era of peace and justice. Peace initiatives were announced by media groups that promised peace on paper. Secretary level talks were sought to be initiated. And it was all beginning to look hunky dory.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Ever wanted to invest money in a dream start up? The kind which offers you its shares at 10 rupees when it has no takers or few? And then, like a dream come true, over the next 10 years expands and multiplies into a big company taking its shares northwards and making you richer in the process? Not too many can be a part of such a dream come true, you say - except say those who invested in an Infosys when it was offering its IPO in the mid 90s?
One of the things an MBA course is useful for is to build your network. Now, don't start off by saying, I don't network or I don't need a network or I don't have a network. (or saying that this is the only gain from the course - both attitudes are wrong).
Even if that is true, the world is not a static world. People move jobs, countries and that nerdy geeky scholar might be a vice president at the hottest company while your operations research scholar who you thought was fit only to wear a boiler suit might be heading operations in some
unit. The family businessman might turn out to be the best banker or the best banker today could turn out to be running a large NGO. The back bencher might start his own firm and do very well. (And these are live examples of many people I know.) Don't think now. Think 10 years down the line. You will be surprised at the naivete of your perceptions then when you see your class. (Atleast, I am, even today.)
Doesn't matter if you are finance (or marketing) - get rid of those labels. Befriend those marketing (or operations) guys. And those HR folks who you think are doing the touchy feely stuff, are in the hot seat of hiring at any place. Net net, your class is your network. The network that will help you in the coming years. And you are in the middle.
Don't stop at that.
Network with your professors - many of them consult in the real world. Work with them on projects that they have. And that will expose you to the contacts that they have. Network with the contacts. Always remember though to start by working, then by networking. Don't try the reverse - you effort will fall flat on its face. Networking is one of those things that just happens. Do your job, do it cheerfully and the networking is a byproduct. If you do something for the sake for networking, be forewarned, it will not work so.
Network with seniors. Be part of alumni association gatherings, projects. Seniors are your window into entry into the corporate (or entrepreneurship) world. They are more than your network - inspiration, actually, if you chose to see them that way. Again, think 10 years on.
So, pause to think. How to build your network? Does it mean collecting visiting cards that become outdated before you figure out a way to file them? The famed Rolodex has its values, but there are other, more useful tools out there today. Or does it mean collecting phone numbers that change at the drop of a hat. I am sure most of you know what I am hinting at.
The first day that you enter the corporate world either as an intern or through your final year project or your first job, create a profile on Linkedin. Indeed create your profile the day you decide to do an MBA. (If you are a non MBA reading this, it applies for you too. It applies
By the time you complete your education, it would look impressive. But it is early days yet to make it work for you. Doesn't matter. Keep building and connecting with people (preferably people you have worked with) through the social network. If someone likes your work, get them
to write a recommendation for you on it. It will stay with you longer than a mail or a letter will. If your network has queries (some members post queries in linkedin), answer them if you have an answer.
Many of those who you met will move on in life. Move on to newer jobs, newer cities, newer careers, set up companies, liaise with the latest and greatest. As will you. So, when you are looking for a job ten years down the line, all your investments would have multiplied into the way I described the start up dream I described at the start of the piece.
The seeds you sowed at the start of the career will grow into a tree or a forest over 10 years. The MBA network you started is now fully grown network. Now, that's doesn't mean each of your contacts are waiting for you. If you had added value to them when you met them, surely they will, but otherwise, there is no point. The only way to add value to yourself in the network is to add value to the contacts in your network.
How? All I can tell you is that there is no one way. There are many ways. And as it says in The Matrix, I can only show you the door - you have to walk through it...
Global warming or no global warming, recession or no recession, oil prices will go up up up. Superb column by SS Aiyar in TOI. Do read this piece...
How the world changes? Nearly a year ago, oil at 200 dollars per barrel was supposed to be the prediction made by those in Goldman Sachs. Then came the recession, prices crashed and happy days were here again. But now it looks like oil prices may be back up again and there is no recession. We do live in an interesting world.
This blog is a hopeful supporter of an oil free world (both in our stomachs and in our vehicles) within our lifetimes.
You may be rich, you may be poor, but unless we move away from oil, future is andhera, blackboard! To paraphrase an old ad on television...
And like the proverbial frog in boiling water, we await...
Sunday, February 07, 2010
A cursory glance at this blog will tell you that I am a big fan of public transport and its current upgradation in most cities in the country.
I had recently been to our friendly neighbourly big private bank to get a statement. This particular type of statement costs me a few hundred rupees. The person who can issue the statement does not access to debit my account. And for getting this statement, I have to be in a queue (nicely token ordered) and pay it - take the receipt and then get my statement. Now, I dont have time for all these niceties. Luckily, she told me, I could always order it online and then there will be an auto debit.
You can get a chief (or not), but do you really think that it will weaken the Taliban? Which company or organization that you know floundered because they lost a leader? Not too many - because the ideal leader would have lines of succession ready - or the lines of succession ready themselves.