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Breakout Nations

28 Apr

I just watched a good discussion on the book Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma on NDTV hosted by Prannoy Roy. It was interesting to listen to young and talented Ruchir on how he has arrived at his list of nations that will stand out, the Breakout Nations as he calls it.Ruchir on NDTV

To arrive on this list, he has relied on his own  theories but based on actual data. The theories he has developed like the Four Seasons Theory discussed on the show are a deviation from the theories economists harp on while pronouncing their complicated judgements. But clearly, the theories have a basis and clubbed with Ruchir’s insights developed during his extensive travels across the world as a fund manager in a top financial company add muscle to his views.Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma

The show also had Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Sunil Mittal and Y Venugopal Reddy. Some interesting views were discussed. One fantastic statement that was discussed which is also in the book was Sunil’s claim that he has not been asked to pay a bribe even once in all of the 17 African countries he is currently doing business.

Another interesting point made by Ruchir in the book which was discussed was that the businessmen in India are finding it difficult to invest in India which is resulting a flight of capital out of the country.  Continue reading

u Rocked! iBow

6 Oct

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

A modern day Edison. No person had a greater impact on human life through technology. He revolutionized the way products should be designed. He was one of the best business minds at the same time.

The embedded video is of the speech he made in 2005 at Stanford University. I especially liked his first story – connecting the dots where he said that had he not dropped out to attend a calligraphy class at college, the personal computers would have never had fonts. He is right that we should do what our heart desires and listen to our inner voice. If we continue, the dots will someday connect. Thank you, Steve Jobs. iInspired.

Obama in India

3 Nov

Barrack Obama and IndiaObama is reaching Mumbai on November 6, 2010 for a 4 day trip. As usual here in India, visit of the president of United States is a big event. This will be his longest stay in a foreign country in still early days of his tenure. Moreover, by not visiting Pakistan on this tour, the US wants to send out a clear message about the importance it gives on its relations with the rising Asian power. Continue reading

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore – a legend

9 May

Today (May 9, 2010)  is the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the legendary Bengali poet, philosopher, educationist, essayist, musician, novelist and playwright.

Wikipedia rightly refers to the person who alone reshaped Bengali literature and gifted with worldwide respect as a “Bengali polymath.” The word polymath means a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning. His life and writings is a subject by itself but I here make an attempt to put down some of the interesting or lesser known facts about him.

  • Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 for Gitanjali.
  • Rabindranath loved and admired Gandhi Ji and it was he who named the father of the nation “Mahatma” which is Sanskrit for great soul.
  • Tagore is the only poet to have penned the national anthems of two countries – “Jana Gana Mana” for India and “Amar Shonar Bangla for Bangladesh”
  • He started writing peoms as early as when he was just 8. His first work was published when he was 16 under the pseudonym Bhanusingho. In 1877, he wrote the Bengali language’s first short story – Bhikarini. Continue reading

Obituary : Gayatri Devi

29 Jul

gayatriMaharani Gayatri Devi is a personality that attracted me since childhood. Recognized as one of the ten leading beauties of the world by the fashion magazine Vogue, the Maharani of Jaipur breather her last today at a Jaipur hospital at the age of 90.

She was a successful politician and known for her philanthropic activities. She was a strong activist for the right for education of the girl child. She started schools for girls’ education in Jaipur, most prominent of which is the Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School. She also promoted the dying art of blue pottery. Continue reading

Malathi Holla – a story of will power

9 Jul

As I grew up I realised that you need legs to run and wings to fly. I was hurt. But I didn’t give up. I knew, one day, I would run… – Malathi K. Holla

malathiMalathi Holla is a character to emulate, a personality to admire and a sportsperson to idolize. She did not let her physical handicap which kept her bound to her wheel-chair since when she was just a 15 month old girl because of polio.

Malathi Holla launched her first authorized biography A Different Spirit on July 8, 2009. Clearly, it was an evening that celebrated the triumph of the human spirit over physical handicap. Cricket legend Syed Kirmani released the book authored by enior journalist and CorpCom Head of Hindustan Aeronauticals Limited M. Anantha Krishnan. Continue reading

Sheetal Mafatlal detained

7 Jun

sheetal2Sheetal Mafatlal, president of Mafatlal Luxury, also popular as a socialite was on Sunday detained by the Customs department at the Mumbai International Airport with diamonds worth a whooping one crore!

She has been detained for under-declaring the value of the diamonds on arrival via a British Airways flight from London. Details about the charges against her and how the Customs department found the diamonds are yet to be made public. Continue reading

Nokia N97

7 Jun

The Finnish phone-maker Nokia is all set to launch its first touchscreen-QWERTY phone, the Nokia N97, shortly in India. The phone has already started shipping in Europe with mixed responses coming in.

nokia_n97Key Features :

  • Touch display (3.5″ of it) which slides and tilts to reveal a full QWERTY kepboard plus d-pad for easy navigation.
  • 5 Megapixel Camera
  • Carl Zeiss integrated optics coupled with a dual LED flash
  • A massive 32GB of internal memory with MicrSD support for further memory expansion
  • Integrated Assisted GPS
  • WiFi and HSDPA
  • DVD quality video capture and 16:9 display

Targeted towards the internet-savve mobile users, N97 will be launched nationwide within two weeks at a likely price of around Rs 34,000. Continue reading

Leander does it again!

7 Jun

leander-lucasAs majority of Indian sport lovers had their eyes fixed on the India Bangladesh T20 match, Leander Paes quietly won the French Open doubles title with his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy.

The third seeded Indo-Czech pair defeated the giant-killing South African-Belgian pair 3-6 6-3 6-2 to win their first Grand Slam title together and Leander’s ninth. After losing the first set, Paes and Dlouhy staged a brilliant comeback and completely overwhelmed Moodie-Norman, who had upset second seeded Americans Mike and Bob Bryan in the semifinals.

Leander and Dlouhy had famous supporters in Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former tennis player Martina Navratilova at the Roland Garros in Paris.

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Susan Boyle – runner up but an inspiration forever

31 May

susan-boyleInternet phenomenon Susan Boyle ened up runner up in the Britain’s Got Talent reality TV show.(The dance troupe Diversity pulled off a upset victory). But, she will remain an inspiration for everybody.

When the 48 year old amateur singer with her frumpy appearance walked on to the stage in the show for the first time, everybody laughed at her. When she finished singing, she got a standing ovation from the audience and the judges. By the time she walked out, she had already made a million fans.

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