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Entrepreneurship and National Pride

ITTIAM (I Think Therefore I Am) is one of the 'First Generation' technology product companies started in India. Mr.Srini Rajam along with some of his collegues from Texas Instruments (TI) Bangalore started this company in 2000. Recently I got a chance to read his presentation titled 'Entrepreneurship and National Pride' which he presented in BangOnIT lecture series organized by IIIT-Bangalore. I have only one word explanation for his presentation: 'PASSION'. The presentation is available at:
http://www.iiitb.ac.in/BangOnIT/archives.htm

The Human Resources (HR) function: Asset or Liability?

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In the year 2000 I got a change to attend a series of Pre-Placement-Talks (PPT in our college ‘lingo’) by various organizations during their campus recruitment process. I used to get very excited when the HR person gives this PPT about their organization in a nice and flashy way. After some time I formed an opinion that HR people are the ‘Driving Force’ behind the organization and wanted to become a HR person and be the ‘Face’ of the company. But after a year when I entered the tech industry I got a shock of my life to know that the HR is not having that much amount of ‘high-visibility’ in the organization as I was thinking.

Very recently I got a chance to read the book ‘WINNING’ by Jack Welch (ex-CEO of GE) and he has mentioned that the HR function should be given the importance of a Vice-President (VP) and HR function is next to the Chief-Financial-Officer (CFO) in the company’s priority list. This information confused me even more and the question ‘What exactly is the role of HR in …

Tamil-Nadu Real Estate: Macro Analysis

When it comes to investing we need to evaluate the ‘Macro’ (Top-down) and ‘Micro’ (Bottom-up) analysis of the instrument and real estate is no exception to that. One of my friends has done the macro analysis of Tamil-Nadu real estate and found that Chennai and Coimbatore are having very good potential as political, economical and industrial factors are looking very positive in these cities. Following are some of the information he has collected in the recent times. Posting here for public usage.

The Coimbatore district has segments like textile, auto ancillary, hospitality, IT and polutry. The textile industry has already grown but the growth would be exponential in the coming years with the textile outsourcing boom starting. Already Coimbatore textile industry is worth 1 billion USD. It also enjoys a good hold in engineering sectors because of the trust in the infrastructure it would have a solid growth in the coming years. The future big bets are in IT and hospitality (Health due to …

Poka-Yoke : The Japanese way of 'Mistake-Proofing'

When it comes to quality nobody can deny the contributions made by Japanese. Especially in the automobile and electronic industries they literally re-wrote the meaning of ‘Competition’ by innovating ‘Low-cost-high-quality’ products and consistently demonstrating their leadership in those businesses. Today Hondas and Toyotas are the best example of ‘Build-inside-sell-outside’ concept and making General Motors (GM) and Ford Motors to struggle for their business in their own country and I always believe Indian software firms should adapt this concept and build products for global markets. When I was thinking in these lines recently came across the quality ‘Poka Yoke’ invented by Japanese.

Poka Yoke is a quality management concept developed by a Matsushita manufacturing engineer named Shigeo Shingo to prevent human errors from occurring in the production line. Poka yoke (pronounced ‘poh-kah yoh-kay’) comes from two Japanese words – ‘yokeru’ which means ‘to avoid’, and ‘poka’ which means ‘i…

Moms and Mega serials

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My 55 year old mother watches 3 mega-serials every day in TV and feels very uncomfortable if she misses a single episode of any of those three. Apart from watching, frequent discussions on these mega serials happen with neighborhood aunties. I am sure people who are reading this blog would also feel either their mom or wife or aunties are also addicted to this ‘Megaserialobia’. According to me this Megaserialobia is cultivating huge amount of ‘Negative’ and ‘Depressive’ thoughts among people.

The pattern and the objective of these mega-serials are very simple: Tap people’s emotions and make a huge business out of it. The mega-serial work starts with hiring 35+ year old cine actresses who lost almost all her opportunities acting in cinemas and make a ‘Heroine’ centric story around her. Then this 35+ year old ‘So-Called-Heroine’ gets married and moves into her in-law’s place. There she faces all sorts of problems ranging from humiliation to criminal case thanks to her ‘In-laws-and-co’ an…

BOOK REVIEW : Five point someone

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Title: Five point someone
Author: Chetan Bhagat
Price: 90 INR

This book is written by Chetan Bhagat about life in IITs. Three friends (Alok, Ryan and Hari) get into IIT and start thinking in wrong direction and get into all sorts of ‘funny’ things instead of focusing on studies. Finally they somehow land up in some or the other kind of jobs and starts their real lives. I normally read the non-fiction types of books and this is one of the fiction books I have read after a long long time. But I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it took back to my college days, which is really the best four years in my life. Anyone who read this book would get the same experience of the movie ‘Dil-chahtha-hai’.

The most important point about this book is the author has maintained the IIT ‘Lingo’ throughout the book. Every college has its own set of ‘lingo’ which is spoken only inside the college and only people who have gone through this can enjoy the ‘College-specific’ lingo. Words like inst…

Economy and Governance

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The World Bank has declared India as the 12th richest country in the world during the year 2005 based on its GDP numbers. According to the Times of India article India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has touched 785.47 Billion dollars in the year 2005 and India is the only south Asian country in the list. This is really good news indeed. We are harnessing the results for the golden economic reforms that we have made in the year 1991. Today India is one among the hot-spot destinations as far as Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) are concerned and I am able to witness the raise of educated Indian middle class in front of my eyes.

Having said that the economic growth alone cannot be called as ‘real’ growth because we are still fighting against fundamental problems like poverty, illiteracy, health-care and infrastructure in almost all parts of the country. The vibrant economy is helping me to buy a Honda City car but my poor governance is making me drive in the worst roads. So the need …

BOOK REVIEW : Vandharghal Vendrargal

Title: Vandharghal Vendrargal (Tamizh) – They came they conquered
Author: Madhan
Price: 90 INR

This is one of the well written history books that I have read till now. Basically this book talks about the Mughal history and their invasion in India. Starting from Gajini (9 AD) to Bahadoor shah (Last mughal king) Muslims ruled India for close to 800 years. Author Madhan is a cartoonist and author and been writing in the ‘Anandha Vikatan’ (Famous tamizh weekly magazine) for long time. His sense of humor shows up in every chapter and it is the main reason that makes this history book more interesting.

Basically the Mughals belong to Afghanistan and Gajini was one of the first people to come to India and take away huge amount of wealth. This is followed by various sultans and then Mughal kings. He has explained the jahangir-noorjahan, shajahan-mumthaj love stories wonderfully. Inspite of hardcore fighters it is really interesting to know about the ‘Romantic’ side of these mughal kings. Apart fr…

The ‘Manager’ mania

Some time back I wrote a blog titled ‘Ji Huzur to Whatsup dude?’ in which I wrote about various types of work cultures that is prevailing in India at the same point of time which I don’t think we will get to see in any other part of the world. Going some more deep into this topic I found some more interesting patterns emerging in the Knowledge industry as of today. The pattern says ‘Everyone wants to become a manager’. For all I know and experienced people curse their managers when they were non-managers and hated the managers to the core by telling all sorts of reasons. But still everyone wants to be come manager. But why? Before getting into the answer let us take a point from leadership as well as from history.

At first the word ‘Leadership’ can be broadly classified into ‘Power Leadership’ and ‘Inspirational Leadership’. The former is best explained with the Industrial era where the manager or the leader is given some amount of power using which he will get the job done from their…

BOOK REVIEW : Savarkar and Hindutva

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Title: Savarkar and Hidhutva
Author: A.G.Noorani
ISBN: 8187496282

This book is about one of the controversial leaders in Indian history, Vinayak Damodhar Savarkar who is popularly known as ‘Veer Savarkar’ and the ‘Hidhutva’ ideology which was coined by him. This book also talks about Gandhiji’s assassination and Savarkar’s involvement with that. This book is written by A.G.Noorani who is a famous columnist in ‘Frontline’ magazine. Since the book contains very serious stuff the terminologies also pretty complex to understand.

In the year 1928 Savarkar coined the term ‘Hindutva’ which according to him the perfect political ideology for governing India. This ‘Hindutva’ is totally different from ‘Hinduism’. The Hinduism is all about the religious aspects which explains the principles, philosophies which is been existing for thousands of years. This has to do with what has mentioned in Vedas, Upanishads and various Hindu holy books. But ‘Hindutva’ is all about political ideology and Savarkar i…

Suhaana safar aur yeh mausam haseen

A month back I wrote a blog about Small-And-Medium Businesses (SMB) in India and the importance of technology in enabling these businesses to scale and perform better. After writing the blog I got to know that KPN travels (https://www.kpntravels.in/) have launched their website and bus tickets can be booked online. For people who don’t know KPN travels, it is one of the biggest privately operated bus services covering almost all parts of southern India. I have been traveling in their buses for the past give years and I can bet that their business will grow in multiples because of their online system as most of the people travel in their buses are ‘Bangalore-techies’ for visiting their native places over the weekend. This is a perfect example for the ‘SMB + Technology’ combination which I am sure is a ‘Killer combination’ in Indian context.

Also compared to other businesses, travel business in India seems to be the leader as far as adapting technology is concerned. According to ‘Digital…