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Indian Independence Day – Another day & value of $50

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I have written previously about our Republic day, and the importance of education from the grass root level, Gandhi’s ideology and his take on education.

So, today I was donating some money to giveindia.org, started by IIM-A Alum, Venkat Krishnan. This is not like any other NGO aggregation “startup”, but a trust worthy one. They take the pains to filter out NGOs in India which actually do relevant work and do not exist just to mint money.
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August 14th, 2011 at 11:31 am

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The Mahatma: Worshipped by a Nation, Feared by an Empire

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On October 2nd 1869, Putlibai Gandhi gave birth to Mohandas. The man who changed the world for ever. All of us know what he did and how he achieved it. He was an ordinary man with an extraordinary determination and the only difference between him and the rest of the world was his “soch“. A man of such resilience is very rare to see. People try to bog you down, until you don’t succeed, “people” will try their best to prove you wrong. But once you succeed you make 1+ billion friends (Zuckerberg only has 500 million) and some enemies. And that is totally justified, a strong willed and an honest person is bound to make some people unhappy, a politician will keep every one happy (I call it, pseudo-happiness).

Anyway, I want to talk about the lessons he wanted us to learn and follow for a good life and for a developed nation. People mistake in understanding those lessons and take them literally and say “How is that possible in today’s world?”. Well, let’s talk about some and let’s rethink about those lessons from today’s perspective.

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October 3rd, 2010 at 9:05 pm

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Indian Republic Day – “Where the Mind is Without Fear”

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Time to retrospect; during my school days, we had our daily prayers and we used to recite this poem by Tagore every day. At that time, we did not realize the real significance of this piece of Nobel winning literature. Now, after 7 years, I feel nostalgic and saddened. I understand it was not only a poem, but a thought, an attitude which our freedom fighters had and wanted the same to be inculcated in the future generations. His poems and thoughts are still alive between us, children recite them daily in schools, but why does that ideology die when we grow up? Where does the feeling of “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high” go? Forget the world, why is India is still breaking up into fragments by narrow domestic walls? Because, we were never taught the true meaning of these lines, they were just a routine activity for us. Our class teacher used to punish us if we did not attend the daily assembly, but were we ever told, why do we need to attend the assembly in the first place?! Not really. At least not in school. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25th, 2010 at 10:08 am

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India vs China – A Bird’s Eye View

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Recently I can across this amazing blog post by Mr Sujai Karampuri, CEO, Sloka Telecom (It’s an Indian startup in the telecom sector). It is one of the new breed of companies in India Inc who actually innovate and not provide services to the west.

His post addresses an answer to one of the most common topic these days,

India is rising, India will be a superpower in the next 10 years, west is going down, India has an edge over China with it’s English speaking people etc.

But is India actually in a position to take over the west? Can it manage to transfer the center of gravity of the worlds largest companies (Like MSFT, CISCO, IBM) to India and itself start new ones?! I don’t think so with our corrupt politicians, lack on Read the rest of this entry »

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January 19th, 2010 at 7:56 am

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Hans Rosling's Prediction on India's Rise: July 27th, 2048

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Amazing presentation by Prof. Hans Rosling at TED, Mysore, India using Trendalyzer, which displays statical data in an interesting manner using animation on graphs. HeĀ  is analyzing the growth progression of India, US, UK, China and Japan from 1858 to 2014 (2009 – 2014prediction using IMF data) using Trendalyzer.

His graph compares per capita income, life expectancy and population of the respective countries. He predicts that India’s per capita income will be equal to the per capita income of US and UK on July 27th, 2048. Hmmmm, interesting, hope I am there to see that day. :) Read the rest of this entry »

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November 27th, 2009 at 6:29 am

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