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This blog discusses the experiences of a consulting professional currently working at EmPower Research, a firm that provides decision support services to clients through offices in NYC, San Francisco and Bangalore, India.

Friday, December 30, 2011

My Personal Mobility Index (pMI) is 110404, i.e. 4 mobiles across 4 brands in the last 11 years. Obviously reads frugal! What is yours?
Interesting trivia repository for endless hours of reading and smiling away! Quite enjoyable.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Surprised to note that TATA's own sub, Concorde, charges 2% for credit card payments. That is so un-TATA behavior! Credit card cos, pls NOTE

Sunday, December 4, 2011

My views on how different generations are coping with access to basic amenities.

Generation gap?

I was recently struck by an essential difference across generations in terms of access to basic amenities.

This is what came to mind:
A. Our grandfathers did not have to buy food at all. They also were given land without having to purchase it.
B. Our fathers not only had to save to buy land for themselves, but also had to buy food for day to day living.
C. Our generation has to buy land, buy food and surprisingly, we sometimes have to buy water as well!! We are also paying for broadband access.
D. I am wondering after seeing how we are maintaining the planet, whether the next generation will have to buy land, food, water and OXYGEN as well! Going by how we are hurting the planet in our quest for riches from a rapidly depleting natural resource base, I am sure, this is going to happen. However, they may get broadband free!!

Disturbing thought, isn't it? What do you think?

Thoughts, comments, debate, critique, welcome.
All flight day today as I move from Coast to Coast. Thanks to Annette for booking such fabulous seats for me. Having a comfortable time!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nokia comes with an internal environment GPS prototype. Über-cool! Good time to take leadership in this space.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A new model being pioneered by Bangladesh to help recruitment across borders for workers is quite cool.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Seems Einstein was wrong about his theory of relativity as this article confirms. Interesting development!
Apple plans to disrupt texting business with iMessage - how will telcos react?Game on.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Looks like Research in Motion is on its way OUT. ONE MORE OUTAGE today. Soon, it will be RIP RIM, I guess. God Save The Company!

Monday, October 3, 2011

A lesson on accountability recd from my 6-yr son. When I went to check his homework, he asked, "Dad, why should YOU check MY work?" Awesome!
Hail the Nobel Prize winners for Medicine this year - for their pioneering work on "innate immunity".

Friday, September 23, 2011

A new revolution is on its way - it is called the "Internet of Things". Be aware - you will play a part in it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Web browsing can help in many ways - planet discovery being one as Project Planet Hunters shows.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A new era begins - EmPower Research becomes a Genpact company. Thrilled to be part of this exciting journey.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This is my India - awesome canvas of cuisine across states! Jai Hind!  Best Regards  Arun
This is my India - awesome canvas of cuisine across states! Jai Hind!
Best Regards

Monday, August 29, 2011

All you wanted to know about the mobile app business models out there. Nice read for everyone.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A 13-yr old finds that the Fibonacci sequence helps trees harvest solar power efficiently. Awesome work, Aidan.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Toyota thinks of a cool idea to endear children to the brand. Nice move, I must say. Quite interesting!
The 'Apple' of everyone's eyes is stepping down aftr revolutionizing entertainment 4 all. What next for the firm?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Meet the latest revenue model for music labels - Mr. Online Karaoke. Interesting stuff. Will it work?
HP to exit hardware and bet on brainware. Markets not impressed! Sign of consolidation times for industry?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Can we empower Indian villages using an approach like Botswana has tried? Pvt sector has a big role to play here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The most recent FB protest -> the cottage cheese revolution on Israeli streets. A true case of caveat emptor.
The Curios Case of Uncle Sam -> Apple now has more cash than Uncle Sam. Ironically, Prez Obama owns an iPad.
Dear Indian, when you read a newspaper, thank yourself, as you help India be the world #1 in newspaper sales.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lab-on-chip could be a game-changer in early disease detection. Cool innovation! Thanks, to Samuel Sia.
Happy birthday to the humble weather forecast as it turns 150 years old to this day!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Great read..the Pixel business model can definitely transform India's rural landscape! Would you agree?

Monday, July 25, 2011

DYK Chile is the telescope capital of the world? It has helped us know much more about our starry neighbourhood!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Why couldn't the celebrity world save Amy from substance abuse? Condoling after she is gone is not enough.
Is Google+ changing call signs to Google -? Seems to be in trouble for deleting accounts even b4 the show began!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

"The Emperor Has No Clothes"

This blog has been triggered by a series of events in my life in the past couple of years. Let me put them down first and then explain:
  1. My wife and I decided to buy a new refrigerator since the old one was falling short in capacity. We were very satisfied by our old Whirlpool refrigerator and as any loyal customer, decided to go back to them for the new one. We were also happy with our experience with the Adishwar dealership ( and so decided to trust them for this one as well. We were able to find the right model and terms from them along with the right time frame for delivery. However, what we had not bargained for, was the shoddy execution at the end of the transaction. The result -a> A couple of scratches in our new shining model by the delivery agency that brought the fridge to our house; and b> Delayed visit by the Whirlpool representative for the installation
  2. I purchased a couple of jeans from Max ( and found them to fit well. What I had not bargained for, was the poor quality of the tailoring - both of my jeans have lost their buttons within the first 3 months. I had never expected this to happen and hence had not even retained the purchase receipts - how ironic! I have not gone back to them yet!
  3. We purchased a rocking chair from Home Town ( and despite the salesperson's assurance for delivery on the date and time of our choice (being a working couple, this had to happen during the evening slots), their truck driver called us abruptly for delivery since he was in our area earlier and was unresponsive to our requested slot. We had to scramble to meet their needs, despite being the customer!
  4. After spending quite a considerable amount of time in choosing a perfume for myself at Westside (, their purchase counters could not sell it to me (you are reading this right, it is not a typo!) since they could not find the item code. How hilarious and disappointing can that be!!
  5. I am told I am a special customer at ICICI Bank (they call it HNI status) but am struggling to find that status and agility in their response time for my requests. Recently, I received my 16-A copies (after realizing that they had not been sent to me on time) by trying hard to reason with and finally managing to convince my so-called relationship manager over 5 working days,with a formal request letter for this need. How special am I?
  6. Similarly, Citibank holds me in a Citigold relationship - that is supposed to be prestigious too. I get infrequent calls from my relationship manager, who assures me of speedy service at all times. Ironically, I get many calls from other divisions of Citibank, where youngsters hard sell me with personal loans and several types of cards. This is despite several requests for that elusive Do Not Disturb status! Prestigious, did you say?
  7. My 6 year old son likes to shop in Reliance Fresh as he gets to handle the trolley and also likes to select vegetables and fruits every weekend. Last week, after a frustrating bout of trying to find "fresh" vegetables/fruits, he asked my wife loudly during the billing process - "When there is nothing fresh here, why do they call themselves Reliance Fresh?"

So, I pondered on these instances in my mind and was wondering what is the pattern here? What is the rationale for these disruptions in my seemingly "loyal" brand experience? Why are these brands not realizing and honoring my loyalty to them in an expected manner? Am I not doing and behaving exactly as they want me to - coming back for more to them for more business, more relationships, more stickiness? So, where is it not working out? What is going wrong in all of this?

When I thought about it further, I realized that the problem lies in not training all their customer touch points on maintaining a standard, consistent and predictable brand experience, that resonates with their brand persona. All of them have failed to plan their brand experience execution in terms of the weakest link - in many cases, an unorganized part of the supply chain that can impact the brand experience much more than the other parts. The truck drive does not care what I care about - he is oblivious of the brand experience, I thought I will get from my past experiences and from the marketing campaigns.

I feel sorry for the people behind the scenes, who have a responsibility to build and uphold the brand experience across the customer base. Many of them clearly do not know that there are elements within their own value chain, that are not within their control, and can thwart their energies/marketing investments/efforts/tireless planning in building the brand.

When I try to draw an analogy to this situation, I am reminded of a story in my school days about an Emperor who listens to tricksters in his coterie and agrees to wear a royal dress made of "new fashionable out-of-this-world" material for a ceremony . All his courtiers praise him for the grand design of his new clothes. A young boy blurts out during the ceremony and brings him back to Earth by saying - "The Emperor Has No Clothes ON!!" much to his chagrin and discomfort.

Similarly, by not keeping all the elements in their control and presenting a different persona using advertising and marketing campaigns, but not delivering that in reality to the customers, these brands are also suffering from a similar ailment. "They do not have their clothes ON" and probably are not realizing the truth.

Need a mirror? I can afford to send them one, on the house!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

A mechanical engineer's thought process says, "Wherever there is a drill, there is a way". Absolutely bang on! mechcatsrule

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The rule of 72 explained for one and all. Nice reading for economically-inclined folks!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Not fair that ordinary do-gooders suffer and die due to mindless violence by crazy humans. My heart bleeds for you, Mumbai. Get well soon!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Great speech by Lakshmi, an accomplished travel blogger. Her mantra for success is "Good honest content" Very true!
Two big desirables in today's world: a> A Google + account and b> An app that imports all FB contacts. Wishful thinking? Not really. cool

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ready for the first flying car? Please be, as it is likely to be available in late 2012. It's been approved too!
DYK RoboCup is an annual football tournament for autonomous robots? How ubercool. Virginia Tech was the winner.
Happy Birthday, Neptune!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Just found Wii Golf as a lovely way to teach my 6 year old son about math esp addition & subtraction of -ve numbers. Awesome. Wii

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

How I wish the farming world moves to this model, esp. in my country, using cattle. Such a welcome piece of news.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Why "all that glitters is NOT gold" explained in simple terms. If only, this is accepted! Amen to that.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Japan counters Chinese rare earth monopoly by exploring the ocean floor. Interesting dynamic in this field.
You never know what you can become and when. Look at Parkaso Tomar's story and be inspired. Hats off.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Feeling optimistic, thrilled and light-hearted because of the long weekend! Yahoo. Sounds like fun!! happy
IBM scientists have come up with a new memory, PCM that is 100x better than the best in today's market.
A new approach to increasing mobile battery life found. SleepWell can help increase mobile battery life.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The fight between, hold your breath, tau vs. pi unveiled. Nice to see such interest in math! Not funny at all!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Very encouraging news. Genetic editing can help cure hemophilia. Awesome.
GABA, an amino acid, has been successfully used to reverse Type I Diabetes in mice. Human beings are next. Cool!

Monday, June 27, 2011

My LinkedIn network looks like this. Thanks all for your help in this wonderful journey called life :-)
Australia takes on Big Tobacco via a policy of unbranded ciggy packaging. Way to go, Oz - hope it saves lives.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bangladesh leads rural solar power adoption with 1M households. Quite commendable, India can we learn from this?
Announcing a pot which heats your food and charges your cellphone. Serious stuff, thanks to a Japanese firm.
Our oceans are under threat, says a new study. Human impact stated to be the 6th mass extinction event on Earth.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Quite a hilarious take at how impractical and ludicrous the US licensing system is, for some professions. A riot.
My opinion on the changing media landscape and how my firm empowers clients in their decisions in this scenario.
DYK how Siberia is going to power China's growth in the future? By turning water to cash through dams! Read on.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pasta is world's most fav food (meat, rice & pizza) - cheap, easy, long-lasting and can be made anywhere.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Scientists make a drug to prime dormant cells for heart repair on its own! ETA for humans - 10 yrs. Awesome news.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Looks like I am NOT a vegetarian I thought I was, going by this article and an earlier one. What can I say? :-(

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Yippee - completed the Majja Run in an ordinary timeline of 1 hour. Sadly, while it was fun, disappointed to see lack of civic sense in the process. Why India, why?
Proud to be part of the World 10K marathon. Running/walking along with a vibrant Indian workforce makes me quite proud! Such a joy to be part of this country. Jai Hind!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Wow - DYK there are 185 products that use pig parts. Wow. Is that good or bad? That's for you to decide. :-)
Very provocative PoV by the 37Signals CEO on how to improve productivity and creativity at office. Would U agree?

Friday, June 3, 2011

A new genre of Qs emerge as quiz masters try to "Google-proof" questions to beat smartphones aka cheating aids!
Balancing ubiquitous computing and cyber-attacks is quite a challenging problem statement for a CTO. Very true.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Confirmed again that blogging is effective in making the police department work on your complaint. Nice read.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

If one can hyperlink in Twitter using Ctrl+K, approx. 15% more content can be included. Bye bye to URL shorteners. When will this happen?
UNICEF paid $757M in 2010 for 2.5B doses of vaccines to 58% of world's children in 99 nations. Sharing prices.
DYK beer is NOT classified as an alcoholic drink in Russia? No wonder it is the world's 4th largest market.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

How companies can harness the power of social media and tame "the beast of these times" explained in this PoV.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Stung by nuclear energy, Japan plans to mandate solar panels on buildings/homes by 2030. They might succeed too!
A review of the "West Indian Dream Team" in the 80s. What a cricket team. Fire in Babylon - a must watch movie.
Calling for ideas for a $300 house to help 1.25B poor people on earth get their home! Thx, Vijay Govindarajan.
DYK Facebook can help detect origins of disease outbreaks much better? Genomics is now expecting more from FB!
IBM's supercomp Watson to answer physician queries in his next avatar. Powerful thought but not tested yet.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

DYK plant clinics help protect crops by getting early warning signs of impact on food security.Quite interesting!
Ever heard of a snake robot? These machines will be nexgen explorers in unknown terrains & assist searches too.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This list of superfoods that aid weight loss has some surprises. An excellent read for all. Enjoy the journey.
Puma is the 1st company to publish EPnL a/c - environmental profit & loss. Excellent start in bringing awareness!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Quite a cute story of how alpacas are doubling up as sheep dogs.
Twitter brings challenges on IP, law and brand ownership! The story of @OMGFacts is a case in point. What next?
New class of ashthma/COPD drugs poss. in future. If successful, they can assist 300M ppl globally. Awesome news.
Guess who is trying to legalize autonomous or driverless cars in Nevada? Google. Awesome concept, I must say!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Norway becomes the electric car capital of the world as it plans to change its fossil fuel legacy, going forward.
Why the nuclear energy route can never be a long term global solution explored in greater detail. Excellent read!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Scientists converted a rat's body fat to "good fat" by suppressing a protein, NPY. Here's hoping we benefit too!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Volvo service @Bangalore needs an overhaul. Saw four buses to the same destination going back to back - two of them EMPTY! WTF?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

RT@HiteshMehta: Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time' is to say 'I don't want to. ~ Lao Tzu quote. Great thought!!
Himalayan farmers provide early pointers to climate change - hopefully the world will sit up and take notice.

Monday, May 2, 2011

RT amitsomani:The Unit Social Graph - - nice take on how tough it is to make social networks adaptable and successful!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Great fun watching the IPL on a large screen in a cool resort next to the jungle. Awesome. junglehut
Today is milestone no. 9 in a success-filled journey with my lovely wife. Thanks Sucheta for enriching my life!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sad to know the Jungle Hut in Masinagudi is under threat due to Govt's Elephant Corridor plans. Let them be - they are very kind to the environment!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The SGI CTO's point of managing feature richness vs. cost vs. time-to-market in software innovation is SO TRUE.
Armenia makes it mandatory for every child (6yrs+) to learn chess. Interesting approach for improving academics!
US Supreme Court weighs data mining and privacy rights. Future implications on data usage to be seen.
DYK the world's largest privately-owned businesses? Here is a chance to read about them. Enjoy being surprised.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Increased gold prices means more deforestation and increased mercury into environment. Not good news. Agree?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Evidence suggests that diamonds are not as precious as they are perceived to be. Interesting read!
The 1 year scorecard on BP's oil spill is out. Some good news and some bad news on how it has impacted nature.

Monday, April 18, 2011

How algae can restore eyesight to some of 15M blind people explained. Here is hoping it happens soon!
DYK the Japanese tsunami will impact how soon we get our iPad 2? Yes, that is right. Read to know more!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

RT@amitsomani: "Ability to keep conflicting ideas in your mind (at the same time) is a sign of intelligence" Anonymous.
RT@amitsomani: "Ability to keep conflicting ideas in your mind (at the same time) is a sign of intelligence" Anonymous.
RT@amitsomani: "Ability to keep conflicting ideas in your mind (at the same time) is a sign of intelligence" Anonymous.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My company's PoV around social media is available here.
Let us know your thoughts. Thanks.
The biggest challenge in the managerial world is to motivate employees to churn quality-assured output, consistently. Quite a task! Thoughts?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Drinkers of 100% fruit juices have reason to be happy as they are likely to get disease-fighting benefits.
Interesting learnings from an economist about joie de vivre (life) & worth pondering on! Some reading reqd!

Friday, April 8, 2011

An ad from Emirates had asked, "When was the last time you did something for the first time?" This is an option!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

DYK what consumes more energy today? The Internet! Via data centers! It is also a culprit like industry! Agree?
How data driven are we? The biz world processed 9.57 MILLION MILLION Gigabytes in 2008! A huge amount, indeed.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How politics can hurt a noble cause seen with Prof Yunus of Grameen Bank. No longer a Nobel in people's eyes.

Monday, April 4, 2011

RT amitsomani: The Freight Train That Is Android - the biggest legal destruction of wealth Quite a debate!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Finally, India are the WORLD CHAMPS in One Day Cricket after 28 years. Go India Go! This one is for Tendlya! wc11
Did Zak give away the World Cup with erratic bowling in the last 5? Only GOD can help us now. wc11
Thanks Yuvi for getting Sanga. Bleed Blue......Go India Go! wc11 wc2011
Dilshan Gela Re.........2 wickets closer to World Cup 2011. Bleed Blue!! Go India Go! wc11 wc2011
RT@jhunjhunwala Sehwag told Taufel after the NO ball "Yeh Haath Mujhe Dede Thakur" wc11 wc2011
First Blue BLOOD!!! One wicket closer to the Cup!! Go India Go! wc11 wc2011
Textbook start. Feels good to see India's good line and length against the best starting pair of the World Cup. Go India Go! wc11 wc2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yippppeeeeee. India earns THIRD WC Final Appearance by sending Pakistan home. Go India Go!! Bleed Blue......#wc11 wc2011
Oye Zak, dont be a Nehra today man. wc11 wc2011
RT@lavz1337 There is NOTHING better than watching PAKISTAN LOSE! Absolutely agree. They cannot come to Mumbai EVER AGAIN. wc11 wc2011
The scavenging has begun. India two wickets away from a chance to create history in aamchi Mumbai. What a twister!! wc11 wc2011
RT@PapaCJ: Credit where credit is due. Mr Nehra has performed reasonably well. Shabash young man. Very true and fair point. wc11 wc2011
This partnership looks dangerous. Has to be broken. Go India Go!! Bleed them blue and get them back to their pavilion seats. wc11 wc2011
Nehra - you have won my respect through your sportsmanship - take a bow! wc11 wc2011
And now Munaf adds the icing on the cake. Go India Go...Mumbai, aamhi aalo re baba!! wc11 wc2011
Hats off 2 Dhoni for picking Nehra though India felt otherwise. Signs of a true leader - banish fear and trust your team agnst odds. wc11
Yippeee... Bhajji gets Umar out - we are back in the saddle. Go India Go....Bleed Blue and prepare for Mumbai. wc11 wc2011
Yes!!!! Punjab Lions, Yuvi & Bhajji, getting India back into the game. Go, India, Go! Bleed Blue and get ready for Mumbai. wc11 wc2011
There we go.....First Blue Blood!!! Go India Go!! wc11 wc2011
Clutching at evything to keep D faith. RT @warne888: Prediction - India will win by 8 runs.. Sorry my friends in Pakistan wc11 cwc2011
RT@daddy_san: Given the number of times he's frozen and left hanging, I think MS in MS Dhoni stands for Microsoft. WC11. lmao.
The world stopped twice for 1 B Indians in the last 5 mins. Control, Tendlya. You have a bigger role today. Go India Go!! wc11, wc2011
Afridi considering a name change after seeing Sehwag in action. He now wants to be called AFRAID! wc11 wc2011
Thanks to EmPower Research for providing employees a chance to catch India's WC match LIVE. Cool way of mixing work & play! empowerresearch
Now escaped Egyptian cobras also tweet. How worrisome is that? Real scary, to be honest.
India with 10 players while Pak will play with 12, viz. Nehra. Cannot imagine why he was taken for such a crucial match. Damn. wc11 wc2011
Mohali gets set to become a piece of cricket folklore today. Mumbai is THE next stop for India. Go, India, Go! wc11

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cannot believe how one-sided this QF has become. The Poms are going through a Sri Lankan drubbing wc11
Hazard by Richard all time favorite.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cricket analytics getting more sophisticated by the day! Very interesting to note that. This chart shows how India bowled to Ponting. Cool!
Cricket analytics getting more sophisticated by the day! Very interesting to note that. This chart shows how India bowled to Ponting. Cool!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Glad to be proven wrong by the Indian team today! Go, India, Go! And Australia - pls GO home to your kangaroos!
iPads to replace paper charts/manuals in airplane cockpits. Cool example of how disruptive technology brings change.
Religion becoming extinct, proved in 9 countries. Does this imply more peace? Atleast not in racist Oz, I think. Agree?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

DYK 6-7% ($1.1B) of GDP growth in developed EU comes from GPS - quite remarkable. Over-reliance can be risky!
Have you checked daily depreciation of your mobile? My BB has lost Rs.10/day in value on a 3 year base. Interesting!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ever heard of exosomes? These particles could help treat Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease one day. Awesome!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Very clear pattern seen among CTOs of what is needed in tech - seamless convergence and mobility.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Awesome ads by SBI that showcase success of the service segment (postman, bus driver) via their loans. Love it! Kudos!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

What an exhilarating experience to sing the National Anthem before every Indian match. Proud to be an Indian. Always and forever! Jai Hind! wc11 wc2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ironic 2c reigning 20-20 Champs, Eng struggling in ODIs. Reason - no stamina to last 50 overs. Indian team has no stamina too. wc2011 wc11
What a surprise - the Poms are drubbed by Bangladesh now! What's going on? wc2011 wc11
Interesting take on short sellers. Definitely food for thought.
Very informative view on the future of digital living. I like the term "information snacking" in this article.
DYK Kinect is the world's fastest selling device on record. Wow.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

AT&T to send mobile ads to subs by tracking them via mobile tower handling their signal. Interesting or scary?
Mitsubishi Chem announces best efficiency for Organic PV cell -> great promise for future solar energy programs.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Seems like Coca Cola is trying to keep up with Pepsi's successful WC ads in funny and brrrrr aka weird ways. Run out of ideas? wc2011 silly
Strauss on his way back in first over. Smith's spin plan starts with success for SA. wc2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Some good news on Etios front as Toyota plans second shift to meet backlog. Will be interested to see how they execute. toyota

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Celebration time as Irish take Poms to cleaners with a thorough drubbing! Watch out world, Ireland is here! wc2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Did not know Sachin can misfield too? Bad work, Tendlya. Buck up!! wc2011
Bhajji paji, did you just drop the World Cup? Bad!! wc2011
Hail The Little Master for his 100 against England. Surely, there will be a Lagaan result today!! Go India Go......#wc11 wc2011
Tendlya, you heard me. Thank You. Bring them SIXES on. wc2011
Sachin's game today is like SunnyG - steady with a slow strike rate. Good for India? NO! Tendlya, let loose, man. Not much time. wc2011
Sachin's game today is like SunnyG - steady with an uncharacteristically slow strike rate. Good for India? Defly not! Tendlya, let loose!!
Today's man of the match is the Vodafone 3GMan. Awesome ad. Thanks, Vodafone. wc2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Thanks ISME for recognising EmPower with the Employer of the Year Award.
Very inspiring speech at ISME by RK Mishra on how one must innovate for rural India & be individually accountable in today's India. So true!

Friday, February 25, 2011

DYK 1 in 1000 earthlings gets bitten by a snake every year or that snakes are becoming more venomous?
All of us are familiar with GUI for our day-to-day tasks on gadgets. Say hello to the next generation - NUI.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thanks Vivek. A brilliant TED talk on work life balance - a necessity. How many of us will do this? Jury is out.
All ye smart phone users - beware. Mobile ads will be swamping you soon. Caveat emptor.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Retweet @amitsomani: Swap senior exec roles to keep everyone fresh and on their toes Powerful idea!
Is FB hurting the practice of blogging? The jury is not out. Considering higher attention in FB, it is likely!

Monday, February 21, 2011

For someone who committed crimes in cold blood, why is India taking so much time to punish him? Beats me!
A new device for monitoring BP more accurately is on its way. Nice works, folks.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Our house is silent when we are asleep or while eating Maggi. Our concentration during Maggi consumption is amazing. Thanks, Nestle! nestle

Saturday, February 19, 2011

@Dhoni pls whisper 3 words in Sreesanth's ear - LINE & LENGTH! He has forgotten the basics!
DYK the human body can fail in 13600 ways? We have 6000 drugs & 4000 medical/surgical procedures to counter them.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Illogical Tata Indicom ad campaign, that promises better customer service for poor quality in the first place. A loser ad in these times!!
DYK, OK was born on 23/03/1839 in the Boston Morning Post, as o.k. (all correct). Today, it has many avatars.
So my better half works at Wipro while the apple of our eye wants to be a Wii-Pro. How cool is that?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

RT @somani QOTD (via @mukri2) - Surprises don't surprise me anymore :). So very true.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

DYK your ideal weight is the no. left, after deducting 100, from your height in centimetres. Try it, it is quite an established benchmark!
Indian mobcos RIM-ming BB's sub share, <2% with steep pricing (70% of avg mARPU) while in US, BB has ~40-50% share. Wake-up call for U, RIM!
Indian mobcos RIM-ming BB's sub share (

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Nokia chief's memo says "crisis on", given success of the iPhone and Android. Kind of a "Wake Up, Sid" call.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Jagjit Singhji. Here is wishing for more of your super renditions. Take a bow, Sir!
Do not like the program 'Ulfat Sultan' on 94.3 FM. Very crass and demeaning to the Muslim community. Such producers must be sacked. Agree?

Monday, February 7, 2011

DYK organized crime is a $2T industry globally - 2X India's GDP. India is also a heroin channel.
Guess MNP not relevant for BB users. I cannot switch to Vodafone as their BB pricing is unattractive vis-a-vis Airtel. Zoozoo, pls help!
Toyota in mess over Etios. Bookings = 22k, Waiting period = 10m, Deliveries= 1700/m. Cancellations = Expected!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Did not realize Wii can be so addictive. We as a family have spent the ENTIRE Saturday this weekend, playing games on Wii. Wow, what next?
DYK nursery admissions in Indian cities like Delhi are tougher than Harvard, because of Ivy League psychosis?

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Internet has run out of space using IPv4 capacity. If they switch to IPv6, there will be no dearth of addresses.
Amazon rainforest is suffering. Homo sapiens is not doing enough to protect Mother Nature, increasing drought risks.
The Amazon rainforest is suffering. Homo sapiens is not doing enough to protect Mother Nature, increasing drought risks in future.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

DYK hedge fund managers are the best paid on the planet. They have to earn that money, literally though.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Planet Earth under merciless climate attack. Homo sapiens, are you listening to Mother Nature's fury? Please do and stop hurting the planet.
DYK zebrafish can grow their own hearts within weeks. Under research now to help human heart attack patients.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Very interesting to know dogs can sniff and detect early bowel cancer from breath and stool samples.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weekend dedicated to enjoying the new Wii. Such a blast. Cool stuff. What an action packed experience for all ages. Quite addictive too..

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Immigrants in top 25 US metro areas = 20% of population & 20% of GDP. Uncle Sam, immigration is healthy for you, FYI.

Friday, January 28, 2011

DYK that this sentence "Was it a car or a cat I saw" is a palindrome? It reads the same in both directions!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Benefits of meditation proven scientifically as it alters brain structure, favorably. Such a powerful mechanism.
Glucagon, a hormone produced by pancreas, can control Type 1 diabetes, when suppressed. Bye-bye insulin. Hope it works.
Welcome, personal solar cell @ $15-$20 hopefully. Amazing concept for people whose energy needs cannot be met.
And now - plants can detect explosives. A small change in a plant's protein architecture enables this! Cool!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

China's growth to slow down similar to Japan's behavior after 3 decades of scorching pace, says FT. The debate is on!
DYK that diesel is costlier than petrol in USA? It is the reverse in India & in Europe. Depends on what fuel is encouraged where! Surprised?
How Mother Nature can cause havoc in our lives by playing with our onion supply revealed in detail!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How Mother Nature can cause havoc in our lives by playing with our onion supply revealed in detail!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A glass-based solar-power harnessing highway system can eliminate snow automatically from roads. Innovative idea!!
A glass-based solar-power harnessing highway system can eliminate snow automatically from roads. Innovative, I must add!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

India planning Asia's first tidal power station at Gujarat. Jai Ho. Go India, them all, we can do it!
Apple shines with $6B profits in Q4 till 25 Dec. Steve Jobs health is a cause for concern, tho. Get well soon, Steve!
Going through multiple climate scenarios from extreme snow to chilly weather to sunny days - all in 2 weeks. Cannot say it is fun tho!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

This is my first post from an iPad. What a cool gadget. Awesome experience....I love the way, my fingers create magic on screen. Amazing!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

India glued to IPL4 auction. Huge $$$ being exchanged for a trivial sport while 80% of Indians live in poverty. Life, thy name is IRONY.
Adiga=Roti, Ambani=Kapda, Ambuja=Makhan, Biyani=Dukhan, Dhoni=Thakan (tiredness) going by the huge # of his ads we have to bear. Not funny!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The 101 most useful websites by labnol is available here as a pdf. Great stuff.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sorry, it was not 30 years ago. It was 40 years ago that the first ODI was played to this day.
DYK today is a landmark day in cricketing history? 30 years ago, the first ODI was played between Aus and England on this day.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Math can explain why groups split into factions. Cool way of understanding group behavior.
Sloppy at math? Please practise and improve. Not so for circuits. Sloppy circuits can still be VERY useful. Amazed? So was I.
10 year old girl discovers supernova - she is the youngest to do so. How awesome and inspiring that is.
DYK that while FB is #3 in terms of popn (vs. countries), it is 72nd in size if its $50B valn is taken as GDP. Dominican Rep. has this GDP.