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what’SAPpening?

what’SAPpening? You know the whole “effect” thing. It is all about how things are put, less about what things really are. Its more about the gift wrap than about the gift. More to do with the fanfare, and less about the intention; all about quantity, not much about quality,  and all that. For the past…

Facebook without a Face

Yesterday, Airtel launched a USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) system based service. The service, jointly developed by Facebook and U2opia Mobile, a Singapore based company, allows users to access Facebook on their mobile phones without the need for a GPRS service. It works on the same concept as the messaging service you use to check your…

I like

I suppose the reason behind people “liking‘ all the pages and songs and tv shows and blah blah on Facebook is that they’re kinda lonely, and are, by some natural instinct, walking around with their hearts and about 50 MB of data from the deepest crevices of their brains, all on their sleeve, for the…

Worth a Thousand Words

Worth a Thousand Words A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words. In the past few months, I have taken a few which, I’ll say, left me totally speechless. #7 Somewhere in Rajasthan, left turn’s not free, they say.. #6 This one was at the entrance to a mall in Jaipur. Firearm not allowed.! Sounded…

Senti-mental

Senti-mental Remember ‘Compromise‘? Human mentality doesn’t cease to surprise. Astound even. We all have come to believe that the stock markets seem to move much more with tiny human sentiment, and less due to company or industry fundamentals. Lets have a look at the Sensex movement in relation to ‘sentiments’. I’ve taken the Sensex merely…

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Compromise? Don’t!

Compromise? Don’t! Several foreign countries have been following the professional hire-n-fire policy for several years if not decades, now. We Indians on the other hand, still go strong on references and the ‘chalta hain’ (a Hindi phrase meaning ‘it’s alright, no big deal’), ‘adjust maadi’ (maadi is a Kannada word meaning ‘to do’, in this…

India – The State of Affairs…

India – The State of Affairs Just when we Indians thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse… We got an opportunity to host the Commonwealth games. But instead, Kalmadi and his cronies stretched their luck way beyond the Milky Way with corruption. And the Prime Minister’s office magically stretched a sanction to several multiples of the…

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An uncle and a friend

An uncle and a friend I just heard a few hours back, that one of dad’s closest friends, Eshwaran, passed away this morning. That was extremely bad news. I had probably met Eshwar uncle and his wife several times as a toddler. And then I met them nearly a decade or more later, probably when I…