The year that zipped through – 2011

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

PGPEX @ IIM-C ensured that I didn’t know what hit me over the last 8 months. Courses, courses & more courses. Throw in quizzes, midterms, projects and end-exams to complete the explosive cocktail. Its placement season now as tension mounts on the campus. 3 more months and we this interesting and gruelling journey would be over.

The year started with unbounded joy with the arrival of my kid 🙂 Enjoyed every moment of Jan-March. Then the big move from Singapore to India.(Missing Singapore and managed to sneak in an internship in Singapore for a month). This year’s down points for me were anti-corruption agitations in India, policy paralysis, rapid degradation in Indian parliamentary polity, Japanese earthquake/tsunami and Steve Jobs’ demise. As is the wish at the end of each year, hope the next one would be a lot better. Wishing all a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!   

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All the best India

March 30, 2011 1 comment

Semi Final Day today! I need not say anything as everything has already been sent over the last 3-4 days. Reminds me of the 2004 “friendship” series when I watched matches in Singapore with Pakistani friends. See the cricinfo home page. The top 2 headlines are on this match!

cricinfo

Courtesy: ESPN – Cricinfo

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Supporting Nokia Plan B

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Here is a link to Nokia Plan B.

I support most of what these guys say. I was aghast at what Elop did last Friday and wish Nokia reverts back to Mobile dominance through home grown Software Innovation. They simply drifted along without improving Symbian, their takeover of Qt was hamheaded as they couldn’t make it sit on top of Symbian and Meego never took off. But all this doesn’t mean they can’t do software or that they should jump into Microsoft’s arms.

It is the North American market that has always troubled Nokia and to that limited end they could have had an alliance with Microsoft and could have easily retained their own platforms for flagship products with a promise to restart that innovation engine again.

Plan B guys say the same thing:

Restructure alliance with Microsoft as a tactical exercise focused primarily at the North American market. Release one or two Windows Phone devices under a Nokia sub-brand. Only if carrier acceptance, sales volumes and profit margins are satisfactory, consider releasing more WP devices and make them available in Europe. Windows Phone will not be the primary development platform for Nokia. The Nokia phones with Windows Phone operating system will simply take advantage of the existing developer tools and application ecosystem already put in place by Microsoft.

Having been in the mobile telecom industry for the last 6 years I must say I am disappointed with Nokia hiring Elop and Elop’s subsequent strategy announcements. By following a similar “very focused” strategy Motorola has turned into green but has rendered itself into a fringe player in the mobile world – a far cry from the leadership position it once dreamt of. I wish that doesn’t happen to Nokia but facts and history suggest otherwise.

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Eunos RCYC Featured in Aljunied GRC’s website

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Watch the article here http://bit.ly/dFYHUY

Eunos successfully organised the inaugural Residents’ Committee Youth Chapter (RCYC) Orientation on 27 Nov 2010 at Eunos Community Club. The new members interacted with one another through the series of games specially tailored for them. At the same time, there was a dialogue with the Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and MP for Aljunied GRC, accompanied by key grassroots leaders.

I am hiding somewhere in this photograph 🙂

RCYC

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2010 – I liked it!

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Clearly the finest year of the last 4-5.

First the personal side. Our little one would be arriving in a few days time. Sister got hitched in August and I really indulged in serious fun in her marriage. I am very close to my professional goal of getting Business education and I think it is imminent. So that is a huge push to my career and looks like the admission process blues are coming to an end. Missed traveling with wife this year…just one trip to Phuket and a couple to India – but all for the little one 😉 I have really stepped up my community activities and am now an executive member in Eunos zone 2 residents committee.

Singapore’s economy recovered spectacularly. Yes the base was low, but still 15% growth is staggering. As the PM stated in his New Year speech it will rationalize to 5-6%. The property market and USD influx would be a concern this year. Apart from the property prices, even the regular household commodities are becoming dearer. The year end sales were surely a respite 🙂 The global scenario still looks soft to me. Currency wars, trade imbalances, environmental and sustainable development related challenges are looming large.

India has ended the year buried in a slew of scams. The UPA Government looked invincible at the start of the year; Unfortunately for Indians, Governance is now invisible. With the BJP trying to get its act together and cobbling up consensus among opposition parties and assembly elections in major states approaching, I think the Congress and the Government have a lot of thinking to do. Special mention has to be made of the Bihar elections which have played a major role in galvanizing NDA and the BJP in particular. I would not read too much into the results – specially national level effects – than that they were an endorsement of progressive and development+welfare oriented politics.

Many more things to write about specially on Technology, mobile and Android, but I have written about those in my previous posts. So as 2011 looms, I wish everyone has a great year ahead. I am pretty sure how I will be spending this year 😉

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Sir Gajapatairaj Vijaya Ananda

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I love this one. Courtesy: cricinfo

1905
One of the worst Test cricketers of all time was born – with a drawerful of silver spoons in his mouth. When he captained India on their disastrous 1936 tour of England, he was knighted, and so became Sir Gajapatairaj Vijaya Ananda, the Maharajkumar of Vizianagram. Vijaya means victory, Ananda happiness, but there was precious little of either on that trip, even though India sent a strong team. Vizzy sent the great Lala Amarnath home, ended the Test careers of class acts like CK Nayudu and Wazir Ali, and ordered one of his openers to run the other out in a Test. He didn’t: they both scored hundreds in a big stand – but India lost the series easily. All because of Viz, a comic giant.

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Whats wrong with Notion Ink

December 13, 2010 1 comment

Rather, a lot is wrong with Notion Ink. There is no demo on their site to look before preordering Adam. They say it will be out on 18th, but I took a leap of faith and went ahead to preorder. The preordering is one of the worst, if not the worst experience I have ever had with online shopping. Only Visa and AmEx cards accepted, mandatory area code field in telephone number which doesn’t accept 00 (I live in a city state), and upon entering all the details the site refuses to go ahead. On the 9th attempt I got through and made the payment. I got an ID for my preorder and when I enter the ID to check the status, the system pops up a message telling me that my ID is invalid. Worst still, I dont even have an e-mail confirming my order.

What the heck are people at NI doing. If you cant manage a pre-order then don’t do it dammit. You can write all sorts of excuses on your blog but facts are facts at the end of the day. I still dont know whether the product is worth the hype and the US$475 I paid for it.

I would love to study this as a case study in a B-School as how not to launch a product. No, I am not being unfair or judgmental. The whole thing sucks.

P.S.: I wanted to check out the performance of NVidia Tegra processor and other made for NI apps and that was the reason for sticking to Adam despite all this.

Update: December 15th

After a few e-mail exchanges Notion Ink has said informed me that my e-mail address was garbled up and hence I couldnt get a confirmation mail or I couldnt check my preorder status. My mistake. Apologies. However all other things still hold – no support for MasterCard, crashing of the payment gateway 8 times etc.

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