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  • E-Commerce Firm Tradus Launches Hyperlocal Grocery Service; What Works And What Doesn’t

    Lakshmi Sivadas
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    Tradus has just added Grocery to their ecommerce offering. And with this, gone deeper into hyperlocal - a huge but underserved opportunity in ecommerce. The post E-Commerce Firm Tradus Launches Hyperlocal Grocery Service; What Works And What Doesn’t appeared first on NextBigWhat.
  • How The ‘I Quit My Corporate Job’ Syndrome Creates Unwanted Stereotypes About The Social Sector

    Youth Ki Awaaz (Youth Ki Awaaz)
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    By Saanya Gulati: How often have you heard a sentence that starts with, ‘I quit my corporate job to…?’ Chances are that if you work in the social sector, especially at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), you hear it quite often. Picture from Teach For India’s Facebook Page, photographed by Sunhil Sippy As a strong believer in following one’s passion, I admire those who have the courage to give up the stability and comfort that corporate jobs provide and opt for less conventional career paths. Yet, I find that the ‘I sacrificed a life of luxury for something more fulfilling’…
  • Can an air purifier help improve the quality of your life ?

    Indian brand strategy
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Ahwaz may not be a city of any significance for us in India but to scientists monitoring air pollution it is one of great importance. Ahwaz in Iran is a oil producing city and is today the most polluted city in the world when it comes to air pollution. At 372 micrograms of suspended particulate […]
  • Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifiers – Price Range Rs.14, 990 to Rs.57,990
    India Lifestyle
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifiers Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifiers In the present scenario when air pollution levels are so high, Sharp Business Systems (India) Ltd, the 100 percent subsidiary of Sharp Corporation , has come up with a revolutionary product to combat the ill effects of indoor air pollution through its proprietory Plasmacluster air purifiers. It is now focussing on healthcare providers in India to install Plasmacluster Ion Technology for Indoor air treatment. Plasmacluster Technology creates Forest-Fresh environment indoors. The ions kill all harmful substances like pollen…
  • Shame on Mumbai: Twitter becomes angry as people do not vote - News
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mumbai, April 24: Total 19 constituencies including Mumbai went to vote in Maharashtra on Thursday, April 24. However, Dream City Mumbai disappointed everyone as most of the people and mainly the common man did not turn up to the polling booths
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    Reuters: Top News

  • Peru's Vargas Llosa to take secret of Garcia Marquez spat to grave

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:11 pm
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Peruvian author and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa vowed on Thursday to honor until death a pact with his late Colombian counterpart Gabriel Garcia Marquez not to reveal the mystery of their famous decades-old enmity.
  • Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    SLAVIANSK Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.
  • Obama wraps up Japan visit after security pledge but no trade deal

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama neared the end of a state visit to Japan on Friday during which he assured America's close ally that Washington would come to its defence but failed to clinch a trade deal vital to his promised "pivot" to Asia.
  • Former U.S. test site sues nuclear nations for disarmament failure

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed nations on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament.
  • Phelps wins first race in comeback

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:18 pm
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, setting the fastest time in the 100 metres butterfly heats at a USA Swimming Grand Prix meet in suburban Phoenix.
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    India Insight

  • Guns and Gowns: Documentary shows two faces of the Indian woman

    Shilpa Jamkhandikar
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Cosmetic surgeon Jamuna Pai inspects the face of the Miss India contestant before her in Mumbai, furrows her brow and points to a blemish. The verdict: the young woman needs a botox injection in her chin because the “proportions are off by 0.6 percent.” About 400 kilometres away in the town of Aurangabad, worlds apart from India’s financial capital, a middle-aged woman in a sari lectures adolescent girls about wanting careers. “How can you deny 5,000 years of evidence that you are the weaker sex? Stop asking for equality,” she thunders to her audience of rapt…
  • Interview: Nitin Gadkari on the election, BJP’s priorities and Amit Shah

    Shyamantha Asokan
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    (This article is website-exclusive and cannot be reproduced without permission) By Shyamantha Asokan Nitin Gadkari is a top leader of India’s Hindu nationalist opposition party, which is forecast to emerge as the front-runner in the country’s mammoth general election. A series of opinion polls this year say that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, will win the biggest chunk of the 543 parliamentary seats up for grabs. Results are due on May 16. Modi and the BJP have been wooing voters with promises to rescue India from its slowest economic…
  • Movie Review: 2 States

    Shilpa Jamkhandikar
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    (Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters) Abhishek Varman’s “2 States”, based on a Chetan Bhagat novel of the same name, is a good example of a movie subject that would appeal to a new, younger Indian audience. It features two youngsters who are freethinking, unencumbered by tradition and apparently able to take their own decisions. But they are respectful enough not to implement those decisions without their families’ approval. This is where the new India stands – parents who give children freedom and education, but exert their authority…
  • A Minute With: Alia Bhatt

    Shilpa Jamkhandikar
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Alia Bhatt made her Bollywood debut as a lead actress in the 2012 college romance “Student of the Year”. In February, she won over critics with her performance in the offbeat film “Highway”, playing a woman who starts caring for her kidnapper. In the romantic comedy “2 States”, which opened in cinemas on Friday, the 21-year-old plays a woman from Tamil Nadu who has to battle cultural stereotypes to marry her Punjabi lover. Alia, the daughter of Bollywood film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, spoke to Reuters about her role in “2 States”, what the film “Highway” did for her acting…
  • Promises and more promises: India’s parties pitch their visions

    Shashank Chouhan
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Campaign season in India means it’s also promise season, and political parties aren’t short on pledges for what they would do if they come to power after election results come out in May. From the Tamil Nadu-based MDMK party’s pledge to rename the country “The United States of India” to the Odisha-based BJD‘s promise to “guarantee” development projects, there are plenty of promises floating around to help parties capture, retain or regain power. There has been plenty of coverage of the manifestos from the biggest national parties, Congress and…
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    News from India

  • Mark Shands heart was English but his soul was Indian

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Conservationist wildlife enthusiast and travel writer Mark Shand who died from a fall in New York on Wednesday aged 62 had a lifelong love affair with India and its elephants for whom he raised millions of pounds from celebrities to better their living conditions
  • ExCAG to hold Kerala temple audit says SC

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai to hold a special audit of the property of Keralas famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple
  • After Priyanka Rahul rakes up Snoopgate

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Taking a cue from his sister Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a Snoopgate attack on Narendra Modi accusing him of getting the phones of women tapped and using the Gujarat Police to stalk them
  • Outsider tag on me due to Azharuddin says BJP Sawai Madhopur candidate

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Tonk Sawai Madhopur BJP candidate Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria speaks to P Srinivasan and Abhinav on the outsider tag on him and the prospects of his party in the Lok Sabha polls
  • Gujjars root for BJPs Jaunapuria in Sawai Madhopur

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    There is a sudden flurry of activities in the market of Bamanwas in Sawai Madhopur district on Sunday People are heard telling each other about the scheduled visit of BJP candidate Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria in their area
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    The Viewspaper

  • Glimmer of Hope

    TVP Admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Snail of life pitched Through serpentine traffic. This day unobserved, its light and shade, The shape of pregnant dusty air We think the road ahead Could still be beautiful. Visit The Viewspaper to read the full article.
  • Think Before You Speak

    TVP Admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Looks like former journalist and now a member of the Aam Aadmi Party, Shazia Ilmi needs a lesson or two in politics. At a time when a party doesn’t take even a second to file a complaint with the... Visit The Viewspaper to read the full article.
  • Time To Do Away With Excess Baggage

    TVP Admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    Sometimes restating a popular axiom can lead to embarrassment. Gujarat Chief Minister and Bhartiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is learning this lesson the hard way,... Visit The Viewspaper to read the full article.
  • Paid Advertising Is Only A Part Of The Solution

    TVP Admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    Today, as I hear the news and dismay over paid advertising on social media, television and newspaper and its full throttle impact on the democracy, I come to understand how effective it could be as a... Visit The Viewspaper to read the full article.
  • Bollywood At Its Worst

    TVP Admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    India is a country that is obsessed with films, which is why the moment a film’s promo is launched on YouTube, a buzz is created on social media. People start tweeting and sharing the promo with a... Visit The Viewspaper to read the full article.
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    InstaBlog - Global Community Viewpoint and Opinion

  • Why we still need to move over judging a girl from clothes she wears?

    Instamedia Content Writing
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Standing here, in the 21st century it is absolutely baseless to give a thought to that, girls are still being judged from clothes she wears. It should be ones personal choice, her taste and her decision that what kind of outfit she will be wearing. No other person has the right to question her or ...
  • Why we are ready to accept relationships without marriage?

    Instamedia Content Writing
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    The reason that we are ready to accept relationships without marriages is because we are presently in the 21st century and we need to approve the notion that without marriage there can be commitments. We need not be married just to prove that we are committed to our partners, we can even do that being ...
  • Celebs going nude-Is it worth our time?

    Instamedia Content Writing
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Nude celebrities mean fame, fortune and filth. The leaked celebrity nude photos inspire fascination and adoration from the masses who are sexually frustrated enough to care. So, this is the current state of celebrities these days if he or she wants to stay or get famous. Can you imagine classy icons from past posing naked ...
  • Is the young Indian prepared to talk sex with parents?

    Instamedia Content Writing
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Parents these days should be more aware of what is going on with their children. They need to make their children aware of sex and the things related to it. Parents need to comfort their children, so that children come up to them to share their perspective. Sex education is very important these days as ...
  • Is the world ready to accept a divorced woman?

    Instamedia Content Writing
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Things are not the same for a woman as for a man. A man getting divorced is more readily acceptable than a woman getting divorced. As we are socializing on human culture and their lifestyles, we need to be indifferent in such cases. This calls for equity, treating all in the same way. Human right ...
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    Hindu Dharma


    14 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Hindu Dharma,NASKAH QURAN KUNO SANA’A DAN RUNTUHNYA KLAIM KEILAHIAN QURAN Umat Muslim sering mengatakan bahwa baik Perjanjian Lama dan Perjanjian Baru telah mengalami perubahan yang serius. Mereka mengatakan bahwa agar Kitab Suci tetap otoritatif, kitab itu harus dipertahankan tanpa perubahan sama sekali, dan menunjukan bahwa Al Qur'an, dengan klaim bahwa Allah telah mengungkapkan kata demi kata dan huruf demi huruf kepada Muhammad. Quran mengklaim, “Tidak ada perobahan bagi kalimat-kalimat Allah. Yang demikian itu adalah kemenangan yang besar”(QS 10:64) dan, “Tak ada seorangpun yang…
  • Ramalan Jayabaya

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Hindu Dharma,RAMALAN JAYABAYA Prabu Jayabaya raja Kediri bertemu pendita dari Rum yang sangat sakti, Maulana Ali Samsuyen. Ia pandai meramal serta tahu akan hal yang belum terjadi. Jayabaya lalu berguru padanya, sang pendeta menerangkan berbagai ramalan yang tersebut dalam kitab Musaror dan menceritakan penanaman orang sebanyak 12.000 keluarga oleh utusan Sultan Galbah di Rum, orang itu lalu ditempatkan di pegunungan Kendenag, lalu bekerja membuka hutan tetapi banyak yang mati karena gangguan makhluk halus, jin dsb, itu pada th rum 437, lalu Sultan Rum memerintahkan lagi di Pulau Jawa dan…
  • Komentar Ilmuwan Dunia Mengenai HINDU

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Hindu Dharma,Komentar Ilmuwan Dunia tentang Hindu Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Ahli Fisika: "Ketika aku membaca Bhagavad-Gita dan merenung tentang bagaimana Tuhan menciptakan alam semesta ini yang lainnya nampak demikian bberlebih-lebihan." "Kita berhutang banyak kepada orang India yang mengajarkan kita bagaimana menghitung, tanpa itu penemuan yang bermanfaat ilmiah tidak mungkin dilakukan" Jean-Sylvain Bailly (1763-1793) Ahli Astronomi: "Perjalanan bintang dihitung oleh orang-orang Hindu sebelum sekitar 4500 tahun bahkan tidak berbeda semenitpun dari tabel Cassine dan Meyer (digunakan mulai…
  • Lubdaka Menuju Swargaloka

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Cerita Hindu,Lubdaka adalah seorang kepala keluarga hidup di suatu desa menghidupi keluarganya dengan berburu binatang di hutan. Hasil buruannya sebagian ditukar dengan barang-barang kebutuhan keluarga, sebagian lagi dimakan untuk menghidupi keluarganya. Dia sangat rajin bekerja, dia juga cukup ahli sehingga tidak heran bila dia selalu pulang membawa banyak hasil buruan.Hari itu Lubdaka berburu sebagaimana biasanya, dia terus memasuki hutan, aneh pikirnya kenapa hari ini tak satupun binatang buruan yang muncul, dia semua peralatan berburu digotongnya tanpa kenal lelah, dia tidak menyerah…

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    Pusalar Membangun Pura          Pusalar hidup di sebuah desa kecil di india selatan. Ia ingin membangun sebuah pura untuk Tuhan. Lalu ia memulainya dengan menggali pondasi disamping pondoknya diladangnya yang sempit. Setelah beberapa lama, lobang pondasi itu tetap menganga. Pusalar tidak mampu membeli batu bata untuk meneruskan pembangunan pura itu. Ia hamper putus asa. Tiba-tiba pikiran brilyan nya muncul di benaknya. Apa itu? Tak seorang pun orang yang tahu kecuali tuhan. Pusalar mulai menggali pondasi dilahan baru itu. Ia mulai membangun pura pura sedikit demi…
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    Kamla Bhatt Blog

  • Nob Hill in San Francisco

    Kamla Bhatt
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
      This is Nob Hill or “Nabob Hill” in San Francisco. Yes, yes, the term “nabob” is derived from the Hindustani/Arab word “nawab“ but morphed into “nabob” when the British were in India. The first reference of the word “nabob” was supposedly in 1612.  ”Nabob” was used quite a bit in Britain to describe the riches reaped by British officials during their stint with The East India Company in India. In the above video the building with the flags is the famous Fairmont Hotel, which opened in 1907. The hotel, which was…
  • Yoga Exhibit at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum

    Kamla Bhatt
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Yoga. Ever wondered how yoga evolved over hundreds of years in India? What? You thought yoga is a new, modern phenomenon? Well, it is in a sense, but there is also a long history of how yoga evolved over  2,00 years in India. There is more than “asanas” and “poses” to the history of yoga, which is what you see at “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” exhibit at  San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum (Feb 23- May 21, 2014). This is perhaps the world’s first exhibit of this “fitness” trend and takes you behind the scenes and presents a…
  • Film Notes: Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

    Kamla Bhatt
    9 Mar 2014 | 3:45 am
    Wes Anderson’s films tend to be whimsical, quirky and rich with details that demands your total attention. If your eyes stray even for a second you may miss an important detail. These were the thoughts that  popped into my head as I sat down to watch a preview of the film in San Francisco. I had heard about Anderson’s new film “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” but had barely read anything about it. In general I try not to read any reviews when I go to see a new film. I may see a trailer of the film and if it grabs my attention will then decide to see it. And the trailer of…
  • The Original Shoe Phone Man – Marty Cooper “Father of Cell Phone”

    Kamla Bhatt
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Shoe phone. Yes, you read that right. That is what the original cell phone was called when it was unveiled on April 3, 1973 in New York by Marty Cooper of Motorola. Marty and his team worked on the phone and beat the behemoth AT&T by demonstrating it first. Guess it was not a surprise then that the first call Marty placed on the shoe phone was to Joel Engel at AT&T. It took Motorola  10 years after the phone was unveiled to bring it to market. Today, the cell phone has shrunk in form factor and is used by billions of people around the world. The “shoe phone” is also known…
  • Ticket Giveaway – San Francisco’s Non Stop Bhangra ft Panjabi MC

    Kamla Bhatt
    6 Feb 2014 | 3:36 pm
    San Francisco-based Dholrhythms is celebrating its 100th event of Non Stop Bhangra (NSB)  a monthly event of dance, music and fun. NSB’s big celebration is on  Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 at Public Works in San Francisco and we are giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky winner. Details at the bottom of the post. Headlining the event is Panjabi MC, UK-based musician and DJ. Others include regulars like  DJ Jimmy Love, Rav-E, Pavit & Mehul on Dhol, Amar on Visuals, DJ  J. Boogie of Om Records. The night will be hosted by Mandeep Sethi, a California grown Emcee, who is active in…
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  • E-Commerce Firm Tradus Launches Hyperlocal Grocery Service; What Works And What Doesn’t

    Lakshmi Sivadas
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    Tradus has just added Grocery to their ecommerce offering. And with this, gone deeper into hyperlocal - a huge but underserved opportunity in ecommerce. The post E-Commerce Firm Tradus Launches Hyperlocal Grocery Service; What Works And What Doesn’t appeared first on NextBigWhat.
  • Now Learn English in Hindi With reCaptcha Inventor’s Startup Duolingo

    Jayadevan P K
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Duolingo, one of the hottest learning startups in the world is launching in Hindi. On the new iOS version of the app, users will be able to learn Hindi as well as its existing set of languages such as Spanish, French, Italian and German. The post Now Learn English in Hindi With reCaptcha Inventor’s Startup Duolingo appeared first on NextBigWhat.
  • WhatsApp Has 48 Mn Users in India, 500 Mn Worldwide

    Lakshmi Sivadas
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    WhatsApp has crossed the 500 Mn active user milestone globally. In India, the messaging app has over 48 million active users. The post WhatsApp Has 48 Mn Users in India, 500 Mn Worldwide appeared first on NextBigWhat.
  • It’s a Shame India Imports Ganesha Idols From China; This Startup Wants To Change That

    Darshana S
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    The start-up connects mainstream corporates with rural Indian craftsmen with their gifts.Corporate gifts with a social value add is the area of connect. The post It’s a Shame India Imports Ganesha Idols From China; This Startup Wants To Change That appeared first on NextBigWhat.
  • iPhone Sales in India Double; BlackBerry’s Crisis, Apple’s Opportunity

    Lakshmi Sivadas
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    Apple announced its 2nd quarter results today. While its net profits and revenues saw a marginal increase over the previous quarter, its India sales doubled The post iPhone Sales in India Double; BlackBerry’s Crisis, Apple’s Opportunity appeared first on NextBigWhat.
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  • Facebook’s Government Requests Report Shows That India Leads In Terms Of Content Censorship

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    Facebook released its second Government Requests Report today and it shows that the Indian Government has been making a significant amount of requests for blocking content on the website. The report has data from two separate time period: July to December, 2013 and January to June, 2013. The dataset between July to December, 2013 shows that India made 3958 total requests to Facebook. These requests target 4711 users/accounts. Facebook complied 53.56% of the requests. However, they state that ‘some data’ was produced instead of complete compliance on that published figure. Besides these,…
  • TwopCharts Report Suggests That 44% Of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent A Tweet

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    Twitter might be actually struggling when it comes user engagement in terms of actual tweeting. The one time social media phenomenon is currently facing somewhat of a plateau. While it is true that Twitter is the best website to discover real time news, trending topics and other happenings around the globe, it probably might not be seeing the level of engagement that Facebook has with its users. Twitter has been making multiple attempts to design the service for maximum engagement and get more users to sign up and actively use the service, especially after their much talked about IPO. To that…
  • Google Expands Android Security With Update To Verify Apps Feature

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:16 am
    Google has announced that it is adding another security layer to Android which will verify apps installed on OS continuously. Apps are the new playground for malicious individuals and Android has had instances of vulnerability due to the sheer number of Android apps that were popping up till last year because of the somewhat lax nature of Google’s app verification process after a developers sends in an app for inclusion on the Play store. At this time, Android was still catching up with iOS on many aspects such as design, app types etc. and the app submission process was not as intensive as…
  • Facebook Has Updated Its Newsfeed In Order To Clean Up Low Quality Posts

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    The Facebook newsfeed is central to the Facebook experience. Over the years, Facebook has been tweaking its algorithms to deliver relevant content to users. However, there have been repeated instances of poor quality and irrelevant content that makes it there. The reason this happens is unfortunately, because of the users themselves. Some Facebook pages use multiple techniques to drive up engagement and then subject those who clicked to poor quality content. Today, the social network has announced that it will be actively screening for such instances and weeding them out. In it’s blog post,…
  • Dropbox Brings Mailbox To Android And Launches Carousel

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    Dropbox has finally launched its popular email app Mailbox on Android. Mailbox which debuted on iOS last year was widely praised for improving our current state of email overload and getting users to reach the previously mythical state of Inbox Zero. Dropbox has told users that an Android app was in the works and today’s launch shows how committed Dropbox is towards building digital products instead of just being a cloud storage platform. Dropbox acquired Mailbox last year in March for the reported by price of $100 million  just a month after the app was in private beta. The app has been…
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    The India Uncut Blog

  • Sweet Dopamine

    Amit Varma
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    This is the fourth installment of my weekly poker column in the Economic Times, Range Rover. If TV shows and movies can start with a song, why not a column? I present to you ‘Sweet Dopamine’ (sing to the tune of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’): I’ve been playing all night and I’m down a lot I’m taking part in every single pot There’s something inside me that just won’t let me fold The voice of reason says it’s time to go But I keep pushing chips, I’m in the flow I’m addicted and I don’t like my turkey cold Woh, oh oh,…
  • The Balancing Act

    Amit Varma
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    This is the third installment of my weekly poker column in the Economic Times, Range Rover. If Jimi Hendrix was a poker player, he might well have come up with an album called ‘Are You Balanced?’ The higher you rise up the stakes, the more you hear about balance from people. ‘Are you balanced in this spot?’ ‘I called because I thought, no way you’re balanced here.’ And so on. What does balance in poker really mean? Balance has all to do with game theory, so let’s first look at it in the context of another game: Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS). You…
  • The Language of Indian Politics

    Amit Varma
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    This is the third installment of Lighthouse, my monthly column for BLink, a supplement of the Hindu Business Line. Indian politics is a strange beast. I just completed an online politics quiz that promised to tell me which political party I should vote for based on issues. I answered questions on economics, foreign policy, healthcare and brands of dog food to be told that I supported 81 per cent, 78 per cent and 68 per cent respectively of the main three parties’ positions. In truth, I am repulsed by Indian politics – but that finding is not as absurd as it seems. How does one…
  • The Numbers Game

    Amit Varma
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    This is the second installment of my weekly poker column in the Economic Times, Range Rover. ‘Math is over-rated in poker,’ said a friend the other day. ‘Poker is about psychology, reads, getting inside your opponent’s heads. Math, shmath, pah.’ This is a popular view among many recreational players – but they couldn’t be more wrong. In my view, maths is the foundation of poker, and everything else feeds into it. If you do not master the numbers game, you cannot master poker. Consider what a decision at a poker table involves. You’re in a hand…
  • The Bookshop Romeo

    Amit Varma
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:26 pm
    This is the first instalment of Range Rover, a new weekly column on poker I am writing for the Economic Times. A young man enters a bookshop. He loves books. And he’s lonely. He spots a gorgeous young lady browsing a book by an author he loves, Milan Kundera. Their eyes meet; she looks away shyly. He decides to seize the day. He walks over to her, but just as he begins speaking—‘Hi, that’s one of my favourite Kundera…’—a hunky young man appears on the other side of this lady, and she squeezes his arm as he apologizes for having made her wait. Then…
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    Trakin' the india business buzz

  • India Adds 10M New Mobile Subscribers In Feb14; Crosses 900M Mark!

    Arun Prabhudesai
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    The growth of Indian mobile subscribers seems to be back on track. For the first time in nearly 2 years, monthly mobile subscriber addition numbers have crossed 10 million in one month. This is also the 5th consecutive month when the numbers have seen a positive growth. According to monthly TRAI telecom subscription report, India added 10.03 million subscribers in month of February, taking the total tally of subscribers to 903.36 million. Idea Cellular was the front runner with 3.33 million new subscriber added in their kitty. Here is the graph showing subscriber additions over last 18…
  • Watch Out Myntra, Gets Into Apparels

    Arun Prabhudesai
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    Finally it has happened, has launched their Apparels category. This was one category that many were hoping to be launched on Amazon India sooner rather than later. Amazon has entered Apparels category with the launch of ethnic and Indo-western wear for women. The new category has over 12,000 contemporary & traditional styles from over 90 apparel brands offered by private labels and national & regional retailers. Along with apparels launch, Amazon has also announced launch of Sunglasses section. With these 2 sections launching, they have now covered nearly every aspect of…
  • Indian Railways Launches Windows Phone App For Live Train Tracking

    Arun Prabhudesai
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    It is heartening to see that Indian Railways embracing technology. In last 12 to 18 months or so they have launched web and mobile apps that have helped travelers with ticket bookings etc. Now, Indian Railways has gone ahead and launched National Train Enquiry System or NTES app on Windows platform. Available on both Desktop Windows store as well as Windows phone mobile store this new app developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the information and technology arm of railways. The NTES app has been developed with support from Microsoft. NTES is essentially the railway’s…
  • Flippypad Offers Glimpse Of What To Expect From Project Ara

    Kunal Prakash
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    To all those who do not know, Project Ara is a Google dream of making mobile phones modular. If it comes to reality in which it has been envisioned it would give us a $50-$100 basic framework which is affordable and then a user can add the bells and whistles as per his need to the phone making it anything from a Moto G to Galaxy S5. In its basic form, it would have a skeleton with WiFi, a small battery and blocks where modules can be inserted (probably hot-swappable). Everything from processor to the camera can be changed or improved for a better model. This means two prominent things: 1. No…
  • Again Disrupts Indian Ecommerce Market; Introduces Kirana Stores Delivery Points

    Mohul Ghosh
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    What can you do when you can’t fight your competition? Pretty easy: Befriend him! Amazon has certainly thought of this business strategy as it has introduced a very unique and disruptive shipping mechanism, which can totally change the eCommerce game: Kirana Store Pick-ups The modus operandi would be simple; you buy your grocery products from Amazon portal, and then make the payment. While going back to home, simply pick up the deliveries from your local Kirana store. With a single stroke of genius, Amazon has included these kirana stores which were considered the biggest threat of…
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  • Netflix claims Comcast abuses its market power in peering negotiations

    Stacey Higginbotham
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    While the internet debates the death of network neutrality, the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger back-and-forth continues. Sen. Al Franken released Netflix’s response to his request for its thoughts on the proposed merger. Netflix, needless to say, doesn’t like it. In details that have not been aired publicly, the letter accuses Comcast of abusing its market power to charge Netflix an interconnection fee to reach its customers — the first time Netflix has ever paid such a fee to an ISP. However, if the FCC has its way on net neutrality, this may just be one of many fees…
  • Facebook launches a newswire so it can help the media — while it competes with them

    Mathew Ingram
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    It seems Facebook isn’t happy to just have a News Feed that is designed to be a newspaper, or a mobile app called Paper that is also supposed to be a newspaper. So it has launched a new feature aimed at journalists called FB Newswire, which is just what it sounds like: a real-time feed of content related to news-worthy events. And what would Facebook like media outlets to do with that content? Why, share it and embed it on their news pages, of course. The new wire-service, which debuted on Thursday, is partially powered by a partnership with Storyful, a social-news verification service…
  • Rdio partners with Shaw to grow subscriber base in Canada

    Janko Roettgers
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Streaming music service Rdio has teamed up with Canadian broadband provider Shaw to grow its subscriber base in the country, both companies announced Thursday. The partnership includes a strategic investment by Shaw as well as yet-unannounced “marketing, content and promotional” initiatives. Rdio recently struck a similar agreement with a big media group in Brazil, and teamed up with terrestrial radio network Cumulus in the U.S. last summer. Thursday’s release comes with the interesting tidbit that Canada is Rdio’s second-biggest market, with Brazil ranking third, and the company is…
  • Hulu adds Chromecast-like mobile remote control features to Xbox One, PS3 and PS4

    Janko Roettgers
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hulu is the latest company to go all-out on Chromecast-like multiscreen features: Hulu Plus subscribers can now access the video service through their Android and iOS devices on Microsoft’s Xbox One as well as Sony’s PS3 and PS4. Support for additional devices will follow in the coming months, according to a blog post, in which Hulu Senior Development Lead Mitch Walker described the feature this way: “Simply launch the Hulu Plus app on your iOS or Android mobile device, and your gaming console system will be detected directly through the app. Once detected, a “cast” button will…
  • Sponsored post: Advertising can be so much more than a clickthrough

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Advertising can ultimately define the user experience. It can underpin the whole look and feel of a service. It’s about combining the quality and creativity seen in organic content with the commercial aspects of paid-for marketing. It has the potential to once again be an artistic feature if done transparently and responsibly. This means designing ads that are intuitive, not intrusive. At WeTransfer, we are using native content to build better relationships with our users, not destroy them. We do this by partnering with some of the world’s most recognized brands and exciting creative…
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    The 100% unofficial blog of the Indian Prime Minister

  • The Challenge in the year adhead

    Pradhan Mantri | The Prime Minister of India
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    The biggest challenge for the supporters of Narendrabhai is in the years ahead as they will have to turn into his critics to have him perform. Like I am going to.But some of blind right may not have the ability to do so. Blind Right may continue to behave like they are in the opposition and keep protecting Narendrabhai. I for one will not let that happen.\Now that I may be NaMo, I am preparing to be different
  • You dont turn off the internet: you infiltrate it

    Pradhan Mantri | The Prime Minister of India
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Eric Schmidt to Shinde...oops all dictators: 'You don’t turn off the internet: you infiltrate it' Jai Maharashtra, Jai Madam.
  • 500 km in one day...kejriwal in rural Germany?

    Pradhan Mantri | The Prime Minister of India
    6 Mar 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I have taken a liking for Asutosh. We had to rely on Udhav and Raj Thackeray and some characters from UP to demonstrate how we should not be but now we have Asutosh, he is doing a good job. He is demonstrating how a journalist should not be also how a politician should not be. I am wondering what type of news he edited and misguided the viewers with. NitiCentral is not investigating this?Incidentally, scaling up the walls of the BJP office lead to a spurt in donation with more 1133 people shelling out Rs 20,02,229 to AAP  This is quite impressive. Meanwhile Arvindji is…
  • But in other areas of UP life goes on as usual

    Pradhan Mantri | The Prime Minister of India
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Telangana? Nahi, ye gana to nahi goes on in UP
  • Telangi Biryani

    Pradhan Mantri | The Prime Minister of India
    18 Feb 2014 | 6:56 pm
    It isTelangi food even if you even eat it in Hyderabad. It is a mixture of Arab, Marathwada, Mughlai, Telugu and Turkish cuisines. We can now enjoy Telangi Lukhmi, Telangi Biriyani, Telangi Mirchi Ka Salan, Telangi Haleem, Telangi Marag and Telangi Qubani ka Meetha. I do not expect an impact on the quality of eating experience or quality of the food. Only the budget will be allocated and consumed by an new independent manager. The manager will start with the greatest intention to transform the eating experience but eventually will be struggling to get a wall painted inside the…
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    Compulsive Confessions

  • Songs I Bop To: April Edition

    Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    (The earlier Songs I Bop To here.)Wash My Hands by Kormac   This song is the sort of thing you imagine summer is all about--well, a late summer's evening, sitting on someone's terrace, the smell of the jasmine in full furious force. And you're not tired, but you're mellow, and you're chilling, and this song is on, and you're lying across the couch or bed or whatever and gazing up at the sky. Spiegel Im Speigel by Arvo Part Gorgeous piece of instrumental music, full of melancholy, and perfect for a long drive. The song swells and makes your throat hurt with sorrow, and it's kind of…
  • No Brides For You: Running Out of Girls in Rural Haryana

    Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    I began reading this story about the plague of single men in Haryana in today's Business Line Ink by Priyanka Kotamraju with a little scorn.Being a single man in Bibipur is tough. Just ask 22-year-old Joginder Singh. Or 48-year-old Ranveer Singh. While the younger man is desperately looking for a bride, the older one is resigned to his fate. “The marriageable window is between 24 and 26 years now,” says Kumar, who is 28. “Above that, you’re overage and prospects are dim.” Joginder, dressed smartly in a purple shirt and fitted denims, toting a fashionable pair of shades and riding a…
  • Now for a little (radical, feminist) poetry plus GAME OF THRONES! HUZZAH!

    Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:53 am
    Misandry In Haiku is my new favourite Tumblr. Cat haiku is also cool. I could just copy the entire website and put it down here, but that's just super lazy as one of you was kind enough to point out in my last post. So, instead, my favourites of my favourites:i answer onlyto khaleesi. call me “babe”and you’ll die screaming.(Segue: Um, SPEAKING of Game of Thrones (also, yay, Sunday! Only one more sleep before I can get a new episode!) I have a kick ass interview with old George RR waiting to be shared with you. It's a long interview in Vanity Fair so pour yourself a cup of coffee before…
  • Vote with your conscience: reading material for election day

    Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Ah man, election day in Delhi and I am far away in Bombay. I'm going to choose to vote by reproducing my friend Smriti Lamech's Facebook status, something that already has over two hundred shares since she posted it yesterday. I think it says it all.For the last year or more I've posted links, given data, opinion pieces and a lot more on one of our PM candidates. I've engaged with you, debated and persisted. Tonight I'm going to stop because it won't matter once you've cast your vote. I am deeply shocked and horrified by those who choose 'development' over human rights. Mostly…
  • Bombay reads: Street food in Bandra, street shopping everywhere else, AND who you should vote for, because.

    Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    I've been in Bombay, and the city is so delightfully insular, it seems like all the newspapers have only Bombay news, and all anyone cares about is Bombay stuff (except for the elections, everyone cares about the elections.)As a result, my worldview has become of this reclaimed piece of land as well, and I've been reading with more attention, stuff that makes Bombay, Bombay.*** I've always loved Mitali Parekh's blog Swasta Ani Masta, where she puts up pictures of her street internet advice, went for a long walk down Colaba Causeway, and bought two dresses. One is a hippie-ish thing, which I'm…
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  • Rawhide Bulb Shades And Tones With Antler Light Fixtures

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    It’s a insane headlines daytime hours right. For example this of course is going to be first Wonderful Jar run all by deer antlers. However let’s get unusual bedding guys off the beaten track. Quickly doing business Melo, each of our assisting place came to be recently wholly bettered along with the recurrent time vouchers remnants very much seam. The current production lacks a major antler velvet masculine. So it’s been pretty a very similar dream. Good team, very good widespread months record, extremely showing for that write time of the year plans. My colleague James…
  • Testing With Sexually Given Sickness

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Warm weather will be the following. It’s the optimal time start some park system and look off these runners good-looking girlies perhaps hard-bodied man (depending on what form a person will swing action.). It’s also to be able to appear those types of jogging shoes thus hitting currently the roadways. This is your way the problems takes place. Jogging is a good way to get straight into the shape-but it is a good way on to risk a very ankle. There are several things every one of us need when the summer time comes: progressive shorts, another tan, plus a the appropriate walk-in…
  • Solutions Wearing Obtaining Wrought Golf Club Beds

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Some sort of penniless sleep design possess the particular the equivalent effect in the market to alcohol in all forms together with sedative drugs. That’s that you simply fraction at the organization innermost girl that a lot of will don’t ever grow up. You should think twice about claiming all your pussy-cat to obtain a check-up during your veterinary clinic. In the age off higher technology, level of competition among the beds providers very harsh, actually achieve creative and as well , the lunch meal internet vendors to draw in prospective buyers than just do not have the…
  • Do Small Businesses Also Require An Ssl Certificate

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    If you are trying to promote your company or services then you might have listened to the term Search engine optimization thrown about, and numerous people may have informed you that these Search engine optimization services can assist you to get your company ‘out there’. But what exactly is an SEO company? Before selecting an SEO company, inquire them to provide you with some samples of the prior function carried out for other such clients. For those seo companies who are ready to display lots of samples, at least you can be certain that they can provide quality work and on time.
  • Beliefs Information On Unlocking New Iphone 4 4

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Scroll backed so that it will your Redsn0w directory the idea typically is on your a person’s desktop software and additionally responsive the most important Redsn0w usage for them. It is all utilized the actual use of new iphone4 open software tool! Online community simcard is a clever work price. This will also be positive safe and sound posts in which to fate firmware (ios) versions, this means you can enjoy 1 of newest benefit lets go of off Organization with be troubled within the open unable to function well. Certain locked phones are prohibited with packages special apps with…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Brand Update : Cadbury India to be rebranded as Mondolez India, What it means to brand Cadbury

    Harish B
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:33 am
    According to Economic Times report, Cadbury India is going to be rebranded as Mondolez India. This was predicted after the iconic company was taken over by US based Mondolez International. It is interesting for a brand enthusiast as to see how this affect the iconic brand - Cadbury.Cadbury has a huge equity in India and is consistently rated high in most of the brand ratings in terms of trust and popularity. So what happens to Cadbury after the company is renamed to Mondolez.Firstly, Cadbury after the re-naming of the company will no longer be a corporate brand. Then what will it be ?If one…
  • How marketers visualize deadly Germs !

    Harish B
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Indian marketers are in love with germs. Many brands have taken up the task of protecting Indian consumers from the deadly attack from the germs. Keedanu is often the generic term used by Indian marketers to denote the germs. For many brands, especially in the cleaning segment, the basic USP of most of the brands is the germ-fighting. Marketers have chosen different ways to visualize the germs. While some brands have tried to make the visualization close to reality, some brands have chosen to go beyond reality. A peep into how marketers visualize the deadly germs.DETTOLDettol has…
  • MRF ZVTS : The comfortable radial

    Harish B
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Brand : MRF ZVTSCompany : MRF LtdBrand Analysis Count : # 540Tyres which are generally boring products belonging to a whopping Rs 45000 - 50,000 crore category has seen many interesting brands being built. Although tyres belong to a high-involvement category owing to the high cost of purchase ( replacement category) but the purchase is seldom enjoyed by the consumer.MRF is the market leader in the Indian tyre market with a share of ~ 27 %. ZVTS is the radial brand from MRF. What is interesting about ZVTS is the care that the company has took in branding and positioning this brand.ZVTS was…
  • Brand Update : Kingfisher Airlines brand for sale. But who will buy ?

    Harish B
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    According to reports, the creditors of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines has decided to sell the brands - Kingfisher Airlines and other related trademarks. It is said that KFA owes Rs 7000 crores to the creditors.Naturally the news was carried with lot of importance by the media. My first reaction was who wouldn't want to get such a great brand ! I had the impression that Kingfisher brand was up for sale.When we look at the fine print, things are not that attractive. According to media, the creditors have control over " Kingfisher Airlines " and not the Kingfisher beer brand. And reports…
  • Brand Update : Small deo brands gets celebrities to move ahead

    Harish B
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    In the cluttered Indian Deo Market, brands are keeping no options unused. Denver, has roped in Saif Ali khan to endorse while Envy - another deo brand has roped in Irfan Khan as the celebrity endorser. The 2100 crore Indian deo market is cluttered with local brands upsetting the majors like HUL and gaining market share. The competition is getting more intense with brands like Provogue, Park Avenue entering the deo market with their own variants. Recently ads were splashed across the media for Provogue Deo being endorsed by  Fardeen Khan. Having said that, the positioning of all…
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    The Big Picture

  • Middle class' phoney angst over corruption

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    I have long argued that corruption cannot be a central issue in the Indian polity because corruption in one form or another exists everywhere. The best one can do is minimise petty corruption of the sort that the ordinary man faces in his daily life.And yet from time to time one hears that corruption is a major issue. The people who say this are very often from the middle class- the very class that is part of the corruption that goes on and is a major beneficiary. Shankar Sharma has an interesting take on this theme in BS. dilates on this theme and says that the middle class had no problem…
  • Modinomics: an American view

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    A former American bureaucrat, writing in the Hindu, compares Narendra Modi with Ronald Reagan. One common element, according to him, is that both have humble backgrounds. Modi is looked down upon by the nation's elites as Reagan was in the US  because he comes across as unsophisticated.This is certainly true. It astonishes me that the elite in the media and elsewhere are unable to respect something as phenomenal as a chief minister of a state, with no experience at the centre, being able to generate a nationwide following, something that his party itself has never enjoyed!The writer then…
  • Gujarat growth model: is it for real?

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    There has been an enormous amount of talk about the Gujarat growth model. Modi's admirers say it has worked, meaning it has delivered growth and better living standards. His critics say that it has worked only for corporates. Where does the truth lie?I have scanned the literature. Let me state my conclusions upfront:  Gujarat has been a leader when it comes to growth rateIt has lagged behind in social indicators (meaning, its indicators are not as good as those another high-growth state such as Tamil Nadu)However, Gujarat has been catching up on social indicators too. Once Modi's…
  • Sanjaya Baru's revelations

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Sanjaya Baru's book, The Accidental Prime Minister, is making waves. I haven't read the book myself but I have read excerpts- and I can see that the book promises to be a racy read.The media has focused on the bits about the relationship between PM Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi. There are numerous other details that are eye-catching as well. Let me mention two:The post of principal secretary to the PM was first offered to a Tamilian. He declined saying that he had promised his father never to take up a government post after retirement. I would love to know the identity of this…
  • Fixing the PPP model

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    Private public partnerships were to be the answer to our investment problem, especially in the infrastructure  sector. Nearly half the investment in the current five-year Plan is supposed to come through PPPs. Sadly, the model is broken and this explains the slump in investment in the last couple of years. One of the biggest challenges for the next government is fixing the PPP model so that growth can revive. (Where it can't be fixed, we have to find ways for government to fund investment).EPW has a though-provoking article on the subject, with several interesting proposals for reform.
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    Atanu Dey On India's Development

  • The Indian Constitution – Part 1

    Atanu Dey
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    So far I have asked around 10,000 Indians if they have read the Indian Constitution. Not one of them admitted to having read it. A few say yes initially but when probed a bit admit that they haven’t really read the whole thing. Some claim to have read the preamble. That is like saying that they have seen the movie merely because they have seen the ad in the newspaper or have had lunch because they checked out the lunch menu. The constitution is not a holy book, to be kept on an alter and worshiped, to be believed but not examined, to be considered divinely inspired and therefore…
  • A New Kind of Test

    Atanu Dey
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
    TIME has a brief piece on an interesting change in what the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) tests. “Students will no longer be rewarded for the rote memorization of semi-obscure definitions. Instead, the words that the SAT will highlight in vocabulary questions will be “high utility” words that students are likely to encounter in life and reading beyond those four hours in the testing location. Even the most studied students won’t be able to breeze through vocab sections, matching a word with definition B by reflex; they’ll have to read and gather from the passage exactly what a…
  • Happy Bengali New Year

    Atanu Dey
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
    The Bengali calendar is loosely tied with the Hindu Vedic solar calendar, based on the Surya Siddhanta. As with many other variants of the Hindu solar calendar, the Bengali calendar commences in mid-April of the Gregorian year. The first day of the Bengali year therefore coincides with the mid-April new year in Mithila, Assam, Burma, Cambodia, Kerala, Manipur, Nepal, Odisha, Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and Thailand. [Wiki.] The wiki also states that Poila Boishakh coincides with the New Years in many other Southern Asian calendars, including: Assamese New Year, or Rongali Bihu (India’s Assam…
  • Who Killed Indians at Jallianwala Bagh?

    Atanu Dey
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Today is the anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, was a seminal event in the British rule of India. On 13 April 1919, a crowd of non-violent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims, had gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh garden in Amritsar, Punjab to protest the arrest of two leaders despite a curfew which had been recently declared. On the orders of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, the army fired on the crowd for ten minutes, directing their bullets largely towards the few open gates through which people…
  • Notes on GDP, money and wealth

    Atanu Dey
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:24 am
    Considering how ubiquitous talk about GDP and growth rates is, it is noteworthy that as a concept it is of fairly recent vintage. The idea of having a measure of the “income” of a country was invented by the American economist Simon Kuznets for use in a US Congressional report in 1934. The “product” part of gross domestic product refers to the production of goods and services. It is an aggregate measure–and hence a macroeconomic measure. It is a measure of the total amount of goods and services that an economy produces. Full disclosure: I am not a macroeconomist…
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  • AMD Introduces New Socketed AMD Sempron and AMD Athlon APU Products with AM1 Platform in India

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Chipmaker AMD today announced India availability of its new AM1 platform featuring  quad-core and dual-core variants of the AMD APUcodenamed “Kabini” into the component channel for system builders.The AM1 platform, branded with the AMD Athlon™ and AMD Sempron™ APU brands will deliver award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and “Jaguar” CPU cores on motherboards from the leading manufacturers. AMD Athlon™ 5150/5350 and AMD Sempron ™ 2650/3850APUs provide consumers a balanced computing experience on a socketed upgradable platform. AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron APUs…
  • Cyfr an IM App Enables Commerce with Messaging

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    iLyngo a Chicago based startup has launched a very interesting messaging app Cyfr  which combines fun instant messaging features—(the app allows users to create secret codes that only their friends can translate)—with mobile commerce by displaying personalized deals to its users based on the keywords in their chats and their GPS locations. For example, if a consumer is on the bus and replies to a friend’s Cyfr message about going to the beach with, “Yes, but I need a beach towel,” the app could show her a deal for 15% off a beach towel at a nearby store. By pairing mobile commerce…
  • nexGTv bags Pepsi IPL’s live streaming mobile rights second time in a row

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:37 am
    nexGTv, India’s premier mobile TV service has bagged the official mobile live streaming rights of Pepsi IPL 2014 season. Now the users of the mobile TV app will be able to enjoy all the Pepsi IPL action on their handsets. DigiVive has partnered for content with Times Internet, the digital arm of the Times of India Group. Apart from all the matches, the users will also be able to watch match repeats and highlights as all this will be available in the Video-on-Demand section. Pepsi IPL channel will be clubbed into existing subscription packs of nexGTv and hence users can simply subscribe to…
  • MBA graduates eye e-commerce jobs in India

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    In a stamp of approval for the fast-growing startup ecosystem in the country, one-fourth of MBA students from across India’s top-tier business schools, including the IIMs, said they would prefer working for the fledgling e-commerce sector, pipping traditional favourites like consulting and financial services jobs. The sector, which has been flush with funds on the back of growing adoption of online shopping, is now the second most preferred job avenue for B-school graduates after the FMCG industry. Continuing with its rapid acceptance among management graduates, e-commerce has dethroned…
  • Exclusive Interview : Sahil Chalana , Founder of Coupon Aggregation portal

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:10 pm
    We spoke to Sahil Chalana, one of the Founders of, an online Coupon Aggregation and deal Discovery portal. Sahil, a BITS Pilani Alumnus, is also the CEO of 3.14 Digital , a digital performance marketing firm founded by him in 2010. 3.14 Digital has a large client base including, Educomp Raffles, NIIT Imperia, Foodpanda India etc. Q: So What is all about and What is the Business Model? is an online Coupons and Deal Discovery Platform featuring coupons from more than 300 ecommerce portals including top stores like Flipkart, Jabong, Myntra, and Snapdeal etc…
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    Hooked on Heat

  • Spare the Spice: Nasi Goreng

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    I remember the first time I introduced Hubby Dear to Malaysian food. It was during our initial dating days and I’d read about this family-run Malaysian restaurant in Toronto which seemed to have great reviews. Now, the only Malaysian food I’ve ever been exposed to are the dishes that either came out of my Mom’s kitchen or that of her family’s back in Malaysia as well as the road side stalls over there. Needless to say, up until then, I’d only had the good fortune of eating authentic, homemade Malaysian cuisine. So like Hubby Dear, I was equally excited and…
  • 20-minute Dinners: Shrimp & Greens Curry

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    I recently had a long chat with a friend who confessed to me that she absolutely dreaded the hour before it was dinnertime. She hates cooking, and the mere thought of “Whats’s for dinner tonight?”  can really drive  her up the wall. What she faces everyday is nothing new to most of us. Me included! I’ve been known to stare into the fridge, almost willing it to pop out a completely tasty, well balanced meal straight onto my dining table. I’ve never been one to meal plan on weekly basis. I know its advantages and have sincerely tried to follow through many times.
  • I know the Muffin Man: Strawberry Banana Almond Muffin

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    As a kid, I loved sleeping in. Obviously, with school on weekdays, it was hard to keep my eyes shut with Mom screaming from the kitchen for me to get dressed. But not weekends. Aah… weekends were when I could get as much shut eye as I wanted – or rather, as much as my parents allowed me! There was a time when my Dad had to scan the markets to find an alarm loud enough to break my sweet slumber. Alas, even then Mom would come running to my room to shut it off before the neighbours heard the deafening shrill. But me, I did not even twitch a muscle. I truly believed that had I been Sleeping…
  • B is for… Bhuna Chicken

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Over six years ago when I first introduced the Intro to Indian Cooking series of this very blog, I had no idea I was about to start a cult following. What started as a simple desire to help a few of my friends and readers learn the basics of Indian cooking, enabling them to enjoy good food cooked in the comforts of home using fresh, readily available, and healthy ingredients, turned out to be one of THE best decisions I ever made in my writing/blogging career. The series was soon picked up by The Mississauga News as a monthly feature in their food section. Over the years, I’ve received…
  • Ask Meena: Confused Cook

    13 Feb 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Here is an email I received a few weeks ago that got me thinking, testing and dreaming recipes. Until last night, when I finally saw the table clearly laid out in mind waiting for hungry mouths to dig in, I was seeing ginger, garlic and onions everywhere! I tell you people, the things I do for the love of cooking! Dear Meena, I have a co-worker from India who is Jain. I’d like to invite him and his wife to dinner one of these days. Now the problem is I have no idea how to make anything without onion, ginger, potato etc! They are very strict about their food. Help! I want to serve at least…
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    Gurcharan Das

  • चयन का सही आधार

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    आने वाले कुछ सप्ताह में मैं मतदान करने के लिए जाऊंगा। मतदान बूथ पर मेरा सामना खामियों-खराबियों वाले उम्मीदवारों से होगा, लेकिन मेरे सामने उसे चुनने की मजबूरी होगी जिसमें सबसे कम खामी होगी। यहां सवाल यही है कि किस आधार पर मैं अपनी…
  • Secularism or growth? The choice is yours

    5 Apr 2014 | 11:41 pm
    This month’s national election may well be the most important in India’s history. Our country faces a limited window of oppor tunity called the ‘demographic dividend’ and if we elect the right candidate, prosperity will enter crores of lives. And in the course of time, India will become a middle class country. If we elect the wrong candidate, India will experience a ‘demographic disaster’ and the great hope of youth will turn into despair.India’s opportunity comes from being unique ly young — the large majority of people are of working age. Such a demographic situation gener…
  • Elect to transform India with these eight big ideas

    6 Mar 2014 | 3:42 am
    The world is divided between optimists and pessimists. Optimists believe that if the government invests in infrastructure, removes barriers facing entrepreneurs, jobs will multiply, the economy will grow, and the country will gradually turn middle class. Pessimists worry about problems— inequality, crony capitalism, degrading environment, etc. The problems are real but optimists focus on opportunities and lead nations to success. Let’s hope an optimist is elected in 2014 after a decade of UPA’s pessimism, and here are eight big ideas to help him/her restore India to health.First, bring…
  • अमर प्रेम के भ्रम से उपजी त्रासदी

    27 Feb 2014 | 12:31 am
    पिछले एक माह में रिश्तों में पैदा हुई त्रासदी से कई महत्वपूर्ण लोगों की जिंदगी में विनाश आया है। अच्छे लेखक और यूपीए सरकार में मंत्री शशि थरूर की पत्नी की दिल्ली में मौत हुई। कहा गया कि यह आत्महत्या थी। लगभग इसी समय फ्रांस की…
  • Modern marriages aren’t made in heaven

    2 Feb 2014 | 1:12 am
    In the past few weeks, sexual tragedies have blighted some prominent and attractive lives. Sunanda Pushkar, wife of the writer and minister, Shashi Tharoor, died recently in Delhi. Around the same time, the French First Lady, Valerie Treirweiler, had to be hospitalized in Paris. Both events followed revelations of alleged sexual affairs. Sunanda Pushkar accused her husband of an intimate relationship with a Pakistani journalist. Ms Treirweiler was devastated by the French president, Francois Hollande’s liaison with an actress; France’s first family split a few days later. These are not…
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  • Honda Activa 125 Price List

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    Honda activa 125 prices have been revealed. Ever since the auto expo where Honda showcased the activa 125, expectations are running high on the launch. The much awaited activa 125 is finally here . Activa will come in two variants – activa 125 standard and activa 125 deluxe. Activa 125cc standard variant cost Rs52447 Activa 125cc deluxe variant costs Rs58156 Activa 125 would be available in four colours – blue,silver,black and white. With the Activa 125cc Honda aims to tap the customers of suzuki access. While Suzuki with its lets scooter wishes to wean away Activa 110cc…
  • Suzuki to launch Lets scooter at Rs.47,000

    Vignesh Annamalai
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Suzuki Motorcycle India Limited to launch Lets scooter at a price of Rs.47,000 in the country. Suzuki will enter into 110cc segment with this Lets scooter which gets the sharp and aerodynamic styling. As we reported earlier, the Suzuki Motorcycle India Limited dealers have started bookings already. The booking amount of Lets scooter is Rs.1000. Lets scooter is powered by 112cc, in-line, single-cylinder, four stroke, air-cooled engine with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox. The engine can churn out maximum power output of 8.7bhp at 7500rpm and maximum torque output of 8.92Nm…
  • Hyundai launches Eon with 1.0 litre engine

    Vignesh Annamalai
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:28 am
    Hyundai has launched the entry level hatchback Eon with 1.0 litre petrol engine. The dealers of Hyundai have started bookings for this 1.0 litre Eon model. The 1.0 litre Eon is available on middle level variant, Magna. The 1.0 litre Eon model gets the similar styling of the existing model. The car offers the features like immobilizer, power steering, keyless entry, 13-inch steel wheels with covers, front power windows and air-conditioning. The 1.0 litre model does not get the audio system. The new 1.0 litre, 3 cylinder engine can develop maximum power of 65bhp and 95Nm of maximum torque. The…
  • UM Hypersport – Spy picture

    Vignesh Annamalai
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    UM motorcycles, the US based manufacturer has planned to enter in the Indian market by October of this year. The company has showcased their two wheeler models at the 2014 Auto Expo. It plans to launch 100-400cc series bikes in India. The Renegade series will be the first launch from the manufacturer which includes 230cc Renegade commando and 200cc Renegade Sport.  Apart from that Renegade series models, the US based manufacturer also plans to launch UM Hypersport, on/off road motorcycle in the country. The UM Hypersport gets 223cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke engine which can generate maximum…
  • Hero launches Xtreme facelift in India

    Vignesh Annamalai
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:28 am
    Hero Motocorp has launched the Xtreme facelift in the country. The 2014 Xtreme is available in two variants. It is available in both kick start and self start with alloy wheels as a standard. It offers the shades like blue, orange, silver and red. The updated Xtreme gets the same 149.2cc, 4 stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder OHC engine with 5 speed constant mesh gearbox. The engine can generate peak power output of 14.4PS at 8500rpm and 12.80Nm of peak torque at 6500rpm. The Xtreme facelift gets telescopic hydraulic type suspension at the front and rectangular swingarm with 5 speed…
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  • Links

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sasha Sagan in New York Magazine: Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan One day when I was still very young, I asked my father about his parents. I knew my maternal grandparents intimately, but I wanted to know why I had never met his parents. “Because they died,” he said wistfully. “Will you ever see them again?” I asked. He considered his answer carefully. Finally, he said that there was nothing he would like more in the world than to see his mother and father again, but that he had no reason — and no evidence — to support the idea of an afterlife, so…
  • Alberts et al: "Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws"

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    The long-held but erroneous assumption of never-ending rapid growth in biomedical science has created an unsustainable hypercompetitive system that is discouraging even the most outstanding prospective students from entering our profession—and making it difficult for seasoned investigators to produce their best work. This is a recipe for long-term decline, and the problems cannot be solved with simplistic approaches. Instead, it is time to confront the dangers at hand and rethink some fundamental features of the US biomedical research ecosystem. That's the abstract of the PNAS paper…
  • US Grad School Applications from India Jump 32%

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    A surprising finding reported by CHE [based on results of a survey (pdf) by the Council of Grad Schools]. The reasons for this year's uptick are difficult to pin down, but the CHE report points to harsh visa policies by the UK as a possibility: ... Indian numbers have been erratic. One year, first-time graduate enrollments climbed more than 30 percent, only to plummet 16 percent a couple of years later. That seeming fickleness reflects the fact that education decisions in India tend to be highly susceptible to economic shifts, including fluctuating currency exchange rates and employment…
  • Rough treatment of seminar speakers is so 20th century

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    In a post on civility in academe, Nigel Thrift writes: There is good news. As universities have become more diverse, I think they have become more civil. As a result, a firmer line is being drawn between disagreement and abuse. In particular, I am struck by how much the conduct at research seminars has changed over the years. When I was starting my academic career, these seminars sometimes seemed to be regarded as blood sport. The idea was to undercut the speakers, not work with them. The atmosphere was driven by a combination of the testosterone-laden antics of young (nearly all male)…
  • Authors, translators, and "political publishers"

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    The English translation of a Tamil novel finds itself in a limbo because the translator and the publisher do not like the political views of the original author, Joe D'Cruz -- specifically, his statement explaining why he wants Narendra Modi to be the next Prime Minister of India. You can read D'Cruz's statement, as well as that from the publisher over at Outlook. The key sentence in Navayana's press release is this: "However, there cannot be a place for such an author in a political publishing house like Navayana." [Bold emphasis added] In an opinion piece in Outlook entitled Public Stories,…
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    Project Why

  • An open letter to the Prime Minister to be

    Anuradha Bakshi
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Respected Prime Minister,I chose to write to you today as we still do not know who you will be, though the guesses are few, but somehow writing to a yet anonymous person is easier for me. Let me too remain anonymous though I can tell you that I am a child, who remain anonymous and voiceless. I was born in this city and live in a small shanty house with my family of 6. Our room is so tiny that after fitting one bed there is no place to move but my mother does everything to make it feel like home. Like many others from our village, my parents came to the big city to look for a better life, if…
  • Toffee model

    Anuradha Bakshi
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    These elections have been a reality show in the true sense of the word, unscripted and immensely entertaining. One of the surprises it sprung was the toffee model, where one of the contestant alluded to his opponent having sold land for one rupee, the price of a toffee. All this is jest and bantering but I  would like to share a real fact which would make anyone cry ion despair.I have recently written about the sports programme the husband would like to initiate for the 2500 children of the nearby Government school. I do not know if he will succeed or not this is one mean obstacle race…
  • Oh darling yeh hai India!

    Anuradha Bakshi
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    I have recently sent a link to a series of incredible pictures about incredible India! I posted them on my Facebook page, but if you have not seen them please do take a few minutes and treat yourself to something unique. These pictures exemplify all that is great about our wonderful country: its ability to beat all odds, no matter how challenging they may be. Who would have ever thought of perching an iron on two books and boiling your milk. This happens only in India. You may smirk or snigger and say that it was all done for the camera. Maybe so. But I would like to differ as I have been…
  • An India Story cont

    Anuradha Bakshi
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    In my previous post, I had written about the state of sports in the Government school next to our home and the quasi impossibility of doing 'anything' to make things better because of the absurd red tape that exists in our country. In short should you want to improve things and offer free help you will be shown the door and even run the risk of getting sued for trespass!The state of the school grounds is abysmal and no child can play anything without the risk of being hurt. Teams exist on paper and the authorities wait endlessly for the file too move and for the right department to be…
  • An India Story

    Anuradha Bakshi
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Today I write an India Story. The reason why I entitle this blog so is that this little story reflects how things work in our beloved land. In an earlier blog I had mentioned how the husband was all excited about starting a sports project in the neighbourhood and how thrilled I was at his finding a project that I truly felt/feel will give him a new lease of life. His first visit to the school went on well as I was told by him. According to him, the Principal was amenable to Ranjan's ideas and Ranjan who is quite a greenhorn at dealing with the likes of the Principal thought all was hunky…
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    Gautam Ghosh on Human Resources

  • Philips India HR's journey in starting to build Social Media capability

    Gautam Ghosh
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Guest post by my colleague Zenobia Madon, General Manager - Talent Acquisition, Philips India.Philips India HR Team kick-started its HR initiatives in Social Media in August 2012. The Social Media for HR initiative was led by Yashwant Mahadik, Head of HR at Philips India as Yash had been keenly observing this space for sometime. The chief guest at the launch was Abhijit Bhaduri, CLO of Wipro, prolific blogger and a social media evangelist for HR.After the launch, Yash and Abhijit were in touch and continued to share updates on how the initiatives were going on.  Yash confided to Abhijit…
  • Skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century

    Gautam Ghosh
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    So I asked my Twitter community what are the skills they thought would be needed to succeed in the 21st CenturyHere is what they said:[View the story "Skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century" on Storify]If you want to talk to me about a story or a speaking engagement, contact me on | Twitter | Facebook Page | LinkedIn
  • WSJ's flawed story comparing US and Indian salaries

    Gautam Ghosh
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    WSJ has an India focused blog called India Realtime, and its journalist Preetika Rana recently posted a story comparing US and Indian salaries. However she did add a caveat.True, wages are relative to purchasing power parity, and differ from country to country, but the pay gap between India and the U.S. has been cause of a recent rift between the world’s two largest democracies. Earlier this year, a Manhattan court indicted a New York-based Indian diplomat for alleged visa fraud after she was accused of underpaying her Indian domestic helper. The maid, who was paid close to $7,000 a year,…
  • Research on Social Learning by Saba and HCM Advisory Group

    Gautam Ghosh
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:59 am
    The folks at Saba and HCM Advisory Group did a survey of Social Learning practices at organizations and they released some interesting findings.Some Key Findings were:Learning is a driver: 65.7 percent of organizations are using social technologies for learning to some extent. Social learning supports the learning culture: 63.9 percent of organizations are motivated to use social learning to support a culture of learning. Discussion and communication reign supreme: 59.5 percent of organizations are using discussion forums, 57.9 percent are using internal blogs, and 54.9 percent are…
  • Thriving in a VUCA world

    Gautam Ghosh
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:46 pm
    The term VUCA was made by the US Army to describe a world in which things are Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.The world is becoming more and more VUCA and while organizations try grappling with it, what should individuals do? What are the skills needed to thrive in these VUCA times?This FastCompany article makes a case that Generation Flux, people who embrace continuous new skills will be the one to succeed in this chaotic world.Some excerpts, go read the full article:What defines GenFlux is a mind-set that embraces instability, that tolerates--and even enjoys--recalibrating…
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    India Travel & Photography Blog

  • In the moment! Chimi Lhakhang, Bhutan

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Perhaps these young monks understand, and effortlessly practice Buddha’s teachings the best: ‘live in the moment’. At Chimi Lhakhang, Bhutan Related PostsA Young Monk in Chimi Lhakhang, BhutanPrayers: Kichu Lhakhang, Paro, BhutanKichu Lhakhang, Paro, BhutanJomolhari Mountains Range, seen from Chele la Pass, BhutanPhoto Essay: Young Monks of Bhutan The post In the moment! Chimi Lhakhang, Bhutan appeared first on India Travel & Photography Blog.
  • Celebrating Myanmar – Travel Experiences that make you fall in love with the country

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Also see: My photography tour to Myanmar. Sep-Oct, 2014 I made a two-week visit to Myanmar in 2013 and totally loved travelling through its cities and countrysides. Before I begin the detailed travelogues, here is a quick look at things that I loved about the country. 1. Pagodas, pagodas and pagodas. Shwedagon Pagoda is perhaps the most well-known of all the pagodas in Myanmar, if not in the entire world. The 99 meter high tower is one of the holiest sites in the country. It is coated with several tonnes of gold on its surface and studded with thousands of precious stones. After the sun goes…
  • Travelling and Finding Peace and Joy in Faraway Places – Five Locations, Five Experiences

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    In the summer of 2002, I decided not to live my life sitting holed up in the city. I made up my mind to take every opportunity to travel and see the beautiful country we have. On the next holiday-slot available, I headed towards the Himalayas, to walk in the wilderness and see the snow peaks. I had never known what high-altitude meant, till then. My good karma took me to Sikkim, where I saw a new world. I discovered that people can be so friendly that you completely drop your guard and walk around with a wide grin instead. I saw woods so thick that it is impossible to set a foot through them.
  • A Kalyani in Hampi

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Many Stone Mantapa (pavilions) and kalyani (tank) are found in every corner of the ancient city of Hampi, Karnataka. Here is an attempt to juxtapose them together. The monsoon clouds helped decorate the sky as well.   Related PostsMonsoon Days in Hampi, KarnatakaMonsoon Days in HampiPhoto of the Day – Caretaker Monk – BhutanMoods of the Market Rose Ringed Parakeets The post A Kalyani in Hampi appeared first on India Travel & Photography Blog.
  • Kitchen of a Khanavali

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    ‘Jolada Rotti’ (rotti–flat bread–made from sorghum floor) is one of the commonly available foods in the restaurants of north Karnataka. Traditional eateries of this region are called ‘Khanavali’ where you can expect Jolada Rotti to be served with a side-dish, fenugreek leaves and chutney-pudi (spicy powder as accompaniments). Seen in the photograph is a kitchen of a Khanavali in Badami, Karnataka, where women are preparing Jolada Rotti on a wood-fired stove. They work for a good part of the day and make several hundreds of them everyday. Related…
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    The Startup Guy

  • Bootstrapping, not an excuse for being cheap

    Vijay Anand
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    I witness the scenario on both sides of the table.  A startup provides a solution to a problem; solves it elegantly. And makes it seamless for its users. They use a few other products too – that solves some of their non-core functions elegantly. They grow out of its free usage, but they don’t pay. And they sit and break their heads, day in and day out as to why on earth,  many of its heavy users not converting. I too do wonder why. Karma, is a bitch. We don’t negotiate with the entity that provides the electricity, nor the ISP who provides the pipeline, nor the bank who…
  • How to ask for a (startup) Job

    Vijay Anand
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    I am puzzled by reading emails where it says nothing but “Hi, I am looking for a Job”, and so do many of the startup founders I know of. Trust me, there is a need for good talent, but a talent that doesn’t even bother to explain what they do is categorized quickly into the “no” bucket. Giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, and since everyone is so good at following templates, here is a template of what MUST go into an introduction email – if you are reaching out to someone for a job. Applies for most things, but specifically more so, when it comes to…
  • Why I am on Pracly

    Vijay Anand
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:14 am
    First things first, Pracly is a startup that we are supporting under our Pre-Accelerator Program at The Startup Centre, that helps connect entrepreneurs and startups with expert advice.   So, here’s the story: I get anywhere between 10 – 15 chat requests on Facebook  with people asking questions about various things. Perhaps about 20 odd messages that are just broadcasted (like my page, we are launching etc – without expecting a response), and I get about 20+ emails a day with people asking for specific suggestions about their venture or asking for a time to meet.
  • Why Internships are broken

    Vijay Anand
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:02 am
    Having a thread about internships going on and I am realizing how long I’ve been having this conversation, but nothing has changed. 1. Two months of internship isn’t useful at all. It takes about 3-4 weeks for anyone to get inducted into a work environment, and another 2-3 weeks to transition out. And these interns take a few days off in between. What’s left? 2. Its good exposure for the interns, because its the first exposure of a real work environment – and unlike a large company, you cant chillax in a startup. You feel the grind and its helpful. However it is…
  • Eventifier : When they started

    Vijay Anand
    2 Dec 2013 | 11:20 am
    When We first met them, they were these three scrawny (they still are) boys with dreams in their eyes and clearly uncomfortable in a city that was alien to them. They hesitated before every word they spoke and they were cautious and trying hard not to say the wrong thing. It was one of the editions of In50hrs in Chennai. They pitched an idea. It wasn’t bad, but not one that you would want to build a startup around. As one of the mentors who was around, I let them know that. When I came back, they had a new idea on their mind, and this time they had associated it with the things we were…
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    Awesome Cuisine

  • தக்காளி தோசை

    Praveen Kumar
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    தேவையான பொருட்கள் இட்லி மாவு – 2 கப் தக்காளி – 4 சின்ன வெங்காயம் – 5 வரமிளகாய் – 6 ‍(அ) 8 சீரகம் – 2 தேக்கரண்டி கறிவேப்பிலை உப்பு – சிறிதளவு எண்ணெய் செய்முறை மிக்ஸியில் சின்ன வெங்காயத்துடன் வரமிளகாய், சீரகம், கறிவேப்பிலை…
  • பட்டர் பிஸ்கட்

    Praveen Kumar
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    தேவையான பொருட்கள் வெண்ணெய் – 100 கிராம் மைதா மாவு – 140 கிராம் பொடி செய்த சீனி (அ) ஐசிங் சுகர் – 40 கிராம் முட்டையின் மஞ்சள் கரு – 3 வெனிலா சுகர் பவுடர் (அ) வெனிலா எசன்ஸ் – அரை தேக்கரண்டி முந்திரி – அலங்கரிக்க செய்முறை…
  • நாட்டுக்கோழி பிரியாணி

    Praveen Kumar
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    தேவையான பொருட்கள் நாட்டுக்கோழி – முக்கால் கிலோ பாஸ்மதி அரிசி (அ) சீரகச் சம்பா அரிசி – அரை கிலோ பெரிய வெங்காயம் – 200 கிராம் சின்ன வெங்காயம் – 100 கிராம் தக்காளி – 200 கிராம் இஞ்சி – சிறிய துண்டு பூண்டு – 4 பற்கள் பச்சை…
  • பூண்டு சிக்கன் வறுவல்

    Praveen Kumar
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    தேவையான பொருட்கள் எலும்பில்லாத சிக்கன் – கால் கிலோ சிறிய பூண்டு பற்கள் – ஒரு கைப்பிடி அளவு சின்ன வெங்காயம் – 15 தக்காளி – 2 பச்சை மிளகாய் – ஒன்று சோம்பு – சிறிது மிளகாய் தூள் – ஒரு தேக்கரண்டி தனியா தூள் – அரை…
  • கொண்டைக்கடலை சுண்டல்

    Praveen Kumar
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    தேவையான பொருட்கள் கொண்டைக்கடலை – ஒரு கப் உப்பு – தேவையான அளவு கடுகு – தாளிப்பதற்கு உளுத்தம் பருப்பு – ஒரு தேக்கரண்டி கடலை பருப்பு – ஒரு தேக்கரண்டி மிளகாய்வற்றல் – மூன்று பச்சை மிளகாய் – மூன்று துருவிய தேங்காய்…
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    Coffee With Sundar

  • Ashish Goel – Life at Stanford University, Stanford Design Program

    Sundar Rajan G S
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:56 am
    Hi All, Today we have Ashish Goel talking about his life at Stanford University while doing a Design Thinking Program. Regards Sundar Rajan G S * Brief Intro about yourself Grew up in Gurgaon. Studied Biochemical Engineering at IIT Delhi, worked at a consulting startup for a year before staring, which I was a part of for ~5 years. Did a few other short gigs before going to graduate school. * Entry Criteria: - Approx CGPA range Undergraduate CGPA 7.5 - Gre & Toefl scores range 1480 GRE Score, TOEFL waived - Research Experience at undergraduate level None - Does the graduate…
  • Vivek Narayanan – Life at University of California, Berkeley

    Sundar Rajan G S
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Hi All, Today is the 6th anniversary for CWS and I am restarting University Cafe. We have Vivek Narayanan talking about his life at University of California, Berkeley. Thanks you so much for your time and effort Vivek. Much appreciated.   Regards Sundar Rajan G S * Brief Intro about yourself Did my schooling in Chennai and came to NIT Trichy to pursue my undergraduate education in Chemical Engineering (after turning a full scholarship and admission into National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University) Graduated from NIT Trichy in 2009 and been in the San Francisco…
  • Rajat – Founder, Krush

    Sundar Rajan G S
    13 Feb 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Love is in the air on valentine’s day. Rajat, founder of Krush, is going to talk about his new entrepreneurial initiative which plays the cupid! Welcome Rajat. Me: Sundar Rajan G S R: Rajat, founder of Krush – Dating App Me: Hi Rajat, Welcome to Coffee With Sundar. Tell us about yourself and Krush? Thanks for having me, Sundar. I’m a Bangalore-born college dropout and I have been an entrepreneur in different ways since I was a teen. The idea for Krush came to me in college when I had to tactfully deflect awkward requests for introductions to girls I knew. There were also…
  • Priyanka Gupta – Cofounder, India Book Store

    Sundar Rajan G S
    17 Jan 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Hi All, Wish you all a very happy new year 2014. Let the new year provide opportunities for us to seek and learn and follow our dreams. Today we have Priyanka, co-founder of India Book Store –, talking about her dream initiative! Me: Sundar Rajan G S PG: Priyanka Gupta Me: Hi Priyanka, Welcome to Coffee With Sundar. Tell us about yourself and IndiaBookStore? How big is your team now? PG: Thanks Sundar for inviting me for this interview, I am as excited as celebs on ‘Koffee with Karan’ About me, I am an IITKanpur alumni (2005 batch). I have worked in 4…
  • Untangle & Chase your dreams! Happy 2014!

    Sundar Rajan G S
    31 Dec 2013 | 7:32 am
    Time just keeps flying. Last year, I was in London writing the yearly post where I take a moment and reflect my life. Now I am sitting here in Bangalore. In a blink of a moment, my life has changed. So many things changed this year! Probably one of the craziest years in the recent past for me. I was Living a life of a zombie at the start of the year, without any friends and family. I resigned from investment banking. Left everything in London and came back to India. Partly forced by circumstances. Partly, In pursuit of a dream! To live a life with high ideals! How naively optimistic I was! I…
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    Ashutosh Nilkanth's Blog

  • Will You Take $100 Now or $200 in a Month?

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Last month, Professor Andrei Linde, who’s said to be the father of the theory of cosmic inflation, was surprised by his assistant with the ‘smoking gun’ evidence of the origins of the universe. After having waited over 30 years, the new proof (of gravitational waves from the Big Bang) supports his idea that the universe expanded extremely quickly after it was born. Celebrating the breakthrough, Professor Linde made an interesting remark: If this is true, this is a moment of understanding of nature, of such a magnitude that it just overwhelms, and let’s see, let just…
  • Don’t Stop Talking About Your Ideas

    21 Jan 2013 | 6:24 pm
    A tweet this morning pointed to an article titled “Stop talking about your brilliant startup idea!“, in which a fellow Melbournian writes (in summary): Nobody cares about your idea. Stop talking to your friends about your ideas. Stop talking to customers about your ideas. Stop telling me your ideas. As harsh as that may sound, there is a better reason to “stop talking.” There’s plenty of scientific evidence on the notion of secrecy, which shows that people who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen. Derek Sivers wrote about it a few years…
  • The Negative Power of Positive Thinking

    13 Aug 2012 | 7:12 pm
    Lately, I’ve been focusing on attaining more discipline in my professional life as a startup founder. It had become apparent to me that I needed to step up and make it happen. Striving for it has raised an interesting question in my mind — could positive thinking be delusional at times, and consequently counter-productive? You see, a positive mindset can often lead to a mirage, a state of daydreaming that fools us into believing that we are self-aware and in complete control. Most people have to confront sloth, as I did too, due to the comfort zone nested by immoderate…
  • How Can Hackers Help In The Fight Against Cancer?

    17 Apr 2012 | 11:37 pm
    When 1 in 3 humans are affected by a disease, it needs attention and help from all corners. There are many types of cancers, so it’s hard to say if we’ll ever be able to completely cure cancer. But prevention, early detection and proper care are crucial in cancer diagnosis and its treatment. As David Agus, a cancer doctor, would like to say: In health care today, we spend most of the dollars — in terms of treating disease — in the last two years of a person’s life. I pondered on it one evening and thought I’d find out about some “programmable” possibilities…
  • Reverse Schlep Blindness

    16 Jan 2012 | 12:30 am
    Ever insightful, Paul Graham, recently wrote about Schlep Blindness, a phenomenon related to overlooking hard and unpleasant problems: Why work on problems few care much about and no one will pay for, when you could fix one of the most important components of the world’s infrastructure? Because schlep blindness prevented people from even considering the [difficult] idea of fixing payments [that Stripe is doing]. I completely agree with Paul. However, I also tend to think that there’s a reverse schlep blindness at play in a lot of cases. Some startup founders often subconsciously…
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    Ghumakkar - Inspiring travel experiences.

  • Shravanabelagola – Gommateshvara Bahubali

    Upanshu Singhal
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I am blessed with three elder sisters, 2 of them already visited us in the past but my middle sister never visited us. I always request her to come but she always had some reason for not taking out time to visit Bangalore. As she is married in Jain dharm, she always use to say […]
  • Road trip to Rajasthan: Udaipur-Ajmer-Jaipur-Delhi (Part 3)

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    We quickly realized that we should have gone via NH79 (via Bhilwara which is a 4 lane highway). After crossing a town: Beawer, we hit a good road, although single but in excellent condition. We reached Ajmer around 4 pm and headed towards the Dargah.
  • Road Journeys – Dwarka to Jamnagar: Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Excitedly, without caring I entered through the bushes and soon found a wide spread wet land with thousands of birds hovering, nesting, feeding, fishing and swimming. A dusty path on the right leads towards the wet land with ample water for the water birds for their activities. A little further is a watch tower where the track ends at the banks. The tower was almost abandoned, but the view around was so enticing that I cynically could not stop myself from reaching atop despite my wife’s skepticism. My extra-zoom camera captured whatever within range and my nature crazy mind was carried away…
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    India Political Blog

  • Books highlighting the internal problems in the Congress Government

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    In the current elections for Parliament in 2014, all the opinion polls have projected that the BJP is going pretty strong and might be reaching a point where it could get a majority in terms of the alliance, the NDA. These polls have also projected that the Congress is going down pretty badly, and might [...]
  • Getting back black money of Indians from overseas: Who is serious ?

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The concept of getting back black money deposited by Indian abroad is an old concept. Most research and studies predict that Indians have a large amount of black money abroad, located in different places (although most people talk about Switzerland as the place where there is a lot of Indian black money). Why is this [...]
  • Where is Rahul Gandhi’s promise on corruption ?

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:18 pm
    This is the main problem with politics; people make promises to try and ensure a better image for themselves with the people, including the voting citizens, and then have to make a step back when faced with some hard realities. However, by this time, there is very little sympathy for them, for the hard choices [...]
  • Aadhar – will it continue after the court order ?

    24 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
    This is something that has me terribly confused. And when I try to make sense out of it, the conclusion that comes out of the whole Aadhar affair is that somebody (or a number of people) in the Government apparently did not do their homework properly. And since the Government has projected that the total [...]
  • Is the BJP running out of steam, or are these just minor hiccups ?

    23 Mar 2014 | 1:54 pm
    For some time now, the BJP has been a party that is clearly in the front. There is a huge amount of anti-incumbency in the country, and the BJP has been capitalizing on that feeling. Narendra Modi has been showing the development of Gujarat as a model for the rest of the country, as a [...]
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    Sommelier India - India's only wine magazine

  • Wine education spreads far and wide

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    I recently retired. No, not from wine writing. I can't imagine ever quitting the magical world of wine voluntarily, says Jancis Robinson, former president of WSET, who comments on the growing popularity of wine education around the world. Left: Ian Harris, CEO of WSET pictured at the 2014 Awards ceremony at London's Guildhall
  • China world's 2nd biggest consumer of expensive wine

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    China is the biggest consumer of "lucky" red wines in the world, and second biggest of expensive wines, superseded only by the US. More here.
  • Analjit Singh a likely investor in Indian wine market

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Analjit Singh who recently acquired a South African winery, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines now trains his sights on Nashik Vintners' Sula. Read TOI report.
  • VINITALY 2014 kicks off with high expectations

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    The 48th edition of Vinitaly, the International Wine and Spirit Exhibition along with Sol&Agrifood and Enolitech opened on April 6, 2014, at Veronafiere. Extending over four days from 6 to 9 April 2014, the Vinitaly trade show is worth more than 12 billion euros in Italy, employs 1.2 million people and in 2013 posted exports worth more than 5 billion euros, an increase of 7.3% over the previous year, states an offical press release.
  • Indian Wines at Vinitaly 2014

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Indian wines are appearing increasingly on the international radar as they become known through exports or at international wine shows. Fratelli and Sula are appearing for the first time at Vinitaly 2014, reports TOI here.
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    MediaNama: Digital Media in India

  • You can now pick up Amazon shipments from kirana stores in Bangalore

    NT Balanarayan
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Amazon India has started working with kirana stores in Bangalore for in-store pick up for products ordered from its website, reports Times of India. With this move, the company seems to be expanding a trial programme it had launched in Mumbai and Delhi with BPCL last month. “We are running a pilot for in-store pick-up service in Bangalore. We have identified and trained staff at small kiosks and stores, run by individual entrepreneurs, to be our shipment pick-up points,” Amazon India country head Amit Agarwal had told the publication. Amazon will pay a fee to these retailers, but…
  • NetworkPlay ties up with IGI to launch an airport TV network

    NT Balanarayan
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    Bertelsmann owned Networkplay has tied-up with Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi to create an airport-TV network at Terminal 3, reports This is the first time the company has tried to offer an end-to-end solution, as the company was depending on DTH players to reach TV audiences till now. The Airport TV network will air HD-content for passengers who spend 40-90 minutes on an average while waiting to board their flights. The content will be a mix of short-form and long-form content, but it is not clear if this will be pre-recorded content or live. The…
  • 59% of Facebook’s ad revenues in Q1 2014 were from mobile ads

    Vikas SN
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    Mobile advertising now represents 59% of Facebook’s advertising revenues which was at $2.27 billion for the quarter. This translates to mobile advertising revenues of around $1.34 billion for the quarter. This is almost double of 30% contribution in the same quarter last year. Note that Facebook had zero mobile advertising revenues while going public about two years back. While Facebook hasn’t disclosed any region-wise split for its mobile revenues, the company mentions that Asia contributed about $333 million of overall advertising revenues during the quarter. User Base…
  • Freecharge COO Deap Ubhi Joins AWS In San Francisco

    Vikas SN
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    Deap Ubhi has stepped down as the Chief Operating Officer of the online recharge & couponing site and has joined Amazon US where he will be responsible for working with startups, accelerators and Incubators to evangelize the company’s cloud computing services Amazon web services (AWS). In an emailed response to MediaNama, Ubhi said that he remains a shareholder in and an advisor to Freecharge, especially in matters of any potential global expansion. Sequoia Capital (an investor in Freecharge), had brought in Ubhi to help “optimize the business across…
  • Saregama partners Believe Digital for global distribution

    Brindaalakshmi K
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Saregama, one of India’s largest music labels has signed a partnership with international digital distribution company Believe Digital, reports Business Standard. Believe Digital is supposed to help the digital distribution of Saregama’s music catalogue across different languages and genres, in international markets especially with the Indian diaspora. Speaking to the publication, G. B. Aayeer, Director and CFO of Saregama said that this partnership will focus on more international markets for Saregama’s music and other monetization opportunities. Started in 2004, Believe…
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  • 3D holographic projection technology

    A.S Rao
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    A new complex technology pioneered by Indian politicians? Well, that is 3D Holographic projection technology introduced into the country by Modi and now adopted by KCR, Chandrababu Naidu and others.Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft Corp, made a virtual appearance at the “World Congress on Information Technology 2008”, where he was reproduced on stage as a holographic simulation.The size of the projection was 4.6m and appeared in front of the audience of around 400 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.Three-dimensional holographic projection technology is loosely based on…
  • Entrepreneurship training in India

    A.S Rao
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 pm
    EY Entrepreneurship Barometer 2013 places in India at rank 11, scores in access to funds, entrepreneurship culture are at same rank. Lower rank of  19 for tax & regulation and higher rank of 5 for coordinated support are also on expected lines. But lower rank of 20 at the bottom for education and training is a surprise. What is this parameter and why are doing this activity so badly?Entrepreneurship education uses indicators like  Pre-university education, University education, Entrepreneurship specific training and Informal education/lifelong learning. The survey findings on…
  • E Governance in Estonia

    A.S Rao
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:53 pm
    AADHAAR hopefully will survive political transition. It is interesting to learn how a small country Estonia embraced technology to provide e-governance to its citizens.Electronic government is the use of information and communication  technologies in government to provide public services, to improve  managerial effectiveness and to promote democratic values and  mechanisms; as well as a regulatory framework that facilitates  information intensive initiatives and fosters the knowledge society.Estonia of the 1990s did not have an industrial policy, nor did it engage in…
  • MNCs offer to donate technologies to Social Entrepreneurs targeting poverty reduction.

    A.S Rao
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    Potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to reduce poverty by improving poor people’s access to education, health, government and financial services has led to many programs in India and Outside. Popular are ICT plans to help small farmers and artisans by connecting them to markets. Health and solar are another group of technologies leveraged by social entrepreneurs.Capital remains main concern of social entrepreneurs , while technology deployed is undifferentiated/ open/ non-exclusive, the business plan netting the funding has to be innovative. The new generation…
  • DIPP discussion paper: Towards strong and meaningful university-industry collaboration and creation of sustainable competitive advantage in manufacturing - Missing links and way forward

    A.S Rao
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:44 pm
    The paper can downloaded from here.Suggestions and recommendations made in this discussion paper are:4.1.1 Targeted investments by Government in R&D projects of national importance over a reasonable horizon, say 5 years: 4.1.2. Enactment of the Indian version of a law such as the one passed in Japan in 1998 for promoting the establishment of  technology licensing/ transfer organisations (TLOs) with authority to license some university inventions and to channel royalties back to the inventors, their laboratories and their universities.4.1.3.Enabling stronger University-Industry…
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    Marketing in India

  • Full Circle and Carbide Free Mangoes

    Rajesh Aithal
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    For the last 3-4 years I have stopped enjoying the mangoes during the summer. And I stay in the heart land Dasheri mango in eastern UP. The reason is that the satisfaction I would get from eating mangoes has been going down, because most of them have not ripened naturally. They have been ripened by using chemicals. The same is true with many vegetables that we buy today. Saw the ad in that context and thought of sharing it,  That is where the issue of opportunity for marketers to capitalize on the dissatisfaction of consumers comes in. A huge market for with the organic…
  • Interview with D Shivakumar, PepsiCo CEO

    Rajesh Aithal
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Recently had an opportunity to listen to him at a conference and would rate him very high on his understanding of the Indian market. In the conference he spoke more about telecom  market where he has substantial experience.In this interview he shares his view on the foods business, lots of food for thought....
  • Summer Brands

    Rajesh Aithal
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:28 pm
    With Summer setting in many marketers are rolling up their sleeves for the hot summer sales which will follow, most excited would be the Ice cream , Soft drink and AC marketers.....Yesterday was in a typical kirana store buying the monthly regulars, interestingly the small shop is exactly on top of a larger EasyDay shop...but more on that later..In the shop I saw the packs of Rasna ready-to-make drink, and suddenly started feeling nostalgic on how central the brand use to 25-30 years back in terms of the summer experience. The presence of the Rasna bottle in the monthly purchase bag would…
  • Review – The wave Rider By Ajit Balakrishnan

    Rajesh Aithal
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:28 am
    Just finished the book so thought will write a quick review…The author is the founder and CEO of I think most of us ( meaning my age group) would have had a rediff mail account at some point.A short book, around 160 pages leaving out the notes, and quite well written, where the author makes an attempt at mapping out the IT revolution. The name of the book itself is interesting and somewhere an acknowledgement by the author that the rise of was the fact of being at the right place at the right time…The book is a part history of and part author’s…
  • Product Innovation for Indian Markets - LG Evercool Refrigerator

    Rajesh Aithal
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wanted to share this ad many months back,when I first saw the ad...Another example of Innovation for Indian consumers. For most of the tier-II city residents in the country this feature "Longest Cooling During Power Cut" makes a lot of sense...  
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  • Meanwhile, in parts still not hit by the Modi Wave

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Election time is one of most exhilarating periods in the life of the less-than-aam aadmi, when politicians (and the media) suddenly descend on earth, files move, officials respond, there is food on the table, water in the taps and a freebie around the corner. After the election—and till the next one—it is another story, which is why we are like this only. Exactly a week after polling day in Karnataka, it’s back to square minus one in Belgaum as the familiar mid-summer sight of girls and women lugging empty pots to collect water, when they ought to be studying and playing and…
  • To Narendra Modi. From the Maharaja of Mysore

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    As the words I, me and myself trip off the ads, lips and trolls of the man who thinks he will rule India soon, a sobering blast from the past. This, here, in his own hand, is a plaque commemorating Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar‘s note to his subjects upon completion of 25 years as the maharaja of Mysore. Dated the 8th of August 1927, the choice of words is revealing. While the English part of the letter has the King speak of himself in the first person singular—four “I”s and four “my”s—the Kannada part is replete with the collective “namma”…
  • It requires lots of two legs to launch three legs

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Nothing, it seems, can be sold to consumers or projected to the media these days, without a bunch of girls posing for the lenses. The 23rd piece of evidence in our commodification of women series, of models posing for camera tripods, in Bangalore on Wednesday. Photograph: Karnataka Photo News The commodification of women portfolio Ramya: One more example of commodification of women Ramya: Another example of commodification of women Anu Prabhakar: Another example of commodification of examinations Ramya: Like, bombers get scared looking at bombshells? Ramya: Now, what will those fools do…
  • Bhavana, Bhavya, Radhika, Ragini, Shruthi, Tara…

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    The 2014 election campaign saw Karnataka taking some giant steps towards emulating the cinema-obsessed politics of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, with film actors (and actresses) of varying waist (and goggle) sizes turning up to campaign for political parties and candidates; some officially, many not. Sadly, reality just kicked in. The stars were only for the “road shows”, to provide some box-office glamour to the beauty parade of the not-so-beautiful, which is what realpolitik is. The real hard-bones electoral work at the booths tomorrow will be done by these folk, some of whose…
  • CHURUMURI POLL: Who’s ahead in Karnataka?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Take Our Poll From a Karnataka perspective, the 2014 Lok Sabha election has been a roller-coaster ride. After the Congress’s thumping return to power in the 2013 assembly elections, the party believed it would repeat its showing in the general elections, thus making up for what is certain to be a serious rout in the Seemandhra region, following the noisy creation of the Telengana state. The populist decisions undertaken by the Siddaramaiah government was also supposed to help to add to the Congress tally in Karnataka (Congress bagged 8 of the 28 seats, against the BJP’s 18 and the…
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    Global Voices » South Asia

  • Bangladeshis Mourn Gabriel García Márquez, the ‘Magician Of Words’

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Gabriel García Márquez. Image by Wikimedia/Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara. CC BY 2.0 Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel-prize winning literary legend from Colombia, died April 17, 2014 at the age of 87. He was not only popular in Latin America but also in South Asia, especially in Bangladesh through translations of his works. There, he was known as the “magician of words”. Most of the local newspapers in Bangladesh carried the news of his death with importance. On Facebook, Bangaldeshis paid tribute to the author of such beloved works as ”One Hundred…
  • In Bangladesh, Cycling to Break Free of Dhaka's Notorious Traffic

    Pantha Rahman Reza
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    Traffic jams are a regular feature in Dhaka. Image by Firoz Ahmed. Copyright Demotix (25/7/2012) Dhaka is a city rich in history, having been established more than 400 years ago. It is the capital of Bangladesh, with nearly 18 million people residing in its 350 square kilometers. It is also one of the most unlivable cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, and its extreme traffic congestion contributes a lot to this fame. Any visitor to Dhaka will be quick to notice the backed up lines of cars moving at a crawl. The city simply can’t handle…
  • 9 Essentials Uncles You Need In Sri Lanka

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Cerno opines that ordinary Sri Lankans need the right network of relationships with many ‘powerful uncles’ to survive properly. Written by Rezwan · comments (0) Donate · Share: facebook · twitter · googleplus · reddit · StumbleUpon · delicious
  • The State Of Women In The Present Indian Society

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Transhuman Collective (THC), a brainchild of Soham Sarcar & Snehali Shah, is a multidisciplinary collaborative project based on the philosophy of Transhumanism. In this moving video created and uploded to YouTube by it is revealed that there is lack of basic respect for women in Indian patriarchal society. To add to this media plays a pivotal role in shaping the mindset and attitude of the Indian Society. Written by Rezwan · comments (1) Donate · Share: facebook · twitter · googleplus · reddit · StumbleUpon · delicious
  • The Role Of Media In The Indian General Elections 2014

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Vidyut at AamJanata, the common man's blog, writes an open letter to the Indian media criticizing its role in reporting about the ongoing Indian Lok Sabha elections. Media has failed to report adequately on the implications of perception engineering through doctored poll surveys. Media has failed to draw attention to the problems being reported with ballot boxes. Media has failed to provide adequate disclosure of broadcasts of event feeds provided by political parties – which essentially amounts to free advertising time. Written by Rezwan · comments (0) Donate · Share:…
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  • Beats Music tops iTunes Downloaded Music Apps

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    MUMBAI: Dr. Dre's Beats Music app for the iPhone has shot to number one on the iTunes Top Downloaded Music Apps. The free music streaming application is followed by Pandora on second, Spotify on third and SoundCloud on fourth. After releasing an update on 18 April, the application climbed to the top of the iOS music charts on 23 April, shortly after a Billboard report about the app tanking due to its inability to attract customers came out.
  • New Jabra Motion UC bluetooth wireless headsets

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    MUMBAI: VoIP Supply is announcing today the addition of Jabra Motion UC Bluetooth Headsets. Jabra Motion UC is a unique line of Unified Communication (UC) Bluetooth headsets that want to be the only headset that a user needs. A single Motion UC can be paired with a user's VoIP desk phone, VoIP softphone, cell phone, tablet, and Microsoft Lync system so that no matter where they go or what device they're communicating from, they'll only need one hands-free Jabra headset. VoIP Supply is now offering the following models:
  • Yamaha MusicSoft manager app puts content at users' fingertips

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    MUMBAI: Yamaha Music Interactive, Inc. announced a significant update to the Yamaha MusicSoft Manager app, which can backup Yamaha instrument data or restore data to the instrument. With the update, users can now shop many of the products available at the Yamaha MusicSoft Store from their mobile iOS devices, purchase items and then transfer them to their musical instruments. In addition to instrument specific MIDI songs, the update puts PianoSoft, Style Files and Registrations at a user's fingertips.
  • Indian Ocean to release seven tracks in seven weeks on iTunes

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    MUMBAI: For more than 25 years, folk-rock band Indian Ocean has been making music, and to celebrate its journey the band is will be presenting to its fans a brand new album 'Tandanu'. The album will feature seven tracks, of which each will be unveiled every week over a period of seven weeks on iTunes globally.  The seven tracks on 'Tandanu' are collaborations with Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal Dadlani, Shubha Mudgal, Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt, Karsh Kale, V.Selvaganesh and Kumaresh Rajagopalan.
  • Led Zeppelin releases two previously unheard recordings

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    MUMBAI: Legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin has released two never heard before tracks ahead of the band reissuing its first three albums. The tracks include an early version of the band's 'Whole Lotta Love' and an unreleased version of the classic blues 'Keys to the Highway', both of which will be included on the reissues.
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    India Ready Reckoner

  • District wise List of Voter's Help Centers Mumbai City

    Sameer Lele
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Mumbai CityAC NameTahsil Name & AddressIncharge Name & Contact No.178 - Dharavi (SC)MumbaiDharavi Transists Camp, Municipal School, Dharavi Road(M. G. Road) Dharavi Mumbai - 400017Smt. A.C.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pune District wise List of Voter's Help Centers

    Sameer Lele
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
    Pune District wise List of Voter's Help Centers AC NameTahsil Name & AddressIncharge Name & Contact No.195 - Junnarjunnardadojee konddev wada junnar tal junnar dist puneAJIT... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kingfisher presents Final Wave 7th Edition | Goa | May 1st, 2nd & 3rd

    Sameer Lele
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Kingfisher presents Final Wave 2014 in association with Vh1 India Early Bird tickets are out: May 1st - 2nd -... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Punekars, The Drama School, Mumbai is coming to meet you 12th April 2014

    Sameer Lele
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    Come meet the DSM Team and find out more about our amazing One Year Certificate Course. (The information session is a free event) When: 12th April 2014 At 11.30am Where:Sudarshan Kalamanch... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five Forty Three bring you the most comprehensive coverage of election analysis.

    Sameer Lele
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry. You can subscribe to this content by paying a small fees, What 2013 means to 2014?The four states that gave a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Mumbai Hikers

  • Rappell Dukes Nose in Moon light with Backpack Holidays on 17th May night

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Dukes nose is a huge pinnacle which can be seen while travelling between Mumbai and Pune. It’s shape is like a nose or a thumb. The sights from the top are unique and magnificent as one sees a vast landscape and the winding Mumbai Pune Express Highway cutting through the ghats and trains chugging along the tracks. It is famous for rock climbing, valley crossing and rappelling adventure activities. Rappelling – 300 FtTraversing: 1000 FtDate: 17th May 2014Tour Cost: Rs. 1550/- per participantCall on 9892974968 before 2nd May for Early…

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    !! 4th May 2014 !!Short info :-Sandhan valley is one of the greatest canyons in the Sahyadri mountain ranges. It is a very good combination of a canyon and a valley. Located in the Nagar district, near the famous fort Ratangad, Sandhan valley is undoubtedly The Valley of Suspense. Walking through the narrow streak of valley with 300 ft rock walls on both the sides is a lifetime experience. Exploring Sandhan valley is always a memorable outing and the Konkankada visit is a sweet cherry on the cake !!Duration: 1 Night/ 1 DayDates: 4th May 2014Cost : Rs. 1000/- Per personFor Registered…
  • SPANDAN BHRAMANTI announces Special Sky show at Neral & Vangani on 26 April 2014.

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Spandan Bhramanti announces special sky show programme at Neral & Vangani on 26 April 2014. The program starts at 7.00 pm (IST) in the evening and runs up to 5.00 am (IST) next morning. The basic pre-requisite for the programmes is your interest in Astronomy. Our experts will guide you through night sky and will teach you all basics throughout the night. The general outline of the programme is as follows:BATCH – I: Saguna Baug Farm House, Neral.ENTRY by Pre-Booked Invitation ONLYLanguage of Instructions: ENGLISHLocation and How to reach:The Saguna Baug farm house site is…
  • TREK TO CHANDERI Pinnacle Top (Night Trek) via Tamsai (Panvel) by SA-HI Trekkers

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    TREK TO CHANDERI Pinnacle Top (Night Trek) via Tamsai (Panvel)Date: 27 th April, 2014Grade: Medium / ToughHill Range: KarjatHeight: 2592 feetNight Trek Via Panvel About Chanderi:Chanderi fort is situated in the centre of the Matheran mountain range. What this trek offers to adventure seekers is the final climb to reach the extreme top requires technical assistance, few rock patches and scree makes the approach quiet challenging. It was used as watch tower. The view from the top is awesome we can easily locate Karnala, Prabalgad, Kalawantin, Irshalgad, Manikgad, Peb, Matheran, Nakhind,…
  • भरारी गिर्यारोहण संस्था आयोजित "पन्हाळगड ते पावनखिंड - विशाळगड साहसी पदभ्रमण मोहिम 12 जुलै 2014

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    भरारी गिर्यारोहण संस्था आयोजित "पन्हाळगड ते पावनखिंड - विशाळगड साहसी पदभ्रमण मोहिम 2014. मोहिमेची रूपरेषा :-9 जुलै - रात्री 9.00 वाजता दादर, मुंबई येथून बसने प्रयाण10 जुलै - पहाटे 5 वाजता पन्हाळगड येथे आगमन.संपुर्ण दिवस पन्हाळगड दर्शन.
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    India Briefing News

  • Circles & Corridors of Economic Diplomacy

    India Briefing
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Among the many priorities of the new government in Delhi is setting a new Foreign Policy agenda for India. An active pursuit of economic diplomacy can help India regain its lost geo-strategic positioning in the near and medium term. The post Circles & Corridors of Economic Diplomacy appeared first on India Briefing News.
  • Detecting and Avoiding Fraud in India

    India Briefing
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    For companies with operations in India, it is important to maintain an awareness of what constitutes fraud, and the fine line between fraud and error during an audit. Here, we outline common forms of fraud and review risk management protocols that can help enterprises avoid these pitfalls. The post Detecting and Avoiding Fraud in India appeared first on India Briefing News.
  • Diageo Distills Plan to Purchase United Spirits Ltd.

    India Briefing
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:41 am
    Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits, announced last Monday its intention buy 26 percent of India-based United Spirits Ltd. (USL) for US$1.9billion. The post Diageo Distills Plan to Purchase United Spirits Ltd. appeared first on India Briefing News.
  • India FII Ban in Defense may be Partially Lifted, More Comprehensive Changes to Come

    India Briefing
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    As India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion prepares to carry out its annual review of the country’s foreign direct investment policy, many are predicting the current ban on foreign portfolio investment in India’s defense sector will be partially lifted next month, and more comprehensive changes outlined after the elections. The post India FII Ban in Defense may be Partially Lifted, More Comprehensive Changes to Come appeared first on India Briefing News.
  • Indian Western Regions and Maharashtra State 2014 Annual Reports

    India Briefing
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The Confederation of Indian Industry has released its Indian Western Regions and Maharashtra Annual Reports. The post Indian Western Regions and Maharashtra State 2014 Annual Reports appeared first on India Briefing News.
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  • Shame on Mumbai: Twitter becomes angry as people do not vote

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mumbai, April 24: Total 19 constituencies including Mumbai went to vote in Maharashtra on Thursday, April 24. However, Dream City Mumbai disappointed everyone as most of the people and mainly the common man did not turn up to the polling booths
  • Ramdev holds roadshow in Phagwara, asks youth to think big

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    Phagwara, Apr 24: Yoga guru Ramdev on Thursday held a road-show in Phagwara in support of BJP candidate from Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat Vijay Sampla. Before the show, he made a brief stop-over outside a private college along the National
  • Mumbai: Voters find their names missing from list

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Mumbai, April 24: Many voters in Mumbai, including celebrities like Deepak Parakh and Ram Jethmalani, were in for a shock on Thursday when they found that their names were missing in the voters list. Voting is underway for six Lok
  • Amethi seethes with anger at Rahul Gandhi (Election Special)

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    Amethi, April 24: Amethi, seen as the Gandhi family's pocket borough, is seething with anger. This Lok Sabha constituency in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh has since 1977 never been as angry with a Gandhi as it is with Rahul
  • Sonia takes on Modi in Guj, says he's only worried about chair

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Valsad (Gujarat), Apr 24: Sonia Gandhi on Thursday took on Narendra Modi in his bastion questioning his Gujarat development model and asking voters not to elect the forces whose ideology hinges on "hardline" thinking and "hatred". Accusing Modi of being
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    Fone Arena - The Mobile Blog

  • IFTTT app now available for Android

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    IFTTT or "if this then that" has launched their Android app finally. The iPhone app was launched back in July last year and the iPad app arrived earlier this month. The app is also available for Android tablets. You need to find a Channel that has Recipes. You can browse through a Channel to select a Recipe or create your own Recipe. Once the Recipe is activated, it triggers an action. The iOS app got iOS Notifications Channels recently that lets you send important notifications directly to your iOS devices. Android also has a separate Notifications Channel that sends notifications to…
  • Vic Gundotra announces departure from Google

    Dhruv Bhutani
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Vic Gundotra, the man behind Google's social network ie Google+ is all set to leave the company. Having been at Google for eight years, Gundotra has decided to move to a newer as of yet undisclosed venture. Vic had previously been at Microsoft for 15 years. Announced via a Google+ post, Vic's departure is effective immediately and David Besbris, VP Engineering in Google+ is believed to be taking over his position. "We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the…
  • Samsung denies slashing Galaxy S5 price in India

    Dhruv Bhutani
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Ahead of the launch of the HTC M8, there have been whispers that Samsung has slashed the price of its flagship device ie the Samsung Galaxy S5. The phone was launched at a price point of Rs. 51,500 and has since been available at a price point well below that at a popular online retailer. When HTC announced that the One M8 will be priced at Rs. 49,900, it was believed that Samsung had dropped pricing of their phone to be able to better compete with the handset. However, the Korean smartphone giant has today issued a statement declining any such thing. Complete statement embedded below.
  • Opera Coast browser released for iPhone, iPad app gets new features

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Opera launched its Coast browser for iPad with gesture-based user interface back in September and updated it to version 3.0 in December. It has finally released the app for iPhone. The Opera Coast update (version 3.0) also brings a lot of new features for iOS, including suggestions for discovering popular sites, Automatic home screen tiles sync using iCloud, new wallpapers and more. httpv:// The iPhone app has been reworked from ground up and not just scaled down. This has gestures that lets you makes use of screen real estate within a thumb’s reach.
  • Truecaller ties up with Tata Docomo to offer free data and premium features

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Truecaller, popular for its caller ID application has partnered with Tata Docomo to offer free data for Truecaller usage and Premium Truecaller features to its customers. This will help propel the usage of Truecaller in India and enable users to stay protected from spam calls, believes Truecaller. The free data plan would enable users access Truecaller without additional plans and also offers access the premium features of Truecaller free of cost, for a period of 90 days. These premium features include, Ad Free: Users will experience an advertisement free Truecaller experience Profile…
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  • Helios 44M-6 – One Pic. One Verdict!

    Narendran V
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Helios 44M-6. This good old Russian lens is so superb, that I hardly do any color correction. In other words, I have to adjust colors only if I have to create a more dramatic effect, or a vanilla black & white picture. Doesn’t it look fabulous in black & white as well? If you own this lens, never sell it! Photography gear & grading software: Canon 600D/T3i Helios 44M-6 58mm f/2, M42 mount Color corrected on Snapseed on iPhone Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • The Beach [Pic 2]

    Narendran V
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Photography gear & grading software: Canon 600D/T3i Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens Color corrected on Snapseed on iPhone Location: Candolim, Goa
  • The Beach [Pic 1]

    Narendran V
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:40 pm
      Photography gear & grading software: Canon 600D/T3i Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens Color corrected on Snapseed on iPhone Location: Candolim, Goa
  • Which Apps are Right for Your Education?

    DJ Miller
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:07 pm
    No matter what degree you’re working on, learning is a long process. There are always assigned papers, research to be completed, and tests to prepare for. Today, there are apps for students majoring in different industries to help streamline the learning process. With industry-specific learning apps, students can stay organized, have access to research, reference industry words, and stay on top of the current industry news. Apps put learning right at your fingertips and are a smart adjunct for any degree. Medical Student Apps Anatomy is always a must-know for pre-med students. With the…
  • How to root Moto G – quick easy steps!

    Narendran V
    14 Mar 2014 | 12:03 am
    Guest post by Emily Matthews Moto G is a smart phone that is designed and built by Motorola to cater for the budget conscious consumer. The smart phone uses Android operating system. The smart phone can run many apps. It has a 4.5 inch high HD display, has a rear and front facing camera. The Moto G has a 1.2 GHZ snapdragon 400 processor. The smart phone has a 1GB RAM and long lasting battery. WHY TO ROOT YOUR MOTO G If you need to customize your Moto G you can easily root it since it has a boot loader that can be easily unlocked. Rooting enables you to run root applications or custom Rom.
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    The Better India

  • This Child Prodigy Died At The Age of 7. And Left Behind Over 25,000 Stunning Paintings.

    Priyanka Jain
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Edmund Thomas Clint was born in 1976 and was a true child prodigy. Named after Clint Eastwood, Clint loved painting festivals and traditional events. A kidney failure led to his death at the age of 7, yet he left behind some 25,000 artworks. In fact, at the age of 5 he secured first place in a competition held for painters below 18!. The Clint Road in Kochi is named after him. Watch this video to see how talented this child was. About: Video by Kerala Tourism
  • This Start-up Social Enterprise Aims To Change Lives Of 7 Million Artisans In India

    Ashiya Shah
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:18 pm
    What does a tailor, a potter, a ceramist and a weaver have in common? They are all artisans who are now challenged by a loss of market to commercially-made cheaper alternatives and most of them are living in poor economic conditions. India is a country traditionally rich in arts and crafts. Artisans are the backbone of the non-farm rural economy, with an estimated 7 million artisans engaged in craft production. According to the United Nations, over the past 30 years, the number of Indian artisans has decreased by 30%. They, then either engage in manual labour work or are unemployed,…
  • The Most Excited Man In The World Tells You How He Changed Lives Of Rickshaw Drivers For Good.

    Priyanka Jain
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Pradip Sarmah, back in 2002, had a conversation with a cycle rickshaw driver that changed his life’s purpose for ever. Watch how Pradip reinvented the cycle rickshaw and how his rickshaw bank is making rickshaw drivers smile every single day. Pradip’s biggest impact? In his own words: “Their children are now going to school – and most importantly, they are accepted by society” Watch How He Reinvented The Rickshaw And Changed Hundreds Of Lives For The Better About: Video by The Collaborative In 2006, The Lemelson Foundation and Ashoka launched a partnership to…
  • The Banker & The Activist: 2 Contrasting AAP Women Candidates Come Together For The Mumbai Polls

    Smita Deodhar
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    The Mumbai elections are on 24th April, 2014. “The Banker and the Activist come together on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plank”: that is how the media has been playing up the contrasting personas of the two women candidates of AAP, Meera Sanyal, 55, and Medha Patkar, 59, who are contesting the parliamentary elections from South Mumbai and North East Mumbai, respectively. Of the two, Patkar already enjoys a high profile, thanks to a lifetime devoted to activism. Sanyal, too, is a known face. During the 2009 General Election, this former CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland fought from…
  • He Started A 2500 KM Cycle Journey For A Cause That Deserves A Lot More Attention Than What It Gets Today

    Tuhin Deshamukhya
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Call it an extraordinary act of courage or perseverance, this young man is all set to bring a change. Cycling from one state to another is no easy task! But for the last few months Indrajit Sinha has been doing just this with a confident smile on his face. A energetic young man in his mid twenties from the North eastern region of India set out on a mission, which most of us would find difficult to think of! Indrajit Sinha from Silchar, a small town in Assam, started a journey to cover 2500 km from Guwahati to Jammu in a span of 65 days to raise awareness about adolescents’ rights and…
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    Parsi Khabar

  • Minoo Shroff: Economic slowdown due to poor governance

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Economic growth in the world’s largest democracy has slowed down considerably in the last three years -India recorded a bleak 5% growth after recording an average of 8% over the past several years. This slowdown is attributable to a combination of weak governance, bad politics and a string of corruption scandals over the last few years, said economist Minoo Shroff, global chairman of the World Zarathushtui Chamber of Commerce ( WZCC). He recently pointed out that for the past several years, both India and China were matching each other in growth rates. But while the Chinese economy…
  • Parsis urge leaders to drop case against ‘rebel’ priests

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Bombay Parsi Punchayet, which has already spent Rs 3 crore on litigation, insists on pursuing the case even though many in the community feel the issue could easily be settled out of court. The Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) has spent Rs 3 crore from the community’s funds over the past three years to fight a case against two ‘renegade’ priests who perform religious ceremonies for Parsis who choose to be cremated, and navjote for children with non-Parsi fathers. The expenditure has, however, not gone down well with many Parsis, who feel that pursuing the case is a waste of…
  • For long a Congress vote bank, Parsis willing to give Narendra Modi a thought

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    In 2011, on the 1290th anniversary of the Zoroastrian Atash Behram or place of worship in Udvada, the guest of honour, Narendra Modi, hit all the right notes. “I have come here for selfish reasons,” he said. Article by Nergish Sunawala | Times Of India “I want the Shreeji Pak Iranshah (sacred Parsi fire) to bless me with ‘Humta-Hukhta-Huvarshta’ (good thoughts, good words, and good deeds).” By evoking the basic tenets of the Parsi faith, Modi, who has often been criticized for his stance on minorities, shrewdly positioned himself as an ally of India’s…
  • Feritta: Eat in Style

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This was of course written with a Parsi man in mind !! And Eat in Style is trying to do exactly that. A new endeavor by Feritta, this food and lifestyle blog aims to bring you all things food and inspire the inner cook in all of us Feritta writes: Hello and welcome Fellow Foodies!  I’m Feritta and it’s a pleasure have you join me here and I hope my lifestyle blog ‘Eat In Style by Feritta’ inspires you in the kitchen and home.   You know, I often find people feel that beautiful food must be…
  • Zubin Mehta: I don’t mind playing in Pakistan, if invited

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Zubin Mehta is one of the world’s most popular orchestral and operatic conductors. He recently celebrated 50 years of musical collaborations with three renowned orchestras — Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonic. Despite his international wanderings, the Bombay boy maintains a strong Indian identity. He tells Natasha Israni that he wants to use his music to connect people, and the Kashmir concert was a step in this direction. You recently won an NRI of the Year award. Do awards still hold meaning and value for you? I’m going to be 78 soon. I haven’t received awards all my…
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    HeadStart Network Foundation

  • Headstart HIgher Hyd on cards – April 26th 2014

    Team Headstart
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    We are organizing Headstart Higher Event in Hyderabad, second in the series and supported by 10,000 Startup, a NASSCOM initiative at Indian Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, venue partner for the event on 26th of April 2014. The event is locally supported by Hyderabad Entrepreneurship Society. Headstart Higher promises a vibrant platform for Startups, seeking meritorious and committed professionals, who are having an entrepreneurial drive in them and willing to become a team in taking forward the Startup dreams. Likewise, the event is an amazing opportunity for many young and…
  • Interview with Abhishek Rungta, Founder & CEO, Indus Net Technologies

    Malini Gowrishankar
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Headstart got into conversation with Mr. Abhishek Rungta, Founder & CEO, Indus Net Technologies. Here are some excerpts from the interview: Q. Tell us about “Indus Net Technologies” and why did you foray into the “Enterprise Technology” Space?  A. We entered the Enterprise Technology space “by chance”. We used to work for SMEs and small agencies as their outsourcing partner. One of the smaller agency got acquired by an insurance company in the UK, and here we go – we were into “Enterprise Technology” space. To be honest, we did not…
  • Report on SSNAVI Mumbai – April 2014 Edition

    Team Headstart
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    The April 12th Startup Saturday in Navi Mumbai was meant to be a hard-core session on starting up and it was just that! The focus was on Business Planning, Managing Cashflows and being aware of the legalities of starting up. Each speaker was extremely knowledgeable, well established in their domain and very open to the audience, making the session a truly enlightening one. Some quick takeaways for those who missed it! Mr Sudhir Patel, Co-founder at NutureTrek highlighted the need for cash flow management with examples of how many large and small firms have failed due to this one factor. He…
  • Headstart Higher 101

    Malini Gowrishankar
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    What is Headstart Higher? ‘Headstart Higher’ is an initiative by HeadStart Network Foundation. This acts as a platform to connect startups to rockstar people who are keen on working with a  startup. The event is carried out in the SPEED DATING format, where all candidates meet all startups and then startups can choose to talk further to those who they find competent enough to join them. Our vision is to help startups HIRE at a HIGHER level, hence the name Higher! A ‘Higher’ session in progress   Err… What is Headstart Network, by the way? We are one of the biggest…
  • Rapidly growing Indian Startup Ecosystem

    Team Headstart
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    The recent article by Kathryn Cave, Editor at IDG Connect gives an insight into the rapidly growing  Indian Startup Ecosystem and the factors helping them to succeed. The opportunities enveloped within the intrinsic challenges of the Indian marketplace and how the spirit of entrepreneurialism is moving online To read the article click here
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    Youth Ki Awaaz

  • How Arranged Marriages Push Our ‘Great Indian Morals’ To The Backseat (Youth Ki Awaaz)
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    By Elisha Mittal: The East is constantly looked upon by the rest of the world, particularly the west, for morals, value systems and religious beliefs. Hundreds and thousands of them travel to the East in search of peace or some sort of enlightenment. And, India has always been the favorite country when it comes to the hunt for morals. One thing that has always been held high by India like a shining trophy is its institution of arrange marriage and customs that believe in tethering two people together for life. Hinduism alone describes eight types of marriages. Among them, arrange marriage is…
  • This Is The Truth About Modern Slavery In India #Infographic (Youth Ki Awaaz)
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    By Sanjit Oberai: According to data released by the Global Slavery Index in 2013, over 29 million people are living in conditions of modern slavery today. While Mauritania, Haiti and Pakistan had the highest prevalence of slavery, India has the highest number of people enslaved with approximately 14 million people in modern slavery – almost half of the total number worldwide. China follows with an estimated 2,900,000 enslaved, and Pakistan comes in third with an estimate of over two million in modern slavery. Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and…
  • How The ‘I Quit My Corporate Job’ Syndrome Creates Unwanted Stereotypes About The Social Sector (Youth Ki Awaaz)
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    By Saanya Gulati: How often have you heard a sentence that starts with, ‘I quit my corporate job to…?’ Chances are that if you work in the social sector, especially at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), you hear it quite often. Picture from Teach For India’s Facebook Page, photographed by Sunhil Sippy As a strong believer in following one’s passion, I admire those who have the courage to give up the stability and comfort that corporate jobs provide and opt for less conventional career paths. Yet, I find that the ‘I sacrificed a life of luxury for something more fulfilling’…
  • Top 10 State Parties That Will Decide The Outcomes In Elections 2014 (Youth Ki Awaaz)
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
     By Saumya Tewari: India has grown from a one-dominant party system to a multi-party system. Roughly, 150 seats in the Lok Sabha are accounted for by state or regional parties. These parties had won 146 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and 151 seats in the 2004 elections. This is about 27% of the 542 Lok Sabha seats. Let us take a look at the top 10 state parties of India: These parties are important in Indian politics not only because they hold a considerable chunk of seats in the Lok Sabha but also because of their influence in the respective states. All these parties have a strong…
  • Here’s How The Largest Minority Community Of The World Is Ignored And Sidelined (Youth Ki Awaaz)
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    By Yash Ujjwal: Suppose you are considered to be a punishment by the almighty, an expression of his anger, a manifestation of all the bad karmas of your past life. The first things you heard when you were born was your mother crying, your father ridiculing his fate and your relatives gossiping about the tragedy that you are. You are constantly stared at by the pitiful, merciful eyes of the self-proclaimed compassionate people around you. What you just experienced was a glimpse of the life that 650 million differently-abled people in the world and about 21 million in India are living, rather…
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  • Mad Men Finale Season On India Through Star World HD Channel

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Mad Men Finale Season On Star World HD Mad Men Finale Season For all die-hard fans of the award winning series, Mad Men, STAR World Premiere HD has announced that it will be airing the seventh & final season to its Indian viewers. Slated to premiere on 14th April in India, only 12 hours after it premieres in the US, the show will enter its final season, which will consist of 14 episodes airing in two parts. The second half of the season is scheduled to air in the US in 2015. Of the final season, creator and Executive Producer Matthew Weiner said, “We plan to take advantage of this…
  • Discovery Turbo Presents Railroad Alaska – 14 April 2014 at 10.00 P.M

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Railroad Alaska On Discovery Turbo Railroad Alaska Railroad is one of the most critical services to Alaska’s infrastructure. It is also one of the most challenging services. Following an elite crew of workers– brakemen, engineers, construction crews, mechanics and train drivers – Discovery Turbo’s new series, Railroad Alaska illustrates the battle against ferocious weather and treacherous terrain to keep the State of Alaska’s critical 650-mile long railroad rolling to deliver life sustaining supplies. Starting 14th April, Railroad Alaska is a new reality series that…
  • Boogie Woogie Kids Championship Winner Is Abhishek Sinha

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:54 am
    Abhishek Sinha Wins Boogie Woogie Kids Championship Abhishek Sinha Winnner Of Boogie Woogie Kids Championship Abhishek Sinha Is The Winner Of Boogie Woogie Kids Championship. The show that enthralled viewers across the country and created a fresh dance legacy, a journey which started with 16 contestants who came from across India has now come to an end as India’s original dance show gets its next big dancing sensation. After three months of rigorous competition and hard work, Jamshedpur’s Abhishek Sinha was crowned the winner by one and only Amitabh Bachchan himself. The finale was a…
  • Star Studded Boogie Woogie Finale – 30 March at 8:30 P.M Only on Sony Entertainment Television

    30 Mar 2014 | 3:40 am
    Boogie Woogie Finale On Sony Entertainment Television Amitabh Bachchan with Boogie Woogie finalists The Grand finale of Boogie Woogie is going to be a star studded affair with bollywood big wigs making an appearance on the show. To start with, shehanshah of bollywood Amitabh Bachchan will amplify the grandeur of the occasion with his enigmatic persona. The legendary actor will shake a leg with the Top 5 dancing sensations on a medley of his hit songs. Big B will also be seen on the show promoting his movie Bhootnath returns. He will also announce the winner of Boogie Woogie Kids Championship.
  • Where Tigers Rule – Premiering Every Night at 8 PM in April on Discovery Tamil

    29 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    Where Tigers Rule On Discovery Tamil Where Tigers Rule On Discovery Tamil Actor Shruti Hassan Pledges To Support The Cause. Discovery Tamil brings for its viewers a month long programming line-up – WHERE TIGERS RULE, to celebrate India’s regal national animal, tigers. Premiering every night at 8 PM in April on Discovery Tamil, WHERE TIGERS RULE will present viewers with engaging programmes on the tigers’ behaviour, predatory skills, legends and issues related to its survival. Filmed in breathtaking landscapes in magnificent forests, grasslands and protected reserves, WHERE TIGERS RULE…
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  • E-Commerce Firm Tradus Launches Hyperlocal Grocery Service; What Works And What Doesn’t

    Lakshmi Sivadas
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    Tradus has just added Grocery to their ecommerce offering. And with this, gone deeper into hyperlocal - a huge but underserved opportunity in ecommerce. The post E-Commerce Firm Tradus Launches Hyperlocal Grocery Service; What Works And What Doesn’t appeared first on NextBigWhat.
  • Now Learn English in Hindi With reCaptcha Inventor’s Startup Duolingo

    Jayadevan P K
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Duolingo, one of the hottest learning startups in the world is launching in Hindi. On the new iOS version of the app, users will be able to learn Hindi as well as its existing set of languages such as Spanish, French, Italian and German. The post Now Learn English in Hindi With reCaptcha Inventor’s Startup Duolingo appeared first on NextBigWhat.
  • WhatsApp Has 48 Mn Users in India, 500 Mn Worldwide

    Lakshmi Sivadas
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    WhatsApp has crossed the 500 Mn active user milestone globally. In India, the messaging app has over 48 million active users. The post WhatsApp Has 48 Mn Users in India, 500 Mn Worldwide appeared first on NextBigWhat.
  • It’s a Shame India Imports Ganesha Idols From China; This Startup Wants To Change That

    Darshana S
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    The start-up connects mainstream corporates with rural Indian craftsmen with their gifts.Corporate gifts with a social value add is the area of connect. The post It’s a Shame India Imports Ganesha Idols From China; This Startup Wants To Change That appeared first on NextBigWhat.
  • iPhone Sales in India Double; BlackBerry’s Crisis, Apple’s Opportunity

    Lakshmi Sivadas
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    Apple announced its 2nd quarter results today. While its net profits and revenues saw a marginal increase over the previous quarter, its India sales doubled The post iPhone Sales in India Double; BlackBerry’s Crisis, Apple’s Opportunity appeared first on NextBigWhat.
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  • Win a Spice Android Smartphone daily with the Spice Milaye Sapnon Se Contest

    Deepak Jain
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Indian mobile handset manufacturer – Spice Mobiles has launched a special brand campaign named ‘Spice Milaye Sapnon Se’ contest wherein anyone can share their dream & stand a chance to win recently launched Spice Stellar Mettle Icon Mi-506 Android smartphone daily. As simple as it sounds, a user simply needs to visit the contest page on Spice Mobile website, sign up using his/her Facebook account and share his dream. The entry with maximum likes from his/her Facebook friend on a particular day stands to win a smartphone. There will also a grand prize wherein one…
  • #GOSF2013 The Great Indian Shopping Festival turns out to be a huge disappointment

    Deepak Jain
    12 Dec 2013 | 1:55 am
    The second edition of the Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) has kicked off which was supposed to have some of the best shopping deals. It’s been already a day since the launch of this fest but there are hardly any tempting deals available on the participating e-com sites, which makes many web and e-commerce veterans term this festival as Great Online Shopping Failure. Despite being the second season of the festival, it turned out to be a huge disappointment for shoppers, especially the gadgets lovers who were expecting a lot of good gadgets deals. The fact that the fest was initiated…
  • Everything you wanted to know about Free iPhone 5S and 5C Plans by Reliance

    Deepak Jain
    24 Nov 2013 | 10:41 pm
    Apple’s iPhone 5C and 5S debuted in India on 1st of November. Along with the official launch of these Apple phones, we also witnessed launch of several other operator locked plans by Airtel and Reliance, among which the one by Reliance turned out to be the most attractive and tempting to many. Despite being about a month since the launch of these bundled plans, many people are still unaware of the actual charges to be paid and the catch, if any, involved with these carrier locked plans. Here in this post, we will try to demystify the actual cost involved behind the so-called free iPhone…
  • Intex trumps mid-range smartphone manufacturers with the launch of Aqua i7

    Dnyanesh Mankar
    6 Sep 2013 | 5:02 am
    In a move to establish itself in the highly competitive mid-range smartphone market, Intex announced the launch of its flagship phone, the Aqua i7. The phone was unveiled by Bollywood Actor-Director, Farhan Akhtar; he mentioned that he was proud to be associated with an Indian company, Intex. The Intex Aqua i7 is a dual-SIM phone features a 5-inch Full HD (1080p) display and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch and impact protection. The Aqua i7 is powered by MediaTek’s 1.5 GHz Quad-core processor. The device comes with 2GB RAM, something which you won’t find in other…
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra Launched; Quick Hands-on Video and other Details

    Dnyanesh Mankar
    3 Aug 2013 | 12:02 am
    Sony India has now got one more feather on its cap by launching the mammoth Android smartphone – Xperia Z Ultra smartphone that spots a 6.4″ large full HD display, which as per Sony is the thinnest and largest full HD Android smartphone ever manufactured. Other significant features of the phone are its light weight and thin design (only 6.5 MM thin), waterproof, ability to easily take notes using any normal pen/pencil/stylus, powerful and latest Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB RAM that’s surely a great pros for power users. The internal storage is 16 GB and can be…
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    The Travellers

  • kashmir 07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS PACKAGE

    Moombai Hyker
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS PACKAGEDay 01 Our service starts with your arrival at Srinagar Airport, you will be meet and greet by our representative at the Srinagar Airport and transfer to Hotel / Houseboat (Srinagar is also known as "PARADISE ON EARTH”. After noon have a Shikara ride on Famous Dal Lake by visiting floating Gardens and Vegetable Gardens. Return back late in the evening, dinner and overnight at Hotel / Houseboat.Day 02:-Leave after breakfast and have a full day tour of Mughal Gardens like Nishat, Shalimar and Harwan Gardens. Nishat Garden(Abode of pleasure)was designed in 1633 A.D.
  • Hotels in Kashmir

    Moombai Hyker
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    Inclusions :-Accommodations as per iterinary. Transportation by Non A/C Cars for all transfers, sightseeing till departure.Daily Breakfast and Dinner.Local Sightseeing of Mughal Gardens.Shikara ride on Dal Lake for 01 hour.Assistance on Arrival / Departure by Fast Tripz Agent.All TaxesExclusions :-Air & train Tickets.Monument fees at all places.Guide charges.Any other charges not mentioned in inclusions. Srinagar Budget Hotel Standard Deluxe Luxury Al- Hamza Group Hotel Sunshine Royal Batoo Hotel Pine Spring Hotel Prime Hotel Grand Habib Seasons by Broadway Hotel Pride Inn Cloud…
  • Amarnath Package via Baltal (03 Night / 04 Days)

    Moombai Hyker
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
    Amarnath Package via BaltalTAC 1000 per person(03 Night / 04 Days)Day 1: ARRIVAL SRINAGAR - SONMARGWelcome to Srinagar Airport. You will be met our representative and get transfer to Sonmarg which will take about 3 hrs to reach the destination. Check into at hotel. At after relax enjoy natural surroundings. Overnight stay the Hotel SonmargDay 02: SONMARG – BALTAL- SRINAGARLeave after early breakfast and short drive will take you to Baltal (Helipad) and board into the helicopter and Baltal to Panchtarni to Baltal by helicopter. From Panchtarni to Amarnath ji cave,it is about 5/6 Kms by…
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  • 23 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am

    Kiran Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Hindustan Sambhar Salts Limited (HSSL) (A Government of India Enterprise) B-427, Pradhan Marg, Malviya Nagar, Post Box No.: 146, Jaipur-302017 (India)Posted by Kiran Singh for  Hindustan Sambhar Salts Limited (HSSL) invites applications from eligible candidates for the following posts: General Manager (Works) : [01 post]Dy. General Manager (Finance &  Accounts) : [01 post]Dy. General Manager (Tech.) : [01 post]Chief  Manager (PSP Plant) : [01... [[ This is a content summary only. Please visit at for full links,…
  • Vacancy for Economist and Security officer in UBI

    Kiran Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Union Bank of India (A Government of India Undertaking) 239 Vidhan Bhavan Marg,  Central Office,  Nariman Point,  Mumbai -400021Posted by Kiran Singh for  Union Bank of India invites applications from eligible candidates for the following posts: Economist : [02 posts]Security Officer : [40 posts]Last Date :05/05/2014 Where to Apply :  Apply Online at Union Bank of India website between 21/04/2014 and 05/05/2014. More Details:  For more... [[ This is a content summary only. Please visit at for full…
  • Vacancy for Assistant Professor in NIIT Trichy

    Kiran Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    National Institute of Technology - Tiruchirappalli (NIT Trichy)Tanjore Road, Tiruchirappalli - 620015, Tamil Nadu, India Posted by Kiran Singh for  National Institute of Technology - Tiruchirappalli (NIT Trichy) invites applications from eligible candidates for the following posts: Assistant Professor :  [40 posts] Pay Scale : Rs. 15600-39100 Grade pay: Rs. 6000 Last Date : 15/05/2014.    Where to Apply :Filled up applications along with... [[ This is a content summary only. Please visit at for full links,…
  • Vacancy for Finance Executives in NTPC

    Kiran Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    National Thermal Power Limited (NTPC) NTPC Bhawan, Scope Complex, Core-7, Institutional Area Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003Posted by Kiran Singh for  National Thermal Power Limited (NTPC) invites applications from eligible candidates for the following posts: Finance Executives : [32 posts] Pay Scale : E3 Rs. 29100 - 54500 / E4 Rs. 32900 - 58000, Qualification : CA/ ICWA with 5/8 years post qualification experience., Age : 37/42 yearsFinance Executives : [32 posts] Pay... [[ This is a content summary only. Please visit at for full…
  • Jobs for the Associate Professor, Medical Records Technician and other in NIMHANS

    Kiran Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    National Institute Of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) (Deemed University) P.B. No.2900, Hosur Road, Bangalore- 560029, IndiaPosted by Kiran Singh for  National Institute Of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) invites applications from eligible candidates for the following posts: Associate Professor : [05 posts]Assistant Professor : [11 posts] Psychiatrist (Specialist Cadre) : [01 post]Principal/ Professor : [01 post]Junior Scientific Officer... [[ This is a content summary only. Please visit at for full links,…
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  • NIVEA Fresh Natural Mist Deodorant for Women – Freshness for your Underarms

    India Lifestyle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    NIVEA Fresh Natural Mist Deodorant NIVEA Fresh Natural Mist NIVEA India Pvt. Ltd, an affiliate of Beiersdorf AG and the world’s largest skincare brand has launched a new fragrance in its Fresh range of Female Deodorants – Fresh Natural Mist. Fresh Natural Mist Deodorant contains a hint of Rose & Jasmine that soothes your senses, providing long lasting protection against body odour. It has a soft refreshing fragrance that gives you a truly fresh-feeling all day long. NIVEA Fresh Natural Mist Deodorant is available in all stores and is priced at Rs 180 for 150ml.
  • Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifiers – Price Range Rs.14, 990 to Rs.57,990

    India Lifestyle
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifiers Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifiers In the present scenario when air pollution levels are so high, Sharp Business Systems (India) Ltd, the 100 percent subsidiary of Sharp Corporation , has come up with a revolutionary product to combat the ill effects of indoor air pollution through its proprietory Plasmacluster air purifiers. It is now focussing on healthcare providers in India to install Plasmacluster Ion Technology for Indoor air treatment. Plasmacluster Technology creates Forest-Fresh environment indoors. The ions kill all harmful substances like pollen…
  • NIVEA MEN Launches All In One Facewash for Men

    India Lifestyle
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    NIVEA Men All In One Facewash NIVEA Men All In One Facewash NIVEA MEN, the international number one in men’s care, has launched NIVEA MEN All-in-1 Face wash in India. With it, NIVEA MEN further establishes its positioning of ‘It starts with you’. Currently, the men’s grooming market in India is positioned in a women’s way, with specific differentiated propositions from brands for specific problems. However, consumer understanding reveals that men seek convenience & simplicity in everything they do, especially grooming. They like multiple benefit offering products which are quick…
  • Navratra Special At Cafe Delhi Heights

    India Lifestyle
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:36 am
    Navratra Special Navratra Food Café Delhi Heights has introduced Navratri food festival starting from March 31, 2014 to April 07, 2014. Pure and wholesome Navratra food festival is incomplete without the ceremonious food. Enjoy a nice succulent Navratra delicacies like Saboodana khichdi, Kuttu ki roti, Phalahari paneer , Stuffed tomato, cuccumber ka raita & to sweeten your tooth thereis special lauki milk pudding. Cafe Delhi Heights ensures a great fun way to say no to grains, salts, onions and garlic, with their special Navratri menu. Chef has put together interesting recipes for those…
  • Dim Sum Carnival at HAOCHI, Sun N Sand Hotel

    India Lifestyle
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:29 am
    Dim Sum Carnival Dim Sum Carnival Sun N Sand Hotel is celebrating the onset of Spring with a range of dim sums that are not just a delight for the taste buds but will literally touch your heart. HAOCHI, the authentic Chinese restaurant at Sun n Sand will host a dim sum carnival featuring an assortment of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dim sum delights crafted by celebrity Chef Gautam Mehirishi and the dim sum specialist Chef Gao Fu Liang. Treat your palate with the combination basket or the regular delicious dim sum available on the menu. What to order? Fish - Snapper and Shallots - Pomfret…
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  • Everything as a Service (EaaS)

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Predictable revenue – those are the sweet words of harmony that every chief financial officer (CFO) of a company wants to hear. The problem is that predictable revenue is sometimes a mirage. Over the past 10 years there has been a trend in the software industry called Software as a Service (SaaS), instead of buying software as one time upfront purchase you instead pay on a monthly or yearly basis. This benefits both sides, the consumer gets to pay a small amount every month and the software company gets consistent revenue month over month. This model has been historically applied only…
  • No Name Startup vs. Big Brand Company

    5 Mar 2014 | 7:45 pm
    In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location… For a startup it’s all about people, people, people. Of course, for startups there are about 3.2 million other things to manage such as the idea, go-to-market strategy, margins, marketing, etc… However, without the right team in place all of those other things don’t mean sh**. If people are the most important resource then recruiting is paramount and yet it’s also one of the most frustrating tasks for a startup in India because of the cultural issues. Recently, one of the companies that I’m…
  • Mobile Carriers Are Lost

    24 Feb 2014 | 4:15 am
    This week all the movers and shakers of the mobile phone industry are gathering in Barcelona for another edition of Mobile World Congress (MWC) or as I like to call it - Boondoggle de España. MWC is a gathering of wireless carriers, device manufacturers,  mobile infrastructure players, content providers and others that are interested in the mobile space. I’m sure one thing that will be on everyone’s mind is the USD $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. That single acquisition has clearly shown that mobile is the future and there is big money in it. The mobile carriers must be…
  • Political Dynasties and Corporate Families

    12 Feb 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I never expected this blog post to be written because I figured I would never care enough to write about Indian politics. After having spent the last 8 years surveying the Indian political landscape, I felt it was time to pen some of my thoughts. An Indian Election Primer Elections are held every 5 years to decide who gets elected into Parliament. The Parliament consists of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sahba, the election process will start very soon for the Lok Sabha. When a political party has a majority of the seats in the Parliament then that party selects who becomes the Prime Minister of…
  • I Love Cars but Hate the Industry

    28 Jan 2014 | 2:10 am
    When you decide to buy a car and open an Excel sheet to start doing the math you soon realize cars are a horrible investment. The minute you drive off the parking lot the car has already depreciated by 30%…WTF. However, one thing that Excel can’t capture is the experience of sitting in a new car and inhaling that “new car smell” or driving a Ferrari and getting pushed into your seat as the car sprints forward. Ask any car lover and that’s what you will hear them poetically speak about, ask anyone else and they will spit out those facts that cars are a horrible…
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    All India News

  • Modi: the most followed politician on Twitter

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    The new media and social networking has become a strong tool for Indian politics and this year Lok Sabha election. There is a strong reason for being an effective medium for political movement. It is easy to capture the youth by using social networking and it provides a huge traffic and massive reach within short period of time which is nothing but primary concern for all. Apart from effective use of Facebook, Twitter has become a huge platform for this year election. It is emerging a major campaigning ground. The news is not much old that featured Modi is the most search politician on…
  • Complaint launched by Congress leader against paid news

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    In this modern world where mass communication plays a big role shows its importance in politics and election as well. The paid news is one of the most serious issues these days and the recent incident will make people think once again. Though it is still a factor to be proved but the complaint of paid news by a news channel has been already filed to Election Commission. Pramod Bhaya, the Congress candidate from Jhalawar, has lodged the complaint against a TV news channel. The complaint carries information like the BJP nominee from that place who is eventually his rival side is being showcased…
  • Advani will play any role given by his party

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    The election is coming near day by day and the activities of the political parties are becoming much more vibrant. During the election time, the party activities are one of the most common topics to be discussed anywhere like television news channel, radio, newspaper and even two person just talking next to you in a mob or you might find yourself discussing it hard. Another issue has appeared recently while the senior BJP or Bharatiya Janata Party leader raised his voice to state his mind. Mr. Lal Krishna Advani called a road show to seek for votes. The road show was called in Gandhinagar.
  • Modi’s indirect attack towards Gandhis’

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Direct attack towards opposition party is one of most important element in Politics. In this section, both the parties keep themselves busy in picking others mistake to impose that they are better than the other one. It is a common game. The latest of these games, the Indian media and public have witnessed is the direct attack of Narendra Modi, the BJP prime minister nominee, towards AICC president Sonia Gandhi. He said that Sonia is becoming too selfish to keep her family and party in power. She is not thinking about the future of the country and showing some blind love towards her son. Modi…
  • Case against Beni for defamatory remark about Modi

    Puja Chatterjee
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Being a careful and smart Indian, if you like to keep all the information about political movements in India before Loksabha election then here is another one that you can count into your list. The district administration has lodged a complaint or case against the Union minister Mr. Beni Prasad Verma. Has this incident given you any interest yet? If not then another name and the real incident before this complaint might trigger the interest inside you. The complaint has been lodged against the Union minister for his controversial comment against the Prime ministerial candidate of BJP,…
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    Virtual Snipers

  • Google Keyword Planner tool gets some cool enhancements

    Sandiip Porwal
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The adoption of Google Adwords as an effective advertising and marketing platform would not never been easier had it not been for the keyword research tool christened Google’s Keyword Planner. It’s has played an important role in understanding user search behavior and search trends as it continues to evolve here are some very good new additions to the Keyword Planner. These excellent enhancements to the keyword Planner will provide agencies and advertisers deeper insights into data. Data Comparison over time periods, mobile trends (#like), mobile device volumes(#like), enhanced,…
  • Social Media Platform Facebook Revamps Ad Structure for Campaigns

    Sandiip Porwal
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:38 am
    The much anticipated Facebook Ad Campaign Ad structure change is here.  Starting March 4th the global roll out of the new ad structure will begin. All old campaigns will be moved to the new ad structure. With the new structure Facebook is introducing an additional level to their existing campaign/ad structure. The objective – Better campaign organisation, budget control and better performance management. The new structure will look like this, Click to enlarge How is it different? As of now, Advertisers  with expert social media agencies like us have hundreds of a campaigns in a single…
  • Small Business Marketing – Facebook Ads or Google Adwords

    Sandiip Porwal
    30 Nov 2013 | 3:14 am
    I am writing this for all those businessmen and entrepreneurs who are struggling with the decisions about which internet marketing medium to choose? – Search or Social. For small business marketing, the thoughts do not go beyond these two primarily because of budget constraints. The obvious choice is the medium he/she is using or is used to. So welcome Google Adwords Marketing or Facebook Advertising or linkedin advertising and many more. Having used them it is natural to feel that you connect with these can understand them. Sure you do, but does that mean you can choose the right medium…
  • How to tell Google to stop using your face & name in Ads

    Sandiip Porwal
    17 Oct 2013 | 8:59 pm
    With the latest updated terms of service you will have allowed google to show your real name and face alongside ads, under an expanded version of its “shared endorsements” program. This is what it means : To stop Google from using details from your Google+ profile in its advertising, just head to the Shared Endorsements page on Google+. Here you will find moreinformation about the details of the shared endorsements program with sample ads (refimage below) and at the bottom of the page you will find a settings option on the page: “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and…
  • Boost Adwords Campaign ROI with Business / Product / Service Reviews

    Vibhas Sen
    16 Oct 2013 | 3:28 am
    Couple of months ago Google had announced the beta release of one interesting feature in adwords called “review extensions”. The objective was to allow businesses who advertise on Adwords to showcase positive third party reviews, rankings, and awards from reputable sources in their ads. Now there is no doubt that seeing a review along-with a relevant ad and that too from a reputable source builds trust and providers users valuable additional information. It seems Google has received a positive response to “review extensions” and many of the advertisers who have implemented them have…
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    Tamil Brahmins

  • Dhanya Ekadasi - Ekadasi Special- Gujarati Bhajan

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    *ekadashi bhajans * [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the website for the topic, other content, and more! ]]
  • EC lodges complaint against IT firms for working on polling day

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    * EC lodges complaint against IT firms for working on polling day Chennai: *Election authorities lodged a police complaint against five... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the website for the topic, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 10 Poorly Educated Politicians of India

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Rabri Devi: Married at the age of 14, Rabri Devi has never had any formal education. She was a housewife and a mother until she was dragged into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the website for the topic, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cent to Square Feet Conversion – Area Measurement

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    *Cent to Square Feet Conversion – Area Measurement* Cent to Square Feet Conversion Chart... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the website for the topic, other content, and more! ]]
  • Simple Acts of Kindness - Give it a try

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    *Simple Acts of Kindness - Give it a try* In this montage we see five simple acts of kindness. I've asked a few people what their favorite/most... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the website for the topic, other content, and more! ]]
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  • India Plant May Not Be Part Of MS Deal: Nokia

    Nandini Sanyal
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Nokia said that due to an ongoing tax dispute, its Indian mobile phone handset plant was unlikely to be included in a deal due to be concluded on Friday (26 April) for the sale of its global handset business to Microsoft. Nokia will instead operate the factory as a contract manufacturing unit for Microsoft after the deal, a spokeswoman for the Finnish company's Indian unit said on Thursday. "It's highly unlikely that the plant will transfer, given that the (deal) closing with Microsoft is tomorrow," the spokeswoman said. "If the asset doesn't get transferred, we…
  • India Plant May Not Be Part Of MS Deal: Nokia

    Nandini Sanyal
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Nokia said that due to an ongoing tax dispute, its Indian mobile phone handset plant was unlikely to be included in a deal due to be concluded on Friday (26 April) for the sale of its global handset business to Microsoft. Nokia will instead operate the factory as a contract manufacturing unit for Microsoft after the deal, a spokeswoman for the Finnish company's Indian unit said on Thursday. "It's highly unlikely that the plant will transfer, given that the (deal) closing with Microsoft is tomorrow," the spokeswoman said. "If the asset doesn't get transferred, we…
  • India Plant May Not Be Part Of MS Deal: Nokia

    Nandini Sanyal
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Nokia said that due to an ongoing tax dispute, its Indian mobile phone handset plant was unlikely to be included in a deal due to be concluded on Friday (26 April) for the sale of its global handset business to Microsoft. Nokia will instead operate the factory as a contract manufacturing unit for Microsoft after the deal, a spokeswoman for the Finnish company's Indian unit said on Thursday. "It's highly unlikely that the plant will transfer, given that the (deal) closing with Microsoft is tomorrow," the spokeswoman said. "If the asset doesn't get transferred, we…
  • Corning Announces Rough And Tough Glass

    Shokinder Goyla
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    In an event held on Thursday (24 April) Corning announced the availability of two of its important glass technologies in India, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance and Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass. The former was first introduced at CES 2013, and the latter at CES 2014.Seeing that several top domestic device makers have already adopted Corning Gorilla Glass for use in their smartphones, the company is looking to further develop its customer base and drive adoption on additional models. Formed through Corning’s proprietary fusion draw process, its smooth surface,…
  • Corning Announces Rough And Tough Glass

    Nandini Sanyal
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    In an event held on Thursday (24 April) Corning announced the availability of two of its important glass technologies in India, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance and Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass. The former was first introduced at CES 2013, and the latter at CES 2014.Seeing that several top domestic device makers have already adopted Corning Gorilla Glass for use in their smartphones, the company is looking to further develop its customer base and drive adoption on additional models. Formed through Corning’s proprietary fusion draw process, its smooth surface,…
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    Mumbai Ready Reckoner

  • Spells of Magic @ New Acropolis India Colaba Saturday 26th April 2014

    Sameer Lele
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Magic has fascinated children and adults alike for generations, across the globe. Its origins lay in the powerful ability of ancient alchemists, men of heightened consciousness, to truly give form to a thought through the simple utterance of a spell, resulting from a deep understanding of universal Laws of Life.In doing so, these wise men became channels through which the Arupa, the invisible, manifested into the Rupa, the tangible and sensible world.Classical traditions believed this to be the primary purpose of a Human Being. Join us as we explore ancient Magic. Discover a little bit of a…
  • Travel-Logs The Gaothan Saga @Matharpacady Mazagaon 26th April 2014

    Sameer Lele
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:23 pm
    You might as well think that you are not in Mumbai. A sudden turn into a hamlet of bungalows instantly transports you from Mumbai into a different world. This is Matharpacady, in the heart of Mazagaon, inhabited by the East Indian Community. Discover the myriad stories of the community in the landscape of beautiful bungalows, with a typical East Indian meal at one of the homes! Rs. 1,750/person.Duration: 3 hours.Meeting Point – Café Coffee Day (near Sales Tax Office), Dockyard Station RoadDhiresh  Nitika…
  • One Day Adventure Activity Camp @ KIRTI COLLEGE, Dadar West 4th May 2014

    Sameer Lele
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Dear AllKIRTI NCC UNIT has arranged 1 day Rappelling & Zipline Activity in our Kirti Campus on Sunday, 4th May 2014.Highlights:· Introduction to Mountaineering Equipments· Mountaineering Techniques· Rappelling· Zip-LineReporting Time & Point :7.00AM@ Kirti NCC Unit, KIRTI COLLEGE, Dadar WestActivity Fee: INR 250/- onlyMax Participant: 60For confirmation pls contactNilesh 9594809398Viddhesh 9167300292Siddhesh 9167300292Your presence will boost the efforts and moral.Technical Support by CROW Group of Mountaineering.Reg.No. : F-54488(M).
  • Reptile and Amphibians Workshop @ Amboli Reserve Forest 11th - 13th July 2014

    Sameer Lele
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Learn field techniques and photography of this little known creatures with experts ................sharing your experience with experts and get your doubts clear.......Get field knowledge with experts on field .....Learn how photographed this beauty with your camera .....Place - Amboli Reserve ForestDate - 11 July to 13 July 2014Limited seat available ...Confirm your seat as early as possibleFor further details and registrationContact -Swapnil Pawar Sayalee Yelekar-Pawar+918149704461
  • Sidewalk Astronomy 9th May 2014

    Sameer Lele
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Several Telescopes/ Binoculars shall be set up at various cities around the World for free public viewing of astronomical objects.Date:9th May 2014 (Friday)Timing (Local):7:00 PM - 9:00 PMLocations:India:Mumbai (Bandra - Carter Road/ Borivali/ Kalyan/ Thane)PuneCoordinators:India:Mumbai - Umesh Ghude (9867617311)
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  • Elections 2014 – The Anti-Social Media

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:58 pm
    As an avid social media enthusiast with strong opinions and a healthy following, i am not happy with the state of affairs. Very disappointed. I have been called an AAPtard, a Moditard, and a Rahultard at various points of time. Every day some or the other person asks me how much money i am getting to speak against their beloved leader of choice. This is just so insulting. I keep waiting and waiting, glancing at my phone every twenty minutes to check for new messages but that notification never comes. ‘Rs 20 lakhs have been credited into your account for criticising Narendra…
  • Elections 2014 – The Great Indian Circus

    29 Mar 2014 | 10:53 pm
    This election season is heating up. The debates are raging, in news studios, parks and around water coolers in offices. Decades old friendships are being broken over people’s political loyalties. The biggest question in everybody’s minds is no longer the name of the celebrity who will feature on the next episode of Koffee with Karan, but who will replace the current prime minister, the one who hails from Assam, the man who never speaks, the man who watched as his ministers plundered away, on the Delhi throne. WHO WILL WIN?? Not that we have a rich set of choices. Sure they all…
  • Open Letter to Advani ji

    22 Mar 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Dear Advani ji, I don’t know if there is an easy way of saying this to someone so senior, so i’ll just say it upfront. Please let it go. It is not worth it, and you are just going to damage your legacy. Move on. Leave it. Chhodo. Chhade de. [See i even looked up the Sindhi version, just for you.] You are 86 years old. You are two decades older than independent India. I am in my 30s, and you were already closing in on old age when i was born. So much tension and heartburn in this advanced age will not do you any good. Whether it is a wave, tsunami or merely ripples in a bathtub,…
  • Another Open Letter to Arvind Kejriwal

    16 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    Dear Kejriwal ji, Not too long ago, i risked going against the Supreme Court’s verdict on article 377 by going fully gay for you, the messiah of hope, the man who was to end all corruption in the country. I asked you, RTI activist, Magsaysay award winner, catalyst of a massive anti-corruption movement in the nation, and the surprise winner of a lot of seats in the Delhi election, to not let us down. There were the hopes of the aam aadmi on your modest shoulders. Sachin Tendulkar had recently retired. Vidya Balan had gained even more weight. Nothing seemed right, and we were counting on…
  • Dhoom 3 – America, Trolled

    1 Jan 2014 | 6:13 am
    I just got back from watching Dhoom 3, having heard mixed reactions about the movie, and i can confidently say that i feel sad for the people who weren’t able to see through the genius of the movie. This is an epic. It’s a work of art. Dear GoI, Dear Bollywood – allow me to apologize on behalf of the millions of my brethren who’ve been ranting on about the former’s lack of any foreign policy, and the latter’s excessive dependence on foreign locales. You sirs, are awesome. I can now see how our government has been using Bollywood movies to send out strong…
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    The India Investment Post (earlier

  • India Morning Report: 7000 it is, as markets reopen before the weekend

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Yes, markets were indeed closed again yesterday (AND IT WAS NOT MY TRAVEL SCHEDULE THIS TIME) even as they await permissions from SBI for extended trading hours on counting day for the new regime. 68-00 puts have become easy to sell for starters as selling puts remains the best strategy amidst the eternal wait for investors to exit on profit taking and most action is limited to derivatives and margin trading business this month For all the talk of the slowdown slowing down, ACC produced another 5% contraction in sales according to the Cement analyst on call at ETNOW with a 6.48 MT pick up in…
  • India Morning Report: HDFC Bank can’t keep up pace of expectations, Markets cannot let go of the rally

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Markets are headed to 7000 from here, double digit Earnings increase in good Indian companies helping the fast and even rerating of Indian markets after a stuck up score since 2004 The Bank Earnings season headliner is missing from our content factory this quarter but that is because of our personal time commitments. HDFC Bank however went a notch below expectations polled and would probably like to regain that control over analysts it only has itself to blame for ignoring the bank’s own overcautious and mostly overzealous private circle conversations about their results. The bank did…
  • India Morning Report: Big Bucks bring a second breath to the rally

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    High Net worth Investors (HatTip:ETNow) with skin in the game from INR 20 mln to INR 100 mln have been activated by the markets, letting them make record highs on Monday on the move to 6800 as Institutions duck out of India to take another look at other Asian markets not doing well. It remains to be seen in the meantime if Reliance Capital will win the 24% stake it bid the highest earlier last week, before the Good Friday holiday HDFC Bank will apparently be reporting results today afternoon, repeating its 30% performance card which it kept with successive 25 quarters of 20% topline and 25%…
  • India Morning Report: Will 6800 mark a heartbreak for the rally?

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The markets are evenly poised again after a quick Monday morning move to 6800. Indices like the Banknifty however went thru a minor break in the week past and recovered only on Friday to 12850. SBI for example is the key to many hidden not so good fundamentals stories the markets wanted to slide past older marks in a no holds barred rally and will likely continue to cede marks even as Bajaj Auto remains positive during earnings month and joins bets like Bharti Airtel and LIC Housing ( upgraded on date by Nomura) to keep the positive momentum of the markets even a san extended wait to counting…
  • India Morning Report: Markets ready to swipe down all the way

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:43 pm
    And that would be less than 50 points on the nifty – 20 percent 50 points, 1 percent 100 points – as vix moves from 30 overnight to 45 levels within a week. Most of the correction would resize and realign the banknifty composition again at 12850 overnight.Filed under: India Tagged: Bombay, Friday, India
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    The Daily News Post India - TDNPost

  • Turkey commemorates 99th anniversary of Gallipoli campaign

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    French, Australian, New Zealand and Turkish officials on Thursday observed the 99th anniversary of the World War I Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula. Duration: 00:55
  • Style Sound Off: Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Nicki Minaj

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Style Sound Off: Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Nicki Minaj
  • RZA Gives Raekwon A 30 Day Ultimatum To Get Involved With Wu-Tang Clan Album Or It May Never Be Released

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    At this point, the tension between Wu-Tang Clan is pretty obvious. Both RZA and Raekwon have stated why there have been recent differences between them regarding the upcoming Wu album, A Better Tomorrow . Now it seems a resolution is coming, as RZA told Sports Illustrated that he is giving Rae 30 days to either get involved with the project, or it may never get released. The album is currently scheduled to drop in July. Raekwon previously told Rolling Stone that he is currently on strike from the group, while RZA explained that the differences came down to a lack of communication. Keywords:…
  • Review: Walker Memorable In Gritty ‘Mansions’

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Adrenalin runs high in the entertaining, action-heavy remake of the 2004 French film "District B13." Starring the late Paul Walker in one of his last roles, "Brick Mansions" packs gunfights, car chases, acrobatic stunts and humor into one stylized package. In the urban ghetto of Detroit, which has been surrounded by a containment wall, narcotics officer Damien (Walker) goes undercover and teams with ex-con Lino (David Belle) to infiltrate a crew of criminals and defuse a confiscated bomb. Originally set for a February release, the film comes five months after Walker's death in a car accident…
  • SNTV – Simon Cowell’s Baby Eric is ‘Easy, Dream Baby’

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    Simon Cowell's baby might seem like he'd be misbehaved, but it turns out Eric is about as well mannered as the best of them. Keywords: SplashNewsTV SplashNews TV Splash News
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  • For us at PSB Asia, Sun Pharma shone brighter in 2011

    Ashwani Singla
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:04 am
    PSB 50 released in April 2011, showed the company with the highest Future Potential The acquisition of pharmaceutical behemoth Ranbaxy by another healthcare giant Sun Pharma created the fifth-largest specialty generics company in the world and the largest pharmaceutical company in India. The combined revenue of over $4.2 billion is sweetener for Indian industry’s image globally. The new entity will have operations in 65 countries, 47 manufacturing facilities across 5 continents, and a significant platform of specialty and generic products marketed globally. I daresay that in the process,…
  • Simple rules to develop a compelling proposition and how to win trust

    Ashwani Singla
    14 Jan 2014 | 3:27 am
    I was interviewed by Mediavataar ( to spell out the benefit of positioning and what it takes to develop a compelling proposition that not only helps companies win but also creates the necessary equity needed to weather crisis that a company will surely face from time to time.. Do let me know your thoughts. “More than ever before reputation is taking center stage for the C Suite. Reputation risk today ranks amongst the highest of risks and it is getting all the attention of the C Suite. So, PR today has the perfect opportunity to be in the board room. I like the opportunities…

    Ashwani Singla
    10 Jun 2013 | 11:33 pm
    Consultancies must focus on value and results, not simply on the effort In the recent past I had introduced the debate on why the PR industry in India must embrace Empirical Public Relations to really find answers to the Jigsaw Puzzle that the current environment within which the communications business operates in. Empirical Public Relations is already demonstrating a change in the way campaigns are priced and paid for, addressing the significant challenge human capital presents with the need to revise models of compensation, reward and recognition to attract and retain first-class talent.

    Ashwani Singla
    17 Apr 2013 | 9:28 pm
    Cost of Living is a major concern while they remain optimistic about the future of the region. Recently PSB launched the 5th annual Arab Youth Survey, our largest ever comprehensive look at the attitudes and opinions of young people across 15 Arab countries. The project included 3000 in-depth and face-to-face interviews with young men and women from virtually every corner of the Arab world reaching participants in: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen. This year’s survey showed the feelings of optimism and…
  • Believing in ‘The Science of Persuasion’

    Ashwani Singla
    25 Feb 2013 | 8:01 am
    I was interviewed by Adgully ( where I have talked about a three concerns of any CEO. Appended the interview for your read. Do let me know your thoughts Ever since it set up operations in India, Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) the multinational Global Strategic Communication advisory firm has made a steady progress. PSB has corporate marketing, corporate communications and public advocacy as its main practice areas. According to Ashwani Singla, Managing Director and CEO, PSB sees itself positioned differently from other Public Relations agencies in the sense that it is a consulting firm…
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  • Book Review : Operation Red Lotus

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    1857, The event known, till date, as the Sepoy Mutiny by a fairly large segment of our population. Even those who refer to it as a War of Independence call it a spontaneous uprising; thanks largely to the incorrect narrative of the war written and recorded by the English, and dutifully followed by Indian Historians inspite of pervasive evidence to the contrary. Even the most balanced of books on the national movement refer to the presence of some form of conspiracy, but leave it at that, saying no proof exists. Surprisingly, they did not need to look any further than an existing book - Mazhaa…
  • India, Being Indian, Elections, And Being Hindu

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    This is the third article in the reality series... We are, as a nation, 67 years young today, with our tumultous years hopefully well behind us. We, as a nation, are just coming out of a very demanding period in our life-cycle, and stand at a very critical juncture. As we head into these elections, we stand at a vital junction in our life-cycle. The rise, rise and rise of Narendra Modi has done one thing for certain : it has, yet again, exposed our weak underbelly; once again, we as a people stand stripped naked in front of the Whole Wide World. We stand stripped, and desnuded of all our…
  • Book Review : What India Should Know {Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan}

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
     AUTHORS : Dr V Lakshmikanthan is HOD of Mathematical Sciences at Florida Tech. He is the editor of 5 international mathematical journals; Dr J Vasundhara Devi is a mathematician and a professor. When was Ashok really born? 4th Century BC - or more than a 1000 years before that?When was the Buddha really born? 6th Century BC - or more than a 1000 years before that?Who wrote the history that we know as gospel truth today?What were the motives behind writing this history?What were the other viewpoints considered when our {Indian} history was being written by the western…
  • Book Review : Indian Economy Under Early British Rule - Irfan Habib

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    First, history... and then, to top that, Economic History. Yaaaawn, you would think; yet another long-winded treatise that is boooring, you would think. You could not be more off the mark; the current book stands as the best, most interesting and power-packed book on Indian History that I have ever encountered. It is short, to-the-point, powerful, and deeply engaging in its flawless narrative and nearly irrefutable in its scathing indictment of the British. Next, why should you read this? Reason : because any number of educated Indians regard the British rule as either a boon, or just another…
  • My Vote, My Future and My Country... The Lament Of A Disillusioned Voter

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    On the 10th of April, in 7 days time, the Great Indian Election Season starts wherein each adult Indian is supposed to excercise his or her vote, and choose a party into power. To some of us, it is a vital day; to some of us, it is a duty, to some of us, it is a task, to some of us, it is unimportant... and to some of us, like me, it is a day to regret, to cry in desolation at the absence of a good choice. 2014... 23 years since I reached 18, the grand and exciting age that grants me the right to vote, that grants me a single lifetime Share Certificate in India, Inc; that grants me the…
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  • Iron in red meat ‘red flag’ for heart: Study

    Team NewsYaps
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Image Courtesy: New York: Replacing red meat portions in your diet with vegetables may be a good recipe for your heart as scientists have now discovered a strong association between heme iron, found only in meat, and potentially deadly coronary heart disease.There are two forms of dietary iron: heme and non-heme.The study found no association between non-heme iron, which is found in plants and other non-meat sources, and coronary heart disease.Heme iron consumption increased the risk for coronary heart disease by 57 percent, the study warned.“Heme iron is…
  • Drinks after work with boss key to professional success: Study

    Team NewsYaps
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Image Courtesy: London: A new study has found that going out for drinks after office-hours with your boss can help you gel well and eventually let you succeed in the workplace. University of Desseldorf’s Bjorn Frank said that a beer after work is an opportunity for people to reveal more about themselves, which is important for business relationships, the Daily Star reported. Frank asserted that social drinking lets the boss decide who he can trust because it is a chance to get to know people. Frank added that drinking is a social norm and can provide a network through which…
  • Unproven treatment of spinal injuries can cause paralysis: Expert

    Team NewsYaps
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Image Courtesy: New Delhi: The rampant unauthorised and unproven stem cell transplant for spinal cord injury can leave a person paralysed below the level of injury, health experts said Thursday.Issuing a statement to caution people about such practices and create awareness on the issue, the Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) said: “There is an urgent need to create awareness on the issue, and advise the spinal cord injured and their families to make informed decisions regarding the plethora of ‘effective’ stem transplant treatments being…
  • Women with wide hips more likely to have one-night stands, more sexual partners

    Manu Mishra
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Image Courtesy: Washington: A new study suggests that women who were more inclined to have one-night stands had wider hips. Colin A. Hendrie of the University of Leeds in the UK, is the lead author of the study that looks into how a woman’s build influences her sexual behavior. The study into whether hip width or waist-to-hip ratio was a better predictor of a woman’s sexual behavior was conducted among 148 women between 18 and 26 years old. The participants all had at least one sexual partner previously. Their hip width (defined as the distance between the upper outer edges…
  • UN Secretary General expresses concern over Ukraine crisis

    Team NewsYaps
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Image Courtesy: United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday voiced his deep concern about the continued violence in eastern Ukraine, which led to the loss of life and further instability, saying that “military action must be avoided at all costs”.“The secretary general is deeply concerned about continued violence in eastern Ukraine, which has led to loss of life, further instability and which is contributing to a climate of fear and anxiety,” Xinhua quoted a spokesperson of Ban as saying in a statement. “As the stakes are now so…
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    India Internal Flights

  • SpiceJet Orders Boeing Planes New

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    SpiceJet continues to manifest itself as India's largest in the budget travel market as it places an order of 42 Boeing B737 MAX planes, worth $4.4 billion.
  • SpiceJet Crew In-flight Dance Number Irks DGCA

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:52 am
    SpiceJet has irked the DGCA officials following the airline crew's in-flight performance of a song and dance number during the country's celebration of Holi, the annual festival of colors and love.
  • India Okays SIA To Operate A380 Jets

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    The Indian government recently approves the request by Singapore Airlines to operate its A380 super jumbo jets between India's major destinations and the tiny city-state of Singapore.
  • AirAsia India Takes Delivery Of First Aircraft

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    AirAsia India has taken delivery of the first aircraft which will make up its initial fleet during its inaugural service.
  • Indian Carriers to Increase Fleets This Year

    17 Mar 2014 | 12:57 am
    Indian carriers are planning to increase their respective fleets this year through placement of orders by as many as 400 aircraft.
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    India Real Time

  • Top Stories From WSJ: Air India Plans to Lease Airbus Jets, Nokia Indian Plant Unlikely to Be Part of Microsoft Phone Deal

    WSJ Staff
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Your daily round-up of the best of The Wall Street Journal’s India coverage: Air India Plans to Lease Airbus Jets: Air India Ltd. plans to lease Airbus Group's A320 jets as part of the loss-making airline's strategy to expand its fleet without ordering new aircraft. Nokia Indian Plant Unlikely to Be Part of Microsoft Phone Deal: Unable to solve a tax dispute with Indian authorities, Nokia Corp. on Thursday said it is unlikely that it would be able to include a massive phone plant in India in a wider deal to transfer its phone business to Microsoft Corp.
  • Elections 2014: Poll Positions In Bihar

    Mukesh Jagota
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Voters in the town of Kishanganj—just miles from Nepal to the west and Bangladesh to the east—talk about what’s driving their choice at the polls in this Muslim-majority area of the state of Bihar.
  • Photos: Bollywood Stars Vote in India’s Election

    WSJ Staff
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Voting among Maharashtra's 31 million voters were Bollywood actors, directors and corporate honchos. Some snapshots.
  • Mumbai Shop Owners: Cut Taxes and Tame Corruption, Please

    Shanoor Seervai
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    As Mumbai’s traders hit the polls Thursday, many said they voted in favor of lower taxes and against corruption. High income and sales tax, import duty and rising prices have made it tougher to do business, many shop owners said.
  • Elections 2014: Chennai’s Concerns

    Vibhuti Agarwal
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Voters in the south Indian city of Chennai had two top concerns -- the acute shortage of water and electricity –they would like the government to address.
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    Indian brand strategy

  • Three management lessons from David Moyes at Manchester United : What not to do as a manager

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    So finally the Nays have it. Moyes is out #Moyesout But the whole 51 match, 10 month episode has left me pained and a little thoughtful about my own future. Like everyone else I obeyed Sir Alex’s command and supported Moyes as the new manager of Manchester United. But I don’t think I was ever […]
  • Can an air purifier help improve the quality of your life ?

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Ahwaz may not be a city of any significance for us in India but to scientists monitoring air pollution it is one of great importance. Ahwaz in Iran is a oil producing city and is today the most polluted city in the world when it comes to air pollution. At 372 micrograms of suspended particulate […]
  • Paper Boat Beverages: Memories, Nostalgia and Magic…

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:16 pm
    My earliest memory of growing up in the wonderful city of New Delhi is walking along, Raj Path near India Gate. My parents would often take me there and in the summer evenings I would be mesmerized by rows of bed-sheets placed on the ground as young boys and girls would climb on the evergreen […]
  • Why not all vehicles are depreciating assets: The story of the Royal Enfield Motorcycle

    18 Mar 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Last week I stumbled upon a very interesting discovery. The traditional thinking is that most vehicles are depreciating assets. In other words if you buy a brand new car and try to drive it out of the dealership and sell it, you will get less than what you paid for the car earlier… This is […]
  • What is happening at HCL…?

    22 Feb 2014 | 9:17 am
    HCL, India’s leading Technology and services company is a curious case of an organization going through transition. Founded by Shiv Nadar for years HCL has been showing robust growth and had has tremendous success in taking on infrastructural services projects. They have had dynamic leaders like Shiv Nadar, Arjun Malhotra , Vineet Nayyar ( Sr […]
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    India's Endangered

  • Caught on camera: Himalayan Vultures in Kashmir (Photos)

    Atula Gupta
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Vijay Jamwal, a tunnel construction and geo-technical expert was working on an Indian Railways tunnel project in Ramban district of Jammu & Kashmir valley when he spotted a committee of vultures sitting around and probably finishing their meal. Vijay soon got busy with his camera and send us, some incredible images of the Himalayan Griffon ...Read the Rest
  • Hand Reared Tigress Gives Birth for the First Time in Panna Tiger Reserve

    Ramya Naresh
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    The birth of tiger cubs is always good news when the species is under great threat of extinction. But the joy is a greater one when the cubs are of a tigress that was hand-reared by humans. Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, which had witnessed total disappearance of tigers a few years ago due ...Read the Rest
  • Rare Asiatic Wild Dogs or ‘Dhole’ Spotted in Bengal for the First time

    Rohit Daniel
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:14 am
    In yet another good news for wildlife lovers in India, the Jaldapara National Park in northern part of West Bengal recently become the newest home of the Asiatic Wild Dog (Cuon alpinus). Commonly known as the Indian Wild Dog or dhole, the IUCN red list categorizes the canines as an endangered species and have been ...Read the Rest
  • Image of the Day: Thol Lake, Gujarat

    Team Indias Endangered
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Thol lake bird sanctuary is a shallow fresh water lake 35 km from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It is a paradise for bird watchers to spot migratory as well as resident birds like Pelicans, Flamingos, Sarus Cranes, Mallard ducks and Greylag Geese. Image courtesy Emmanuel DYAN via cc/Flickr More Related Stories, World’s Highest flying Bird Holds Key ...Read the Rest
  • Save Genetic Diversity to Save Tigers

    Atula Gupta
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    In a research published today (17 April) by Stanford scholars, scientists have found that it is not just numbers but genetic diversity that will help save the tigers from extinction. Having lost 90 percent of their historical habitat almost half of the 3000 wild tigers in the world today live in India in national parks ...Read the Rest
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    Sms Messages, Quotes, Sayings, Greetings, Wishes, Jokes 2014

  • St George’s Day 2014 Quotes, Sayings, Sms Text Messages

    SMS Messages
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Latest Collection on St George’s Day 2014 Quotes, Sayings, Sms Text Messages, St. George’s Day 2014 Greetings, Wishes, St George’s Day Sms, Messages for Friends of United Kingdom, UK, England, Spain .. Below You can find List of Famous St George’s Day Quotes, Sayings, Sms Text Messages. ...
  • Ugadi Festival Sms Messages

    SMS Messages
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Latest Collection on Ugadi Festival Sms Messages and Wishes Memories of moments celebrated together… Moments those have been attached in my heart, forever… Make me Miss You even more this Ugadi. Hope this Ugadi brings in Good Fortune & Abounding ...
  • Happy Ugadi 2014 Sms in Telugu

    SMS Messages
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Best Collection on Happy Ugadi 2014 Sms in Telugu Happy Ugadi to all naa snehithulaku Ugadi nuthana shubhakashala dinam For the people of andhra pradesh mathu Also for telugu people anothaover The Prapanchamlu So adhuke On adhi Dinam Enjoy jothalu ...
  • April Fool Sms Messages for WhatsApp

    SMS Messages
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
    Share and Enjoy April Fool Sms Messages for WhatsApp Last night I Got a severe Head pain… I went to the Doctor … He said that It would be cured If I send a SMS TO some lunatic person… ”
  • April Fool 2014 Facebook Status Jokes

    SMS Messages
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    Happy April Fool 2014 Facebook Status Jokes Sms Collection A study has proved that all fools use their THUMB while reading a SMS. Now its 2 late dont try 2 change ur finger! Catch another fool!  U will ...
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    Real Estate News

  • A highlight on most preferred locations in and around Bangalore

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Bangalore City the IT Capital of the country is the most desired place when it comes to investment in real estate. People who seek job come to the city and with the facilities and favorable environment decide to settle down in the city. There are many factors that drive a home buyer to invest in ...
  • The New Metro Line Likely to Rise Real Estate Prices in Bangalore

    3 Mar 2014 | 4:53 am
    The newly commissioned Metro Line is likely to increase the real estate prices in the nearing months and it seems like the past trends are sign of this. With the MG Road-Baiyappanahalli Metro Lined that was commissioned in October 2011 the property prices in the localities of both MG Road and Baiyappabahalli has raised. As per ...
  • An Analysis and Estimation of Bangalore Housing Sector in 2014

    19 Feb 2014 | 1:23 am
    Bangalore City witnessed a speedy growth over the bygone few decades and this growth can be witnessed in terms of infrastructure, social structures, venture of IT companies and MNCs, and the prevailing community living in apartments, integrated townships and many other developments. Information Technology is regarded has the key drive for the vigorous growth in ...
  • 15 Points to remember while Buying a Property or Home

    12 Feb 2014 | 4:28 am
    Owning a dream home is definitely an eventual dream of every common man and it surely takes an individual’s life time savings and hard-earned money. Before falling into any pit or becoming prey to any fake builders, as property buyers it is ideal to do a thorough research and ask all the possible questions to ...
  • The Growing Integrated Townships in India

    5 Jan 2014 | 3:53 am
    The rising level of fortune of the people has given a remarkable momentum in the notion of integrated townships in a short period of time and is observing a gush in demand in this segment.  Other than providing posh residential apartments, these integrated townships, offer a wide range of recreational facilities such as golf courses, ...
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    Indilens ! Insights of India

  • Apple’s China success sets stage for iPhone 6, new products

    Mohd. Akhtar
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    This report is prepared by Mohd. Akhtar for Indilens Strong sales of iPhones in China and emerging markets sets the stage for Apple to reap even higher profits after it launches the next iPhone and other new products, analysts said. Apple’s China success sets stage for iPhone 6, new products At least 15 brokerages raised their price targets on the stock by as much [...] The post Apple’s China success sets stage for iPhone 6, new products appeared first on Indilens
  • Bollywood stars skip voting for ‘prior commitment to IIFA’

    Mohd. Akhtar
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This report is prepared by Mohd. Akhtar for Indilens Tampa Bay (Florida), April 25, IANS: Bollywood celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, and Javed Akhtar, present on the second day of the ongoing IIFA awards and skipping voting – scheduled on the same date in Mumbai – regretted not exercising their franchise but said they had committed to the show six months back when [...] The post Bollywood stars skip voting for ‘prior commitment to IIFA’ appeared first on Indilens
  • Cairn India buys back less than 2% shares

    Mohd. Akhtar
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    This report is prepared by Mohd. Akhtar for Indilens New Delhi, April 25, PTI: Billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Cairn India has bought less than 2 per cent of its 17.09 crore shares it is looking to buy back to give the mining baron a greater control over the country’s largest private oil producer. Cairn India buys back less than 2% shares Cairn on January 23 [...] The post Cairn India buys back less than 2% shares appeared first on Indilens
  • Japan’s NTT DoCoMo to leave India

    Mohd. Akhtar
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:13 pm
    This report is prepared by Mohd. Akhtar for Indilens Japan’s NTT DoCoMo Inc will unload its 26 percent stake in its loss-making Indian mobile phone joint venture, Tata Teleservices Ltd, and withdraw from the country, the Nikkei newspaper reported. Japan’s NTT DoCoMo to leave India The joint venture, operating under the Tata DoCoMo brand, had 63 million mobile customers as at the end of [...] The post Japan’s NTT DoCoMo to leave India appeared first on Indilens
  • Pawan Kalyan to campaign in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad

    Mohd. Akhtar
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    This report is prepared by Mohd. Akhtar for Indilens Hyderabad, April 25, DC: Actor and Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan will campaign for TD-BJP combine in the twin cities and other parts of Telangana from Friday. Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu too will tour Kurnool and Hyderabad on Friday, but separately. Pawan Kalyan to campaign in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad Pawan [...] The post Pawan Kalyan to campaign in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad appeared first on Indilens
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    Lahore Dispatch

  • How Government of Pakistan Can Reduce Illiteracy Rate by Remaining Within its Means

    Zahid Kramet
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    The literacy rate in Pakistan is low and the country is still not ranked among ‘developed’ states, even after 65 years of independence. Though, Pakistan’s government has taken some steps to improve literacy levels in the country, loop holes in the system and negligence by the authorities have prevented the country from progressing. One of the reasons for this is that government has failed to build sufficient institutions for the youth to develop. Another is that Pakistan has only a very few dedicated teachers in the state’s educational institutions. Thus middle-income families are…
  • 3G /4G in Pakistan: Zong the sole winner of 4G

    Muhammad Irfan
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    image source : ProPakistani The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has raised $1 billion from 3G and 4G auction: 903 million for 3G and $210 million for 4G. The four winners of the 3G spectrum include JAZZ, Telenor, Ufone and Zong while Zong is the sole winner of the 4G spectrum. Ufone had also showed interest in acquiring the 4G spectrum, but did not qualify,with PTA advising the company they would have to buy 10 MHz before qualifying for the 4G license. Warid did not participate in the bidding.All the companies participated from their offices after logging in on PTA’s on-line software…
  • BSA unlikely to provide healthy returns for the US in Afghanistan

    Muhammad Irfan
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Of the eight candidates running for the Afghan presidency, the three frontrunners are said to be former foreign ministers Abdullah Abdullah and Zalmai Rassoul, and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Reports indicate that Abdullah Abdullah leads with Ghani and Rasoul trailing well behind him. Outgoing president Hamid Karzai, reportedly stands in support of Zalmai Rassoul, who though a Pashtun, has the support of a faction from the Bamiyan Hazaras in the person of Habiba Sarabi which lady he has nominated to be the vice-president under him. Rassoul also has the Panjshir Tajiks with…
  • Leonardo Di Caprio could star in Steve Jobs movie

    Muhammad Irfan
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    British director Danny Boyle is in negotiations to direct the Steve Jobs movie for Sony with Leonardo DiCaprio in the starring role. Sony has been searching for a new director for the film since David Fincher dropped out of the running reportedly over extravagant demands for compensation and control. Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) has written the screenplay for the biopic, which is to be produced by Scott Rudin and is based on the best-selling Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, focusing on three key Apple product launches. The forthcoming film about the iconic Jobs may have an…
  • Iran’s envoy to the United Nations denied US visa

    Muhammad Irfan
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    In November Iran and the six major powers — the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China — struck an interim deal, under which Tehran agreed to limit part of its nuclear activities in return for the easing of some sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear program. The powers set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term deal. But Washington is not making it easy for Iran to come on board.  US President Barack Obama recently signed into law a bill aimed at denying a US visa to new Iranian envoy to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi because of his…
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  • Having expectations is the trait of a valiant

    Anshul Gautam
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    This is an excerpt from the book 'Manuscript in Accra', by Paulo Coelho. People are asking questions here, answers to which is being explained by the Copt (a learned character in the book). A merchant asks him, ‘Describe the defeated ones’, and the Copt replies. The snippet in the image is a part of that answer. I loved this part because it essentially focuses on having expectations. Yes, like all other traits of a valiant, having expectations is also one of them. It might make us disappointed when something does not come as expected. But to stop expecting in the next go is like letting…
  • Calling Humanity

    Anshul Gautam
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Once upon a time, there existed a land of Gods. The emblem of an ancient civilization, it was the kernel of culture with enormous values. That country was where love dwelt, the art grew, and harmony existed among people of different tastes. Its rare spices added an unforgettable flavor throughout the world. But then there came an epidemic. An epidemic which diseased more than half of the population of that country. Gods had already departed from their homeland long ago, they left the remaining humans to trample in the waves of epidemic. Many waves came, and they kept spoiling the population.
  • The Third Eye

    Anshul Gautam
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    They have always listened to what they wanted to listen. They have believed what they always wanted to believe. Sacrifices, good deeds, love, affection, they are all tested by the terms they keep within them and by their mind’s frame. Someone might die caring, loving, or fighting for some cause, but those who cannot understand the true essence of it are bound to fail on their mind-frame’s test. Since ages the human race has stayed afflicted, and shall likely stay to be so tomorrow too. Truth, it will continue to stay obscured and people deluded. Because they will always see what they want…
  • Multiple Commenting System widget for Blogger using jQuery UI

    Anshul Gautam
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    This blog post covers in detail those steps that will help you include a jQuery-UI based multiple commenting box widget to your blogger blogs. jQuery user interfaces are being used extensively as they provide an eloquent user interface and are light weight, ie they are faster to load. Moreover, they are compact and in a small screen area more of controls can be dealt with within its interface. I used the same jQuery-UI and developed a multiple commenting box widget for my blog. Currently I have included the Facebook comments, Blogger comments, and Google+ comments. This post is in…
  • Search for the life

    Anshul Gautam
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    As the train takes me through the darknessMy eyes search for the light,To find in the thicketsIf somewhere the life survives.Rattling of wheels on tracks,Keeps me mused and awakeAgainst the envelope of sleepEmbraced over the stretches of darkness.Blindfolded on my open eyesMy ears make me see now;Bridges, tunnels, plains…All I hear, and in my mind I see.But where is the life?That, I can’t see.I search for the lightTo find in the thicketsIf somewhere the life survives.In sky is embellished,Stars and the pearly moon.And the rest is swallowedIn the endless depths of darknessThrough which I…
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  • Why NOTA ?

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    All parties, ministers, officers are corrupted. I faced that with Talim Rojgar Department of Gujarat Government. I am not saying that only one department is bad, but all departments are bad. Election is going on. I just want to say please ask bellow questions to your heart and then go for vote. In 2011, Talim Rojgar Department of Gujarat government forgot to follow rule ? who is responsible for that ? The case is registered in with case number LF/2013/3487 .Do you forget the recruitment of TALATI scandal in 2014?and so on...  many more scandals if you…
  • NOTA - None of the Above A Real Indian Hero

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    In Multiple choice question examination, my favorite answer is none of the above. This answer sometimes confuse the candidate. But in reality it shows reality. when you choose this option then all other options are meaning less. Same thing in election when you select None of the above then think what is the value of our leaders. I already said that it is powerful tool against all leaders in India. If you like any party BJP, Congress, AAP. But you don't like their candidates then you can press on None of the Above (NOTA) and you can shows truth to the party. This is not a simple button or…
  • Next PM of India

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:18 am
    Narendra ModiRahul GandhiArvind KejriwalMulayamsinh YadavMamta BenrjiotherNone Of the AboveThink if NOTA gets 272+ seats in Loksabha election then which party makes the Government in India. Use NOTA and show the power of NOTA to all parties. Our Next PM will be NOTA. Why all parties are not in favor of RTI act in their party ? Why all parties are not in favor to stop RESERVATION system in education and recruitment ?Why RTI have objection ?
  • Jago Gragak Jago

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    In india people always say bad words against politicians. But who is responsible for this type of politics. If consumer has a problem against company then consumer can register his complain against company. But in election what can be steps taken by the voter. Now we have powerful weapon "NOTA" (None of the Above). NOTA can be used against all parties and candidates.  
  • Manifesto of All parties

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Here we are sharing the links of manifesto 2014 of all main parties of india. I suggest you please read and compare all manifestos of all parties and then select your candidate, otherwise select the NOTA.  BJP's ManifestoAAP's ManifestoCongress's Manifesto
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