• Chennai,  Economy

    Low Cost Airports

    Though I was thinking about this for sometime, I didn’t feel like posting this till today. Today I had a general discussion with a colleague on the extremely low cost (sometimes free) pricing model of Air Deccan and other LCCs (Low Cost Carriers) in India. I don’t fully agree on the extend of price cutting done, which definitely is below cost and is non-sustainable for the long-term. At the same time I feel you cannot term the whole business model unviable. If the same approach of low pricing was to be done by groups with deep pockets like Reliance, Tata or UB, then it will be seen by media as a bold…

  • Flashback

    Impact of Chance Happenings

    I was reminded yesterday while reading Economic Times paper, of a book “Far from the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy. The book was in my 12th Standard syllabus and our English Teacher “ShantiShri” was very fond of the book that she made us read it an umpty number of times. The most likely question on the book was to be on “Chance Happening” – on how few of the unplanned events resulted in big turning points in the characters lives. Anyways, the reason for me to be reminded on “Chance Happening” and hence the book, was a piece on the paper’s ViewPoint section. The piece was an extract from a lecture given…

  • Events,  Flashback

    K7 Computing’s new OMR Office

    Yesterday I felt very happy, special and humbled all at once by my well-wisher Mr.J.Kesavardhanan, CEO of K7 Computing – the makers of World Class Anti-Virus Solutions for nearly two decades. The reason I was happy was the occasion of K7 Computing moving to a new sprawling 25,000 square feet new office in OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road) about a kilometre from Tidel Park – in between MARG and HCL buildings on the left-hand side when coming from Madhya Kailash Temple. I have great admiration for Mr.K7 (as he likes to be called), learned from him over the years on both technologies and on running a business. As a matter of history, K7 Computing is the…

  • Travel Review

    Trip to Mysore

    On our way back from Nagarhole national park in Kabini, we stayed for a day in Mysore. The last time I had gone to Mysuru was a few years back when we visited the majestic Mysore Palace. Lalitha Mahal Palace I had booked for our stay in the famous Lalitha Mahal Palace, which has appeared in many Tamil films including Rajni’s Guru Sishyan (1988), which has now been converted to be a luxury hotel. The hotel Bellman who helped us with our check-in was proud of the place and he insisted we see the suite rooms where celebrities including Rajnikanth stay during their visits. Mysore Zoo In the evening, we went…

  • Kids,  Movie Review

    Vice Versa (1988)

    Today in HBO I saw a good comedy movie “Vice Versa“. Simple story line on how a father and son get switched between their bodies through a magic. It was hilarious to see a 8 year old brain for a 30+ Year successful manager and vice-versa. When I searched Internet I was surprised to find the movie was 20 years old taken in 1988, and around the same time about 5 other movies and TV Serials had come with similar story lines. While watching the movie, the boy actor was very familiar. When I searched on the Internet, I learned his name as “Fred Savage“. Going through his movies/serials I recollected having seen him in his…