• Lounge

    The perfect memento for a speaker

    I enjoy giving speeches (who doesn’t!) – every talk, motivates me to learn something new or forces me to learn the subject much better – technical talks are the best, as I risk making a fool of myself if I don’t practise the demos well. In my experience, for every good talk you give, you need to have prepared (and/or recursed) for five to ten times the duration of your speech. The part I don’t look forward to is the ritual that follows after the talk, where the organisers give you a gift or speaker memento. Most often, the gifts are a coffee mug or a pen set or a…

  • Venkatarangan
    Rostrum,  Technology

    Why #DeleteFacebook is nothing but hypocrisy

    I find the story on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data leakage (it is not a breach or hack), fascinating. More so, the call to #deletefacebook is nothing but hypocrisy. I will group my views on this as 3, 2, 1 below. I am restricting my post to the discussion about Facebook & Social Media, I have no knowledge or opinion about Cambridge Analytica or its activities. Three things that I believe: These companies are run by people not interested in stealing – my money (that I have in my bank account) or my stuff that I didn’t offer it to them They are not #evil, just companies that have a…

  • Book Review

    Behind Closed Cubicles

    BCC is one of the books that got released on 4th November at the TiECON Chennai 2016 event in ITC Grand Chola. I have known the author of this book “Viji Hari” for a long time and the topic of this book – prevention of sexual harassment, is something that’s close to her heart. When I opened the preview copy of the book I was sure of boat loads of learning, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be an interesting read that I read the whole book in one go. I just couldn’t believe this is her debut work; the hard work in the compilation and storytelling…

  • Events,  Lounge,  Technology

    Program on Design Thinking

    Arun Jain is one of the business leaders in Chennai that I admire and had the opportunity of listening to few of his talks. As a founder of Polaris Labs and now Intellect Design Arena he has build successful organisations.  So when I saw he was conducting an one day workshop on “Design Thinking” this Saturday in Chennai I registered immediately. The event was titled “UnMukt” the Hindi word meaning Unleashing (the potential). Oh Boy I am glad I came for the event, it was insightful and thought provoking. He started with 3 main examples to highlight the power of Design, answer the question on what can be designed and to what extreme we can push it. 1.Design a religion that survives for three…

  • Chennai

    A cricket game for fun

    I am not lazy and I am not a fitness freak. I do Yoga practice twice a week, walk to places that are near-by, take the stairs daily in my office; at the same time I do enjoy eating (especially multi-cuisine). Right from my school days I was not into any sports regularly, other than a year when I took Tennis classes. So I was surprised myself when I joined in to play a brief innings of cricket during my company’s annual offsite today at Mamallapuram. My batting and bowling (one over each) was just about acceptable I think; my colleagues I suppose kept quite, out of prudence of not…

  • Events

    An evening with Dr. Ram Nidumolu

    Today TiE Chennai had organised a talk by Dr.Ram Nidumolu, HBR Author and Leadership Thought Leader. The talk was titled “Being-Centered Leadership and Business Transformation: How Ancient Indian Wisdom Can Drive the Future of Business”, certainly a mouthful. What caught my attention while I registered for it was the words “Ancient Indian Wisdom”, got me curious! Dr.Ram didn’t keep us guessing, at the first slide itself he revealed that the Ancient Indian Wisdom he is going to talk comes from Indian Upanishads (collection of Sanskrit texts containing revealed Vedic truths).  I like speakers who start with a story. Dr.Ram started with one from Chāndogya upanishad of Indra (King of Devas)  and Virochana (Asura) going to Prajapati (lord of creatures) to…

  • Economy

    Doing business in India

    This seems to be a topic that I write often in this blog due to my personal experience of running a business in India. In the past I have detailed how difficult it is to setup a business in Tamil Nadu (valid for rest of India), how to run a software product business in India, my views on Foreign Investment in Retail industry in India and referenced Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s listing of 3 main ailments of Indian businesses. Over the last few quarters the Indian economy has slowed down, the euphoria over India by rest of the world has stopped, many businesses in India have turned inwards kind of rethinking…

  • Lounge

    A short film on perils of Terrorism

    Magesh Elangovan is an accomplished senior professional in India’s Top Tier IT firm HCL, I know him as my good friend and as a college classmate. From his school days, he was into performing arts – Light Music, Mimicry, Short plays and so on. The below picture was taken in 1995 during his performance (Magesh is in the centre) with our other classmates at a function in my family. In 2010 he released a Music album called “Swaasam” with his friends. This week he has gone to a whole new level by releasing a short film on perils of helping terrorism. The movie “WhITe Collars – A strange fear” was…