• 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…

  • Book Review

    Employees First, Customers Second

    I saw this book in a local bookstore the other day and immediately bought it in my KindleDX. With KindleDX I read it in two parts – the first few chapters I had the book read out to me using the Text to Speech while driving to work and back, the second part I read out the text (as a book). Either ways I enjoyed the book “Employees First, Customers Second” by HCL Tech CEO Vineet Nayar. The book talks about the concept of a value zone, the importance of empowering the people in the value zone, how the layers of management in an organization though needed adds little to…

  • Book Review

    Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good

    I read a review of this book in Business Week and purchased the book some months back. Over last two weeks I finished this book – Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good  by Sarah Lacy. The title made the book appear to be an interesting read on how the web 2.0 businesses have fared compared to the ones that came up and died quickly in the dotcom burst. On reading the book, it turned out to be a coverage of the story of Jay Adelson (Revision3), Kevin Rose (Digg), Max Levchin (Paypal and Slide) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and passing coverage of Marc Andressen (Netscape), Ben & Mena Trott (Six…