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Reliance Communications in trouble over Sikh SMS Joke

Reliance Communication head Anil Ambani, and other top officials may be in troubles waters as complaints have been launched against them and the company over an SMS that was circulated through their network, which apparently hurts the the Sikh community.
PC Advisor reports that a Sikh body has already filed a complaint against them in Lucknow and the police will be taking actions.
“Ambani and the other company officials have been charged under a section of the Indian Penal Code which relates to deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings”
Not surprisingly, the company has apologized saying that the content of the SMS is provided by a third-party and the SMSs are sent only those who are under the subscription.

DIGIT December Issue: Power OF Five:5th Anniversary

DIGIT December Issue: Power OF Five:5th Anniversary
Five Technology Decades

  Today And Beyond (June 2006)

The current decade is seeing technology driving us rather than the other way round—and we’re happy slaves

  Then The Net Happened (June 2006)

Those of us born around 1980 are fortunate: we witnessed the prime time of tech in the prime of our youth

  Think PC (June 2006)

The PC—as in “personal computer”—is what technology is first associated with. The ’80s was when “PC” began to mean “IBM PC”

  The Plot Thickens (June 2006)

So much happened in the ’70s that if we had to choose a “winner decade” from amongst the five we’re talking about, this would have to be it

  When Mice Were Wooden (June 2006)

It’s clichéd to say we live in a technologically advanced world, but just five decades ago, a mouse was only something a cat chased. It’s all zoomed by us—almost too fast

  more >>

Five Tech Shopping-Carts

  Coolness Quotients (June 2006)

Every geek’s dream house has not just a top-of-the-line PC, but also all the gaming consoles and cool gadgets…

  From Wannabe To Legend (June 2006)

Gear for that tough journey

  Gadgetise! (June 2006)

Goodies that make your personal computing experience more… personal

  Keep Talking (June 2006)

The stuff that keeps us going on and on and on

  I Want To Be Entertained… (June 2006)

…that’s what comes to us first when we look at technology for leisure. Let’s take a look at some products out there that will guarantee a smile for you and the family

  more >>

Five Technologies That Fell Flat

  (You Can’t) Read My Lips (June 2006)

Voice recognition is a technology of the future. Problem is, it always has been a technology of the future!

  Papierlove (June 2006)

Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Document

  Reality Bites… (June 2006)

..especially when you awaken from sweet, Virtual dreams

  “Affordable Broadband”? (June 2006)

Are rulers different in different places? No? Then why is broad band so narrow in India

  Artificial Idiots (June 2006)

The promise of AI has been broken too many times. Will we ever get smart computers?

  more >>

Five Technology Desires

  UtopiOS (June 2006)

I never want to bother with drivers or compatibility again. Ever!

  Ultimate Portability (June 2006)

I want to own a device that fits in my pocket and is as powerful as a laptop!

  Betteries (June 2006)

Will someone please give the Energizer Bunny a run for its money?

  Breaking The Bottleneck (June 2006)

I just want a faster PC!

  At The Speed Of Thought (June 2006)

Why can’t computers read my mind?

  more >>

Five Tech Experts

  Driving The Digital Home (June 2006)

Donald J. MacDonald Vice President, Digital Home Group, Intel

  New Devices, More Mobility (June 2006)

Pat Gelsinger Senior Vice President General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel

  Keep It Open (June 2006)

Matthew Szulik CEO and Chairman Red Hat Inc.

  Browsers 2.0 (June 2006)

Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software ASA

  No English Please, We’re Indian (June 2006)

“Within the next five years, we will see a profusion of activity on the Web evolve around Indian-language computing”

  more >>


25 most powerful people in business

Some are empire builders. Others are hired guns. But if they truly have world-class oomph, they’re on Fortune’s subjective – yet really quite accurate – list of the most powerful businesspeople in the world.

Power: A cooling trend

They don’t make powermongers like they used to. The new breed of heavy hitters wields attraction rather than coercion. (More)
1. Steve Jobs Chairman and CEO, Apple

During the first two decades of his remarkable 30-year career, the Apple Inc. founder twice altered the direction of the computer industry. In 1977 the Apple II kicked off the PC era, and the graphical user interface launched by Macintosh in 1984 has been aped by every other computer since. Along the way Jobs conceived of “desktop publishing,” gave the world the laser printer, and pioneered personal computer networks. As a side gig he bankrolled Pixar, which fostered the development of the technology and a brand-new business model for creating computer-animated feature films.

Since returning to Apple in 1997, he has changed the dynamics of consumer electronics with the iPod, and persuaded the music industry, the television networks, and Hollywood to distribute their wares with the iTunes Music Store. With his hugely successful Apple Stores, he gave the big-box boys a lesson in high-margin, high-touch retailing. And this year, at the height of his creative and promotional powers, Jobs orchestrated Apple’s entry into the cellular telephone business with the iPhone.

That’s five industries that Jobs has upended – computers, Hollywood, music, retailing, and wireless phones. At this moment, no one has more influence over a broader swath of business than Jobs.

–Brent Schlender

Read more…
The power of Steve Jobs

The charismatic Apple founder pioneered several industries, made an unrivaled comeback, and established a powerhouse brand, placing him at the top of Fortune’s 2007 Power 25 list. (More)

This is the full list, in the correct order:

01. Steve Jobs

02. Rupert Murdoch

03. Lloyd Blankfein

04. Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and Sergei Brin

05. Warren Buffett

06. Rex Tillerson

07. Bill Gates

08. Jeff Immelt

09. Katsuaki Watanabe

10. A.G. Lafley

11. John Chambers

12. Li Ka-shing

13. Lee Scott

14. Lakshmi Mittal

15. Jamie Dimon

16. Mark Hurd

17. James McNerney

18. Marius Kloppers

19. Steve Schwarzman

20. Carlos Slim

21. Steve Feinberg

22. Indra Nooyi

23. Ratan Tata

24. Bob Iger

25. Bernard Arnault

one liners

Birthdays are good for you – the more you have the longer you live.

Accidents don’t just happen. They must be carelessly planned.

If money could talk, it would say: goodbye.

If nobody knows the troubles you’ve seen,
– then you don’t live in a small town.

If the human brain was simple enough for us to understand
– we’d be so simple we couldn’t understand.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence,
try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Never, ever make absolute, unconditional statements.

Pain and Suffering is inevitable but Misery is optional.

Sometimes the best helping hand you can give is a good, firm push.

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

There are three dimensions to credit cards, length, width and debt.

You can listen to thunder after lightening and tell how close you came
to getting hit. If you don’t hear it, you got hit, so never mind.

If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again,
– it was probably worth it.

If you think nobody cares if you’re alive,
try missing a couple of car payments.

It may be that your sole purpose in life
– is simply to serve as a warning to others.

Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes.
That way you’re a mile away, and you have their shoes too.

Don’t use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house
is to buy a replacement.

If you can’t beat your computer at chess, try kickboxing.

Today is tomorrow’s yesterday.
If you are longing for the ‘good old days’, you’re there pal.

Accept that some days you’re the pigeon,
and some days you’re the statue.

Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

You are what you eat. So stay away from the jerk chicken.

If you see a snake, just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes. –
H. Ross Perot

When everything’s coming your way,
– you’re in the wrong lane.

Never eat more than you can lift. – Miss Piggy

If you put your nose to the grindstone, you’ll get a flat face.

Life is tough, get a helmet

Be consistent (but not all the time)

The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes.

Never argue with a man carrying a water buffalo.

Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need more.

You can’t tell a book by its movie.


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Lord Ram was born in 5114 BC

NOVEMBER 08, 2003 02:12:42 AM

“Ram was and is for real. He was born on January 10, 5114 BC,” Saroj Bala, IRS, Commisioner of Income Tax says, calmly, with the assurance of one who has tangible facts.

Taking on the contemporary historical interpretation of Ramayana as a religio-literary text, and Lord Ram as a semi-mythical figure, is this unassuming person who zealously devotes her spare time to research in history when she’s not playing the tax mandarin.

And she has chosen the unusual combination of astronomy, Internet and literary texts to provide us a startling picture of Shri Ram. This might change the way we look at history and religion. We might refuse to begin reading Indian history from that comma, or hyphen called ‘Indus Valley.’ We might have to stretch the beginnings by a few thousand years because, as Saroj Bala says – Ram was born on January 10, 5114 BC.

Excerpts of an interview with the lady who has the intellectual courage to go beyond the obvious:

What got it all started…

As an amateur historian, I’ve always been interested in Indian culture and heritage. I am proud that we’re Indians and the products of one of the oldest civilisations. However, British rule changed us; we developed a sense of being somehow inferior.

But I could never reconcile to theories like the theory of Aryan invasion to India in 1500 BC. That would make Indian civilization only 3,500 years old.

And if you choose archaeology to dig beyond 7,000 years, you’d have to dig more than 60 metres – something not being done in India as yet. So, archaeology is not the only answer. There’s a lot of objective research of another kind that needs to be carried out in earnest.

So, how can we say Ram was born on January 10, 5114 B.C…

My colleague Pushkar Bhatnagar of Indian Revenue Service is the real originator of this theory. He acquired a software named Planetarium, used to predict planetary movements and configurations.

By entering in this software, precise details of planetary positions vis-à-vis zodiac constellations described by Maharishi Valmiki in the Valmiki Ramayan, it is possible to determine important dates starting from Shri Ram’s birth-date to the date of his return to Ayodhya.

More than just Ram’s date of birth…

The results have not just thrown up Shri Ram’s date of birth; it has actually traced the entire sequence of incidents throughout Ramayan.

Pushkar Bhatnagar starts with tracing Ram’s birth. Then he moves ahead in the narrative. Valmiki Ramayan states Ram was 25-years-old when he went to exile. When the configuration of planets described at this point is fed into the software, the date thrown up matches perfectly with Ram’s age at that juncture of his life – 25 years.

Again in the 13th year of Ram’s exile, during a war with Khar and Dushan, Valmiki describes a solar eclipse. The software proves that on that given day there was indeed a solar eclipse (with Mars in the middle). This solar eclipse and the particular configuration of planets could be seen from Panchavati (longitude and latitude plainly shown in the software).

Hanuman Saw 8 Constellations while flying to Lanka…

In the Sunderkand, when Valmiki describes Hanuman crossing the sea and returning from Lanka to Rameshwaram, he gives details of 8 constellations. Usually, one can see not more than 6 constellations at a given point of time. But since Hanuman was flying across, and it must have taken him approximately 4 hrs to get there, he could see 8 constellations – in two hours one constellation would have moved out of sight and another become visible. So, in a period of 4 hrs he saw 8 constellations!

Historicising Shri Ram. Man or God…

After researching on Shri Ram, I do believe he’s a man who walked the earth in flesh and blood. There is an essential difference between the Valmiki Ramayana and the Tulsi Ramayana. Tulsidas was a devotee who looked up to Ram, but Valmiki was a contemporary. Valmiki has written Ram’s life-history, as a biographer does – he’s a contemporary of Ram, and this is not very different from what happens all over the world. Kings have always had their life-history written.

The submerged bridge…

Recently, NASA had put pictures on the Internet of a man-made bridge, the ruins of which are submerged in Palk Strait between Rameshwaram and Sri Lanka. This clearly should be treated as historical evidence that corroborates its mention in Valmiki Ramayana.

The puzzle of Indian history…

The presence of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Vedas cannot be explained by the short period between the decline of the Indus valley civilization and the Rig Vedic period. A civilization cannot suddenly burst into advanced writing.

One needs to look at various sources of history to re-build it. Especially when looking at ancient history. One needs to excavate, look at literature, ancient texts, astronomy.

Government apathy to archaeological diggings and investigation in this direction…

There’s been a very strange development in the media and the people of India. We have started seeing ancient India as something equivalent to the word ‘Hindu’. The very word Hindu came into circulation only after the advent of Islam in India. In Ramayana and the Vedas , there is no mention of the word ‘Hindu’. At the most, there is only mention of terms like ‘Aryavrat’ or ‘Bharatvarsh’ and residents here are called as ‘Aryans’. Since centuries, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs have been living in this country and it’s their land as much as it is to a Hindu. Anything that has happened on this land in the past is their common heritage. But, unfortunately, politicians with vested interests have divided the people on artificial religious lines and making it appear that anything related to ancient India was perhaps related to Hindu, which is not the case and should not be the case.

There has never been any strong will…

It is not that researches have been not taken place. There has been excellent work done by noted historians like Sir Alexander Cunningham and Dr Lal. Cunningham has written as many as 21 volumes on ancient Indian history. But one needs special permissions to access these texts.

Unfortunately, Cunningham’s work that has very important information has not seen the light of the day. Dr. Lal has pictured the ancient city of Dwarka and it can be read in ‘The lost city of Dwarka’. He has listed out 1000 artifacts. Only 9 crores needed to be sanctioned by the government in placing a transparent tube to the sea-bed that could allow people to see for themselves the wonder that was Dwarka.

And now people equate the sum total of ancient history to ‘a temple or no-temple’ at Ayodhya. Delay in research also because science hadn’t arrived…

Without the aid of science it is practically impossible to manually calculate the exact planetary configuration 7, 000 years back. It is science which is going to validate our history and prove that it is much older than 3, 500 years.

What would be the implications of your research on the society?

I seriously feel that there can only be positive effects of my research. In fact, Indians should seriously re-look how old is our history and culture. This is not the end of the research; it’s just the beginning. People should be encouraged to do more in-depth research by all means such as archaeology, dating methods and oceanography.

Max Mueller had come up with the theory that Aryans had come to India in 1500 B.C. In the Internet, Max Mueller Foundations says that that they have re-looked at this theory and is of the opinion that this theory is no longer valid because Indian history is much older than that period. It’s just that people have to open up their minds and find out the answers for themselves.

Success story: A $250,000 business, aged 25 – Prasanna D Zore

What does it take to start a company? Well, if you are Atul Khekade of Innovation Trip, then only $2,000 would be sufficient to bankroll a business — a business that is expected to generate revenues of $250,000 by December and if all goes as planned, could well hit the million dollar mark by 2008.

Life has not always been so easy for Atul. He studied in a Marathi medium school where the culture of entrepreneurship was unheard of and getting a job was considered a better option than becoming a businessman.

“I enjoyed my school days because I had a great circle of friends. But what we lacked was an atmosphere that encouraged entrepreneurship. I’d have been four years ahead in what I am doing now,” says 25-year-old Atul, “had they taught us some basics about starting a business.”

Not one to be bogged down by such hurdles as having studied in a vernacular medium school and brought up in an atmosphere that shunted entrepreneurship, Atul succeeded in opening his own company, Innovation Trip, in partnership with his friend Anand Chhatbar in 2005.
Also read: ‘How I founded my own company at 26’

“We at Innovation Trip act like a bridge that spans the gap between an innovative idea and its successful execution,” says Atul about his company’s core business. In other words, the company arranges for corporate executives to meet with idea innovators abroad and discuss these ideas one-on-one.

Though Atul spends most of his time in the US scouting for innovators willing to exchange ideas with bright minds across the world, he was in Pune recently and spoke of his business plans with’s Prasanna D Zore.

Tell us about your school and college days and your first business venture.

I studied in Parle Tilak Vidyalaya, a Marathi medium school in Vile Parle, a Mumbai suburb. Life was good there and thanks to the circle of friends I had I learned a lot about life. Having good friends around you plays a crucial role in shaping your personality. What we all lacked, however, was some kind of introduction to and training in entrepreneurship. Most of the children studying there came from middle-class Marathi families who preferred performing services rather than starting up their own businesses.

I completed my engineering course in Information Technology from the Sardar Patel College of Engineering. After completing the course I started working with i-Flex as a software engineer. I worked there for about a year and then quit to start Innovation Trip in 2005. Most of that year I planned meticulously to start Innovation Trip; I was only 23 at the time.

Before Innovation Trip happened, I obtained a diploma in computer engineering from the Government Polytechnic in Mumbai and Anand (Chhatbar) and me started a small enterprise. We developed applications for the Web, writing software programmes and selling them to companies. It was very difficult at that time to squeeze out our rightful payments from clients — while it was a profitable venture, we had to push to receive dues for anything that we did. That was sort of a grounding for me to start my next enterprise, Innovation Trip.

So the next big thing was Innovation Trip. What was it like setting up the company?

The experience pretty much went according to plan. We realised that a lot of successful ventures in India were a copy of some overseas dotcom venture. We wanted to teach participants to look at innovation as a continuous process — how to discover customer needs and brainstorm to find an innovative solution that met those needs in the form of a product.

We believe that India has a lot of grassroot innovations. But they don’t materialise into successful businesses because bootstrapping a business is quite difficult in India. We train corporate executives to see innovation as a process. We have sessions with them on product prototyping, customer-centric innovation, how to identify customer needs, how to make companies innovation-oriented and how to develop cultural innovation.

We conduct these kinds of workshops with a company’s executives in attendance. We take them on visits to organisations in the US like Ideo, the company that designed the palmtop, in Palo Alto. These sessions help people understand the importance of innovation and pioneering work in making a company successful.

What is Innovation Trip’s business model?

We started Innovation Trip as an event model. We take corporate executives from all over the world to countries like the US, Australia and Latin America and have them train and interact with innovators abroad.

We arrange tours to various companies, facilitate their interaction with innovators in these organisations and help them exchange ideas. We had the chief technology officer of Hewlett Packard, Phil McKinney, exchange his views with our participants wherein he shared how innovation played an important role in HP’s success.

Basically, it is a knowledge transfer exercise wherein people who are innovators and entrepreneurs come together and exchange ideas. While some ideas actually materialise into innovation, others act as catalysts for future innovation. We at Innovation Trip act like a bridge that spans the gap between an innovative idea and its successful execution.

Apart from Ideo and HP we’ve had our participants interact with those who have set up centres for companies like Pitney Bowes, a Fortune 500 company. If we can’t schedule a company visit then we take them to visit people who have actually been a part of innovation at Fortune 500 companies.

What are the guiding principles that you follow at Innovation Trip?

First and foremost we have to make our customers feel that they are getting a bang for their buck. The learning that they take home from a tour abroad is worth what we charge them. And we make sure that we give them a great experience; we book luxury hotels and we spend a lot of money on the whole experience. At the same time we have to ensure that we make a profit.

So, is Innovation Trip making profits today? What’s your revenue model?

Our revenues come from registration fees that every participant has to pay us for organising trips abroad. We charge around $9,000 per participant. That is the main contribution. Apart from that we receive money from companies that sponsor events like dinners, panel discussions, outbound trips etc.

We expect around $250,000 in revenues for the period ending December 2007. Even if we have not grown too fast in the revenue department up until now, we recently changed our revenue model and by the end of December 2008 we expect to quadruple that figure (that’s $1 million).

We will achieve this figure by scaling down on our expenses and removing hurdles that prevent us from scaling our business model. Now, instead of arranging and scheduling an expert’s lecture we let our participants have a one-on-one with a whole bunch of innovators where ideas are exchanged on a personal basis.

This reduces the cost of booking an auditorium and allows us to scale our business.

The profit margin we maintain is in the range of 30 to 40 percent, Innovation Trip being in an elite kind of business. We do spend a lot of money in giving our clients a holistic experience in innovation but then we also charge them accordingly.

Who are your corporate clients from India?

As of now we have 22 customers from India. Prominent amongst them are GEI Godavari Engineering from Hyderabad, BPI Engineering, UTI Logistics which is a multi-billion dollar logistics firm, Suchir India Group, a real estate group and a BSE-listed company Bartronics India [Get Quote].
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Are you planning to raise money for scaling your operations anytime soon?

We are planning to raise some capital soon from private investors in India. Once the company attains a significant size, in say a couple of years, we want to take it public.

And how much would be a ‘significant’ size?

It will be worth at least $10 million and we are confident of achieving that target in the next 2-3 years. That should take our profits into the range of $3-$4 million by 2009-10.

Any advice for budding entrepreneurs in India?

India is a great place to do business but then there are lots of hurdles in bootstrapping a venture.

I’d advise young entrepreneurs to be more global in their outlook. Setting up a company and having it registered here is a tricky business. So I’d advise that entrepreneurs should have their companies registered abroad and then establish a subsidiary in India.

Even Innovation Trip works on that model. We have registered in the US and run a subsidiary in India. This helps us grow in appeal as an international company. India as a country is great to operate in because of its low costs.