Equipped for the future…my MBA gets completed

Traveled to Lucknow last week to attend the 26thAnnual Convocation 2012 at IIM Lucknow campus. It was good meeting up with old friends, Profs and other faculty members. The Lucknow campus is in itself is a great experience. The IIM-L Noida campus stills needs to catch up a vibrancy like the parent campus. Hopefully the years and the batches to come will bring in that fresh change.IIML Convocation

It was a heartwarming ceremony and I’m proud to be conferred the degree by Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, former Member of Parliament and Governor of the Reserve Bank of India and Dr. J.J. Irani, Chairman Board of Governors, IIM Lucknow and former Managing Director of Tata Steel .

With this degree I believe to have crossed a significant milestone of my life and look forward for a challenging and learning experience that lies ahead.


The Right Entry Point for Emerging Markets


Interesting article on innovation in the emerging markets. The theme origins in the question:

What’s the Right Entry Point for Emerging Markets: Target Customers at the Bottom or the Middle of the Pyramid?

Cites references of Tata Nano, IKEA, P&G. The author argues that many companies ought to start in the middle, rather than covering the spectrum ends of the customer segments.

Also a link to the full webinar is available. I’ve marked it to view later.

Rejuvenating Goa Trip

In Suta Samhita – Govapuri or *Goa* is associated with spiritually cleansing touch… The very sight of Govapuri(Goa) destroys any sin committed in former existence just as sunrise dispels darkness… Certainly there is no other kshetra equal to Govapuri(Goa).

Our team Goa trip was awesome and very refreshing. Would remember it for all the good reasons:

  • Bullet Electra rides (rode about 190 kms in two days) 
  • Saturday night Flea market at Anjuna-Arpora
  • Sunsets in the setup of the trance music
  • Taboo – The word guessing game
  • Adventure sports- Tryst with para-sailing, jet ski, bumper rides and the banana ride
  • Photobooth fun      Fun starts here
  • The *Goa* tan

Old Delhi Odyssey

Me and a few others decided to go out and experiment with the different flavors, Old Delhi passageways had to offer. So we set out early on a cold morning and headed straight to Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar.
The day saw us relishing the below mentioned delights:
*Lotan* ke spicy cholle kulche
*Tarachand* ke achari kachori
*Shyam* ke Bedmi-aloo and Nagori-halwa
*Paharganj* Chur Chur Amritsari Naan
*Sitaram Dewan Chand* ke Chole Bhature
Topped all this with a glass of Lassi and Sada Joda Paan.

All for a morning’s breakfast. All the above joints get high recommendations !!


Interesting Management quotes over the internet

“Brands are like 11yo boys: They want girls to talk to them, but they don’t really know what to say back.” -@FastCompany
“How much of what you do is never important. The quality, and relevance, of what you do is important” -@hardaway


Wanna try Long Board now !!

Watched this lovely video shot in the mountains of Spain. Amazingly shot. Love the girls and the song in the background. Someday would like to try the long board. In the same mountains though. 🙂


A reintroduction to XML with an emphasis on character encoding

Interesting article on XML and Encodings

“even if you know XML very well indeed, Mike has things to say about encoding that you almost certainly either don’t know at all, or haven’t yet fully grasped.”