India 700k Project

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Dressing Smartly – and weather friendly

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I was just reading an essay by Sachidananda Murthy on The Week of 22 Jan 2006. He writes about the changes in weather and the pains in dressing appropriately. He goes on to talk about some smart technology being developed by IISc and other Indian organisations. Somehow reading it, I felt amazed at how trivial in some ways we have become. Smart wardrobe – sounds great – but when you read more about it – its ridiculous I feel. I live in a country that has extreme climates. Just yesterday…read more


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I just went to see a very traditional festival organised here in Basel before the annual Carnival (Fashnacht) in March. It was intriguing and interesting – especially the long termness of the whole event. I went with a colleague who is an active participant of the carnival (more about that later!) “Vogel Gryff’ is the name of the traditional festival organised by the three Honourable Societies (Ehrengesellschaften) of Kleinbasel, which are called “zum Rebhaus”, “zur Hären” and “zum Greifen”. Its date alternates an a three-year cycle between 13, 20 and…read more


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I was searching for some information on the Steel Industry and came across this interesting fact book published by Mittal Steel on their history, organisation and the Steel Industry in general.


Tatas – an interesting account!

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[Thanks to Vinod and Indu for your digging around – This article is by Suhel Seth and published in Asian Age, Published on 06/05/2004 (see here); But my thoughts on the article is still valid!] Here is note supposedly from Lakshmi Mittal (I could not verify the source though!) about the Tatas. I find it great read – especially since it echoes my own feelings. I have lived in Rourkela – and have visited Jamsehdpur numerous times. Both great cities – created around one single company! What sets them apart is…read more


IA to be called ‘Indian’ now

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I just saw the new avatar of Indian Airlines as Indian. Somehow it feels a bit me-too – a la Srilankan for example. And the first impression looking at the image is not very great either. I read somewhere that the new imagery is supposed to evoke change and continuity at the same time – eh? Anyway it doesnt evoke either feelings. I still think the Srilankan imagery is far superior to this one – and feels much better. What is happening to our creative heads? Related perhaps I just…read more


Life and coffee

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An interesting story. I am not sure of the source though. A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university lecturer. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the lecturer went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic glass, some plain-looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffee in…read more


The problem with meat!

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