Dont Talk to him while he is driving

by navinmodi on May 7, 2010

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Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh is one of the top tier-II cities for post-retirement life of CEOs and other officials.

Apart from Indore, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Pune, Udaipur, Jabalpur and Ranchi are the other cities that are preferred for post-retirement living.

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As soon as IPL-3 is over SONY TV started the 5th series of one of their biggest shows Indian Idol and yesterday I saw that Abhijeet Sawant anchoring the initial selections. Immediately I asked myself who was the second Indian Idol or for that matter who were the winners of 3rd and 4th Indian Idol Series. All I remember about the 4th Indian Idol was that a girl was the winner but nothing more.

I popped the same question to my sister who is a soap-opera freak and she also didn’t remember more than me about the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Indian Idol winners.

Today, I am writing about a marketing law “It is better to be first than it is to be better” that I learned from the book “The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing” that fits perfectly to Abhijeet Sawant and Indian Idol.

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Isnt Wasim Akram a Pakistani too?

by admin on May 7, 2010

I know I am writing this post way after the Wasim Akram issue was over and some other big issues in IPL took over but I was very keen on writing about this one. The point I am trying to make here is that why didn’t any of the political party say anything about Wasim Akram participating in IPL 3 (Wasim Akram was the bowling coach of Shah Rukh Khan owned Kolkata Knight Riders)?

Shivsena made a havoc about the participation of Pakistani cricket players in the IPL 2010 but Isn’t Wasim Akram a Pakistani or is it just that the players would be opposed and not the support staff.

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Today I am writing a quick review of a rummy website where I play rummy online and win cash prizes too. Playing rummy online on this website has been my recent addiction and is a great way to play my favorite game, pass my time, enjoy and win money as well.

I enjoy playing card games from a very small age; I have played card games like 7-8 (saat-aath), 3-2-5 (teen-do-panch), chowkdi, 10 pakad (dehle pakad) and Rummy. When I was a child, I used to see Rummy as a game of elderly and I used to stick to 7-8 or if we were 3 people then 3-2-5 but as I graduated a little in the card games school, I jumped to rummy and I started with 13 cards rummy and I use to think that I have grown. It was a good feeling and no doubt I enjoyed playing rummy games.

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For cosmopolitans in India’s big cities, Indore is a backwater. But the fact is Indore city has grown four or five-fold since 1968 and become quite dynamic as a centre of educational entrepreneurship, medicine, engineering, machine industry, and commerce. It has also developed a vibrant civil society and women’s movement. Indore illustrates the way modernization is taking hold not only in the burgeoning information technology centres of Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, but in more remote parts.

I had a flavour of this transformation from a return visit to Indore after 40 years. In 1968, my doctoral research was based on Indore’s history and contemporary political life. It was clear that there were two main reasons Indore was a flourishing commercial and administrative centre, connected by railway to Delhi and Mumbai, attracting merchant migrants and capital from Gujarat and Rajasthan and policemen and labourers from northern India. The first was the Marathi-speaking patronage offered by the Holkar dynasty, which built Indore as its capital in the 18th century. The second was British protection in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Comscore a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a report on the growth of Internet audiences in the Asia-Pacific region based on data from its comScore World Metrix service. The study found that the Asia-Pacific region has seen significant growth in the past year, increasing 22 percent to nearly half a billion visitors to Internet sites, with most individual countries in the region experiencing double-digit growth rates. These and other relevant findings will be presented in the comScore live complimentary webinar, State of the Internet with a Focus on Asia Pacific on Thursday, November 19. Details on the webinar and registration can be found below.

China, Japan and India Fuel Growth in the Region
In September 2009, the Internet population in the Asia-Pacific region reached 484 million visitors age 15+ that accessed the Internet from a home or work location, an increase of 22 percent from the previous year. With nearly half a billion people online, the region now accounts for 41 percent of the total 1.2 billion person global Internet audience. China, home to the largest Internet population in the world, experienced a 31-percent increase to 220.8 million, making it the fastest-growing Internet country in the region. Japan saw its online population surge 18 percent to 68.3 million, while India climbed 17 percent to 35.8 million users.

Asia Pacific Region and Individual Country Growth by Unique Visitors
September 2009 vs. September 2008
Total Asia Pacific Internet Audience*, Age 15+ – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore World Metrix
Total Unique Visitors (000)
Sep-2008 Sep-2009 % Change
Asia Pacific 396,000 484,245 22
China 168,258 220,834 31
Japan 57,933 68,319 18
India 30,719 35,810 17
South Korea 26,656 29,197 10
Australia 11,369 12,746 12
Taiwan 10,619 12,060 14
Malaysia 8,680 9,401 8
Hong Kong 3,762 3,939 5
Singapore 2,388 2,725 14
New Zealand 2,277 2,618 15

*Excludes visitation from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.

“Asia is not only home to the largest Internet population in the world, but it is also one of the fast-growing,” said Will Hodgman, comScore executive vice president for the Asia-Pacific region. “With most markets in the region experiencing double-digit growth, marketers and advertisers have the opportunity to capitalize on the potential of the online channel to reach and engage a surging number of people engaging in a variety of consumer activities online, including reading content, watching video, playing online games, engaging with brands, conducting financial transactions and making online purchases.”

19 November 2009
Source: Comscore


Here i am sitting in my office @ night Thinking hard about life

How it changed from a maverick collage life to strict professional life…

How tiny pocket money changed to huge monthly paychecks

but then why it gives lesss happiness.
How a few local denim jeans changed to new branded wardrobe
but then why there are less people to use them

How a single plate of samosa changed to a full Pizza or burger
but then why there is less hunger..

Here i am sitting in my office @ night
Thinking hard about life
How it changed..

How a bike always in reserve changed to bike always on
but then why there are less places to go on

How a small coffee shop changed to cafe coffee day
but then why its feels like shop is far away..

How a limited prepaid card changed to postpaid package
but then why there are less calls & more messages

Here i am sitting in my office @ night
Thinking hard about life
How it changed…

How a general class journey changed to Flight journey
but then why there are less vacations for enjoyment…

How a old assembled desktop changed to new branded laptop
but then why there is less time to put it on…

How a small bunch of friends changed to office mate
but then why we always feel lonely n miss those college frnz..

Here i am sitting in my office @ night
Thinking hard about life
How it changed.. How it changed..

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Lost Generation

by admin on May 7, 2010


Since my move to India in 2004,  I have worked with several of the Telecom and Media giants in India at a very strategic level and spent a year at Yahoo! India after the Zimbra acquisition.   Over time my belief that the Online Media industry in India is in big trouble has been reinforced time and again.    Every single meeting I have had with stalwarts in the Media space continue to reinforce my beliefs as I can see the “cluelessness” in their minds about the online space.

The big three tend to believe that their brand will carry them through the digital era and they refuse to believe that powerhouses in the worldwide Print industry have fallen prey to the smaller, nimble highly technology savvy digital companies which is what will happen in India if they fail to wake up from their slumber.   While these large media companies continue to invest in their digital businesses heavily the results are shoddy.
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