Singapore to host F1 in 2008?
Don’t brush this off as an April Fool Prank. S’pore had earlier given up the opportunity of hosting F1 and ended up regretting that decision. I hope they will not let go of it this time.
Don’t brush this off as an April Fool Prank. S’pore had earlier given up the opportunity of hosting F1 and ended up regretting that decision. I hope they will not let go of it this time.
Quality rice at Rs. 2 a kg on ration cards, free colour television for every family "for women's recreation and general knowledge," a maternity assistance of Rs. 1,000 a month for six months, waiver of all cooperative loans to farmers and free electricity to weavers in addition to farmers, were some of the highlights.
Karunanidhi's detractors allege that he is more interested in expanding the family's media business interests. His "vision" of increasing the television density would most definitely mean greater revenues, not to speak of unmatched political and advertising clout for the Sun Network.Just a back of the envelope calculation shows that Karunanidhi's latest freebie scheme would cost the exchequer Rs 5000 crore. The average penetration of CTVs in India is around 27 per cent. In the case of TN, it is higher at 30 per cent. Considering that there are 1.2 crore households in the state, nearly 70 per cent or 8.5 million (10 million are sold in the whole of India annually) of them still don't own a box. Even if you put the average cost of a CTV at Rs 6,000, TN's next finance minister could be looking at setting aside Rs 5100 crore.
I am not a big fan of Google Adsense. If there was real money to be made through Adsense, I would be chalking out strategies to do that rather than writing blog post after blog post. Most people who claim to have made big money out of Adsense actually make more money out of selling “Get Rich Quick Through Adsense” kind of books on Amazon. In some ways, Google Adsense can be equated to MLM. Lot of people want to make money out of both these schemes, but no one knows how to make money. Both these schemes hope that some bakra will come and click on the ad (in the case of adsense) or join the MLM network so that the person can get rich.
I usually watch such articles with scorn and it would be wrong to assume that everyone can make the kind of money mentioned here:
But Gandhi's Adsense profits have exceeded his wildest dreams. He now earns about $1,000 a month from the program, the same salary he previously earned as a software engineer. His new income has allowed him to leave his job and return to school. "Today I am able to sponsor my higher studies because of Adsense," he says.
Deepesh Agarwal, who runs a small cybercafe in Rajasthan state, India, draws about 90% of his income, or $1,500 a month, from his Adsense earnings. It is a princely sum in a state where the average income is just $300 a year.
"Adsense has changed my life," Mr. Agarwal says. "I can afford things that I was not able to before. I am planning to buy a new car. I can save for my future."
In the Indian context, Google Adsense is not really attractive to bloggers and blog readers. There are very few India specific (contextual) ads that tempt you to click. Further, most of the ads are by the NRI-Remittance services and matrimonial sites. Indian MSM sites (like The Hindu Online Edition) use Adsense extensively and they should be recovering some of their costs through the Adsense program. With the growth in the Indian blogosphere and the Indian online audience don’t be surprised if an India focussed ad service is launched soon.
Neodawn points us to the Video of the recent ARR interview on CNN Talk Asia (Warning: The file is about 80 MB). If for some reason you are not able to view the video, follow the thread in the ARR Yahoogroup to check whether they have given any troubleshooting info.
Meanwhile, Mohit Rajhans at the Intent Blog has some nice words to say about ARR’s role in LOTR Musical:
Though it is not billed as a musical, the music stands out as another highlight. I had a great opportunity to chat with AR Rahman the day of the premiere and he spoke very highly about his experience scoring the production and working with artists from around the world. Rahmans touch can be heard through out the play from the intense scenes to the melodic numbers. BTW, anyone catch Rahmans song at the opening of Spike Lees new movie?
After the overdose of the crorepati salaries, the media is now writing about MBA’s who have taken the entrepreneurial route:
Lessons learnt in his childhood have given Suresh Babu, an IIM graduate, the conviction to turn down a job offer of Rs 8.5 lakh from an IT firm and pursue a career in catering. An MBA student from IIM Ahmedabad, he used to sell 'idlis' in his childhood to meet education expenses and support his family.
Even today, Suresh's family makes around Rs 2,000 per month. All that would soon change, he hopes. Suresh graduated from BITS, Pilani on a Tamil Nadu government scholarship. IIM, from where he obtained a management degree, too gave him a scholarship.
Let’s hope Sarath Babu (the DNA article above got his name wrong) sets new standards in the industry dominated by the Saravana Bhavans' and the Murugan Idli Kadais' of the world.
Not a single day passes without viewing something on YouTube. YouTube is probably the fastest spreading buzzword in the Blogosphere and the Internet. Although it still competes with mightly Google, I somehow get a feeling that YouTube might come out tops. YouTube has still not started selling videos commercially, but might need to do it soon to be profitable. As far as the viewing experience goes, I have had far better experience with YouTube.
All of a sudden, YouTube is everywhere. A couple of months ago, it was just a whispering among the blogs. Now, it's hard to go five websites without stumbling across a YouTube video, those little movies that are often built right into a Web page.
YouTube is a service that lets anyone upload any video they desire, and makes it easy to share that video around the Internet. It doesn't sound like a radical concept; people have been passing grainy little videos around the net for years. But YouTube has shot to prominence by getting a few small details very right.
Much like blogs flourished only when companies like Blogger (which was later swallowed by Google) started letting anyone sign up for a free blog, no questions asked, YouTube is driving on-line video by letting anyone walk in off the street and upload a file.
Talking of YouTube, do watch this amazing comedy by Russell Peters (Note: The video is 45 minutes long) (via):
After getting a few hits from Netvibes, I decided to check out this new(?) service. Netvibes is basically a web-based RSS feed aggregator, which provides a portal kind of interface. Although I haven’t used MyYahoo extensively, I have a feeling that Netvibes resembles MyYahoo in lot of ways. Unlike Bloglines and some other RSS feed aggregators, Netvibes doesn’t provide previews of the feeds. Hence, one might need to visit the blog / site to read the entire post. This might be a turn-off for heavy readers. Om Malik sums up some of the buzz around Netvibes.
Bloglines has introduced several enhancements in the last few months. I don’t think I’m going to move to any other aggregator right now.
Continuing our theme of cities that have been recently renamed, we're happy to introduce Chennai which used to be called Madras. Wikipedia says that Chennai is called "the Detroit of South Asia" because of the auto industry focus there, but we're happy to call it the 44th Metroblogging city. It's also our second metblog in India - stop by and check it out.
It remains to be seen whether ARR would continue to concentrate on international ventures (he had hinted about collaborating with an Australian director during his recent CNN Talk Asia interview) or focus on captivating Indian audiences.
And though the musical score, by the Indian film composer A.R. Rahman, the Finnish group Varttina and the show's musical supervisor Christopher Nightingale is an engaging mixture of folk rock, trippy-hippy mysticism and Eastern chants, it doesn't offer any memorable numbers.
Naukri.com has issued a press release related to the recent notice by Hari Bhanot. A commenter on my earlier post on Hari Sadu pointed this out.
Making advertisements requires the use of a “creative license” and while we do sympathise with the child in question here we must also point out that the character in question here is not “Hari” but “Hari Sadu”. Surnames exist to distinguish individuals bearing common first names. Interestingly the name “ Hari Sadu” was selected after looking at phone books and an extensive google search and finding nobody of that name, in order to minimize causing any offense to anyone inadvertantly.
Naukri.com is in no way responsible or liable for the fact that Master Hari Bhanot is getting teased by his friends.
The fact is that Hari Sadu might not have existed in Google searches before this ad came out. Now that people have started searching on Google for Hari Sadu, Naukri can no longer claim that this name doesn’t exist in Google searches :-) All said and done, Naukri's campaign gains more popularity (that too at no cost!) because of this episode.
The media has been full of reports about the unrest at the Sathyabama Deemed University. It looks like things have taken an ugly turn as the management sent thugs (disguised as students) to beat up the students and also to threaten the media. T M Veeraraghav of CNN-IBN claimed that the thugs took possession of the videotape of the CNN-IBN cameraperson and burnt it.
In the war between the AICTE and deemed universities, the students are being used as pawns.
The media became the target of attack this time as well. Cameras and cars were damaged and tapes confiscated allegedly by a section of students and goons hired by the university management.
"Fifty to sixty boys were called from outside. They are not from our college," said a student.
I don’t know why the state government is acting as a silent spectator in this whole issue. If reports are to be believed, Jeppiar has decided to hide behind doors so than he can avoid any trouble.
The agitating students set fire inside the campus and damaged the auditorium as they were not given permission to meet the College Chairman and Chancellor Jeppiaar. The entire campus looked like a war zone as lab equipment, doors and some rooms had been smashed to smithereens. It is being alleged that some of the first year students staying in the hostel were beaten up by the management staff last night for taking part in the protest on Tuesday.
Four students received serious injuries and were admitted to the hospital. The students today gathered together and went to meet Jeppiaar to complain about the incident. However, it is said Jeppiaar was not there and the management representatives asked the students to leave.
Indian bloggers are crazy about rankings remarked Neha in one of her podcast interviews with Global Voices. So far, ranking mechanisms like Technorati have been considered as the Gold Standard. There is the general feeling that Indian bloggers don’t show much “Link Love” to fellow desi bloggers. This could be one of the reasons why there are hardly any Indian blogs in the Technorati Top 100 or even Top 1000. Rajesh Jain’s Emergic is probably the only Indian blog in the Technorati Top 1000. There is some amount of debate on whether Incoming Links should be the key determinant in deciding a blog’s ranking. In other words, these people question whether there is a need for an alternate to Technorati kind of rankings. The newly launched BlogInfluence uses a combination of various factors to rank a blog.
When you see the ranking for your respective blog, you can make out that the ranking is derived from a formula, which gives weightage to Technorati rank, Yahoo search, Bloglines subscribers and Google Page Rank. Even this is not without any flaws. This assumes that Bloglines is the most popular RSS feed service. I think the reason why they included Bloglines must be due to the fact that Bloglines discloses the number of subscribers for each blog. Other RSS feed readers like Google Reader don’t give information like how many people have subscribed to a particular blog. Rohit Bhargava takes this debate forward by listing down the aspects he feels should go into an ideal blog ranking mechanism.
This looks like big news, but I didn’t hear / read much about it ever since the news broke out. Few years ago, it was big news when Infy gave USD 1,000 cash to celebrate their entry into the Billion-dollar club. It looks like CTS is celebrating in style by gifting 30 GB iPOD Videos to all its associates.
Cognizant Technology Solution’s annualised revenue run rate of $1bn, during the quarter ended December 31, ‘05, was music to its employees’ ears. All employees on the rolls of the IT company as on June 30, ‘05, got a fifth-generation 30GB Apple iPod each.
The iPods, which the Cognizant associates received on Wednesday, are capable of packing in close to 75 hours of video, 7,500 songs and 12,500 photos. This should let techies put their music in their pockets and still have room for reading with audiobooks, browsing photo slideshows, watching podcasts and TV shows, looking up an email address and they can even check the time in another city or time their fastest lap.
The market price of a 30GB video iPod is $299 or about Rs 14,000, according to Apple’s online store. However, observers say, the company would have spent Rs 3,000-4,000 additionally on import duties and fringe benefit tax, which means an investment of Rs 30-32 crore on this initiative.
Although the market price has been mentioned as US$299, CTS would have got it at a steep discount considering the huge volumes that we are talking about.
While some of the employees might feel that a cash incentive would have been better than an iPOD, employers generally prefer to give in the form of a product, as it tends to remain longer in the employee’s mind. These kind of novel initiatives put enormous pressure on competitors to do similar stuff and grab the mindshare of current and potential employees. It is natural for people to comment that the employer is too generous in giving out such gifts, but one should remember that they are not doing this out of public money but using internal accruals to do it.
(Pic Courtesy: Shankar Narayanan)
The producers and directors are in a catch-22 situation but they do not want to openly crib about the censors. So far, there have been only three hits this year — Chithirem Pesuthadi (UA), Kalvanin Kathali (A) and Pattiyal (A).
Today, Karan Johar and Yash Chopra seem to dictate much of how we conduct our weddings — particularly lavish ‘designer’ tamashas — and purists will lament that it is getting increasingly difficult to tell a Madrasi kalyanam from a Punjabi shaadi.
All over India, the ‘arrival of the groom’s party’ is a common cause for great flurry amongst the family of the bride—often the starting point of all rituals. But the journey itself is quite momentous—and very different in the North and South. While the Northern groom arrives on a horse, his Southern counterpart prefers horsepower—usually a borrowed 1942 open Cadillac.
Having accepted defeat in Bihar and finding his stride as railways minister, Laloo Prasad Yadav seems to be back in form. Rail Bhawan officials say because of the presence of several Tamil Nadu bureaucrats and ministers in Delhi, Laloo has learnt some Tamil words such as poda (go away)! He even tried it on some Tamil speakers. Meanwhile, about Nitish Kumar and Bihar, he says: "I am sure Nitish will enjoy himself at 1, Anne Marg. But I must warn him about the bhoots (ghosts) in an old neem tree." They are friendly ghosts, he says. Between Biharis and Tamilians, Laloo appears to enjoying his own sense of humour.
A recent study notes that "Missed Call" is slightly unique to India. Apart from serving a purpose, it also helps in saving money. With cheap / free SMS and free incoming calls, I guess the utility of a missed call is much lower what it was earlier.
The Indian mobile user seems to have mastered the art of missed calls - and actually to communicate without answering the calls! While cellphone operators are reluctant to give the exact share of missed calls, according to industry estimates, it is somewhere around 20-25%.
Writes Nick Gray in a Moblog (mobile blog) — in India ‘missed calls’ were very popular, as a way to say, “I’m thinking about you” or “call me back.” I would often hear someone say, “I’ll send you a missed call when we get there - see you soon.”
(Pic Courtesy: Dinamalar)
I have been a contributor to DesiPundit since it’s early days. Over the last 8 – 9 months we have seen the Desi blogosphere grow by leaps and bounds. This kind of growth has brought in some variety and also added to the clutter. Due to the range of topics that get covered on DesiPundit, it is impossible for us to expect everyone to like all the posts that get featured.
One should understand that it is impossible for us to read everything that is written in the desi blogosphere. All the contributors have time commitments (all of us have daytime jobs) and we try our best to scout for good posts. The logic behind having contributors spread across time zones was to ensure that the site is live throughout the day.
A quick glance at the Bloglines / Feedreader reading lists of the DesiPundit contributors will give you some idea about the quantity and quality of blogs that we read. We also rely extensively on Technorati, Google Blog Search and other search engines to cover opinions and analysis about breaking news. Inspite of all this, we might miss out on some good posts. Ensuring the quality of posts is a two way process. Readers are strongly encouraged to write to us about the quality of posts that get linked and also point us to posts that we might have missed. We have a Tip-Off option to encourage people to send us links to posts that are worthy of being featured on DesiPundit.
Patrix summarizes some of these issues and expresses his thoughts on the current state of DesiPundit in this excellent post:
Mostly we are a reflection of your tastes and preferences and we try to temper it sometimes by pushing up content we think deserves attention. You cannot blame us if you prefer to click on some blogger’s personal life and pass up on posts on science, politics, and other ‘serious’ stuff. Heck, we care less. We try to give you a mix of everything. If you think DesiPundit is not doing a great job, the blogosphere is wide open. Do your own searches, build up your own blogroll and surf without raising your blood pressure (and ours too); probably that would lead you to appreciate our time better.