Thursday, October 09, 2003

Says Azim Premji of the Indian IT-services giant: "Select the right
people, give them the right environment, and then don't get into
their hair"
Read the complete article @
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2003/tc2003108_6179_tc121.htm

Want to know how IBM Deals with Disruptive Technologies ?
http://www-1.ibm.com/mediumbusiness/venture_development/emerging/bh_iview.html

Read a Fortune magazine article about IBM's Emerging Business Opportunity (EBO)
program for how this is being managed today
http://www-1.ibm.com/industries/healthcare/doc/content/bin/fortune.pdf

Monday, October 06, 2003

2003-Oct-06:

Back at Office in Chennai !! Will not be adding much during/for the weekdays (or I think so at this moment).

Sunday, October 05, 2003

2003-Oct-05:

Sunday was another day for long drives. Return trip to Chennai. Started from Blr' at around 9.45am and reached home at around 3.30pm. About an hour break in between over all. Touched top speed of 120kmph ! Vehicle is very steady at that speed too. However, it's somewhat pathetic over steep slopes (given that's it diesel and doesn't have turbo charge). A Mitsubishi Pajero was one of the vehicles which I couldn't manage to hold onto while on the plains !! :)

Saturday, October 04, 2003

2003-Oct-04:

Saturday was a day for long drives once again. We heard from some of our friends that "dholies" were available for pickup at Shravabelagola and we started for that place. It's about 150kms for Blr and we spent quite some time on the to and fro travel (so much so we got lost for some time while coming back to Blr', and that too within the city !!). My parents and aunt used the "dholie" (it was actually a chair tied on top of two hard sticks that could be carried by 2-4 people) to go up the 641 steps while my cousin and I climbed it. Good exercise !! The view at the top is amazing. The statue has a height of 57 feet and was built around 1000+ years ago. Got some nice snaps there (should be posting them sometime in the future when I develop those rolls).

Friday, October 03, 2003

2003-Oct-03:

I was out again, visiting the famous "Bull Temple" in Blr'. It's a gigantic statue of Nandhi (the "transport medium" for Lord Shiva). And then we spent some time "shopping" at Gandhi Bazaar. My mom didn't get her required design of "katthipeeta" (a word in Telugu) inspite of searching for more than at least 1/2 an hour. It appears that people don't like to make useful things any more :)

We got some sweets and savouries from some shop there. And had lunch at hotel "Kadambam". Not too good a place, but provides a decent meal at Rs.25 or so.

And then in the evening, I took the short walk to Brigade Road (visiting LifeStyle and Shopper's Stop enroute). I desperately wanted to buy a casette (yeah I still listen to those you know, my car has a casette player only 'cos CDs are still expensive if you want the legal versions) of the Tamil movie "Kakka Kakka". While it wud cost only Rs.30+, I finally ended up spending around 2K at Music World !! Got the following:

1. Enigma 5
2. Greatest Hits of 2003
3. Dream Land - Robert Miles
4. DJ Files 4
5. Kakka Kakka
6. Kaanta Lagaa - DJ Doll
7. A Fastrack Titan watch with a few gizmo features that I'd probably never use :)

Thursday, October 02, 2003

2003-Oct-02:

The Day of the Mahatma, popularly known as "Gandhi Jayanthi". How did I spend it ?

Well I visited the temple of Lord Krishna at Bangalore, popularly known as ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple (http://www.iskconbangalore.org). It's been one of my favorite places of worship/visit, not that I've been there quite often (since that place is in Blr' and I'm a resident of Chennai). I've been to other ISKCON temples at Mumbai and Mathura (yet to visit the one in Chennai, where I've been residing for all my life) but haven't found those as captivating as this. They seem way too commericialised, crowded and unorganized !

BTW, I went there along with my parents, aunts and an uncle. The other thing is that I spent a lot of time trying to get to and from that place as well my relative's 'cos I didn't know the route fully well. It seemed almost like a site-seeing trip around Blr'. Given that my cousin's place (where I was staying all the while) is quite close to Brigade Road, we usually pass thru' that and it's quite a fun place to spend time ;-)

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

2003-Oct-01:

I hit the national highways by my car for the first time, for about 6-7hrs travelling a distance of more than 350kms. Started from my house in Chennai at around 2.45pm and finally reached Blr (Bangalore) at around 9.30pm or so with about an hour of break in between. Driving on the highways in the night was a bit daunting at first, but then I managed to latch onto a good driver whom I tailed for about 2hrs+ at speeds of over 80km+ usually. Had a mild scare or two in the forward journey, what with my vehicle hitting those few potholes that were there on the way. Overall it was a nice experience, for a first time long distance driver.