Straight Angle™: November 2004
Monday, November 29, 2004

HBS Working Knowledge: Innovation: Caves, Clusters, and Weak Ties: The Six Degrees World of Inventors 

HBS Working Knowledge: Innovation: Caves, Clusters, and Weak Ties: The Six Degrees World of Inventors
The Six Degrees of seperation is arguably the most exciting discoveries..(IMHO)...it says that no matter where you are, what you do, whom you personally know, there can be a maximum of only 6 people in between you and any other person in this world...I looked upon this with scekptism, untill I myself discovered this in Orkut(The online community of Google)...Here in Orkut, you can find anyone(provided they are also members) within 6 other people.. It works like this..I have friend, who has another friend, whose friend is a friend of my immediate friend..then the branch goes on and you can find the relationship extending not more than 6 people inbetween. Taking the cue from this theory, the article in the link says that by using these links, you can derive value for your company's R&D department...also useful here is to remember the quote(I dont know by whom)..."The best companies are net exporter of talent"...the R&D talent of any company cannot be held in a vaccum..The information flow has to be enabled both within the organisation and outside it..the nature of a R&D setup dictates that, to be commercially viable it has to continuosly share knowledge and interact with outside and inside forces. The article(rather the interview) focuses on the issues relating to this.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Rat race of wishes!!!! 

you have not been given a wish without the ability to acheive it.-- I have never thought of my wishes in any way other than this. But tell me, how can I be sure that these wishes are within my capabilities. There is a very small grey area between wish and greed- where do I draw the line? when will I know that, my wishes are growing over my abilities? I have also seen that none of my wishes are granted, when I have interest in them. For example, when I would die to get into IIT, I didnt get a chance, but when IIM was my dream, IIT came knocking. Again should I take this as fulfilling of my wishes? May be my wish wasnt specific...may be I should have wished for UG in IIT and PG in IIM...But how do I know that my abilities for getting into IIT for UG was limited and for IIM was non-existent. Only when I see that my wishes are not fulfilled, does the truth dawns on me. This is true not only for materialistic wishes, but also for other wishes....like to have certain people near me, I havent had them, when I think I need them the most. When my need peaks, getting them would be even more difficult. When I loose hope and say "I dont give a damn to this rat ass", they come in front of me and tempt me. Should I be tempted to again start the rat race or should I leave it that way hoping that my indifference would infuriate "Him" to offer me what I wish. But then, when "He" offers me my wish, I would have got another set of new wishes, another set of milestones in the never ending mad race

Thursday, November 25, 2004

'Satya bahar nahin aayega' 

'Satya bahar nahin aayega'

This statement from the foremost seers of all speaks volumes about the state of Law enforcement agencies in this country. George Fernandes might be correct in equating Indira with Hitler but he was absolutely right when he told that Hindus are the most tolerant and that is the reason why they hadn't come out in protest of the arrest. I dare these governments to arrest a Christian or a Muslim priest and say Law is supreme. Spineless people...Syed Imam of Delhi has been doing all sorts of non-sense all these days..Why hasn't he been arrested. I doubt the arrest to be an appeasing ploy by Jayalalitha towards Muslims.. But one thing is for sure...The more you test Hindus, the more you are in trouble....Wouldn't the same political parties that speak of infallibility of Law, gang up to pass the famous Shah-banu verdict?...Hypocrites...

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

First Indian website for disabled! 

First Indian website for disabled

It is good to see that atlast India has woken up to the reality. It is nice to have the web site,but the one question is that "Do Indian disabled really use Internet?"..though the step is in the right direction, I think it is a bit premature in India, where the last mile connectivity for telephone itself is an issue and there are people who are still untouched by electricity and roads. An attempt of this sort in all its good intentions would serve very little for the really needy. The government has to focus on providing the differently enabled people avenues to grow and support in a much broad based manner. The reservations would be one such. Also, by providing incentives to private companies employing differently enabled people, Government can ensure welfare. These intiatives should not be restricted to the efforts by the government alone. Public awareness should be created for a more tolerable approach. The public perception of differently enabled hasn't crossed the realm of one of sympathy. This should change and equal opportunity should be given. Undue doubts and mental reservations about working with differently enabled should be changed. The schools would be an ideal teaching ground for such an initiative. The differences should be accomodated and not laughed upon. Media can also play an important role in such matter, by not portraying a laughable picture about differently enabled and by not making a comedy track in films around the differently enabled person. All said, initiatives like these are a correct and wonderfull beginnings in the correct direction.

// I LOVE U //.........in 100 languages 

Got it as a forward..thought would be of some use sometime...

Learn how to say (I Love You) in 100 Languages (try to say theses 100 phases to one person)!!!

English - I love you
Afrikaans - Ek het jou lief
Albanian - Te dua
Arabic - Ana behibak (to male)
Arabic - Ana behibek (to female)
Armenian - Yes kez sirumen
Bambara - M'bi fe
Bangla - Aamee tuma ke bhalo aashi
Belarusian - Ya tabe kahayu
Bisaya - Nahigugma ako kanimo
Bulgarian - Obicham te
Cambodian - Soro lahn nhee ah
Cantonese Chinese - Ngo oiy ney a
Catalan - T'estimo
Cheyenne - Ne mohotatse
Chichewa - Ndimakukonda
Corsican - Ti tengu caru (to male)
Creol - Mi aime jou
Croatian - Volim te
Czech - Miluji te
Danish - Jeg Elsker Dig
Dutch - Ik hou van jou
Esperanto - Mi amas vin
Estonian - Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian - Afgreki'
Faroese - Eg elski teg
Farsi - Doset daram
Filipi no - Mahal kita
Finnish - Mina rakastan sinua
French - Je t'aime, Je t'adore
Gaelic - Ta gra agam ort
Georgian - Mikvarhar
German - Ich liebe dich
Greek - S'agapo
Gujarati - Hoo thunay prem karoo choo
Hiligaynon - Palangga ko ikaw
Hawaiian - Aloha wau ia oi
Hebrew - Ani ohev otah (to female)
Hebrew - Ani ohev et otha (to male)
Hiligaynon - Guina higugma ko ikaw
Hindi - Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hae
Hmong - Kuv hlub koj
Hopi - Nu' umi unangwa'ta
Hungarian - Szeretlek
Icelandic - Eg elska tig
Ilonggo - Palangga ko ikaw
Indonesian - Saya cinta padamu
Inuit - Negligevapse
Irish - Taim i' ngra leat
Italian - Ti amo
Japanese - Aishiteru
Kannada - Naanu ninna preetisuttene
Kapampangan - Kaluguran daka
Kiswahili - Nakupenda
Konkani - Tu magel moga cho
Korean - Sarang Heyo
Latin - Te amo
Latvian - Es tevi miilu
Lebanese - Bahibak
Lithuanian - Tave myliu
Malay - Saya cintakan mu / Aku ci nta padamu
Malayalam - Njan Ninne Premikunnu
Chinese - Wo ai ni
Marathi - Me tula prem karto
Mohawk - Kanbhik
Moroccan - Ana moajaba bik
Nahuatl - Ni mits neki
Navaho - Ayor anosh'ni
Norwegian - Jeg Elsker Deg
Pandacan - Syota na kita!!
Pangasinan - Inaru Taka
Papiamento - Mi ta stimabo
Persian - Doo-set daaram
Pig Latin - Iay ovlay ouyay
Polish - Kocham Ciebie
Portuguese - Eu te amo
Romanian - Te ubesk
Russian - Ya tebya liubliu
Scot Gaelic - Tha gradh agam ort
Serbian - Volim te
Setswana - Ke a go rata
Sign Language - ,\,,/ (represents position of fingers when signing 'I Love You')
Sindhi - Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
Sioux - Techihhila
Slovak - Lu`bim ta
Slovenian - Ljubim te
Spanish - Te quiero / Te amo
Swahili - Ninapenda wewe
Swedish - Jag alskar dig
Swiss-German - Ich lieb Di
Tagalog - Mahal kita
Taiwanese - Wa ga ei li
Tahitian - Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Tamil - Nan unnai kathalikaraen
Telugu - Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
Thai - Chan rak khun (to male)
Thai - Phom rak khun (to female)
Turkish - Seni Seviyorum
Ukrainian - Ya tebe kahayu
Urdu - mai aap say pyaar karta hoo
Vietnamese - Anh ye^u em (to female)
Vietnamese - Em ye^u anh (to male)
Welsh - 'Rwy'n dy garu
Yiddish - Ikh hob dikh
Yoruba - Mo ni fe

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

More BrandScan Photos... 




BrandScan Advertisement.... 

The picture below is the advertisement released in Business India for BrandScan...the concept and the design of the ad were done by us...

The next event Atharva starts from 3rd December. The placement starts from January. We need to prepare for the placements also...preparation hasnt started yet. The Post BrandScan research work is still pending and that too had to be done. Then the student research project of Self-Organising teams in Cross-Cultural Organisation is still hanging fire. That needs to be finished....OMG...Iam literally screwed....I thought fifth term would be relatively free when compared to the fourth term...now i long to go back to the fourth term...if only I could...

Sunday, November 21, 2004
Its over officially now...BrandScan 2004, the event that saw me go without a bite of food for two complete days is over now...the event that threw quite a few last minute surprises has got its curtains closed...BrandScan 2004 has been such a unforgettable experinece..both from a Business School grad prespective and from my personal prespective...BrandScan is a two day event, and the individual content on each day would depend on the nature of projects that we expect...but one thing is for sure...it would have all components to attract both the youth that is the defining scape of Manipal and the families that throng the Udupi district...this time too it was no exception.. the first day saw two events...Mr.Biker...for those adrenaline pumping Bike stunts....there were in all three rounds...Blind Folded driving, Obstacle Clearance and the last one was the stunt round..I will be putting up all the photos sometime tomorrow or day after...as part of the Event Management Committee, it was an excellent experience...the next event was the Rock Competition. There were 6 bands playing for the competition and it too was a delight to organise..the first day footfall was 2100. It was a day before CAT and the main audience for the rock competition was students...that the footfall was 2100 inspite of this, is a remainder of the popularity of the Event.
The second day ie. yesterday there were three events planned... we had zeroed in on a Painting competition, Adarsh-Dampati and Magic Show, keeping in mind the target segment for the second day...one of the best and biggest market research fest in India by a Indian Business School, BrandScan is truely a master piece of the effort by the TAPMIans. The painting competition that drew 348 entries, the Adarsh-Dampati that gave away Rs.25,000 worth of gifts as prices, the Magic Show that saw the crowd spellbound for two hours....all these had made the footfalls to BrandScan 2004 to be 6,500. This sort of crowd of general public would be unheard of in any Indian Business Schools.
The Drawing competition christined Rang-Birang was a huge hit, with 348 entries and a huge crowd to participate in that. As an organiser I learnt a lot in this one event...to control a crowd of parents when their children are secure even inside a school is a herculian task...virtually none of the parents came out of the class rooms...all the parents just stood at the entrance of the classes and on seeing a parent one child starts crying and this starts off a chain reaction...suddenly all the room is filled with crying children...the next moment all the parents ruch inside the class room and there is utter chaos...this also gives the dimension of trust...how difficult it is to buld trust in people...had they trusted us, they would have left their children in the class and waited outside...now I dont know whether there was lack of trust only in their part, or there was an implied lack of trust in our part too?..... when a single parent raises a concern with a high pitch voice, there are atleast half a dozen other people who havent even thought about it till that moment, who are till that moment completely satisfied with status-quo want that to be changed... is this what is called crowd menatlity?...the individual taking the crowd's behaviour or the crowd taking the first individual's behaviour?...there has to be a bit of learning here..which one comes first...will the same person who raises his voice first in the crowd do so when he is alone and the same crowd which finds it's voice in the first person raising his voice, take that as referrence if he is not a part of that crowd?....
I always beleive in the maxim "All that starts well ends well"... this was true in this case too.. but there are many more things to write... I have resumed my blogging and so in the next few days, there would be lotz of stuff to discuss.....

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The Best Indian Business School Blog 

What to do? The major stuff in this competition is to get google rate your site as the best fit to the searched string...Iam still clueless as to how to make this happen. I had certain ideas...now it doesnt seem to work...what can be done?

Monday, November 15, 2004

The Best Indian Business School Blog 

This competition The Best Indian Business School Blog is driving me crazy u know. The basic funda of the competition is to get your blog come up as the top entry in Google on November 25, when the guys from ISB, google the string. Though I know no ABC of SEO, I decided to give it a try and I have done a pretty decent job I think. But in the process, I have accessed the power of Google incorrectly, and I still have a doubt regarding the Search process and the ranking Google adopts. Iam particularly concerned that the blogs hosted in the local servers (as in Indian servers) might be in an advantageous position due to google servers in India surfing through these pages more frequently. This Iam convinced after seeing my Sify Blogs in the listing and not the Blogger site. Though I have updated the two sites at the same time and also to some extent spammed the sify site, Google has taken sify site and assigned a better ranking. My blogspot site is nowhere to be seen. I have done some more stuff like asking some of my friends to link me up using the phrase as defining string and also made some changes to the meta data. After all these even the blogger site is nowhere to be seen(not even in the first 25 pages)....ya!!! I dutifully searched in all th first 25 pages of results for my Straight Angle site and I find nothing...I dont have any great hope of doing it....if anyone of you know the secret behind how to get this done, do please mail me @sskrish_81 at yahoo.com.... I have loads of thanx and regards to offer you for this competition(The Best Indian Business School Blog),TBIBSB

Tuesday, November 09, 2004


Right now, I am listening to "Kaadhalin Dheepam Ondru" from "Thambhikku Entha Orru"....amazing voice from SPB. Meaningful lyrics and the tone in which it is sung, brings back the fond memories of Ceylon Radio...this song was a sure shot in most of their programs. I am afraid whether there are anymore listeners to Ceylon radio after the advent of the FM channels and their 24 hour film songs... But then was the time when we depended entirely on the Ceylon radio for new songs. Public opinion about a song was formed entirely by the request that a song gets in Ceylon radio. The typical Singhalese Tamil also added to the charm of the programs...it has been ages since I listened to that.. but is there any such truly quality program in the current plethora of FM channels?.. the songs that come in the FM channels in the day time are typically the best hits of the moment and none of the golden tunes of yester-years. "Phani Vizghum Malarvannam" from "Ninaivellam Nithya"...another all time favorites of mine. There are many more of them which make me go ga-ga. I can listen to them with no end...infact yesterday night(damn it was a thru night) when I was doing the BrandScan work till 5.30 AM, I was listening to these collections:

1. "Sangeetha Swarangal" from "Azagan"
2. "Kalyana Thaen Nila" from "Mownam Sammadham"
3. "Nee thanae enthan ponvasantham" from "Ninaivellam Nithya"
4. "Theendaai Meai Theendaai" from "En Svasakkatrrae"
5. "Kaetaen Kaetaen" from "Amarkalam"
6. "Ethu Mounamaana Naeram" from "Salangai Oli"...etc.. the list goes on...never ending list of ever growing soul-soothers...wish I had more of them.The Best Indian Business School Blog

FW: IIMB Vista 2004: Congratulations 

It feels good... But still the one thing that escapes my mind is the communication gap that existed between the organisers and me.There was no replay for my mails and I assumed to have missed the competition for ever.. neways it feels good..... Thanx...

-----Original Message-----
From: IIMB - Vista [mailto:vista@iimb.ernet.in]
Sent: Mon 11/8/2004 10:59 PM
To: Swarnasrikrishnan
Subject: IIMB Vista 2004: Congratulations

Hi Swarnasrikrishnan.G,

It gives us great pleasure to announce that your blogs on
http://netrikkan.blogspot.com/ have won the first place in BloggerVille as a
part of Vista 2004. We will announce the result on the site shortly.

The prize money attached to the position is Rupees Three Thousand
(Rs.3000/-). We will be handing over this award through a cheque. We need
your full postal address where we can mail you the cheque.

We thank you for your participation in Vista 2004. We also look forward to
your continued enthusiasm in the event in the future.

Warm regards,
Team VistaThe Best Indian Business School Blog

Sunday, November 07, 2004

New Lease of Life..... 

That was the time, when almost any girl would be admirable, she stood out.. he dont know what was in her that attracted him...he was in college then and she was there too, but in different classes.. they never got introduced but he liked her.. their classes were just opposite and he would always wait for that 10 minute break when she would come out with her friends and walk past him...being from a small town that was tucked away inside rice and sugarcane fields, he was no match for the suaveness and finesse of her cosmopolitan upbringing...he wished he could speak to her, but would always back out from approaching her.. he was shy and a bit adamant too with his false beliefs and self-fulfilling prophecies.. all the years in the college, he hasnt spoken or even tried to speak with her once...but he always had a liking or even longing for her...the last day of college came...that was her birthday too.. his exams were over the day before.. yet he waited for another day just to see her on her birthday.. without she knowing it...he always remained a stranger for her...
Life took different turns.. he went on to work and was transferred to her home town in the neighbouring state.. he would just wander around her house endlessly on weekends, fully aware that she wouldnt be there...just the sight of her house and the places she had walked would make him happy.. but he still remained a non-entity, a non existing being in her life...then, he went on for higher studies.. he always remembered her... she stayed with him in his passwords and her birthdates in his secret PIN numbers... but he had given up all hope of finding her let alone befriend her... then suddenly things seemed to get brighter...The Best Indian Business School Blog

Friday, November 05, 2004

Projects delayed by 13 yrs! Billions lost 

Projects delayed by 13 yrs! Billions lost
Why does this happens in India time and again...Is our collective mentality of being care-free to be blamed?. Would it be the effect of Hinduism which sees things in a much larger time frame and thus might lead to an "enlightenment" that suggest whatever you do, it is the karma that rules?..Why is this issue of Cost-overrrun so prevalent in India, that there can virtually be no project without it..may be the greatest contribution of India to the world is the concept of Cost overrun and Project delays..A delay of 13 years cannot be explained by ordinary mortals..coz that is far greater than a Project Manager's remaining employable period in the Government...that means when a Project Manager retires, the project too retires...how sad?..can there be a solution to it...can there be accountability put into those decisions that make a project unviable within the project implementation phase itself...How can the Project Managers be held responsible for their decisions?...Will this be possible only with the Law?(atleast in the short run)..I know anything that is prescribed by the law without being accepted by the people would eventually be a failure..not only that it would lead to negative results too..a double whammy...Then does this mean that we need to come down to basic level- Education that would produce responsible citizens?..But can the Nation wait till that is achieved? what would be the repurcusions of such a policy on the other facets of Governance.. Then whatelse is the way out from this seemingly unending maze that we have got into...I think one way out would be more "Decentralisation", "Democratisation" and "Self-sustaining local governance"..With the last one there can be true Democracy..The sourge of Democracy is that it is painfull and often the process is harder to follow..but as far as I can think of that is the best possible way out..The Best Indian Business School Blog

Thursday, November 04, 2004
When you cannot even reply to a mail, why should you conduct a competition?..To show that you can conduct?...How serious are you about this competition and what do you think of people who compete?..this only shows your complete disrespect for the ones who wished to participate...I have mailed you and till this moment not even a automated reply has been received..what should I conclude?..That you people are completely busy with your work, that you didnt have time to check your mail boxes?..then this is not a personal mail id...this is an official mail id and it is supposed to be checked and responded to..So, now here I go...I give a damn to your unassuming ways..Bye...You have gone no whereThe Best Indian Business School Blog


-----Original Message-----
From: Swarnasrikrishnan
Sent: Tue 11/2/2004 7:43 PM
To: vista@iimb.ernet.in
Subject: FW: BloggerVille

Iam forwarding you the mail I sent to apply for Particiaption in Bloggerville. Iam yet to receive any communication as to the receipt of my mail or the acknowledgment for the same.
It would be helpful if you can mail me regarding the receipt of the earlier mail or this mail and particulars of the competition.

In anticipation of your reply.

-----Original Message-----
From: Swarnasrikrishnan
Sent: Thu 10/28/2004 3:07 PM
To: vista@iimb.ernet.in
Subject: BloggerVille

I would like to participate in the BloggerVille contest.
My name: Swarnasrikrishnan.G
My Password: sskrish
My Blog is hosted at: http://netrikkan.blogspot.com
Title of the Blog: Straight Angle

Hopin to catch u in the blogosphere.The Best Indian Business School Blog


Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Jus a Thought!!! 

On Saturday, we had Mr.Swami Krishnan, VP Tata Infotech delivering a lecture on the telecommunication landscape in the country.. a thought provoking speech... He raised a paradox..(atleast to me)...He doesn't seem to consider it as a paradox...He put forth a question..
Is teledensity a necessity for economic growth (or) Is economic growth is because of tele density..this is not the exact wording of the question..but its meaning is close to it... Iam of the view, Economic growth should precede teledensity till a certain threshold limit..only then it can percolate down under..otherwise, when having a whole sum meal is a distant dream for about 1/3 rd of the population, owning a telephone can only be a crude joke...
also, what sort of phone connection are you looking at?...is it a fixed line copper cable or optical fibre cable..or a wireless or a mobile ...what is that u define and include in teledensity..
Actually I was thinking on some way to increase the last mile connectivity... one of our professor also told that Government has to invest money in creating the necessary infrastructure, for which Mr.Swami Krishnan told that one shouldnt look towards to do that...the private operators has to do it.. but do the private operators alone has that amount of money and material to take up that... I think they are working towards something like dividing areas or circles as they call and gain a monopoly in that by developing infrastructure..once they put up the infrastructure in place, they can charge the service providers, carrying charges...
But what if the infrstructure is owned by the public ie the people who benefit from it... say for example if a remote village in a far off place has to get a connection, then how about making the people develop their own connectivity, ofcourse with the help of Private and Public Players..like a share can be given to the People of the particular locality in the form of managing it through the Panchayat system or the local governing system like the Municipality or the Village administrative office..something like that...people also has to contribute to setting up the infrastructure in terms of part funding or in terms of work. The private players can be allocated to that area by a tender or an auction system, where the auction or the bid amount would depend on the traffic expected for the period in question. The permission has to be given by the Local governing body in the village level.. the tender has to be open one and there has to be enough conditionalities to ensure level playing field..all the players who wish to operate in the area has to pool in the resources to create the infrastructure..This has some problems too.. there can be instances of mismanagement, there can be instances where the players are not willing to participate in creating the asset..there can be instances of bribing the village officials.. but all these can be tackled because this operates on the local level, where the face to face interaction between players are in a daily basis, and the practices can be checked to a greater extent.The Best Indian Business School Blog

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