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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Conversations To MySelf...Nelson Mandela

I am reading this Book "Conversation with Myself" by Nelson Mandela and trying to relive those feelings... No matter i may fail but i can still feel that how he was feeling and been through. I am reading each letter again and again and trying to Feel each word. Awesome Book it is.

Here is One Letter Excerpt from Book

Excerpt from a letter to Fatima meer, dated 1 march 1971

'I shall stick to our vow: never, never under any circumstances, to say anything unbecoming of the other... The trouble, of course, is that most successful men are prone to some form of vanity. there comes a stage in their lives when they consider it permissible to be egotistic and to brag to the public at large about there unique achievements. What a Sweet euphemism for self-praise the english language has evolved ! Autobiography ..."

Friday, November 12, 2010

Prisoner 466/64 Nelson R Mandela

I Just got delivery Of My novel "Conversations with Myself- By Nelson Mandela" and am reading it after that... even in office :-)

Nelson Mandela is like magnetic word to me, after reading about him on wiki pages and watching movie invictus am like fan of Mr. Mandela.

Now Reading this, Hope to finish this very soon.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Looks are deceptive

Since Morning I am thinking about money and life... i updated few status updates of FaceBook as well.

Then few minutes back i got call from my dear friend sarvesh, he might have read those updates. He asked me one thing and wanted me to write it on facebook status. I thought and started writing and then I thought cutting sort that thought won't be good... so here it is.

when a girl or boy (we can take man or woman for more adult side) is not good looking (physical appearance) or say fat and not in hour glass figure (for girls) and not having six pack body, chiseled body (for men). He/she will compromise/more understanding and humble will be so sweet to others and people will say "so sweet" or "nice person".

Now if a girl or boy is good looking or say with hour glass figure and jaw dropping appearance then he/she would be more arrogant and more demanding or say Nakhare !!!

Does that mean Looks Matter... Looks are deceptive !!! Does that mean we change our behavior based on how we look ?

There is a tiny miney Hippocrite in all of us.. accept it.

I am not so good looking (right now) but what will happen to my behavior if I'll be good looking with six pack abs and nice features.

In Above piece of thoughts it is not applicable to all, based on what we have seen and experienced we thought this and I wrote this. Exceptions are always there, in both cases

a not so good looking person with bad behavior and a wowsome looking person with humble behavior.

Mostly I believe we do keeping pity in our mind, like we do charity keeping pity in our thoughts. I go to NGOs not because I am pity on them or I am proud that i am better than them.

I believe they are kids with no parents or not educated parents, so it depends on upbringing, how we can make difference, so I go there to show them and to explain them the importance of good behavior and try to give them good thoughts, a small part of upbringing.

So say truth to yourself, if not to anyone just to yourself, look into your own eyes directly in a mirror and think of what you doing. Clear Conscience is mirror of a person. It helps, it helped me.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Hello World

From last couple of weeks am trying two numbers one is my cousin whom I lend some money and I needed money so thought to contact him, if he can return my money back (its been 3 years he took the money). So from last two weeks he stopped taking my calls.

Another is number of Mr. Pulkit Gaur, he is my friend... i don't know if I am his, but no reply from him either. He has time to add friends on facebook and for work, but he don't have time to pick my calls. I think he also think i am gonna ask some money from him :-|

It is different how people change, when they are in need they are super sweet to you, and then forget. I would say my friend Jasdeep and Sahil are not like that, they are I know can lend me money any time and I will make sure if i say by that time i will return I WILL, that applies vice versa.

Why I am writing this in a blog, because I saw updates from pulkit on twitter and am happy for that. Good for him, as his company now selected in RedHerring Asia 100 Finalist.

So I think, and think and find is it me only or everybody think like that. That you have to be sweet with someone in order to get your work done. Where goes the concept of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Till date i was thinking friendship is unconditional.

One more guy his name is Shailendar, he is dear friend of mine and when everything else give up i look at him and he say Okay !!! and it is not like i have to do some efforts to please him or other my friends.

Life teaches you lessons everyday, yet you make mistakes to learn more. In few weeks I am going to start all over again and I will keep these things in mind to help or being good to anyone.

There is this girl in my office, we go in bus together and the other day we were discussing about the alliances and togetherness, I told her that alone you can do many things, but in life you need friends to stand by you. Not like marriage is necessary but your friends are necessary.

For me Friends are bigger then to get married. I don't know how married life would be but friendship is here from long and helped me to grow what I was and what I am.

If no feelings then you are like ROBOT !!! Feelings make us different from machine, even animals do have feelings.

Still am not calmed after writing random paragraphs and writing random thoughts. I thought it will help me to get rid of those thoughts which are making whirl wind of thoughts in my mind and secreting some chemicals in body that now my body is so tired.

Thoughts are so powerful that you can make and break things.. make and break relations.

Friday, October 22, 2010

New Post

Okay From last so many days after navratri am eating in evening again !!!!

But Now am thinking in a month or two I'll be leaving, so i will start over again afresh. New Country New Start ^_^

Kind of lame excuse but these days am eating wisely not just eating all the time. Motto is still the same to reduce the weight. As I know around two years back i was only 85 Kg and now 100 KG :-|

So will write about weight loss when I will start again till then let me write something else.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Day - 19 Weight loss

Hello World

Yesterday was hard.... I didn't had anything just two apples so in night i was dead hungry... I ate Chane and pineapple... but now my mouth is getting sour... taste buds are clinging to get something spicy... they are not been exposed to the slightest spice in last five days... so it is kind of different and am urging to eat a lot... everywhere i can see the food.

What I do to distract is, I vision me standing there more than 100Kg with huge belly and few damn cool, sexy looking girls passing by, with pity look on their faces. I shrug it off and eat apple in real life.

Hope I keep up the Motivation to reduce the weight. I have to! !!!!!!!

Its the nineteenth Day and I should have lost oodles of weight if i have kept the exercise as prime component... sometimes I slip, but it is been success 90% and I believe if i keep this for 90 days I might reduce 10kg... which is good.

I have read somewhere if i keep this tight for 90 days at a stretch then after 90th day i won't feel it hard, it would be a part of my habit... or just my habit, to eat less and eat wise.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Day-18 Weight Loss

Hello World

Last three days were good.... Despite it was a weekend, I emerged as a winner :D was able to survive the temptations and had only fruits and vegetables.

For Nine days you get the motivation, I think if it were not the navratri i would have fall for that temptation. It was Navratri fast that made me going... and am doing this for all nine days...

I hope after nine days I'll be able to keep this, and with due course loose some weight.

Still the Exercise is the main thing, which is not happening. :(


Friday, October 8, 2010

Day-14 Weight Loss and Navratri Celebrations

Hey Folks

Its been quite few days that am not updating my blog daily. I should get an application for blogging from my Blackberry then I think I might blog more than one post a day :)

For next nine days starting today I will be eating only fruits and vegetables and juices also. That too not like eating truck loads of them, will eat when i will feel hungry. Fasting for Navratri as well as diet.

I miss my Ahmadabad days, back there in Gujarat, navratri is a big celebrations. They have that Garba and Raas Dances. Whole City of Ahmadabad is been decorated and people are so generous there.

Sometimes I feel why I left Ahmadabad, then I think might be because for better future and to learn more. We Pay for our knowledge and Experience... To gain Wisdom we have pay higher I guess.

So Far for Weight Loss, I think i have lost a kilo :) weekend Plan would be to go to gym for Cardio and to check the weight...


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day - 11 Weight Loss

Hello World

I haven't checked my weight in last two weeks... plan is to go and check this weekend. Its been two weeks and yet i have to go to gym... all i did so far is control on food intake. I have to move my butt.

However, I am working more than 14 hours a day so not getting enuff time to spend on other things than work :( ..... Might be another excuse... I have to push my limits to achieve something good.

Today Plan is to eat only vegetables and fruits... no milk and milk products.

More later...


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Day - 10 Weight Loss

Hello World

Its been last few days was not able to post, however on weekend I had a party and was off the track of the diet plan. Now back on the track and eating as planned.

Apart from getting drenched in the rain, and catching cough and cold, needed tea so had tea. I am continuing the medicines and no exception for that.

Still, I have to spend time on exercise, which so far didn't. In two days Navratra is getting started so for next nine days i will eat only fruits and vegetables. Navratri is the Indian festival in which we pray Goddess durga. For nine days i will have a reason not to eat, else when on diet sometimes you eat chupke se.

Hope I will start exercising soon again, this weekend I have to go to see a doctor for my increase Uric Acid level, i feel more tiered and pain i my wrist and ankle every morning, and this is now often.


Monday, October 4, 2010

What defines what we are and what we deserve

what defines what we are and what we deserve and Why ?

is it Karma ?? How ??

Today Saw a not so able man collecting waste from Bin and someone slapped him, I cried n he saw me crying n just smiled. What I was doing donno... what make me different from him... Why God made us so different one get food one get nothing. Why I deserve this luxury and he don't.

When I saw that guy he was quietly collecting waste from a bin outside one eatery. He was wearing a old coat, pants and shoes... Next thought came in my mind was, where he sleeps where he eat, where he do his daily activites.. these thoughts were so strong and so powerfull that next thing happen to me is i heard my heart beat and few tears came out... after that i cried like donno what... my friend who were with me they asked what happened... why you crying... I said I saw plight of a man, to just live.

While wrting this I donno why same face came again and am crying.. yes...

What karma is... what defines what we are... and what we would be.... Why that guy is suffering and am watching him suffering.

I will edit this post later... i am kind of filled with those thoughts again and don't have words to express...

But If GOD exists then why he do that to us. God says we are all his children, yet he do this to his children ???

:( :(

Friday, October 1, 2010

Day-4&5 Weight Loss

Hello People

Sorry for yesterday... Lazy I am but am back on Blog. First thing I want to say Now is that am working on this because I love myself and want to live lightly :) second a Big Thank you to Vikas Bahar.... he is pushing everyday and taking care of my schedule. I need someone who can do that (Now don't tell me to get married).

Even thought I feel i should not be dependable on someone, one should take care of self. For that you have to be strong in your decisions and Disciplined, which is i am not. So I get lazy often and quit things after few days of starting. This time I feel strong because Vikas is there, taking care of me... I'll give my 100% and will get in Shape in two months... Now the Big thing is to start working out... Weekend has come so planning to spend some time in Gym and then make it routine.

Till then I will be writing, though there are few readers of this post... never mind :)

Thank you Vikas for being there... :D :)


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day-3 Weight Loss

Hello World

So far so good except the gym part as am getting late in office everyday reaching home by Ten O'clock in night leaving to option to workout. I believe along with diet and this ayurvedic herbs exercise is the major thing am missing. If I start exercise then i will loose faster.

Two days went well with just a little glitches that I had a tea.... as in this diet program they say no to Milk and Milk Products.

Day-3 has started and I had that usual hot drink followed by the shake. Now in Office working. Will go for Lunch at around 01:00 P.M. till then i have loads of work which i have to finish, am already having three weeks backlog:(

Send me your ideas if you have any for the weight loss.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day - 2 Weight Loss

Hello World

Day - 1 was good apart from the Gym thing, by the day end I was not in mood to go to Gym and it was late. Today again I'll be in office a little late. Yesterday I had this ayurvedic medicines and that was all with one shake and a light lunch.

Today is Tuesday and I am thinking to give some respect to my beloved God Hanuman ji. So thinking to eat only Vegetables and Fruits. The Shake is usual one in morning I had and in evening again will have one.

Though I strongly believe that there should be some physical exercise, however I don't have choice to run away from work, as am already behind schedule which is not good.

I have to finish tasks before this week end. :-| keeping this diet plan and the stuff am eating, I hope I stick to this plan keeping my energies high.

Day - 1 was Success as I say 80%... Day -2 Starts let see how will this go.

More will come...

Current Weight: 100 Kg
Target Weight: 85 Kg (In three Months)


Monday, September 27, 2010

Day - 1 Weight Loss

Hello World


No matter what happen, this time i will write everyday through this program and update, even if i fail i will write... I should write, this thing i can do any time and better than anything (I guess so).

So today morning we started this program and it is at least 90 days program... I don't have that much time left, though till the time i am here i will follow this. I am planning to post more than one post a day. Let see.

In this program i have few herbal drink and ayurvedic stuff which vikas has brought from Rajasthan for me... he says it works it worked for his brother and father.

Along with this, I will go to Gym regularly for next 90 days.

Good Luck to me !!!! More will come soon

Weight: 100 Kg
Height: 5'10''


Monday, September 20, 2010

Anarchy of Chaos

Why I kept that title of this post I don't know... but i feel bit weird today not sad not happy... not normal... When i woke up at arounf 05:30 A.M. today the first thought in my mind was related to the work which i have to finish, that is office work....

I miss those old days when i used to wake up with no thoughts just plain blank and mom used to say me... Have your tea else it will be cold. and then next action item would be reading news paper or plain simple talks with aunts and uncles ( I used to live in a joined extended family).... I guess this is why i feel uprooted most of the time... as now i live all alone no one around !!!

I am tierd of being surrounded by the feeling of insecure, unfocused, scared and loneliness...I want to be like when you wake up you feel the best with no tension and nothing... like we sometimes feel on saturday mornings. The next five days of the week decides the fate of the weekend.

I was writing because i wanted to share the feeling of that nostalgia which am facing right now... in morning all alone i was making my tea and sipping... now no one around to make me a tea and tell me to drinnk it else it will be cold... I made tea and was sipping while looking at trees from balcony and then it hit me... the thought. Big time Nostalgia... I opened my laptop and started writing...

Each Paragraph mean I stopped and took a sip or two of my tea and now as it is finished, i should go and take bath and start getting ready for the office.

What I need is the enthusiasm yes that is the word... that X factor is missing, at every party at every fun activity there is a constant fear on back of the mind, of what don't know.

Hope !! I will be better someday...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Never Say Never

I was talking to one of my friend via email... and sent her one Poem about inspirational and not to give up... this is a poem which I heard in school, and our teacher used to sing this poem with his superb voice, what a power he had.

Here is the Poem by Dr. Harivansh Rai Bacchan

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Its been ages, remembered few friends I thought college days..Shailendar, Vikas, Gagan, Chirag, Aashish, Manan, Saurav, Manish, Tarun, Sandeep, DD, RajPal..Gang goes on an On,Before My college days i was like dork (Yes u can call Dumb)... Those days were best days of my life... COllege Days. I hope to meet many of them soon again... Shailli am meeting today.

There is One person called Pulkit Gaur... and omore Dinesh, Vrajesh, Sarvesh and few more in Vodafone M&G.... List is Endless.

Few in Office Few on FaceBack and On Twitter.

Spreading the Love of Friendship Day... Happy Friendship day My Friends

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Forever !!!!! I owe you all a lot my Friends !!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

In your Thoughts Lies Ignorance

Monday May 17, 2010

In your Thoughts Lies Ignorance

Or we can say more knowledge makes you skeptical… when was the last time I took a decision without thinking of the consequences or things which will happen after that decision or action. I don’t know. The problem is more I know more it affects my decision making power, sometimes it is good sometimes it makes me think what I have become. Your past knowledge and experiences affect your current decisions. I guess that is why they say “All Good decisions come from bad experiences and all good experiences came from bad decisions”.

Which means my past experiences (read: bad experiences) are affecting my current decisions, but I am not able to figure out are the good decisions or just better. My past experiences are restricting me from taking any decision.

I don’t know what I want, but what I feel is if I am happy and I am not ashamed of the company of particular person and not getting irritated then this is it. That is a Go for me, but here same time this should be the case for the other person as well else it won’t work. I know I am bad at relationships (as per my past experiences) but then my take on this is, those people were on other plane and I was on the other.. for time being they jumped up to my plane to be with me which made them uncomfortable in long run, which lead them to say me bye.

I met few people in last couple of days and am thinking… thinking a lot about someone. Now that leads again to the old time which I have been through. Here to take next step am kind of scared and my past experiences are haunting me to take any decision. I Feel so closed and dead inside. The Good thing of decisions is that once you take the decision you are clear within and then you get result, you will not spent time keep on guessing, that keep on guessing time makes you creepy and unfocused, you can’t focus on your work on your other activities.

So right now that is the case and am trying to find out the reason. Most of the time it happens that I don’t take any decision. Which means it is itself a decision, which push me more on the low side and gloomy I guess.

I think I will wait for a while and let the things flow as they are going and will see with time. It is easy to say no expectations, but you can’t stop your mind to imagine. Imagination is unstoppable and I think a lot and my imagination has really big wings and sometimes it is hard to stop it. More I imagine more I went unto this… which makes me in real life weird!!! I wish things get clear soon (for me) so that I can concentrate on other part of my life. Sigh !!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Quarter-Life Crisis

I Got this in a Forwarded Friday Email .... Like that.. read on!!!!

Funny yet awesome.
Amazingly true to the core. 

(This was doing rounds on the internet)


It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realizing that there are many things about yourself that you didn't know and may not like. You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you are now.

You start realizing that people are selfish and that, maybe, those friends that you thought you were so close to aren't exactly the greatest people you have ever met, and the people you have lost touch with are some of the most important ones.

What you don't recognize is that they are realizing that too, and aren't really cold, catty, mean or insincere, but that they are as confused as you.

You look at your job... and it is not even close to what you thought you would be doing, or maybe you are looking for a job and realizing that you are going to have to start at the bottom and that scares you.

Your opinions have gotten stronger. You see what others are doing and find yourself judging more than usual because suddenly you realize that you have certain boundaries in your life and are constantly adding things to your list of what is acceptable and what isn't. One minute, you are insecure and then the next, secure.

You laugh and cry with the greatest force of your life. You feel alone and scared and confused. Suddenly, change is the enemy and you try and cling on to the past with dear life, but soon realize that the past is drifting further and further away, and there is nothing to do but stay where you are or move forward.

You get your heart broken and wonder how someone you loved could do such damage to you. Or you lie in bed and wonder why you can't meet anyone decent enough that you want to get to know better. Or maybe you love someone but love someone else too and cannot figure out why you're doing this because you know that you aren't a bad person. One night stands and random hook ups start to look cheap. Getting wasted and acting like an idiot starts to look pathetic. You go through the same emotions and questions over and over, and talk with your friends about the same topics because you cannot seem to make a decision. You worry about loans, money, the future and making a life for yourself... and while winning the race would be great, right now you'd just like to be a contender!

What you may not realize is that every one reading this relates to it. We are in our best of times and our worst of times, trying as hard as we can to figure this whole thing out. Send this to your twenty-something friends... maybe it will help someone feel like they aren't alone in their state of confusion...

We call it the "Quarter-life Crisis."

All you have to flaunt is a Visa Stamping…. (no on-site trip yet…)
And worse still… that visa is not for US. All your friends who went for MS or MBA in US talk of Detroit, Michigan, Texas, etc as if we have learned Geography of US in 7th Standard.
And worse still… the MS/MBA guys come back for vacation in December for 15 days, invite a get together in Malaka Spice (where you dream to have project party once…), ask about your job, salary with some kind of sympathy and finally they pay the bill
And worse still… they tell all about the “adventures” in US which are not possible to do in India due to “cultural mismatch”.
And worse still… when you are not able to find a girl for yourself, mom-dad forcefully arrange some “kande-pohe”. These US friends come for 15 days, finalize the wedding, date over phone for an year, come and marry off in next December. You are still hunting.
And worse still… invite you to marriage and ask if you would be coming alone.
And worse still… you remember that you were among the toppers in 10th, 12th and Engineering, while these guys were average or in same league as yours.

… What happens when your engineering female classmates are all slowly getting married …
… When every damn girl you talk to has a bf …
… When you put on a little weight, thanks to special cheese burst pizzas by dominos …
… When you are too old to date a college girl …
… And when your ex (who is getting married too) adds you in facebook and looks hot as a summer day…

… you just realize that you are a victim of quarter life crisis … :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Guru Granth Sahib

I was going through one blog I Came Across, found this post really nice.

ਦੇਹ ਸਿਵਾ ਬਰੁ ਮੋਹਿ ਇਹੈ ਸੁਭ ਕਰਮਨ ਤੇ ਕਬਹੂੰ ਨ ਟਰੋਂ ॥
ਨ ਡਰੋਂ ਅਰਿ ਸੋ ਜਬ ਜਾਇ ਲਰੋਂ ਨਿਸਚੈ ਕਰਿ ਅਪੁਨੀ ਜੀਤ ਕਰੋਂ ॥
ਅਰੁ ਸਿਖ ਹੋਂ ਆਪਨੇ ਹੀ ਮਨ ਕੌ ਇਹ ਲਾਲਚ ਹਉ ਗੁਨ ਤਉ ਉਚਰੋਂ ॥
ਜਬ ਆਵ ਕੀ ਅਉਧ ਨਿਦਾਨ ਬਨੈ ਅਤਿ ਹੀ ਰਨ ਮੈ ਤਬ ਜੂਝ ਮਰੋਂ ॥੨੩੧॥

देह शिवा बर मोहे ईहे, शुभ कर्मन ते कभुं न टरूं
न डरौं अरि सौं जब जाय लड़ौं, निश्चय कर अपनी जीत करौं,
अरु सिख हों आपने ही मन कौ इह लालच हउ गुन तउ उचरों,
जब आव की अउध निदान बनै अति ही रन मै तब जूझ मरों ॥२३१॥

Translation: O Lord grant me the boon, that I may never deviate from doing a good deed.That I shall not fear when I go into combat. And with determination I will be victorious.That I may teach myself this greed alone, to learn only Thy praises.
And when the last days of my life come, I may die in the might of the battlefield.

Original Post here

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My Today's Twitter Update so far

Below is the twitter Micro Blog of today, I think I really Need help... is anybody out there who can help me on following issues.

# Any HR People out there who can understand my dilemma then please elp.. looking for #KRA #KPA #HR #Goals how to achieve 4 minutes ago via Echofon

# Any suggestions and advice anybody want to give me on my last few tweets then it wud b a great help.. please help me out... 5 minutes ago via Echofon

# So I have to think and show concrete output n faster output to my work n get some recognition.. i guess that will give some standing to me 6 minutes ago via Echofon

# wat i do is not enough for me it gives feeling that m slow in my work n sometimes not competent enough :| smtimes non productive 7 minutes ago via Echofon

# I sometimes feel lazy (read most of the time) and lose my focus so it delay my deadlines..n those are not strict too.. but yes i do feel... 10 minutes ago via Echofon

# not excuses but the points where I lag and to improve it.. i say he should decide weekly or bi-weekly target n set some gifts for motivation 11 minutes ago via Echofon

# my GL asked me that we need to talk on why it took that long time to finish automation of one application.. have to find reasons 12 minutes ago via Echofon

# I got another task from my regular work to create interview questions (Subjective) for #QTP which will delay my regular work. 14 minutes ago via Echofon

# Good Morning world !!! Did some realty check and no day dreaming anymore (yes I do that a lot), we have meet up on friday n will focus now ! about 3 hours ago via Echofon

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Tips for Writing the Blog

Seems Now a days Everybody is writing something and everybody is clicking something.

I mean everybody start their own blog and feel himself/herself a photographer. I see many people mushroomed out in these two areas.

I read an article on how to write a blog properly in today's newspaper. I felt this is the info which anyone can get only, more than that though.

So why it was in newspaper, to just fill the empty space, because they couldn't find any specific topic to publish. What happened to Journalism then.

Tips for Writing the Blog

• Make your opinion known People like blogs, they like blogs because they are written by people and not corporations. People want to know what people think, crazy as it sounds they want to know what you think. Tell them exactly what you think using the least amount of words possible.

• Link like crazy Support your post with links to other web pages that are contextual to your post.

• Write Less Give the maximum amount of information with the least amount of words. Time is finite and people are infinitely busy. Blast your knowledge into the reader at the speed of sound.

• 250 is enough A long post is easier to forget and harder to get into. A short post is the opposite.

• Make Headlines snappy Contain your whole argument in your headline. Check out National newspapers to see how they do it.

• Include bullet point lists It structures the info in an easily digestible format.

Need New LayOut

I need a new layout of my blog. Is there any blogger layout designer out there who can design my blog for free or for the amount what I can afford.

It is again a new zest came in so again working on blog.... Last weekend went through some MLMs and other internet marketing businesses and Google AdSense.

Some Demo from MattCutts and YouTube.

Let see how far I go this time... I am already on Twitter though.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

“Have Breakfast… or…Be Breakfast!"

Today Morning I got an email from one of my friend mentioning this article... Liked that so thought to share it here

[Management Views from IIMB is an exclusive column written every two weeks for by faculty members of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.]
Who sells the largest number of cameras in India?
Your guess is likely to be Sony, Canon or Nikon. Answer is none of the above. The winner is Nokia whose main line of business in India is not cameras but cell phones.
Reason being cameras bundled with cellphones are outselling stand alone cameras. Now, what prevents the cellphone from replacing the camera outright? Nothing at all. One can only hope the Sonys and Canons are taking note.
Try this. Who is the biggest in music business in India? You think it is HMV Sa-Re-Ga-Ma? Sorry. The answer is Airtel. By selling caller tunes (that play for 30 seconds) Airtel makes more than what music companies make by selling music albums (that run for hours).
Incidentally Airtel is not in music business. It is the mobile service provider with the largest subscriber base in India. That sort of competitor is difficult to detect, even more difficult to beat (by the time you have identified him he has already gone past you). But if you imagine that Nokia and Bharti (Airtel's parent) are breathing easy you can't be farther from truth.
Nokia confessed that they all but missed the smartphone bus. They admit that Apple's Iphone and Google's Android can make life difficult in future. But you never thought Google was a mobile company, did you? If these illustrations mean anything, there is a bigger game unfolding. It is not so much about mobile or music or camera or emails?
The "Mahabharat" (the great Indian epic battle) is about "what is tomorrow's personal digital device"? Will it be a souped up mobile or a palmtop with a telephone? All these are little wars that add up to that big battle. Hiding behind all these wars is a gem of a question – "who is my competitor?"
Once in a while, to intrigue my students I toss a question at them. It says "What Apple did to Sony, Sony did to Kodak, explain?" The smart ones get the answer almost immediately. Sony defined its market as audio (music from the walkman). They never expected an IT company like Apple to encroach into their audio domain. Come to think of it, is it really surprising? Apple as a computer maker has both audio and video capabilities. So what made Sony think he won't compete on pure audio? "Elementary Watson". So also Kodak defined its business as film cameras, Sony defines its businesses as "digital."
In digital camera the two markets perfectly meshed. Kodak was torn between going digital and sacrificing money on camera film or staying with films and getting left behind in digital technology. Left undecided it lost in both. It had to. It did not ask the question "who is my competitor for tomorrow?" The same was true for IBM whose mainframe revenue prevented it from seeing the PC. The same was true of Bill Gates who declared "internet is a fad!" and then turned around to bundle the browser with windows to bury Netscape. The point is not who is today's competitor. Today's competitor is obvious. Tomorrow's is not.
In 2008, who was the toughest competitor to British Airways in India? Singapore airlines? Better still, Indian airlines? Maybe, but there are better answers. There are competitors that can hurt all these airlines and others not mentioned. The answer is videoconferencing and telepresence services of HP and Cisco. Travel dropped due to recession. Senior IT executives in India and abroad were compelled by their head quarters to use videoconferencing to shrink travel budget. So much so, that the mad scramble for American visas from Indian techies was nowhere in sight in 2008. (India has a quota of something like 65,000 visas to the U.S. They were going a-begging. Blame it on recession!). So far so good. But to think that the airlines will be back in business post recession is something I would not bet on. In short term yes. In long term a resounding no. Remember, if there is one place where Newton's law of gravity is applicable besides physics it is in electronic hardware. Between 1977 and 1991 the prices of the now dead VCR (parent of Blue-Ray disc player) crashed to one-third of its original level in India. PC's price dropped from hundreds of thousands of rupees to tens of thousands. If this trend repeats then telepresence prices will also crash. Imagine the fate of airlines then. As it is not many are making money. Then it will surely be RIP!
India has two passions. Films and cricket. The two markets were distinctly different. So were the icons. The cricket gods were Sachin and Sehwag. The filmi gods were the Khans (Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and the other Khans who followed suit). That was, when cricket was fundamentally test cricket or at best 50 over cricket. Then came IPL and the two markets collapsed into one. IPL brought cricket down to 20 overs. Suddenly an IPL match was reduced to the length of a 3 hour movie. Cricket became film's competitor. On the eve of IPL matches movie halls ran empty. Desperate multiplex owners requisitioned the rights for screening IPL matches at movie halls to hang on to the audience. If IPL were to become the mainstay of cricket, as it is likely to be, films have to sequence their releases so as not clash with IPL matches. As far as the audience is concerned both are what in India are called 3 hour "tamasha" (entertainment). Cricket season might push films out of the market.
Look at the products that vanished from India in the last 20 years. When did you last see a black and white movie? When did you last use a fountain pen? When did you last type on a typewriter? The answer for all the above is "I don't remember!" For some time there was a mild substitute for the typewriter called electronic typewriter that had limited memory. Then came the computer and mowed them all. Today most technologically challenged guys like me use the computer as an upgraded typewriter. Typewriters per se are nowhere to be seen.
One last illustration. 20 years back what were Indians using to wake them up in the morning? The answer is "alarm clock." The alarm clock was a monster made of mechanical springs. It had to be physically keyed every day to keep it running. It made so much noise by way of alarm, that it woke you up and the rest of the colony. Then came quartz clocks which were sleeker. They were much more gentle though still quaintly called "alarms." What do we use today for waking up in the morning? Cellphone! An entire industry of clocks disappeared without warning thanks to cell phones. Big watch companies like Titan were the losers. You never know in which bush your competitor is hiding!
On a lighter vein, who are the competitors for authors? Joke spewing machines? (Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, himself a Pole, tagged a Polish joke telling machine to a telephone much to the mirth of Silicon Valley). Or will the competition be story telling robots? Future is scary! The boss of an IT company once said something interesting about the animal called competition. He said "Have breakfast …or…. be breakfast"! That sums it up rather neatly.
—Dr. Y. L. R. Moorthi is a professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He is an M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a post graduate in management from IIM, Bangalore.