Sunday, October 21, 2007

India's firms build global empires

Fortune's special story on how Indian firms are expanding worldwide.  Wonderful strides and inspiring stories are redefining the new entrepreneurial India.

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India's firms build global empires - October 29, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Living Off Screen - Chiranjeevi's Family Drama

I never liked any movie stars that became so popular based on their caste and family background rather than their real talent. But I could not resist sharing this off-screen drama in the life of a hypocritical on-screen hero.

Chiranjeevi is arguably one of the most popular actors, if not the best, in Andhra Pradesh. For a while, he has been trying desperately to enter politics using movies as a base following the footsteps of NTR, (the movie star who challenged the unbeatable Congress and became the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh). But something the actor himself never might have imagined. His screen life drama one day may become his real life story  with a little twist. He would be playing the opposite role.

It was a sensational and unbelievable turn around when he canceled his first daughter's marriage after her engagement to the then upcoming star UdayKiran. Unlike in movies where Chiranjeevi fights against villainous parents of Bride, he and his family seems to have played the role of villains. The engagement was canceled and later she was married to another after the press was completely blocked from access to his family.

His brother, another, of course a film star who started and survived behind Chiranjeevi's tides of success and caste biased fan clubs, became a big case study. Beating up directors, fighting on streets and supremely confident one-man-pictures that never attracted even his own caste biased fan clubs. Recently, he married another movie star leaving out his earlier marriage and attracted legal charges for polygamy.

Now, his second daughter publicly announces to the media that her family confined her to a room and not allowed her to go out, the exact movie style the family and rest of his fans were quite used to. Only the difference is that the on-screen hero playing the role of villain. Finally his daughter escaped and got married and announced to public that her family can not come in between and torn her love. Movies seems to be working. At least his daughter learned something from his movies. Love is something her parents can not decide and force.

Too many movie style highly dramatic events, set the movie actor who wanted to start a new party and win the elections with more or less caste divided electorate, in real life drama. It will be interesting how he and his crazy fans could spin the whole drama for political gains and come out.

Based on what he has done so far, I guess, he would give a nice spin to all drama. Politics is something too expensive to loose over dignity and honesty.

Drupal TechTalk at Google

Drupal TechTalk at Google, if you are interested in learning more about Drupal.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Remarkable Lectures : Randy Pausch

Source: A Beloved Professor Delivers The Lecture of a Lifetime  (WSJ)

Interesting aspects to learn from the speech. Brick walls are there for a reason; to see how bad you want something to be done. How bad you want to succeed no matter what is thrown at you. So in turn, brick walls are there to filter out. 

Link to Full Video of Randy Pausch's lecture.(WMV file) or watch at Google Videos.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

IT Out Sourcing 2.0, for the Flat World

IT Outsourcing, a couple of years back, literally meant  shifting Product Development, Software Implementation and most of  back office management to India (from US and major European countries). But when Nandan Nilekani of Infosys said 'The World is Flat', he did not mean moving work to Bangalore alone or India in general.  In fact he was hinting about  the future of Outsourcing, the out sourcing 2.0.

"Any thing can be outsourced to anywhere in the world." (Following  the same tenets of outsourcing : price, time and knowledge)

Facing serious problems of attrition and salary increases and increasing competition all over, Indian IT companies are fast expanding to rest of the cheaper and better world: Mexico, China and a few other third world countries. Time is fast approaching for Indian IT engineers to start discussing about  loosing their jobs to their cheaper counterparts in the rest of the world. 

While expansion to Mexico, China and few other third world countries seems to be a rational choice, I am little confused with the rationale of American graduates in choosing outsourcing firms. Having spent most of my time in one of the top three IT firms in India, I have no clue why American College graduates turn down Google and join Infosys. The following story in NY Times says that it is happening.

Many of them are recent American college graduates, and some have even turned down job offers from coveted employers like Google. Instead, they accepted a novel assignment from Infosys, the Indian technology giant: fly here for six months of training, then return home to work in the company’s American back offices.

India is outsourcing outsourcing.

Outsourcing Works, So India Is Exporting Jobs - New York Times

Times are fast changing. Businesses and markets world wide have tasted outsourcing and its price advantage. It will never stop. Weak Dollar and alarming attrition rates have started forcing Indian IT firms to go for job cuts and expand further into new cheaper destinations. This, I believe,  will increase exponentially in the next few months.  The saga of outsourcing continues. For businesses, it doesn't matter. Infosys may not care whether they do it from India or any part of the world. They also need outsourcing to rest of the world for the same exact price advantage.

That would,  in general change a lots of things for the Indian economy, that has been riding on the high tides for a while. And  these are definitely quite an Interesting and very tough times for typical Indian IT engineer, who have already deeply in debt trying to reach out booming and mostly hyped up real estate and western lifestyles. Can they afford to loose their jobs at this juncture to rest of the world? 

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Happy Fall, Pumpkin!

A friend of mine sent me this image and the message below,  wishing a Happy fall and to pass on a pumpkin.

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Being a good person is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all of the yucky stuff -- including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a bright new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.

NDTV.com : Fact or Allegation ? Just another twisted title for sensationalism

This is yet another example of NDTV.com’s sensationalism twisted titles. The title says, as if this was a fact, woman made to urinate in pub...