TKM #44: Want a GfE?

Friday, 25 March 2011 13:42

Another 40 mins of Tech Ka Masala is here for you. Manan & I talk about Infbeam's 2000 crore MoU with Gujarat Govt to e-nable rural Gujarat and help them set up their stores online. The sheer value of the MoU is staggering from an e-commerce point of view in India. They obviously see something that Manan & I can't. We also spend enough time talking about Microsoft's seriousness about the Windows Phone 7 Platform given the mishaps and lack of updates to the platform and also, about LinkedIn reaching 100 mn users in India and why the phenomenal service is so undervalued. Other topics include the iPad 2 launch,  layoffs expected at AOL India and XXX domain being cleared.

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Kenneth Cukier is The Economist's Japan Business and Finance correspondent, but in the last couple of weeks, he has stared at one of the most grueling assignments of his career: cover Japan's largest earthquake, visit disaster zones and make sense of the mayhem. In this podcast, Kenn salutes the spirit of the Japanese who are ploughing through the crisis with aplomb. He doesn't mince words while criticizing the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) which is at the core of the nuclear reactor crisis. Following are some of his words which summarise his state of mind and that of rest of Japan:

Huddled and cold, many so elderly, evacuees making their way
The clasped hands of a woman scouring a newspaper's names
The tears of survivors greeting for the first time
(First, the gratitude of life; then, the whispers of death)

A city: obliterated. Small universes: annihilated.
Now, calm. Now, digging—not to rebuild but to bury the dead
There, I saw a carpenter's plane and unbroken cup
A reminder of something past and something ahead

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Rajat GuptaUntil recently, Rajat Gupta was a poster for young Indian students. However, it all came crashing down. Rajat Gupta's  involvement with Raj Rajaratnam founder of Galleon Group has cost Rajat not only his seat on numerous company boards but also his reputation.

Shoba Narayan talks about what each one of us can learn and take away from this incident.

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Sudhir Naik, the ground in-charge and the curator at Wankhede joins us to talk about the efforts that went behind making the pitch, the outfield and the stadium which will soon host the most important One Day International (ODI) in four years: the Finals of the World Cup 2011 will be held at Wankhede on April 2, 2011. As a former test cricketer and Mumbai Ranji captain, Sudhirji speaks passionately about his role and how he kept his head when all about him were losing theirs; he along with his team made it possible to get the ground up and running for the three matches of this World Cup by spending months together on the ground and toiling it through the summer and rains.

What would Sudhir Naik do if he wins the toss in the finals? (6 min snippet below)

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In the following 6 min snippet, Sudhir Naik talks about the sad state of affairs of men who matter most and the support (lack of) from BCCI:

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The best eight teams have advanced to the quarter finals. India take on Australia on Thursday. Minal and Ayaz talk not just about the fortunes of these teams but also about the minnows like Ireland which has made a mark in the cricketing world. However, over time, all good Ireland players are poached by England and Minal probes Ayaz about this trend. Ayaz feels that the world cup has revived the One day format. Out of the eight teams, there is no team which looks like the favourite. New Zealand and Pakistan have made significant progress. Australia does not look half the team that they were in the last world cup. Let the games begin!

 

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This podcast covers a little bit of everything. Nani and Arunava are pleasantly surprised that a few kids in Kolkata are running around in football jerseys during the cricket world cup season. In other news, Italy considers an under 21 side in Serie B after an uneventful (read: disastrous) world cup campaign. The Indian National team is preparing for the AFC Challenge cup in Kuala Lumpur. Nani probes Arunava on the team and the management view on the Indian coach who was accused of rascism.

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The Round Robin matches are in their last stage. While Group A seems to have sorted themselves out, Group B has made mundane look exciting with England providing the Indian crowds a case study in upsets by losing to Bangladesh and Ireland. South Africa have made it to the quarter finals after beating India in the last over. Minal sympathises with Ashish Nehra but blames our reputed batsmen who in Dhoni's words, 'played for the crowds and not for the country.' Pakistan and Australia will clash in this week and hopefully Kamran Akhmal will pouch all catches that come his way. We don't make any grand predictions in this podcast. That's for the experts. But now the Cup is open. India entered the tournament as favourites, but now the odds are even.

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BiziNation # 51: The World Cup Moolah

Friday, 18 March 2011 01:55

Scarcity makes things invaluable and that's what makes the World Cup cricket a mouth watering proposition for advertisers. All India Radio is slated to earn around Rs. 7 crore from the 45 day long event. Others like Pepsi, Castrol, Hyundai, Amul have bet their best buck hoping to capture minds and eye balls. In other news, Indigo plans to hire 1,500 employees this year with aviation sector grappling the effects of rise in the Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) price. And scooters are back!

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  • All India Radio expects to make Rs. 8 Crore from the World Cup
  • Companies wooing audience through World Cup Games and Apps
  • Amul ties up with the Dutch team
  • Indigo to hire 1,500 new faces in 2011
  • Scooters make a comeback

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