Archive for the ‘Asia’ Category

In-House Technology v/s Foreign Technology

February 15, 2012

In-House Technology v/s Foreign Technology

As Science and Technology originates and shapes in Europe and America, poor countries like IndiaAfrica & China lack in developing In-House Technology and hence have to become slaves to the trade of foreign countries.

Computers and Internet Technology provided great new freedom in communication, work and home. As Asian countries lagged in Science and Technology, we became third-party vendors and body-shoppers for the West. And hence most of the Asians are becoming machine or time workers.

The thought now comes, since the West was far ahead in Science and Technology (“European and Israeli”), its technology is far superior. We can hardly neglect this technology. Even if we develop our own technology, it would take a hell lot of efforts and time. Offcourse there is a fair chance of it succeeding, but it might fail miserably too.

The question for all of us is “Should we risk and dare in new ventures & thinking which is very risky or become a slave for the rest of our life to the West?”. Off course, this shouldn’t make us stop consumers from buying foreign goods or the government to stop liberalizing, which would be counter-productive to Nature and everyone else too.

Param in India
A look at the World in their Quest for Survival

Caution: This is all theory

A different view of the Town

November 25, 2011

A different view of the Town

This is a view about our city “Mumbai” from a different perspective. To help it heal, as one city. All its people together, its environment and perhaps its relation to rest of the country India too.

Most of the towns in out country are built without planning. Randomly as per the flow of people from neighboring areas. Here is an analysis of the prevailing situation (a bit technical) of our cities and what we can do about it in the future.

Concrete, Mud taken from the surrounding area to build the town. The vacant area around the town is filled with garbage leading to ground water pollution. Also the perimeter of the city is affected by water & land borne diseases.

The Low Lying Gas flow in and out of the city is restricted. This has two effects:
1. Rains will pass on from the city in a short time as compared to rains on other areas. (Mostly due to uneven pressure created in the low-lying gas and middle level gas layer)
2. The gas prevalent just above the city is contaminated leading to gas diseases in the city

The population and all the construction in the city will also lead to increase in pressure on the land in the city and decrease in the pressure in the land in the surrounding areas.

1. Universe was created from possibly an atom reaction or nothing. Man must learn this technology and create all the materials from this technology of nature (In fact this is underway in the CERN Reactor)
2. Environment and Waste Recycling for the Entire City
3. Short Term Preventive Measure: disinfection of people living in the outskirts of the city for diseases
4. Advance planning for future cities in the country

The same problem would exist in the village except for the fact that the construction would be in a less intensity. But so would be the technology infrastructure to cure a person of the diseases.

Caution: This might be all theory

Bollywood (An Outsiders View)

November 24, 2011

Bollywood (An Outsiders View)

India is a conservative country with Mumbai its financial capital. It is tied in old customs, traditions and hardly has the infrastructure for lateral innovation. The Indian Society limits the individual growth due to its emphasis on the Family Based Society. So it is impossible for any industry to innovate. However two industries outshine even in these impossible circumstances: Bollywood and The Ad Industry.

The Bollywood Industry which takes in all the mavericks and makes them stars. In the City of Dreams, Mumbai (aka Bombay). Most of all it gives them a chance to express their personalities & maintain their individualities at the same time. If you want to do creative work and maintain your self-respect in the East (India), Bollywood is THE place. Off course the ride might be a bit bumpy. Come home to the stars.

Here are some of its prolific personalities of Bollywood since its inception to now:

Guru Dutt: Pyaasa
Dev Anand: Jewel Thief
Raj Kapoor: Aawara
Sunil Dutt: Mother India
Rajesh Khanna: Anand
Amitabh Bachchan: Sholay
ShahRukh Khan: Swades
Tangential: Satyajit Ray

The other industries (IT, Pharma and so on)  have to learn & apply from these industries to starve off global competition. There is simply no way out.

Caution: This might be all theory

India, Companies and Innovation: Part II: The Inside View

November 15, 2011

India, Companies and Innovation: Part II: The Inside View

Considering our last blog “India, Companies and Innovation: The Outside View”, it is impossible to breed talent and hence innovation in the Indian Society. So is it possible to get any innovation in any company in India, despite of the prevalent outside conditions and off course our Society. It was possible for me. Twice.

One with Infosys and one with Astrazeneca. Both my mentors were remarkable people for an Indian Society and had the patience & oversight for breeding talent and innovation (Now they are out from their previous companies and on their own). Perhaps only because of their exposure to the West. However the odds of finding such people is perhaps one in a million considering the odds stacked against the lack of individuality and freedom in India.

And after that you have to find a disciple who has the courage, emotional and intellectual capacity to churn out innovation. One who is probably ready to risk it all: job, sleep, possibility of getting being left out and perhaps even becoming crazy. I mean really crazy. Sometimes innovation can drive a person mad. And perhaps all that you live for: your personal life.

So what are the odds to churn out of innovation in India . Very rare. One in a billion. And since our population is a billion, there would be perhaps only one or max two cases of any real innovation coming out of India .

So boy, what do we do now? India has to have innovation if she has to feed her billions. There is no other way out. The rest of the World is not gonna give free food to us. Nor is the environmental resources gonna last forever on which we are feeding currently. Well, it’s a question for us to think about. Perhaps, the most important truth which our Society faces us in this Century.

Caution: This might be all theory

India Revisited: (Post-Independence)

November 14, 2011

India Revisited: (Post-Independence)

India at 1947
The West was the hub (Bombay) of all business and cultural activities. East India Company (The British) governed its business empire from the West.

West ruled India

India at 1975
With the Indian Political System being established, the West lost its power. Delhi became center-stage with nuclear revolution in India. The License Raj was dithering and the green revolution create vast riches in the North.

North Ruled India

India at 2011
With the computer revolution setting into the World with Internet which shrunk geography, most of the South who are good at books took advantage of this and became very prolific. Wealth from the World (mostly USA) shifted to the South of India.

South rules India

What NOW?
With the population at its peak in the World (7 billion), space is fast becoming a problem. Hence the East (they are best in cramming into small places) is now ready to play center stage in this new India . An India which is hungry for space.

Will the East rule India?

Caution: This might be all theory

India, Companies and Innovation: Part I: The Outside View

November 13, 2011

India , Companies and Innovation: Part I: The Outside View

After 1947, India had mostly a Socialist System and with a license raj. All the companies which came up was purely due to the licenses given by the government rather than innovation. It is like a billion people and 100 companies. It is but natural for these companies to grow in size.

There is hardly any competition for them to competer in Indian Markets (Domestic or International). Butter the government and you can make billion dollar companies. Simple Mantra. However the international scenario is different.

Tata’s acquisition of British brands would fizzle down in 2 decades with companies being sold to other foreign brands (Similar is the case for companies like Infosys, Wipro and others around). Hence Indian consumers suffer in choice and innovative products. Most of the customers have to pay for third-class products at high prices in the market. Go and buy products of any Indian company in India and you will know for yourself the full experience of “Indian Brands”.

The government has to undergo a full liberatization of Indian Markets in order for the common man to benefit and offcourse to create world class companies. No liberalization. No Quality. No world class companies.

Caution: This might be all theory

Infosys and the Tie

November 13, 2011

Infosys and the Tie

The Tie is mostly for the West where the infrastructure is such where a tie can be sustained. The East hardly has that. Infosys mandates a tie to be worn for 4 days. However the infrastructure in India can hardly support it.

It only provides infrastructure in the campus and perhaps the infrastructure (Salary, ESOP, Loans) for a home.

But what about the surrounding infrastructure in the city. That creates a difference in the behavior of its employees. So Infosys will always be dependent on the quantity of employees in its company. Not the Quality.

So if it has to innovate and become a next-generation company, all it has to do is get rid of the tie.

Caution: This might be all theory

The Big Machine In India

May 29, 2011

The Big Machine In India  

The Big Machine was introduced by England & Germany in the 18th century to relieve the masses out of poverty. Its traces can be rooted to the discoveries of thinkers (Issac Newton) and inventors like (James Watt).

India  was under the British Empire till 1950 and they kept the “Big Machine” away from India to rule the country. But at the same time, England also took a lot of natural resources for its consumption from India. The leaders (Gandhi) prevailing at the time of independence were of the thought “The machines bring about slavery to the common man. This should be avoided at all cost. So lets avoid the ‘Big Machine’ and instead concentrate on Small Industries, Shops and other petty business”. However the population rose sharply and the above thinking hardly could match the food requirement of the masses. Only the Industrial Revolution and the Big Machine could satisfy the need of the masses – Food, Shelter and Clothes. BTW, that is still the case.

China in the 1970’s opened the door of its economy for ‘Industrial Revolution‘ and rapidly modernized, lifting more than half of its population out of poverty. However even after 25 years of this miracle, India is yet to learn and relies mostly on petty businesses. One cannot skip the “Industrial Revolution“. India must pass through it to get to the next stage (Internet & Biotech). At no cost, we can jump to the next stage of evolution by refusing to let the “Industrial Revolution & Big Machine” help the masses get out of poverty.

We have to liberalize now for an Industrial Revolution in India. Otherwise we will slip away into oblivion for a few centuries.

Caution: This might be all theory

A funny take at India (2011)

May 12, 2011

A funny take at India (2011)

Everyone: Paisa! Paisa ! Paisa ! Kaisa Bhi !

Rahul: I am trying to catch up to my ancestors

Singh: I am the only saint in the country

Mumbai: We are fast n dats all we know

Delhi: We are rude & cruel

Bangalore: We have a sleazy background

NRN: We don’t care about money as long as it is with us

Premji: We are good copy cats

Laloo: I am only interested in Malai

Omar (J&K): There is always gonna be trouble here

Hrithik: Where’s Dad? Any new MJ in the west?

Caution: This might be all theory

The Other Side of a Terrorist

May 3, 2011

The Other Side of a Terrorist

Osama Bin Laden, a person whom we commonly associate with the 9/11 incident. Here is a twist to his story:

Osama Bin Laden was hardly a front-line person. He was only a man who would give speeches. More or less a political person. There is a whole network of terrorist round the world? Who would dismantle it?

Was Osama Bin Laden a puppet of the World to supply terrorist for hire in exchange for money? To strike anywhere? America, Russia, England, India, Pakistan? Who has replaced him? Who decides who succeeds him?

Is all the money coming to him by the poppy fields which supply drugs to the West? Cocaine, Hashish, and more. Drugs used for adolescent sex and rape. For violence?

Opium Production in Afghanistan

Is it the arms industry of the World which is supporting them? If they strike American interest, it would be natural for America to arm more (more missiles, tanks, soldiers) and more of America’s tax money would go into the arms industry.

Who are the people who get trained to be terrorist? People already who have no hope to live and are going to die? These are the very people because it is difficult for the rich to share and off-course lack of leaders, talent among those people who can raise their infrastructure and living standards.

9/11 – Has anyone thought why would 9/11 happen?  Was the WTC under great losses after 2000 bust (recession) of America? And the money losses unrecoverable? Was it planned by some top people in America itself so that they can wash off a lot of losses in insurance claims? Were the people who got knocked off no longer skilled and would have perished any-ways under the burden of crime, losses? Were there people who were absent when 9/11 happened? Can we trace their link back to the people who planned 9/11?

The terrorist is a creation of our Society? Of those, who have more lust and greed than simple need (Rich and greedy politicians, businessman). If we have to remove terrorism we have to root out greed rather than only killing terrorist. They are products of the evils of our Society, not the cause.

Caution: This might be all theory