Tuesday, June 30, 2009

N. Ravichandran - on YouTube

Brief interaction with N. Ravichandran, Director, Indian Institute of Management Indore (www.iimidr.ac.in), June 29, 2009, 10.30 pm

N. Ravichandran - Videos on YouTube

1)      Purpose of conference is to present management in a broader perspective

2)      What can be the outcome of the motivational conference

3)      Newer areas that come into the purview of management

4)      Global competitiveness and India centricity are the goals of the Institute

5)      Addressing needs of Madhya Pradesh -- Dr Kalam's message

6)      Along with the traditional routes, the option to be socially relevant is available to students

7)      Ravi, in the second innings

8)      Will we do a programme for politicians

9)      Mukesh Ambani and Narayana Murthy in the campus

10)  The day is not far off when Indore will be on the IT industry map

11)  Are the newer private B-schools posing a competition to IIMs

12)  Is the expectation from IIMs high

13)  Good sign that professionals are taking interest in public life

14)  Is the academia-industry interaction a one-way traffic

15)  Can the campus begin working with the industry

16)  Academia contributing independent directors to corporate Boards

17)  In due time we will have something to showcase to the media

18)  A course to study company history

19)  CEOs get the advice they seek

20)  Corporate CEOs get cocooned and thus comfortable

21)  How about a workshop for CEOs organised by IIM in a village

22)  Do campuses get the due support

Sunday, June 28, 2009

J. T. Jeyaraaj Krishnan and Jaysri Jeyaraaj Krishnan - Videos on YouTube

1) Top thoughts from a business perspective and music
2) Inspiration from parents, school and teacher, which has resulted in
the passion that goes into music
3) Medical transcription, and the outlook for the industry
4) Skills gained in medical transcription can be useful in other fields
5) Tips for time management and anger management
6) Views about the young generation
7) Before you look at yourself as a treasury manager or investment
banker, you should have the ability to dirty your hands in operations
8) After finishing CA, I started off at a desk giving statements of
accounts to customers
9) One indicator of performance
10) How work can be interesting, be it in banking or music
11) Successful bankers will be able to see the stories that financial
numbers tell
12) A key macroeconomic variable is the balance between banks' growth
and asset quality
13) When will economic recovery happen
14) Can music be a full-time profession
15) Corporate sponsorship can greatly help music, and research projects
16) Observations about audience reactions to classical music
17) Is there enough of classical music in individuals' life
18) Today's concert will have a song in Amrithavarshini raga, because
Chennai needs rains

J. T. Jeyaraaj Krishnan and Jaysri Jeyaraaj Krishnan - on YouTube

Interview with J. T. Jeyaraaj Krishnan and Jaysri Jeyaraaj Krishnan,
Veena artists, Chennai (www.veenajj.com), June 28, 2009, 7.30 am
(Nageswara Rao Park)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Jeb Brugmann - Videos on YouTube

1) India growing as an urban nation rapidly
2) What brought me to Tamil Nadu, Madurai, is a smokeless chula
project, in collaboration with C. K. Prahalad
3) Findings of the recent report on urban poverty in India
4) Dharavi issue is an example of how the Government in Maharashtra is
abandoning what's native in favour of foreign models
5) What Mumbai is doing is what the US did, a better example is in Brazil
6) Effective city building depends on tailoring solutions to each
neighbourhood, rather than borrowing outside models
7) Indian cities are searching for the magic bullet, abandoning the heritage
8) Bangalore has lost its way
9) Big corporate campuses are examples of monumentalism
10) Different types of corporate leader personalities in India
11) NURM is an example of how India is getting itself organised to
play the game of catch-up
12) How the US concept of 'urban renewal' is about destroying
communities built by poor migrants
13) Products rejected in the home market are getting imported into India
14) What are the indigenous models of urbanism in India -- Temple
city, Chowk, Mohalla
15) Infosys campus is the modern walled city
16) Shopping mall can be perceived as undemocratic, and inward-looking
17) Slum, a negative labelling by middle-class
18) Social capital in Dharavi, economic specialisations in Tamil Nadu
19) How the Thevars have progressed in Madurai
20) Centrality of family as an economic unit and also a unit of
solidarity has led to chain migration
21) Detailed economic study of Dharavi is required
22) What is the current status of Dharavi, Mumbai
23) Observations about Slumdog Millionaire
24) The world doesn't understand what's happening in India
25) Author reading his book
26) How are architects responding to urbanism ideas
27) My next book -- 'The Ecology of Prosperity'

Jeb Brugmann - on YouTube

Interview with Jeb Brugmann, Author, 'Welcome to the Urban Revolution'
(Harper), Toronto, Canada (www.jebbrugmann.com), June 27, 2009, 3.30

Sampathkumar Maalolan Anand, Praveena Anand - Videos on YouTube

1) Our work is to apply psychological concepts to business excellence
2) How I got interested in work as knowledge sharer
3) Do companies effectively identify their training requirements
4) Are organisations and individuals willing to change
5) Dependence on external motivation is high and that can come in the
way of sustained performance
6) Internal motivation essential during tough times like now
7) Employee has to move from being value to becoming valuable
8) Mapping the position of an individual, in four quadrants
9) Optimising brain performance to multi-task effectively
10) Aligning focuses on strengths, not weaknesses
11) Success story -- Example of an urban lending company
12) Wrong HR practices that Indian companies have adopted from the West
13) People stand up to the expectations
14) Should there be a cost to inefficiency in organisations
15) A programme for the general public -- to kindle self-belief
16) Belief system assessed through the programme, to monitor the
effect of intervention
17) Follow-up of progress, over many months
18) Tejas, a product for teachers
19) Not a healthy practice to categorise students based on intelligence
20) Performance indicator is seeing results and growth
21) Ancient value of inclusive growth vs Globalisation's value of
survival of the fittest
22) Immense strengths are in the roots of our culture -- Example of
lessons in Bhagavad Gita
23) Reforms required in temple administration
24) Why should induction happen after hiring
25) Should Indian businesses be worried about downturn
26) People are not commodities
27) Technical knowledge vs Attitude at work
28) Brand building
29) Choice of colours in the logo
30) How is Indian worker different from his global counterpart
31) Brain potential of men vs women
32) We send greeting cards to companies on Janmashtami
33) Need for spoken English skill in a globalised work environment
34) A big wish to adopt a village
35) Indian IT has to move from services to products
36) Are we tolerant to failure
37) Corporate music, communicating our theme to energise people
38) My presentation at the Madras Management Association

Sampathkumar Maalolan Anand, Praveena Anand - on YouTube

Interview with Sampathkumar Maalolan Anand, Chief of People, and
Praveena Anand, Chief Knowledge Sharer, Malola Mind Mentors Pvt Ltd,
Chennai (www.malola.com), March 2, 2009, 1 pm

Sulata Ajit, Lakshmi Krishnakumar - Videos on YouTube

1) How we started Sankalp for children with learning difficulties or
dyslexia, and then autism
2) We nurture children to succeed through experiences that bring out
the best in them
3) More children being identified and also born with disabilities
4) Looking for support to set up school infrastructure
5) Corporates and individuals can help subsidise fee, and fund teacher
training for special education
6) Expectations of parents
7) Counselling parents that their child is different
8) Good TV channels for children to watch
9) Capturing the special education efforts in videos for telecasting
has its advantages
10) What is autism, and how can it be detected
11) What is learning difficulty or dyslexia, and when does it manifest
12) Special education efforts can work with mainstream schools
13) Apart from the 3 Rs, we need to emphasise on the fourth R, that
is, relationship

Sulata Ajit, Lakshmi Krishnakumar - on YouTube

Interview with Sulata Ajit, Director (Special Educator), and Lakshmi
Krishnakumar, Director-Learning Difficulty/ Dyslexia, Sankalp-The Open
School & The Learning Centre, Chennai, March 7, 2009, 1 pm

S. Rajareega - Videos on YouTube

1) Traditional foods are nutritious but they are out of fashion
2) How popular are organic products
3) Farmers' experiential learning vs Agriculture education through colleges
4) We are against GM (genetically modified) foods
5) Does Green Revolution have a future
6) Seeds are the assets of farmers
7) Women have always been doing agriculture
8) Men are also forming self-help groups
9) Factories should not be set up in farming land
10) Youngsters have left the villages
11) Fruit trees and their advantages
12) Origins of organic farming (Pari)
13) Food security can be achieved through organic farming (Pari)
14) A description of my farm
15) Enthusiasm of farmers about reported organic best practices
16) Meeting the challenges to irrigation
17) Cashew farming
18) Peace that urbanites enjoy in our farm
19) Marketing of organic food products
20) Replication of the organic model
21) Preparation of manure from dead animals
22) Panchakavya works both as pesticide and nutrient
23) How urban centres can support organic farming

S. Rajareega - on YouTube

Interview with S. Rajareega, Rasi Organic Farms, Muthupatti, Kallal
(Via), Siruvayal (Post), Sivaganga District, Tamil Nadu, January 10,
2009, 1 pm

Factory visit, TI Cycles of India - Videos on YouTube

1) Data about market growth (With senior executives)
2) Hubs for sourcing (With senior executives)
3) Shifts in retail (With senior executives)
4) Green is a long-term business (Arun)
5) Brand strength (Arun)
6) Our distribution is entrenched in India (Arun)
7) Regulatory push driving the reduction of emission (Arun)
8) Better technology e-Scooters coming soon (Arun)
9) Mountain bike (At the BSA Go)
10) BSA school bag (At the BSA Go)
11) Cricket bat for beach practice (At the BSA Go)
12) Helmet for cyclists (At the BSA Go)
13) Walkers, rockers and other products for toddlers (At the BSA Go)
14) Foldable bicycle (At the BSA Go)
15) Folded bicycle (At the BSA Go)
16) Bicycle air pumps (At the BSA Go)
17) Pages from history, accolades, significant events in photographs
18) Design process (Product Development)
19) Design analysis (Product Development)
20) Can we visualise the cycle of 20 years down the line (Vasant)
21) Infusing a personality into the cycle (Vasant)
22) Focus shifts when cycle is an experiential and aspirational vehicle (Vasant)
23) Will customers be able to design on the web the cycle they want (Vasant)
24) Advisory about cycle configuration (Vasant)
25) Customers are well informed before making a choice (Vasant)
26) International bicycle shows that exhibit concept bikes, and our
engagement with NID diploma projects (Vasant)
27) Ideation in progress
28) Ideation in progress - on apparel
29) A new bike in the works
30) Wheel-chair that ensures proper breathing
31) Chainless cycle
32) Special cycle for newspaper vendors
33) Entering the factory
34) Schedules
35) Data about factory
36) Mineral water is used in the premises (Sairam)
37) Solar heat, biogas utilised
38) Shrink-wrapping in the packing section
39) Fish-test for water
40) Manufacturing excellence achieved through best practices
41) Bins to handle tubes
42) Technology used in welding
43) TIG welding, using tungsten inert gas
44) Systematic process in welding
45) Toxic gases removed and treated
46) Quality of welding
47) Alignment
48) Handling techniques
49) Emphasis on ergonomics yields results
50) Process capability of machines assessed every week
51) Overview of best practices, and measures to reduce attrition and noise
52) Morning meeting format
53) What's on production
54) Waste solvent recovery
55) Powder-coating technology
56) Moving towards SKD
57) CKD package
58) Assembling geared cycles
59) How the gears shift
60) Understanding gears
61) ERP adoption
62) Key data received through SMS from ERP
63) Ready for newspaper delivery
64) Design features to make newspaper delivery comfortable
65) Suitable for frequent stoppage
66) At the Test Centre for validating electrical and electronic components (KBS)
67) Observations about global market for electric scooters, and the
Indian need for entry-level solutions
68) Simulating bumps on the road
69) Bad road conditions tested with weight
70) Capacity that can be scaled
71) Software simulation designed by research body
72) Parameters that are tested and measured
73) Lined up for shipping
74) Track for test-driving
75) How corporates promote cycling among employees (Arun)
76) Leg-magic in the gym

Factory visit, TI Cycles of India - on YouTube

Factory visit, TI Cycles of India, Chennai (www.ticyclesindia.com),
February 27, 10 am - 2 pm

Friday, June 26, 2009

Kala Vijayakumar, S. Salivahanan - Videos on YouTube

1) Funding is key for establishing world-class universities
2) Educational institutions require greater autonomy, and there should
be a single regulatory body
3) Introducing a Masters course in Manufacturing -- Example of
automobile engineering
4) What foreign students can learn by studying in India
5) Potential for case studies that students can document
6) Why is there a paucity of endowments
7) Is academic research relevant to society's needs
8) How can industry-academia interaction be facilitated
9) Great willingness on the part of CEOs to interact with students
10) Is there a potential to make more of campus events fit for electronic media
11) More than marks, what makes students successful is overall
personality development
12) Right students in the ideal environment
13) Sports students are good in team work and leadership
14) Can campuses create leaders
15) Awareness about entrepreneurship in the programmes for students
16) Should parents have a greater visibility of what their wards study
17) Do parents think their responsibility is over after admitting
their wards in the college
18) Knowledge management in the campus
19) Does teaching attract talent
20) Post-graduates require greater recognition in employment
21) Talent acquisition for research centre
22) Corporate executives who come to campus on deputation and teach
for one to two years
23) Solar energy to manage energy costs within the campus
24) Handling the downturn worries of students
25) Industry sending projects for study in the research centre
26) Inter-disciplinary research work among departments
27) Many first-generation learners get scholarships
28) Inspiration from books on positive thinking
29) Gap between academia and media
30) Scholarship open to all States, but many States don't proactively cooperate
31) Rural Government schools -- poor response from headmasters for the
scholarship offer
32) Any successful university should be self-sustainable
33) What can make students perform better
34) Do rural students have a disadvantage when working at coming up in life
35) Importance of diversity in the campus
36) Observations about girl students, and women in employment
37) Do movies project the campus life well
38) Short films by students
39) Award-winning work with social relevance

Kala Vijayakumar, S. Salivahanan - on YouTube

Interview with Kala Vijayakumar, President, SSN Institutions, Dr S.
Salivahanan, Principal, SSN College of Engineering, Chennai
(www.ssn.edu.in), March 19, 2009, 1 pm

Uma Karthikeyan - Videos on YouTube

1) Once a task is done it should become a process
2) Diversity in our company
3) Using technology in education -- Example of CA course
4) Video tutorials specially made for training programmes, adaptable to the Web
5) Capturing the passion of the teacher, and overlaying different languages
6) Remembering my teacher
7) Industry-academia interaction through e-learning
8) We can overcome the non-personal nature of e-learning, through
intelligence built into assessment
9) Comic books -- with superheroes from the Gulf region
10) Animation as a concept is still developing -- Example of Hanumaan
11) Animation in the different genres of movies
12) Common myths about animation
13) Hot skills in animation
14) Qualities required of animators
15) Potential to standardise animation of concepts, so that teacher
plays the role of mentor
16) Pictorial instruction in rural ATMs, overcoming illiteracy barrier
17) Ongoing work in Atomic Energy schools
18) Connecting the repository of knowledge of old people with the
education needs of deprived children
19) My experience with entrepreneurship
20) We need more entrepreneurship
21) Knowledge management cell in companies
22) Role of good HR intervention -- Example of Marico
23) Effective HR enhances employee performance
24) Talent coming to animation more from Tier-2 cities
25) Newer applications -- Example of Medical animation
26) Any area can be made interesting with the help of animation
27) Challenges that animation faces
28) Excitement in animation work

Uma Karthikeyan - on YouTube

Interview with Uma Karthikeyan, CEO, Pixel Academix, and Director -
Business & Operations, Sanraa Media Ltd, Chennai
(www.sanraamedia.com), January 22, 2009, 1 pm

Book Value

1)      'A Gift to my Children: A father's lessons for life and investing' by Jim Rogers (www.wiley.com)

2)      'Changing the Rules' by Geoff Herridge (www.macmillanpublishersindia.com)

3)      'The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence' by Robert Anthony (www.harpercollins.co.in)

Manage Mentor

1)      'The Upside of the Downturn: Ten management strategies to prevail in the recession and thrive in the aftermath' by Geoff Colvin (www.nicholasbrealey.com)

2)      'How Lance Does It: Put the success formula of a champion into everything you do' by Brad Kearns (www.tatamcgrawhill.com)

Book Mark

1)      'In Search of the Obvious' by Jack Trout (Westland)

2)      'Public Relations: Principles and practices' by Iqbal S. Sachdeva (www.oup.com)

3)      'Indian Youth in a Transforming World: Attitudes and perceptions' Ed: Peter Ronald deSouza, Sanjay Kumar, and Sandeep Shastri (www.sagepublications.com)

Bhavani Balasubramanian - Videos on YouTube

1) Greater awareness of the auditors' role is needed
2) Has the responsibility of auditors changed over time
3) Auditor has to explain to clients the scope of work, and the
inherent limitations of audit
4) Three-pronged approach of ICAI to increase the skill levels of CAs
5) Do the findings of FRRB and Peer Review Board get publicised
6) AASB has been bringing out implementation guides
7) How does auditing fare in popularity, in comparison to finance, and taxation
8) Communication skills of auditors
9) CA article trainee of today is a half professional from day one
10) Standardisation of audit processes eliminates the scope for
personal judgment in terms of methodology
11) Rotation of signing audit partner happens voluntarily too
12) Small and medium audit firms too adopt best practices
13) Sharing of best practices on an audit portal can help
14) ICAI can think of offering CPE credits to members sharing best practices
15) Potential to create a knowledge bank by harvesting the experiences
and practices of senior CAs
16) Does the auditor continue to play the role of advisor for the
client, as in earlier days
17) Independence and ethics scenarios pooled from members
18) Growing awareness of independence clearance around the world
19) Practising CAs as independent directors
20) Chartered accountancy is the best course
21) Industry services and economic sphere in which CA has a role
22) Non-profit organisations can benefit from the expertise of CAs
23) Philanthropic and charity work of corporates, and the need for
professionals to ensure utilisation of funds
24) Guidelines from ICAI on non-profit accounting
25) Challenges in the accounting for newer industries
26) Collaboration between ICAI and CAG
27) Views on CA syllabus
28) Should auditing be a subject at the school level, too
29) How to make learning of auditing interesting, especially for professionals
30) Will two auditors give different views about the same situation
31) Audit is a 100 per cent team activity
32) How popular is networking among CA firms
33) Why is CA practice not attracting members
34) CA has to continually update knowledge and diversify the areas of practice
35) Factors that should be considered when taking in a partner
36) Can mentoring of smaller CA firms be formalised
37) Good idea to have helpdesks for clarifying the practice doubts of CAs
38) How helpdesks can be implemented -- An example
39) The publication 'What is an Audit' dispels common misconceptions
40) Weigh the assignment vis-à-vis the health of corporate governance
41) Women's initiative in CA firms and the Institute
42) Incubators for young CA practitioners -- a recent announcement by
the Institute
43) Views about the young generation
44) Views about the young generation (in Tamil)
45) My interest in vocal music

Bhavani Balasubramanian - on YouTube

Interview with Bhavani Balasubramanian, Partner, Deloitte Haskins &
Sells, Chartered Accountants, Chennai, June 25, 2009, 1 pm

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Arvind Mathur - Videos on YouTube

1) There is an undeniable shift towards IP-based technologies
2) Will TDM infrastructure coexist with IP and next-generation networks
3) Are data networks getting closer to common people
4) Technology alone is not the transformation
5) Impetus that C-DOT created
6) Unique Indian conditions that technology has to address
7) Does India have the potential to be on the technology product map
8) Has IT industry lost the connect with the people
9) Data centres are the single most happening thing within Sify
10) What are the metrics by which data centres are gauged
11) CIOs taking a pragmatic call about outsourcing IT infrastructure complexity
12) How long does it take to migrate IT infrastructure to a data centre
13) Meticulous planning that ensures seamless and phased migration,
with built-in redundancies
14) Every CEO and CIO looking at minimising cost, and moving to opex model
15) Talking 'Green' is no longer hype, but a real need
16) Energy efficiency is a global concern of data centre service providers
17) Will we be building a totally green data centre
18) State Governments are aware of the importance of data centres
19) Can State Governments outsource the data centre complexity to
private players
20) Predominantly, critical data are hosted within the country
21) Quality of service from data centre in India vs US
22) Data centres in India with world-class facilities
23) Online exams with the help of cloud computing through data centres
24) Intelligence is in applications, with power in the hands of people
-- Examples of Apple, BT
25) Capability to serve smaller enterprises -- Example of managed
hosted contact centre service
26) SaaS becomes PaaS
27) Role of CIOs is undergoing a change
28) CIOs as business enablers
29) My teachers in IISc and IIT, and research in optical communication
30) Optical remains an exciting area, and research is more about applications
31) On unified communications and the concept of presence
32) Extensions to social networking -- Examples of capturing
conferences, and grandfather's experiences

Arvind Mathur - on YouTube

Interview with Arvind Mathur, Chief Architect-Global Services, Sify
Technologies Ltd, Chennai (www.sifycorp.com), June 24, 2009, 1 pm

K. R. Girish - Videos on YouTube

1) Priorities before Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce
2) Global Investors Meet planned in November
3) Tourism and food-processing initiatives in Karnataka
4) Karnataka has been able to preserve its heritage
5) Impact of slowdown on IT, and how the industry has responded

Brief interaction with K. R. Girish, Vice-President, Bangalore Chamber
of Industry and Commerce, Bangalore (www.bcic.org.in), June 24, 2009,
12 noon

Jayant Jain - Videos on YouTube

1) Budget expectations on the direct taxes front
2) Possibility of a package for the IT sector
3) Will FBT be removed
4) FBT is a compliance nuisance for the industry
5) International taxation issues that need clarity
6) On the Vodafone case
7) Hassles when remitting money outside India
8) Is the tax system keeping pace with the changing business environment
9) Taxman helping taxpayer -- Example of Singapore
10) Presumptive taxation for small businesses
11) Performance of the Department's technology capabilities
12) PAN can be citizen identification number
13) Foreign dividend received in India should not be taxed
14) Desirable Budget provisions to assist housing sector
15) Does tax planning still have a role to play
16) Likely benefits for the infrastructure sector
17) Further opening up of sectors anticipated
18) Questions about LLP that require clarification
19) Client expectations from the professional
20) The PwC Experience

Jayant Jain - on YouTube

Brief interaction with Jayant Jain, Executive Director, Tax &
Regulatory Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd, Chennai
(www.pwc.com), June 23, 2009, 5 pm

Alok Ohrie, President, EMC India & SAARC Region

Interview with Alok Ohrie, President, EMC India & SAARC Region


1)      'Politics of Globalization' Ed: Samir Dasgupta and Jan Nederveen Pieterse (www.sagepublications.com)

2)      'India's Foreign Policy' Ed: Anjali Ghosh, Tridib Chakraborti, Anindyo Jyoti Majumdar, and Shibashis Chatterjee (www.pearsoned.co.in)

3)      'Organisational Behaviour: An interactive learning approach' by Sarma V. S. Veluri (www.jaicobooks.com)

4)      'Effective Yoga for Health and Happiness' by B. K. Trehan and Indu Trehan (www.macmillanpublishersindia.com)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Latha Ramanathan - Videos on YouTube

1)      Debt finance available for infrastructure continues to be limited

2)      Insurance has focused on asset creation

3)      Diversity in the country poses challenges to infrastructure development

4)      Creating infrastructure ahead of times -- Example of Malaysia

5)      PwC study of infrastructure financing

6)      Economic impact of infrastructure projects

7)      What attracts me to infrastructure

8)      Why do some PPP projects fail to succeed

9)      Theatre has an important place in life

10)  How teachers can use theatre form for imparting education

11)  Time for assessment of current infrastructure programmes

Latha Ramanathan - on YouTube

Brief interaction with Latha Ramanathan, Executive Director, Government, Reforms & Infrastructure Development (GRID) Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd, Chennai (www.pwc.com), June 23, 2009, 1 pm

Dr Yaswanth Venkatraman - Videos on YouTube

1)      Dentistry in India is totally underutilised

2)      Evening dental clinics can be set up in Government medical centres

3)      Do schools conduct routine dental check-up for students

4)      Is it expensive for schools to conduct regular dental check-up within campus

5)      Government should give direction that schools conduct routine medical and dental check-up

6)      Dental care in India vs developed countries

7)      Dental insurance is generally absent in India

8)      Insurance companies classify dental care as cosmetic treatment

9)      Are our insurance rules modelled on best global practices

10)  Can there be cultural roots to the rules followed by insurance industry

11)  Is Indian Dental Council an active body

12)  Relationship between patients and doctors, earlier and now

13)  Instant gyan that patients gather from the Internet can be out of context

14)  Indian doctors are famous for their technique and hard work, but they don't publish adequately

15)  In technology, India is on par with the developed countries

16)  Duties and taxes on medical equipment can be reduced in the Budget

17)  Observations about patients from Andhra Pradesh and Kerala

18)  Do hospitals capture knowledge from within and document the same

19)  Newer technology for knowledge management in hospitals

20)  Media room in hospital, to act as information hub for knowledge sharing

21)  Among professionals, doctors are open to sharing knowledge

22)  Student interaction with faculty, and medical practitioners

23)  Dental education in India, and the problems with the syllabus

24)  To most people, dental care and health care is a matter of breakdown maintenance

25)  Why are dentists some of the most feared doctors

26)  Two free dental clinics in Chennai, and a regular camp in village

27)  Dental pharmacy started about a year ago, and specialty dental care centre with state-of-the art facilities

28)  In rural areas, dental care awareness is very poor

29)  Top three dental diseases

30)  Impact of dental problems on general health -- Example of diabetic incidence in the case of patients with gum disease

31)  Mouth is the mirror of the body, so dental condition can be precursor to future medical status

32)  General practitioners and other specialists refer patients to the dentist, where problems are idiopathic

33)  Top myth about dental care is that tooth extraction will lead to blindness

34)  A baseless belief is that gap between teeth leads to prosperity

35)  Gold tooth syndrome -- An anecdote

36)  Is the younger generation taking greater care of teeth

Dr Yaswanth Venkatraman - on YouTube

Interview with Dr Yaswanth Venkatraman, Consultant Orthodontist & Dental Surgeon, Parasu Dental Hospital, Chennai (www.parasudental.com), June 23, 2009, 1 pm

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sudeep Jain - Videos on YouTube

1) Lot of scope for incubating entrepreneurship right from schools
2) What can be done in schools to promote entrepreneurial talent
3) When campuses encourage enterprises, complementary ecosystems will
slowly emerge
4) Not all entrepreneurs get the limelight
5) As long as there are human needs, there is scope for enterprise
6) Better complete your study, rather than drop out to become an entrepreneur
7) Minimise risk by learning during work experience, preferably in a
smaller company
8) Wannabe entrepreneurs can begin with start-ups as a place to work in
9) How difficult it is to start a business in India
10) In the long run, our system with its controls has proved to be
sturdier than the West
11) Would single-window system help entrepreneurs
12) Entrepreneur can be successful even without education - Example of Jugaad
13) Scope for consolidating successful examples of entrepreneurship
into a database
14) Reasons for the failure of entrepreneurship
15) Caution that entrepreneurs should exercise before entering into partnership
16) Can we pool all the FAQs of relevance to entrepreneurs
17) Pain-points for entrepreneurs, which require professional assistance
18) Domestic outsourcing has already started
19) Government's initiative to identify mentors within the industry
20) Entrepreneurship in the curriculum of B-schools and colleges
21) Should there be entry barriers to entrepreneurship
22) Creativity of entrepreneur is tested when land and other factors
of production are scarce
23) India offers tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurship
24) Any entrepreneur should look at the globe as a market eventually
25) Enterprise tourism, on the lines of medical and rural tourism
26) Potential for Indian ventures to attract foreign students for
projects and internships
27) Incubators are still at a nascent stage
28) Process involved when a college wants to establish an incubator
29) On funding issues that entrepreneurs face
30) Financial literacy, a global imperative that should begin in schools
31) Debt-trap, a common killer of enterprises
32) Benefit in translating modern enterprise-related literature from
English to local languages
33) Separation of ideation and implementation
34) Business plan competitions in schools and colleges, a source of ideas
35) What is social entrepreneurship
36) Entrepreneurs can also look for mentors from his school or college
37) Fear of failure in our culture prevents enterprise from flourishing
38) In the society's aspirations, entrepreneurship does not rank high
39) How can bigger corporates encourage entrepreneurship
40) Micro-enterprise has great potential in our country
41) Upward swing in the popularity of civil services
42) Bureaucracy in India vs Developed world
43) Can a bureaucrat deliver despite frequent transfers
44) Would it help to document successful case studies from bureaucracy
45) Engage in active dialogue with citizens
46) Common mistakes committed by civil services aspirants
47) Technology can take civil services coaching to far-flung areas
48) Volume that civil services aspirants have to study has been steadily rising
49) Electronic media and TV channels can run programmes for civil
service aspirants
50) Are we a patriotic society
51) Simple things that every citizen can do
52) Where can you go and plant a tree
53) Mass tree planting programmes welcome

Sudeep Jain - on YouTube

Interview with Sudeep Jain, IAS, June 22, 2009, 1 pm

M. S. Krishnan - Videos on YouTube

1) My journey 1 - I used to get lost in abstract algebra, but there
were two options at the end of my graduation
2) My journey 2 - MCA in Delhi University, and choice of employer, C-DOT
3) My journey 3 - Experience in C-DOT
4) My journey 4 - Attrition hit C-DOT and I was at a fork again
5) My journey 5 - Option to do PhD, after quitting the job
6) My journey 6 - Understanding what PhD is all about
7) My journey 7 - Carnegie Mellon University focused on the interests
of candidates, cutting across disciplines
8) My journey 8 - I became an IBM fellowship student
9) My journey 9 - Go to Michigan, advised my guide
10) My journey 10 - The NYU offer that had come before I finished my research
11) My journey 11 - The brief discussion with C.K. Prahalad, in the campus
12) My journey 12 - Software quality, CK's perspective
13) My journey 13 - Collaboration with CK on HBR article
14) Advice to youngsters who are facing options
15) Interactions with companies, after the publication of 'The New Age
of Innovation'
16) Advisory role for Chennai-based companies, that brought me back to
India -- TVSE Servicetec example
17) Challenge is to build flexibility in the systems -- using SAP
18) Personalised ERP and its relevance during downturn
19) Innovations that transform industries can happen in incremental steps
20) Failures don't live long, and experiments continue in successful companies
21) ERP - Ek baar Rona hi Padega
22) This downturn will create an enormous talent pool globally
23) Traditional models of software vendors will not work in India
24) Win-win approach, where vendor and customer grow, essential for
small enterprises
25) What makes the hosted model increasingly popular, in IT
infrastructure investment
26) N equal to 1 approach as applied to agriculture -- What Kapil Sibal said
27) We have just scratched the surface of India's talent -- An
anecdote from village
28) Individuals are different, in terms of aspirations and capabilities
29) Policy changes are required, bringing greater transparency about
educational institutions
30) Next book is a bunch of case studies
31) Forum to offer MBA students world challenges
32) Recession will force companies to address the opportunities and
pain-points at the bottom of the pyramid
33) Observations about convergence
34) Tapping into the wisdom of the crowds
35) Deep connection between Michigan and India -- through CEO Forum
36) Problems that arose when banks managed risk without transparency

M. S. Krishnan - on YouTube

Interview with M. S. Krishnan, Ross School of Business, University of
Michigan, and Co-author of 'The New Age of Innovation' (with C.K.
Prahalad) www.newageofinnovation.com, June 21, 2009, 7.30 am
(Nageswara Rao Park)

Prahasitha - Videos on YouTube

1) A programme to help achieve success by accessing the right emotions
2) What is success
3) Prioritising of wants is important
4) Balance between change and stability, between individual and collective
5) How people at different levels of growth look at success
6) Oneness UniverCity and its aim
7) Programmes conducted in Oneness Univercity
8) True spirituality emerges from one's acceptance of oneself completely
9) Experience vs Philosophy
10) There is either growth or degeneration, no stasis in the universe
11) Factors that impact our state of happiness
12) There are no readymade solutions to people's problems
13) Grace is what connects people
14) Analogy of Internet to understand how grace connects
15) Atheist is one who does not have experience of god
16) Some people recognise grace more than others do
17) Faith happens through experience
18) Courses for parents
19) Youth and children programmes
20) Are there sacrifices in the process of discovering joy
21) Do you need concentration to watch a game of cricket
22) Do what you love to do, or love what you do
23) Dissatisfaction can be perceived by others
24) Spiritual programme for corporates
25) Assessment of our programme is based on feedback
26) Problems of individuals are the same, at a deeper level
27) Need is for experience, not for newer approaches
28) Literacy vs Education
29) Observations about economic disparity among people
30) People with a greater influence have a higher responsibility to
work for their own personal transformation
31) Role of media in awakening societies
32) Views about the young generation
33) How can the problem of generation gap get resolved
34) Ways in which different generations can experience one another
35) Environment is not outside, we carry it within us
36) You can grow in spite of the environment
37) Inner and outer world affect each other
38) True success is the level of happiness one has in life
39) Relationship between a country's economic prosperity and level of
40) When families collapse, values degenerate
41) Takeaways from the West
42) What happens to one civilisation affects another
43) Change at accelerated speed is what we will be seeing
44) Wrapping up on an empty note

Prahasitha - on YouTube

Interview with Prahasitha, Guide, Oneness UniverCity, Chilamattur
Post, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh (www.onenessindia.org), June
20, 2009, 4 pm (Nageswara Rao Park)

Krishna Kumar - Videos on YouTube

1) RAND building linkages with Indian institutions to do public policy research
2) Entrepreneurship has to happen at multiple levels
3) Higher end vs lower end entrepreneurship
4) My transition from mechanical engineering to software engineering
to economics
5) Do the developing countries appreciate the power of research and knowledge
6) You don't move up the value chain by being an imitator, you need to
be innovative
7) Research focus comes with a long-term view
8) Process of development will see corporates ploughing back to
research foundations
9) Evaluating existing programmes and policies in health, education,
labour market
10) Should policies be evaluated before announcement -- Example of
clinical trials
11) Ecosystem for research in the policy space
12) What is research
13) Countries like India provide a rich ground for public policy
research, in social and economic spheres
14) Synergy in US-India partnership for policy research
15) Public policy research work in Singapore
16) Has economic crisis changed the view of developed countries about
economic theories
17) We judge our work by how much we have influenced public policy
around the world

Krishna Kumar - on YouTube

Interview with Krishna Kumar, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation, US
(www.rand.org), June 20, 2009, 9.15 am

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ganesh Ayyar - Videos on YouTube

1) Providing greater industry context necessary in chartered accountancy course
2) With business relevance CAs can be a bridge between finance and business
3) Will technology improvements make accountants redundant
4) The HP Way
5) Strategic vs Operational CEO
6) Disastrous if CEO believes he has to operate from his room
7) When people become bigger than organisations
8) What are the sources of my inspiration
9) A meeting of high-potential people in a non-traditional environment
10) My mantra is 'details'
11) How to gauge openness to learning
12) Would team sports as a finishing module make people employable
13) Decision making without undue delay
14) What is empowerment of employees to decide
15) Fear of failure can make managers not use their full power to decide
16) Was it a good landing -- A perspective
17) Is engagement of employees measurable
18) Forum for expressing ideas -- An initiative to save a dollar a day
19) Large organisation is made of small organisations
20) Need for context at the rank and file level -- Example of VIP security
21) Connecting the measurable micro goals to organisational contribution
22) Discipline around knowledge management is a big challenge
23) Company with discipline can derive better ROI from technology tools
24) Views about the young generation
25) What students can consider when choosing an engineering course
26) A dream I'd like to chase later -- Starting a school
27) Self-sustenance creates excellence -- Example of a school
28) Education through facilitators managing physical environment and
domain experts leveraging technology
29) Leaders have a job to do
30) Outlook for IT services industry in India
31) Why companies have to look at newer options, when faced with trimmed budgets
32) Learning curve benefits vs Nimbler players who leapfrog the cost of learning
33) A story from my early days as a salesperson
34) Budget expectations of the IT services industry

Ganesh Ayyar - on YouTube

Interview with Ganesh Ayyar, CEO, MphasiS, Bangalore, June 19, 2009, 5 pm

Anupam Pahuja - Videos on YouTube

1) Remembering my teacher
2) My presentation at a seminar on 'building pride in organisations'
3) Pride vs Arrogance
4) Our work at making organisations better by making employees better
5) Measures of employee, both in terms of skills and competencies,
should be continuous
6) Hierarchical vs Consultative process in performance appraisal of employees
7) Linking compensation to performance
8) Visibility of organisation is essential during downturn -- Example
of American Airlines
9) What is innovation
10) Lot of potential for saving energy costs in the IT sector
11) Views about young generation
12) Do HR departments in organisations get the right talent
13) HR is a key piece in the organisational jigsaw
14) Tools for HR to move from being tactical to playing a strategical role
15) People with the right mindset move on and adapt to changes
16) Career planning by matching one's strengths to the map of
organisation's requirements
17) Importance of HR in public sector organisations
18) Will best employers begin attracting employees who pay to work there

Anupam Pahuja - on YouTube

Brief interaction with Anupam Pahuja, Managing Director – India,
SumTotal Systems India Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad (www.sumtotalsystems.com),
June 19, 2009, 3 pm

Pradip K. Maity - Videos on YouTube

1) Solutions for the structural engineering community, in analysis and design
2) Assisting steel and concrete workflow, for structural engineers
3) Projects that used our products -- including Delhi Metro
4) Integration of applications, to ensure data interoperability
5) Efficiency and cutting-edge technology required in global projects
6) Priorities of companies during the downturn
7) Takeaways from Singapore projects are efficiency and accuracy
8) Quality focus has increased, with international players
participating in Indian infrastructure projects
9) Are today's engineers able to cope with new technologies
10) Role played by college teachers in introducing students to current
industry practices
11) Projects using steel vs concrete
12) Importance of infrastructure maintenance to ensure its longevity
13) How affordable are Bentley solutions for the Indian market
14) Mood among show participants is one of expecting recovery

Pradip K. Maity - on YouTube

Brief interaction with Pradip K. Maity, Executive Director-Industry
Sales, Bentley Systems (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Singapore
(www.bentley.com), June 19, 2009, 12 noon

Mylapore Venkata Bhaskar - Videos on YouTube

1) Plans to expand to 25-30 restaurants in 3 years
2) Do we have statistics on organised restaurant business in India
3) Wrong to say that the family-oriented restaurants have not delivered
4) We want to democratise the process of coming up with new recipes in
our restaurant
5) Chirpiness and fun that 'Masala' in our restaurant name suggests
6) Recipe events coming up in Myilai Masala restaurant
7) Working on standardisation of brand, restaurant ambience, kitchen
and service processes
8) Dubai and western Chennai -- venues for new restaurants in the next 6 months
9) Standardisation is the key word, and local customisation even in
foreign restaurants will be minor
10) Celebrities are switching over to vegetarianism
11) Indian consumers are conscious of value-for-money
12) Opportunities for centralised business models in restaurant
13) Importance of customer perception in restaurant business, as in retail
14) Share of packed foods in retail sales
15) Short shelf-life for a quick turnaround
16) Brand registration has to happen in restaurant, before we move to
campus outlets
17) Model of small restaurant or food-court in malls and other places
18) Do good things, rather than merely stop with listening to good things
19) Start somewhere, when you want to do good
20) Greatest challenge in restaurant industry is manpower
21) Part-time employment model has to happen in restaurant business,
but there are regulatory restrictions
22) A recent post in my blog -- 'Anything more than a Santro'
23) Brick-and-mortar space offers opportunities to experiment many
things for augmenting revenue
24) No limit to bringing into restaurants different international
vegetarian cuisines
25) The entertainment dimension of our business
26) Subsets within the vegetarian segment, including the organic-food avid
27) Can we cater to those designing their own dinner over the web
28) Remembering my teacher
29) One most valuable work lesson -- Take your work seriously, but
keep your composure in tact
30) Views about the young generation
31) Leader has to make every member of the team feel that he has an
equal role to play
32) Effective communication is talking what the other man understands
-- Example of information that makes sense to a cook
33) Industry can influence policy-making by communicating the big
picture to the authorities
34) What can be done about the low entry barrier in the restaurant business
35) Impact of slowdown on retail
36) Story behind 'Mylapore' in my name

Mylapore Venkata Bhaskar - on YouTube

Interview with Mylapore Venkata Bhaskar, CEO, Vinoosh Foods and
Entertainment P Ltd, Chennai, June 17, 2009, 7.30 am (Nageswara Rao

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saurabh Tripathi - Videos on YouTube

1) We cannot afford to drop the reform agenda for banks
2) BCG research shows that half of financially-excluded households can
be served profitably
3) How NBFCs can supplement bank finance for SMEs
4) Creative thinking required to make NBFCs function in an enabling environment
5) ATMs vs Mobile phone based banking
6) Will India leapfrog the credit card and e-commerce penetration
7) Financial services through mobile phone vs Bank account
8) Mobile phone based transactions can replace cash, with an ecosystem
of enough scale
9) Bank consolidation, a hot topic in Government circles
10) What's exciting in the non-life insurance space
11) Performance of private non-life insurance players
12) Potential for the Indian health insurance market
13) Will we see fresh joint ventures in the insurance sector
14) Observations about liberalisation of capital flows
15) We are going to see Basel III towards a new paradigm of risk management
16) Does India have a say in the framing of global banking regulatory standards
17) Performance of the US Fed vs Indian RBI
18) What are the constraints under which Indian public sector banks operate
19) Are public sector banks pressurised to lend to X or Y
20) Full potential of Bancassurance yet to be realised
21) Indian public sector banks moving from one phase of technology to the next
22) ROI of CBS not rigorously tracked
23) Do overseas branches have relevance for Indian banks
24) Lack of size prevents our banks from taking a leadership position
when funding cross-border deals and big infrastructure projects
25) On microfinance and micro-insurance
26) Banks in the microfinance space
27) Is technology for Indian banks priced right
28) What prevents us from adopting the best practices in banking technology
29) Market dynamics, rather than coercion, will drive bank interest rates
30) Implementation of unique identifier for every citizen will impact
financial services in a big way
31) Banks in China vs India

Saurabh Tripathi - on YouTube

Interview with Saurabh Tripathi, Partner & Director, The Boston
Consulting Group (BCG), Mumbai, June 16, 2009, 4 pm

Atul Hemani - Videos on YouTube

1) Challenging times stir innovation
2) Disaster recovery and business continuity services
3) Building awareness about emergency response, as CSR
4) Views about the young generation

Atul Hemani - on YouTube

Brief interaction with Atul Hemani, Managing Director, Omnitech
InfoSolutions Ltd, Mumbai (www.omnitechindia.com), June 16, 2009, 3.40

Book Value

1)      'Hedge Hunters: Hedge fund masters on the rewards, the risk, and the reckoning' by Katherine Burton (www.vivagroupindia.com)

2)      'The Pursuit of Perfect' by Tal Ben-Shahar (www.tatamcgrawhill.com)

3)      'Liberating Passion: How the world's best global leaders produce winning results' by Omar Khan (www.wiley.com)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Manage Mentor

1)      'There's No Elevator to the Top' by Umesh Ramakrishnan (www.penguin.com)

2)      'Mom-in-Chief: How wisdom from the workplace can save your family from chaos' by Jamie Woolf (www.josseybass.com)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Book Building

'Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How cities are changing the world' by Jeb Brugmann (www.harpercollins.co.in)

Book Mark

1)      'The Real Deal' by James Caan (www.virginbooks.com)

2)      'Toyota' by K. Dennis Chambers (www.macmillanpublishersindia.com)

3)      'How to Instantly Connect with Anyone' by Leil Lowndes (www.tatamcgrawhill.com)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


1)      'Living the Information Society in Asia,' Ed: Erwin Alampay (www.idrc.ca)

2)      'The Penguin CNBC-TV18 Business Yearbook 2009,' Ed: Derek O'Brien (www.penguin.com)

3)      'Business Information Systems: Systems engineering for business managers' by Prithwis Mukerjee (www.jaicobooks.com)

4)      'How I Made It: 40 successful entrepreneurs reveal all' Rachel Bridge (www.vivagroupindia.com)

5)      'Linux: Applications and administration' by Ashok Kumar Harnal (www.tatamcgrawhill.com)