Friday, July 31, 2009

Book Value

1)      'Emotionomics: Leveraging emotions for business success' Revised edition by Dan Hill (

2)      'Bazaars, Conversations & Freedom: For a market culture beyond greed and fear' by Rajni Bakshi (

3)      'The 10 Minute Coach: Daily strategies for life success' by Dan Lier (

Anand Sudarshan - Videos on YouTube

1)      Acceleration of reforms in education is essential for India's progress

2)      How does the economic crisis hit the students

3)      Positives and negatives when parents make the choice for children's higher education

4)      Our education sector has to communicate better and go beyond the labels of courses

5)      Do we work in gates or do we choose lifelong learning

6)      Overseas universities are able to capture a huge market in India

7)      Government's fiscal support to education has largely been misdirected

8)      We need an Education Loan Guarantee Act

9)      Creating Government infrastructure for higher education was relevant at a point in time

10)  Public-Private Partnership can extract efficiencies from the existing education infrastructure

11)  Current framework has in some ways enabled a few unscrupulous players to enter the private education sector

12)  Private sector has successful examples of inclusivity in education

13)  Diversity in campuses

14)  Regulatory ethos in education needs a complete overhaul

15)  Whiff of change that we now see in education

16)  Role of foreign universities in India

17)  A common myth is that people flock back to school in times of recession

18)  Low level of Gross Enrolment Ratio is a matter of deep concern

19)  Growth through Experiential osmosis vs Continuing education with academic rigour

20)  Knowledge for knowledge's sake vs Education for education's sake -- Individual vs societal considerations

21)  League tables of universities are a global phenomenon, but rankings done without due homework can be a problem

22)  How can the impact value of education system be measured

23)  Alumni are a huge asset class but very few institutions do a good job of harnessing them

24)  On fiction woven around campuses

25)  Let us not succumb to the tyranny of 'OR' when thinking about vernacular and English

26)  MBA programme with sectoral relevance -- Example of media and entertainment

27)  Banking, Insurance, Retail, Financial Services, Automotive, Hospitality -- other sectoral MBAs

28)  Industry-Academia interaction accelerated through the high-speed blender called sectoral MBAs

Anand Sudarshan - on YouTube

Interview with Anand Sudarshan, MD & CEO, Manipal Education, July 29, 2009, 8.30 am (Le Royal Méridien)

Sudhir Kapadia - Videos on YouTube

1)      GST will be a reality, and many positive steps are being taken

2)      Experience of VAT has made the states confident about GST introduction

3)      Precautions with regard to food prices are necessary when introducing GST

4)      How will GST handle the volatility of petroleum prices

5)      Did the dual GST spoken of in Budget come as a surprise

6)      GST legislation required at the Central and State levels

7)      Opportunities and challenge for corporates as regards GST

8)      Two major strides in the area of international taxation

9)      Possible reasons for not bringing in APA, as yet

10)  Considerations when companies resort to APA

11)  Issues that are likely to demand the attention of the TP dispute resolution body

12)  On the Vodafone issue

13)  More than 50 per cent of stimulus measures are in the area of tax

14)  Broad baskets in which stimulus measures fall

15)  Effective corporate tax rates in India are still very high

16)  Who will benefit from the R and D incentive

17)  Governance, rather than tax concessions, will differentiate the states as attractive investment destinations

18)  States should guard against giving away too much in the anxiety to win investments

19)  Have the backward area tax incentives helped those areas to develop and grow

20)  We may find a negative list of services in the GST law

21)  Tax code initiative is a move in the right direction

22)  Is tax a key driver in inbound and outbound investments

23)  Any tax amnesty should have a combination of carrot and stick

24)  Scope for simplification of tax forms

Sudhir Kapadia - on YouTube

Interview with Sudhir Kapadia, Partner & Tax Head - Technology, Communications & Entertainment, E&Y, July 28, 2009, 7.15 pm (Raintree)

K. K. Raman - Videos on YouTube

1)      A key question is whether the IT industry is functioning at its full potential

2)      Is the IT industry body doing enough about strategic direction-setting

3)      An inclusive approach is required for the industry's growth

4)      Opportunity in the domestic market and public systems

5)      Activity of Institute of Public Auditors

6)      Indian IT industry is at an inflection point

7)      Impact of the current crisis on IT industry

8)      Coping with the shift from certainty to uncertainty

9)      Factors that contributed to Indian IT success

10)  Role that intellectual curiosity played in the Indian IT growth

11)  IT has brought transparency in public services but there is a long way to go

12)  Focus on process and quality has led to IT's maturity, scale and growth

K. K. Raman - on YouTube

Brief interaction with K. K. Raman, Executive Director, IT Advisory Services, KPMG, Chennai (, July 27, 2009, 1 pm

R. Venkata Subramani - Videos on YouTube

1)      Lack of regulation a key reason for the economic crisis

2)      Author reading the book

3)      Motivation for writing the book

4)      What the subsequent volumes will cover

5)      Credit default swaps to be dealt with in one of the volumes

6)      US GAAP perspective of accounting for investments

7)      Writing discipline

8)      Relevance of the book for university courses

9)      Divergence between Indian and international accounting standards reducing

10)  Why CDS failed

11)  Views on how the media covered the financial crisis

12)  Regulation after the financial crisis

13)  What is a hedge fund

14)  Is India ripe enough for hedge funds

15)  Work of Variman Capital Markets Services

16)  Role of administrator for hedge fund

17)  FX element in investments

18)  Aggressive sale of forward positions by some banks

19)  Companies will have to be educated about the new accounting standards

20)  Approach of the book is to deal with the entire trade lifecycle

21)  You need math to understand valuation, rather than accounting

22)  Do accounting software packages handle investment banking requirements

23)  Managers who understand accounting assist the techies

24)  Lessons from technology sector for the accounting profession

R. Venkata Subramani - on YouTube

Interview with R. Venkata Subramani, Author, 'Accounting for Investments: Equities, Futures and Options' (Wiley), , and COO, Variman Capital Markets Services (P) Ltd, Chennai (, July 26, 2009, 7.30 am (Nageswara Rao Park)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

K. Ramesh - Videos on YouTube

1)      Common people do not seem to have faith in the judicial system

2)      Two questions that panchayat leaders used to ask, for protecting family system

3)      We are great planners, but when implementation happens results do not flow to the society

4)      Despite our messy system, crime rate in India is low because the unorganised economy is able to get on without Government support

5)      Example of adjournment -- in India vs the West

6)      Legal education system needs a complete revamping

7)      Remuneration of lawyers vs judges -- Example of writ petitions

8)      National body required in legal education, as in the case of CA

9)      From auditing practice to legal practice to consultancy

10)  How a vibrant society can be created

11)  Worries about the output of National Law Schools

12)  Interface between people and authorities should be reduced in Revenue and Labour Departments

13)  How can the Chartered Accountants' body ICAI add value through a corporate club of consultants

14)  Small and medium enterprises need the services of professionals such as CA

15)  Chartered Accountants can act as business doctors for SMEs

16)  Power of Gandhiji came from his engagement with the problems of diverse groups of people

17)  On media coverage of Satyam case

18)  What makes India not a preferred destination for business

19)  Survey findings of foreign experts in India may involve IP issues

20)  How to empower people

21)  Reasons for brain-drain and reverse brain-drain

22)  Capital account convertibility is virtually present

23)  Tradition of 'thinnai'

24)  The final verse in Ramayanam and its lessons (in Tamil)

25)  Stories from Mahabharata (in Tamil)

26)  Wisdom in our scriptures -- Insight on tackling terrorism

27)  Trigger for spiritual pursuit

28)  How I began a study of scriptures

29)  Spirituality reveals the unity among religions

V. Rama Kumar - Videos on YouTube

1)      These are times for leaders to emerge and set a trend

2)      Really good companies are investing for the future

3)      We are investing in electronic payment products and frameworks

4)      Budget reflects readiness for expenditure, and also Government initiatives

5)      Innovative payment and collection system can reduce transaction cost and increase ease of use

6)      Biometric and contactless payment projects

7)      Card that can provide biometric authentication

8)      Reaching villages with hand-held devices that have biometric facility, and also wireless terminals

9)      Cricket lessons from my dad

10)  One valuable work lesson -- 90 days to try out any new idea

11)  Young employees should be given 90-day goals to begin with

12)  The way companies position themselves to their vendor should change

13)  Prioritisation as a tip for time management

14)  One signal that tells me there is a problem -- When there is no question in a town-hall meeting

15)  What to do when no questions are forthcoming from the employees

16)  Quarterly appraisal system and its advantages

17)  Technology will eliminate middlemen

18)  Closed-loop payment systems in campuses and townships

19)  Trends in prepaid card usage

20)  Growth of company after the acquisition of Cybercash India

21)  We need solutions for the large number of people who cannot open a bank account

22)  Our banking system's conservatism is the reason for its strength

23)  One view of financial position across institutions can give a granular picture to the user

24)  Vision for Tarang over the next three years

25)  Thought that went into naming the company

26)  Good examples of entrepreneurship in India

V. Rama Kumar - on YouTube

Interview with V. Rama Kumar, Founder & CEO, Tarang Software, Bangalore (, July 23, 2009, 5.15 pm

K. Ramesh - on YouTube

Interview with K. Ramesh, Corporate Lawyer, Chennai, July 25, 2009,
7.30 am (Nageswara Rao Park)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Book Mark

1)      'Welcome to Advertising!' by Omkar Sane (Tranquebar)

2)      'Shadows Across the Playing Field' by Shashi Tharoor and Shaharyar Khan (

3)      'Global Marketing and Advertising: Understanding cultural paradoxes' third edition by Marieke de Mooij (

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


1)      'Software & Systems Requirements Engineering: In practice' by Brian Berenbach, Daniel J. Paulish, Juergen Kazmeier and Arnold Rudorfer (

2)      'Eclipse (SDK 3.4) with MyEclipse (IDE 7.0) in Simple Steps' from Kogent (

3)      'Mumbai Under Siege' by Nikhil S. Dixit (

4)      'Cyber Law: Maximizing safety and minimizing risk in classrooms' by Aimée M. Bissonette (

Monday, July 27, 2009

CII Institute of Logistics - Videos on YouTube

1)      On biodiversity work (V. Arivudai Nambi)

2)      Cost reduction has to come from elimination of waste (S. Ravichandran)

3)      Selling pattern in Indian environment (Prasad Rao N)

4)      Challenges in handling glass (R. Ramesh)

5)      Newer applications of glass (R. Ramesh)

6)      Is information becoming costlier (Anand Narayan)

7)      Manufacturers and service-providers have different mind-sets (Bisweswar Pathra)

8)      Strategic partnering relationship is lacking (Bisweswar Pathra)

9)      Two-thirds of all transporters have a fleet size of about 5 units (Anand Narayan)

10)  Do we really understand our supply chain (S. Ravichandran)

11)  What is logistics cost (S. Ravichandran)

12)  There are 5 pillars of logistics (S. Ravichandran)

13)  Transportation cost is a fraction of the total supply chain cost (S. Ravichandran)

14)  People are looking at insurance as a cost (S. Ravichandran)

15)  Multiple satellite warehouses to offer just-in-time supply to manufacturer can be wasteful (Prasad Rao N)

16)  Distribution centre concept, 3PL, triple-I (Prasad Rao N)

17)  Question is -- how much visibility do you want of the supply chain (S. Ravichandran)

18)  Regular system of reverse logistics (N. Mohanakrishnan)

19)  Waste disposal at the cost of a water-body (Bhagwan Singh)

20)  Vendor-managed inventory (N. Mohanakrishnan)

21)  Toyota example (S. Ravichandran)

22)  On attrition in logistics (S. Ravichandran)

23)  Trying to get some sound-bytes (Bhagwan Singh)

24)  Tamil Nadu political scene (Bhagwan Singh)

25)  Technology interconnectivity is not so much an issue in logistics (Anand Narayan)

26)  Positive developments in transportation (Anand Narayan)

27)  Systemic efficiencies required in ports (Anand Narayan)

28)  Difficulty in measuring some of the logistics costs (Anand Narayan)

29)  Are people causing delays in the supply chain aware of costs (Anand Narayan)

30)  Services fees for logistics will be linked to the productivity of the end consumer (Anand Narayan)

31)  Utilisation of idle capacity in logistics can be facilitated through technology platforms (Anand Narayan)

32)  Hub-and-spoke model, dynamic pricing and such initiatives may have to be leveraged in logistics (Anand Narayan)

33)  Hopes that Government will also look for efficiencies in logistics (Anand Narayan)

34)  Four lines of business in Vestal Enterprises (Mukundan)

35)  Three current projects (Mukundan)

36)  A solution for mid-sized IT companies in India (Mukundan)

37)  Manufacturers recognise that growth is from non-metro and rural markets (Clifford Patrao)

38)  Does the logistics industry attract investments (Clifford Patrao)

39)  Logistics service providers are a critical link in supply chain (Clifford Patrao)

40)  What role has the Government to play to achieve maturity in the logistics industry (Clifford Patrao)

41)  Impact of Budget on logistics industry (Prasad Rao N)

42)  Increasing recognition of logistics as an area for cost efficiencies (Prasad Rao N)

43)  Importance of the head of logistics function in organisations (Prasad Rao N)

44)  All industries, not just manufacturing, give attention to logistics (Prasad Rao N)

45)  Reverse logistics is not practised in all the industries in India (Prasad Rao N)

CII Institute of Logistics - Brief interactions - on YouTube

CII Institute of Logistics - The Smarter Supply Chain of the Future, Round Table on Supply Chain optimization & Excellence, July 23, 2009, 9.30 am - 3.30 pm (Hotel Le Royal Meridien , Chennai), 11.30 am

Excerpts from the remarks by:


1)      S. Ravichandran, President, TVS Logistics Services Ltd, Chennai (

2)      Prasad Rao N, National Distribution Manager, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd, Chennai (

3)      R. Ramesh, Head Logistics, Saint Gobain Glass India Ltd, Chennai

4)      Bisweswar Pathra, GM, Logistics & Supply Chain, Schwing Stetter India Ltd

5)      Bhagwan Singh, Deccan Chronicle, Chennai

6)      N. Mohanakrishnan, Executive Director - Internal Audit, Ashok Leyland, Chennai (

7)      Anand Narayan, Partner, IBM India P Ltd, Mumbai (

8)      Clifford Patrao, IBM India P Ltd, Mumbai (



Brief interactions with:


1)      Dr V. Arivudai Nambi, Principal Scientist (Biodiversity), M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai

2)      Anand Narayan, Partner, IBM India P Ltd, Mumbai (

3)      Mukundan, Director, Vestal Enterprises P Ltd, Singapore (

4)      Clifford Patrao, IBM India P Ltd, Mumbai (

5)      Prasad Rao N, National Distribution Manager, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd, Chennai (

CII Institute of Logistics - on YouTube

CII Institute of Logistics - The Smarter Supply Chain of the Future, Round Table on Supply Chain optimization & Excellence, July 23, 2009, 9.30 am - 3.30 pm (Hotel Le Royal Meridien , Chennai), 11.30 am

Swarna S. Vepa - Videos on YouTube

1)      A project just finished is about urban poverty alleviation

2)      Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is not enough for solving the problem

3)      Six cities we studied for the project

4)      Migration patterns into the city-slums differ

5)      Indian urbanisation is attracting a lot of global attention, but appropriate policies are needed for each tier

6)      State Governments make efforts to ensure that the poor get food support

7)      A lot of clamouring among the urban poor to get quality education

8)      We should study the Poverty Line after 2004

9)      Inflation has been high in the recent years

10)  Global factors behind inflation and food shortages

11)  Diversion of food crops to bio-fuels, a big issue in many other Asian countries

12)  Water-based bio-fuel crops can be bad for food security

13)  Forthcoming talk on geopolitics and food security for the Association of Geography Teachers in Chennai

14)  On the debate whether urbanisation should be encouraged

15)  What percentage of the price paid by the consumer goes to the farmer

16)  Government has to incur Rs 6 to transfer Re 1 benefit to a poor person

17)  Example of a recent PDS experiment

18)  Supply chain model that suits the better-off may not work for the poorer sections of people

19)  Micro-credit is not improving the banking habits of people

20)  Right metrics of development

21)  Author reading the book

22)  Perceptions of outsiders about India can be skewed and wrong

Swarna S. Vepa - on YouTube

Interview with Swarna S. Vepa, Author 'Bearing the Brunt: Impact of Rural Distress on Women' (Sage), and Visiting Professor, Madras School of Economics, Chennai (, July 21, 2009, 12.30 pm

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jaspreet Bindra - Videos on YouTube

1)      The future of our interaction with computers

2)      Future of gaming -- a demo video

3)      Natal was a secret project

4)      This year you see many things coming out of Microsoft research labs

5)      Xbox had the best year ever, and it outsold PS3 in Japan

6)      On movies, as the focus of MSN

7)      A story that I have been recounting -- About recession

8)      Cycling from Delhi to Gurgaon, two to three times a week -- A fitness routine

9)      Safety precautions when cycling

10)  Remembering my teacher

11)  A thought from a book -- Cult of the Amateur

12)  Top three challenges as a chief

13)  Unusual users of Xbox and other games -- Flight simulation, war games

14)  Findings of a survey we did of Indian gamers

15)  Lessons for gaming from telephony, Internet, shampoo -- shared access and pay-per-use

16)  More time of the chief is spent in coaching people than doing anything else

17)  Traditionally, Sikhs are simple people

Jaspreet Bindra - on YouTube

Brief interaction with Jaspreet Bindra, Regional Director, Entertainment & Devices Division, Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon (, July 20, 2009, 1 pm

G. Ramachandran - Videos on YouTube

1)      The biggest black-hole in agriculture will be that we won't be able to get the food we want to eat

2)      Sugar, milk, cotton -- we may manage -- but as for all the other products, the future can be treacherous

3)      We are irresponsible milk producers (in Tamil)

4)      Organised dairy in India is a brutal place, and we come out and worship the cow

5)      Green and White Revolutions came at the right time, but they need rejuvenation

6)      Competition to India from other smaller economies

7)      The Internet has taken away the burden of scale and scope when dealing with the markets

8)      Nandan's 'Imagining India' is not going to work

9)      A book I'm planning to write - 'The Chief Injustices of India'

10)  Mumbai's injustice to two-wheelers, who bring in more money to the road tax revenues

11)  We are building a puffy economy, and NREG is a devastatingly wrong thing

12)  Micro-mechanisation is going to take over the farms

13)  India's biggest enemy is its bureaucracy

14)  Bureaucrat vs Businessman Politician

15)  Don't expect any empowerment to take place for the faceless citizens

16)  In 2009 elections there were no big margins, and percentages are changing in favour of competitive local democracy

17)  We are reading too much in Obama's victory, as a torchbearer to the whole world, as a victor in the class conflict

18)  How can elections be configured in India -- an idea

19)  Tamil Nadu has always been in the forefront of having entrepreneurial politicians

20)  Bigger political parties will get galvanised, and the local candidates will spring up

21)  Observations about the Cabinet formation in India

22)  We need to green the Green revolution -- by greening the inputs

23)  River irrigation and rain-fed irrigation should be priorities, rather than organic agriculture

24)  Throughput of Indian finance is small, and SEBI has not delivered anything