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Self Parking Slippers and Chairs – Remarkable

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

I came across this interesting article about self parking slippers in the newspaper today. My curiosity level went up when I realized it was from Nissan as a good friend of mine, Tony, is deeply involved in the thick of actions in technology there.

When I pinged him on this, he directed me to a post he had made on this topic a few days back, which led me to wealth of information on this topic, which is remarkable.

Self Parking Slippers

Self Parking Slippers

Nissan had taken this initiative to showcase to people about their ProAssist technology.  When you watch this video about the self parking slippers, you will be fascinated by it.

As I continued to watch this, I got to learn about ProPilot Chair, which shows how the same technology was used in a proof of concept for self parking chairs to make queueing system easy so that people do not have to stand up and sit down in a queue as they move ahead.

Due to their connected videos on this topic, I got a chance to learn about the self parking slippers, chairs, cushions, tables and even mats, a proof of concept done by Nissan to show case the technology behind their self parking cars.

The simplicity with which Nissan has explained the robustness of their ProAssist technology is remarkable, as it helps people relate to their day to day experiences and can imagine how exactly the same technology is available in the Self Parking vehicles coming from Nissan. Hats off to Tony and team at Nissan for this amazing way of explaining to the common man. This is a classic example of how you explain serious technology to common folks. This is an important lesson to learn from, for everyone involved in creating new technology to solve real world needs.

Shashi Tharoor @ Gartner Symposium in Goa

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

I got a chance to watch Dr.Shashi Tharoor speak for the first time at the Gartner IT Expo in Goa today. Was mesmerised by the speech.

While I have heard a lot about his oratorical skills, experiencing it first hand was amazing.

The topic of his speech was ‘Pursuing a Culture of Innovation and Quality’. Shashi Tharoor used simple examples to show how India has its own style of innovation, which like in any other scenario is driven out of a necessity, but the simplicity with which it is done is remarkable. One example he brought out was the missed call concept, which is a feature available in the telecom world, but was never intended to be used the way Indians had started using it (one ring to call back, two rings for urgent etc 🙂 ).

He also mentioned about the fact that innovations are happening all over the world, but reiterated the fact that innovations from India are not always the ‘Jugaad’ style but are also world class. The Mars Orbiter launch done successfully in the first attempt at 1/10th the cost of the same done by the US was another example that he brought out.

Shashi Tharoor ended his speech with words of encouragement to the leaders in IT industry in India to continue focusing on the path of innovation and excellence with continued focus on quality.

A few things that are remarkable in his speech are:

  1. Clean: While Shashi Tharoor is a politician and belongs to a certain party, he did not bring up the topic at any point in time during the speech. Similarly, while he was also signing his new book during the symposium, throughout his speech he stuck to the topic of the culture and innovation in India.
  2. Depth of knowledge: He had done his home work on the topic and spoke with clarity and depth on the topic
  3. Organised method of delivery: He had a bulleted list of points he wanted to address in the order of sequence and the meticulous planning behind it was obvious in the style and ease of delivery.

Overall, it was a remarkable speech and hence I made it a point to search for his famous Oxford speech and watched it for the first time – it is in line with the style of delivery I found during the session at the symposium.

Also got a chance to get his latest book which is now in my reading list. Will write about my views on it very soon.

If you get an opportunity to watch him speak, I highly recommend you do not miss it. It is worth every minute of it.

 

Tamil Nadu Weatherman – Remarkable Pradeep John

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Pradeep John is a weather blogger, who has become quite popular in the past two to three years.

Pradeep was always fascinated by weather and has been predicting weather by tracking facts and data that is publicly available.

Time and again, I have seen BBC and others predicts one way and Pradeep predict the other way – at the end the rain gods favouring Pradeep’s predictions.

While weather prediction is his passion, he holds an MBA degree, after completing his Bachelors in Engineering and is employed at Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited as a Deputy Manager.

Pradeep writes actively on his facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/tamilnaduweatherman/) . People who know about his writing have started going only to his page to know about the weather anytime.

I got a chance to talk to him during the 2015 Chennai floods and it was during that time that I came to know about how humble and simple he was.

If you read Pradeep John’s facebook posts, you will realize that not only does he explain the current weather conditions, but he also helps to guide the readers on how to analyse and identify the patterns using the data themselves.

I have always wondered why Pradeep should not give up his day job and pick up weather related activities as his full time work 🙂

In fact, I have learnt a lot about tracking the weather by following some of his useful tips. Some of them are:

The video above is another link picked up from his facebook page. This video explains how to interpret the doppler radar readings to understand the data given on the Indian Government weather website.

Pradeep’s blogging style matches the key elements I always recommend to any blogger:

  • Focus: He focuses on the topic of weather predictions based on facts.
  • Consistency: His style is consistent – he explains using simple words to help people understand weather.
  • Frequency: He writes often based on the need. During monsoons, two or three times (or even more) in a day and during other times once or twice a week.

As you can see, I have become a big fan of Pradeep John, the Tamilnadu Weatherman. Pradeep’s story is remarkable because what he does as a passion actually is a service to mankind and a boon to millions of people. Rare to find such noble souls in this world and hence hats off to Pradeep for his service.

Remarkable Seth Godin

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Seth Godin is considered to be a marketing guru but I look at him as a remarkable human being who sends out good messages to human beings via his daily blog. I have been reading Seth Godin’s daily posts for over fifteen years now.

He writes one blog post a day and each blog post contains a useful message that will help us become better in our life.

In his blogs, he writes about how each one of us is capable of doing remarkable things when we do good to others without expecting anything in return. He also explains very well how the world is switching from industrial economy to connection economy and each one of us has the reach to a vast amount of audience due to the power of technology.

What is remarkable about Seth Godin is the fact that he walks the talk when it comes to connection economy and my experience with Seth Godin is a classic example of connection economy.

For almost ten years, I had read his blogs and also most of his books that were available in the public library. In the past few years have purchased some his latest books directly from the book store or via Amazon or through Audible. It goes to show how his act of consistent guidance over a period of time, led me to be a part of his connection economy.

What is more interesting is that, in the past few years, the daily posts makes me feel as though he has been watching my actions in the past 24 hours and then is writing the post directly addressing me on the exact events that happened in my life in the past 24 hours. If he was in India, he could have become a God already and would have a billion followers by now 😉

Some of my favourites from his books are ‘The Meatball Sundae’, ‘Purple Cow’, ‘The Icarus Deception’ etc.

If you have not been reading his messages, I highly encourage you to give it a try at http://sethgodin.typepad.com .

Clean India – Lets Start From Within

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Clean India Campaign should be to clean ourselves from the inside, not just the outside.

Lets start from within.

Lets Clean India From Within

Please see if you can promise the following:

  1. Promise I will never give or take bribe
  2. Promise I will always respect to women and will never be a party to rape, eve-teasing or abuse of women
  3. Promise I will never take dowry
  4. Promise I will never discriminate based on gender, race, color, religion or economic status
  5. Promise I will not break or bend the law according to my own needs.

On my part, I promise to follow them all without exceptions.

So, before you send me a request to be a part of ‘Clean India’ campaign in its current form, please promise you will clean yourself from within.

I would love to get invited by any one who can take the above promises so that we can clean India inside out.

Context Sensitive Spamming

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Spammers have always been in business online, but have continued with their pre-historic methods of spamming where the spam is not relevant to the context. Hence the need for context sensitive spamming and hence this post to help them understand the term: context sensitive spamming.

Recently we launched a website called Hamilton Hill Medical Centre, which is a website for a hospital in Perth, Australia. Within two days of launching this website, we started seeing spam comments for Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra etc. Highly irrelevant to the context!

On this blog also, I see quite a few spam comments which are not context sensitive because they completely forget the target audience of the blog in mind. Yes, I am aware that it is done by an automated software used by kiddies who try to make a quick buck – I really wish they did some basic course on context sensitive spamming, so that their information could be relevant to the audience.

Vodafone India – Smart Trick to Steal My Money

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Vodafone successfully stole my money with a very organized method. I am sure this method can be used by Vodafone to make free money all the time from its customers. Wish some one goes to the court against your wrong practice.

Whenever Vodafone makes a mistake in their bill, they will not refund the money if you decide to stop using them. They force you to continue to have an account with them if you want your money which they got by their mistake. They will accept their mistake 100% but will not pay your money back unless you continue your account with them. What a smart way to make money. Shame on you.

Can someone help me understand where to file a case against Vodafone for following such wrong practices and swindling our hard earned money?

They call this their ‘process’. I call it day light robbery. Let the court decide if their approach is correct.

Update on 25-Aug-2014: Still struggling with multiple representatives from Vodafone to try and get my rightful money back from them. All of them are trying to convince/force me into staying with them if I need my money back. Will continue fighting for the right thing – lets see where it goes.

Update on 3-Sep-2014: Vodafone has finally agreed to send a cheque for the amount that they took from me for the services they did not provide. Will wait for it.

Update on 16-Sep-2014: Vodafone has sent back a cheque accepting their mistake. So now I think I know the exact steps to recover the money that right fully belongs to us. Will document it in a separate post so that it is helpful to others also.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Classic Viral Marketing Example

Monday, August 18th, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a classic viral marketing example that has to be studied by any one interested in marketing.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice on yourself to show your support to the spread the awareness about ALS. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that affects the brain cells.

Here is a video of taking this challenge by technology genius, Bill Gates, showing his skills in creativity while taking the challenge.

 

There are quite a few reasons why I think ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a classic viral marketing technique that has to be studied in depth by any one interested in marketing.

SMART Goals

The most important fact is that ALS Ice Bucket Challenge follows the classic SMART goals used in Project Management at various levels.
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Indian Nurses Safe – Thank you, Indian Government

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

It was a moment of relief when we learnt the news that the flight with the 46 Indian nurses have taken off safely from Erbil airport in Iraq and they are going straight to Kochi in Kerala.

The Indian Government have used their political connections and handled the situation well. Imagine the difficulty in negotiating between two groups that are at war with each other, and then making sure we sneak in one of our planes into their airport and take off with the people who are stranded. It is quite easier to do a rescue operation using force like the way the US does most of the time (if they want to), but it is extremely difficult to do so without using force. Kudos to the team that made it happen.

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Positive events like these are rare in India and we should appreciate the fact that some people went out of their way to make sure this is done right. (I know in many parts of the world, but in India it is rare).

No matter what the differences are between political parties, we should make use of such good events to congratulate the ones in the Government who made it happen.

Thank you, Indian Government, for making this happen.

Comparing India and Switzerland

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Got a chance to spend some time reading up about Switzerland and am trying to compare India and see the difference.

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1. Switzerland has not been in a state of war for almost 200 years. They did not participate directly in World War I or II. India already has three wars to its credit in the past 75 years.

2. India’s population density is 380 while Switzerland is 190. Every time I try to find out the root cause of day to day issues we face in I am told about the high population in India and how things are uncontrollable. Just a reminder to every one who use that excuse, the population density of Singapore and Hong Kong are close to 7000 – I guess it is time to realize that in India.

3. Switzerland is not a member of European Union – but have applied for it. They are a part of Schengen agreement. The biggest surprise was that they joined the United Nations only in 2002!

4. Switzerland has been ranked very high in many indices when compared to other countries in the world:

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