Why I support Narendra Modi and why we should

- - India
This is a repurposed version of an article written by Avay Shukla at Hillpost. I thought this article was brilliant and needed more attention, hence sharing it here with minor changes to format. Thoughts expressed below are not mine – Mani Karthik. I have been getting more and more worried over the last year or so at the direction (or lack of it) in which our country is headed. It is like a runaway plane falling from the skies and we are plummeting past one alarming indicator after another– inflation, economic slowdown, falling rupee, complete break-down of law and order, ever emboldened Naxalites, total internalization of corruption, an administration that answers to no one, complete Read more [...]

20 Reasons why shopping online at Flipkart is a joke!

- - Internet
Flipkart is one of those few online stores in India that actually won people's trust at one time and contributed to making online shopping go mainstream (well..sorta) in India. If I'm not mistaken, after efforts from other (un-recallable) brands, Flipkart is the only online store that rid the social wave (web 3.0 if you may call it) and made it big, after their first book sale. Really big. Though, I've never been a frequent customer, I've seen more and more people in my network recommending and talking about it regularly on the streams. However, lately most of those talks and chatter have been negative. People pissed off with wrong orders and surprises. With more and more competition Read more [...]

Does Art Lead to Crime Against Women: Reply to @priyankachopra

- - India
Just read this bit of news today in HT, where Priyanka Chopra made an interesting comment. (I don't know the full context of this conversation..but anyways..) "If art leads to crimes against women, historic sites like Ajanta-Ellora and literature like Vatsayana's Kamasutra must be banned, said actor Priyanka Chopra who believes cinema is an "art" too and it should not be blamed for the rising crime against women in the nation." "Sculpting is an art, poetry is an art, filmmaking is an art... we have the freedom of speech in our country, and we also have a system of film certification. Follow the law! If a film has been given the 'A' certificate, why let children go for it? There's Read more [...]

Top Indian Celebrities on Twitter with Fake Followers

- - India
When celebrities started using Twitter (which was one of its scale strategies btw both in India and US), I saw the whole nation joining Twitter. I would’ve believed all that celebrity crush, but apparently, it looks like at least some of the celebrities are faking it by buying ghost accounts on Twitter – a lame strategy that Twitter is yet to bust. (Facebook had busted pages that had fake accounts, last year.) So, based on some available tools today (I am in no way vouching on their accuracy, but this is sort of a A v/s B comparison, best put.) I did a check on the top celebrities in India today, on Twitter. Here are the results. Tools Used - Twitter Audit How it works - Each Read more [...]

The Mahatma Gandhi, They Don’t Teach Us at School About

- - India
When we think about Mahatma Gandhi, what comes to our mind is an iconic figure. An image that the world has seen, many times over. That of a smiling, saint like figure with virtues and wisdom in every word spoken. Mahatma is truly an inspiration to a generation, the world over. In this article, I’d like to bring to focus, some topics that came to my attention, on the life of Gandhi, the personality and the man himself, that was never seen or discussed in mainstream media, for reasons unknown to me. I have to admit that I do not qualify to make such an attempt, however, as someone who has always been keen to learn about Mahatma all through my life, some of these details cannot be ignored. My Read more [...]

Awesome! Startup on a cruise ship – Where anyone can work & Live. Near Silicon Valley & No Visa issues!

- - Startups
Sounds too good to be true, but the idea, is real. Blueseed is creating the world’s most amazing startup community for entrepreneurs, on a cruise ship 12 nautical miles from the coast of San Francisco, in international waters. The location is unique that it allows startup entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world to launch or grow their companies near Silicon Valley, without the need for a U.S. work visa. The ship will be converted into a coworking and co-living space, and will have high-speed Internet access and daily transportation to the mainland via ferry boat. So far, over 1400 entrepreneurs from 68 countries have expressed interest in living on Blueseed. Blueseed is currently preparing Read more [...]

Take Group pictures without handing over your phone to a stranger

- - Startups
All of us have come across that awkward situation where you handed over your phone to a stranger to take a group pic only to find out that it didn’t come out well. There’s an app that can help you fix this problem, easily. Groopic – This app makes it easy to take two pictures one with the photographer and one with not, and later stitching it together easily. I know, it sounds lame at first, but when you use the app, it’s a lot fun – that’s the USP for this app. Though there are many apps out there that does this job, this app makes the experience a lot easier that you actually wouldn’t mind doing it again. Try it. Read more [...]

Online Marketing in India will grow to 2938 Crores in 2014

- - India
That’s good news indeed. According to the Internet and Mobile Association of India, a recent study of numbers revealed that in 2014, digital media incl. online advertising spend in India will hit up to 2,938 crores by 2014. 2013 has seen a lot of activity compared to past years, India is currently at INR 2260 crores already. Though a bit late, the Indian market has seen the biggest traction during the last couple of years, all thanks to social media and mobile. The biggest movers and shakers have been search, social and mobile with over 50% to 300% growth compared to 2010 numbers. Top 9 Trends in online marketing industry in India 1. Online advertising market on an average is expected Read more [...]

First Scientific Evidence Suggests That Working From Home Really Works

- - Productivity
I’m almost sure to grab attention when I chip in the working from home part, during a conversation. But at a company like Citrix, it is part of the culture. The workshifting culture, many companies like Citrix pioneered, is sure catching up these days. More and more companies have recognized that the secret to making their employees more productive, is to let them work at ease and at their convenience. I have always believed that its freedom and flexible responsibility that makes me productive. I might spend time elsewhere, but I would do that while in office too. It is the false sense of “discipline” you get when you commute daily to work and stay on the floor. But with this Read more [...]

Why I left Google – Ex-Googler speaks out

- - Internet
To many of us, it is a dream job. Something you aspire for. After all, who doesn’t want to work with the biggest company (everybody knows) today? All those perks, benefits, free time, free food and work culture (that is apparently a case study at other companies) and the proud status of being a “Googler” is what many of us look to as “the” thing to achieve in life. Well, the silly valley culture may be “lucrative” to many but that doesn’t mean that you’ll get tired of it or there aren’t any who’ll walk off. One did. Ellen Huerta, left her job at Google six months ago, and this is what she has to say.. When people ask me what it was like to leave, I liken my Read more [...]