Anurag Jain's Blog
Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Even more events

1. Chrysalis, Oct 9th, 2003
mgmt fest at Christ college Institute of Management, Bangalore
call sharon for more details - 98450 50495

2. IRIS 2003 presents Ashwamedha - is the flagship event of IRIS 2003, the annual corporate management fest of IIM Indore

3. IIM-L's Education One: The Business Strategy Formulation Contest
extending the deadline from 27th September to 4th of October 2003

4. ulysses@XIMB - an online strategy game
A part of Xpressions 2003, the annual B school meet of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

5. Dhrupad Recital on 2nd Oct.2003
Sursagar Presents A Dhrupad recital of morning ragas by Shri Uday Bhavalkar with Shri Manik Munde (Pakhawaj) at 10:30am on Thursday 2nd Oct 2003
at Havyaka Sabha Bhavan # 101, 11th Cross, 8th Main Malleshwaram, Bangalore
The programme is in association with the Kala and Shikshana Vedike of Sri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha (R)

6. Queering Bangalore - a film festival on queer lives

3, 4, 5 October 2003
at Attakalari, (behind Gallery Sumukha)
Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Bangalore
For details, synopses and complete schedules, contact
Pedestrian Pictures: 5670 2232, Scorus: 98440 49503, Swabhava Trust - 212 4441 ,

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Deborah Coleman

I love her music. She's a relatively young female guitarist. But for me, her music clearly belongs to the legendary league that includes Janis Joplin and Nancy Wilson. Currently listening to Soft Place to Fall by her. Its a fantastic number with some fantabulous guitaring. Download / listen to it here or here (will be up for 2 days).

Friday, September 26, 2003

MBAs: The Elite?

See this story (B-school grads shun 'old' jobs) in today's ET about how MBAs dont wanna join non-glamorous sectors of the industry.

A perfect supplement to this story would be this dig on MBA in FedEx commercial. :-)

B-School E-zines

Maybe you would like to surf these b-school magazines sometime.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Some Bangalore events

1. White Water Rafting

@ River Sita in South Kanara Dist., Karnataka, on 2nd October & on all Saturday & Sundays during October.
T a r i f f : Rs. 900/ ( Rupees nine hundred only) per participant
Contact: (give my reference if you like)
CARE 126, Arora Business Centre, 111, Dickenson Road, Bangalore - 560 052.
Ph: (080) 5586719 / 337/ 627 & 5598128 Mob: 98456 - 95350
E-mail:careadventures AT -

2. Hindustani Music Concert

Sunaad , group of music enthusiasts is presenting an evening of Hindustani Classical Music on September 27 at Chowdiah Memorial Hall , 7pm onwards .

The performance Bhav Yatra will have a blend of rhythm and song with traditional art of storry telling and movements .The show has been conceptualised by Aditi Upadhaya and Tara Kini . Tickets are available at KC Das, Church Street and Canara Union , Malleshwaram.For details contact -> 9886277747

Those missing out will be really missing something which is new,exciting yet having the blend of Traditional Classical Music .

3. Screening of Harivillu

We are glad to invite you to the premier of Harivillu (The Rainbow) directed by B. Narsing Rao on Monday, 29 September 2003, at 6.00 pm at Badami House.

Mr. B. Narsing Rao, the director of the film, will be present on the occasion and will introduce the film and interact with the audience at the end of the screening.

Please find below the programme schedule.

6.00 pm - Tea and snacks
6.30 pm - Introduction to the film followed by screening
8.05 pm - Interaction with the film director

4. Queering Bangalore- 3, 4, 5 October 2003

3 days. 12 award winning films - Indian and International. Queer life journeys.
Documentaries and Features. Reading Performances. Panel Discussions.

Pedestrian Pictures, Scorus, Swabhava Trust


Queering Bangalore
a film festival on queer lives

over three days - 3, 4, 5 October 2003
at Attakalari, (behind Gallery Sumukha)
Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Bangalore

Queering Bangalore is the first public film festival in Bangalore focussing entirely on queer rights. Featured at the festival are award winning documentaries and features, commended for their portrayal of life stories and issues facing lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, hijras, kothis and others identifying as 'queer.' They have reached audiences in film festivals across the world from Montreal to Berlin and have successfully created spaces for the queer community everywhere. Our intention here in Bangalore is to not only focus on the violence perpetrated by society, law, the State, family and other such institutions but more importantly to celebrate a community with all its complexities. the panel discussions meant to sharpen focus will feature activists and others who have worked with and on the issues facing the queer movement in Ind! ia today.

3 October 2003 (Friday): 5 to 7 p.m. - Inaugural address followed by a short film and discussion on "queer"
4 October 2003 (Saturday): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Celluloid Closet, Before Stonewall, The Wedding Banquet, Ma Vie En Rose (My life in Pink), Beautiful Thing ! ;
5 October 2003 (Sunday): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Paper Flowers, Kee Kautha Taahar Shaathe, Dark and Lovely, Soft and Free, The Brandon Teena Story, The Watermelon Woman, Before Night Falls, My Beautiful Laundrette

Queering Bangalore is an attempt to focus on the lives and experiences of a community invisibilised by systemic homophobia and transphobia. In history's weave of cultural tapestry these are the life stories that are missing and left untold. And yet it is the queer movement in India and elsewhere that is providing the much needed challenges to heteronormativity, i.e. the binding definitions of what a marriage and family is, the gendered role plays within these etc. At a time when we are surrounded by shackling definitions of the 'ideal family', 'ideal husband, wife, daughter-in-law', it becomes important to recognize and highlight these challenges inherent in our society.

Pedestrian Pictures is a media activist group based in Bangalore, working for the past 2 years against the development paradigm in place today. The medium of films is our tool to initiate discussions and hence actions on issues ranging from war and militarisation to adivasi rights and queer rights.

Scorus is an endeavour to create social spaces for the queer community.

Swabhava Trust (est. 1999) is a non-government organisation that works with sexuality, HIV/AIDS and sexual health concerns, providing access to support services for the queer community.


For details, synopses and complete schedules, contact
Pedestrian Pictures: 5670 2232, Scorus: 98440 49503, Swabhava Trust - 212 4441
Email - queeringbangalore AT

Screening of "Sholay"!!

Whoa! Dress Circle Rocks!! Phew!!!

-----Original Message-----
From: Film Club
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 4:13 PM
To: Film Club
Subject: Dress Circle invites you to screening of "Sholay"!! (Friday, 26th September at 8.00 pm in the IIMB Auditorium)
Importance: High

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We invite you to the screening of one of Bollywood's biggest blockbusters "Sholay" on Friday, 26th September 2003.

Movie: Sholay
Cast: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan
Directed by: Ramesh Sippy
Timing: 8:00 PM
Venue: IIMB Auditorium

Runtime: 204 minutes
Language: Hindi
Rating: PG - Parental Guidance recommended.

The synopsis of the movie is available on http://spidi
Looking forward to your presence at the screening.


Film Club - The IIMB Film Club
"Keep Watching"

The Safety and Quality Challenges for Indian Food Exports

As a part of the FPM Research Workshop, just now attended a presentation on this topic by Prof. Aparna Sawhney (Econcomics and Social Sciences Area). Got to know a lil bit about what happens in food exports at international policy/institution level.

Food items constitute the largest share of the Indian agricultural exports, and the returns on fresh and processed food in world markets have increased, especially in the US and Western Europe. At the same time food exports have begun to face increasing safety and quality standards. The food quality and health standards requirements for global food trade are legal under the provision of the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and to some extent under the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). Indian food exports have faced market access problems due to failure to comply with safety and quality standards effective in developed country markets. In particular, the paper examines the key food quality challenges faced by Indian food exports in the US market, and the strategy required to boost exports.

Deccan Air woes

Yesterday, the propeller of the Hyderabad-Vijaywada inaugural flight aircraft caught fire on the runway. Hope it is just a random accident which will not affect the fledgling airlines' plans. I want this baby to fly!!

Some more events

1. Nihilanth - 4-5th October
IIM Indore's IIMs-IITs event.
A unique concept with its rolling nature… Website (I love their logo and site design!)

2. Confluence - Nov 21-23
IIM, Ahmedabad's B-school meet. Website

3. USF International Business Plan Competition
All Graduate Students are invited to compete for $25,000 in cash prizes... Website

4. Maria Philip Memorial Annual Inter-B.School Debate Competition
Topic: Will China overtake India in the IT sector?

For more details, contact:
Shreeraj Humbarwadi (Organizing Secretary)
Ph: 080 - 8528597 / 98, 8528477, 31826415
Job Joseph : 9886109535
Fax no. - 8528733

Ref #: CASI/MOM/001/03
Date: September 23, 2003
Minutes of the September 22, 2003 meeting

Purpose: To form an association of Climbers to help support the climbing community in promotion & development of rock climbing.

The following decisions are proposed to assist the climbing community: -


2. Proposed objectives of the association: -
a. To PROMOTE and DEVELOP Rock and Sport climbing
b. To PROTECT ACCESS to climbing areas in Southern India.
c. To EDUCATE climbers.
d. To SUPPORT deserving climbers with finance, equipment and medical aid.
e. CONDUCT climbing competitions.
f. PARTNER with other agencies.
g. Be an umbrella body for individual climbers and organizations involved in climbing.

3. Address of the Association:
Until the negotiation process for an office space at Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore, is under way, the TEMPORARY address would be: -
M/s. Ozone Pvt. Ltd.,
# 4, 9th ‘A’ Cross, 12th Block
Kumara Park West,
Bangalore - 560 020
Phone: 3561871/72

4. The Governing body consists on a President, Secretary, Treasurer and Executive Members.


Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Shaping the Future of Storage

Attended this seminar organized by Netapp yesterday at The Leela. The speakers were Dave Hitz (Cofounder & EVP, Engineering), Manish Goel (President, Indian Operations), and Mr Dwarkanathan (Product Engineering Services CTO, Wipro). Netapp has started an Indian operations center where they have shifted FULLY the development of one of the four key products, Netcache. Its a caching / streaming exnterprise application tool. Other products are NetStore, Filers, and Gateway(?).

Dave Hitz is a pioneer in storge industry and has been personally involved in some of the key innovations in storage technology. Dave said that SAN and NAS have been a soure of great deal of confusion amongst technology people in companies, and he suggested (and also predicted) that these two need to merge into FAS (Fiber Attached Storage). And he explained, why and how. The analogy was with routers, switches: First it was Router VS Switches, then it was Router AND Switches, and now they are moving toward layer 7 'switches' (unified). Essentially, a Router takes care of packets at layer 4, 5, and 6, while a switch at layers 1, 2, and 3. Hence the new approach is to combine the two and remove confusion. Same thing would happen with SAN and NAS converging into FAS, Dave said.

One interesting statistic was the decline in the DAS (Direct Attached Storage) market size: from 14b$ in 2000 to 6b$ in 2002 (according to IDC)! Thats a sureshot indication of storage preferences shifting from disk to the network. Gotta keep an eye on this industry, sounds very exciting!

Manish mainly dwelled upon why Indian IT scene today is so exciting. Taking his personal example, he demonstrated how there were not many opportnities for an engineer wanting to work in s/w indusrty when he graduated from IIT 20 years back, and how the scenario has changed completely today.

Takeaway: An overview of storage industry and what Netapp is doing, esp. in India.

Yahoogroups Blocked in India

This is a classic case of a serious goof-up by the spineless ISPs toeing the government line. I myself was unable to access yahoogroups for one full week before it was restored by our ISP, STPI.

Some news in media about it at:
Bid to block anti-India website affects users (Hindu)
Yahoo website blocked (Times of India)
Govt blocks e-group but can’t prevent access (Hindustan Times)

Also, wherever you are in the world, and you wanna get around the government censorships, try Peacefire or Anonymizer

Prof Madhukar Shukla of XLRI gives a complete picture below.

Due to bungling between GOI and ISPs, for many of us, it is not possible to access the yahoo groups site at all !!!

GOI had asked the ISPs to block access to a particular yahoogroup site, however, many ISPs have blocked access to entire yahoogroups site. (It may not effect many yahoogroups members, but it does hinder moderators to do their job - and therefore, the effectiveness of the groups)

I am enlosing a copy of a copy of the government GO, which is also available at: It is from the Ministry of Communications and IT - LR Cell, signed by Jayant Kumar, Director, LR II (tel # 011 23372601). It tells ISPs to block - and definitely not to block the whole of yahoogroups.

The only recourse is to send petition to the Hon'ble Minister of Communiation and IT, Mr Arun Shourie, to intervene. I am pasting a message below, and request you to cut-copy-paste it, and send to his mailids (which are give below) Please forward this message to as many yahoogroups as you can (and not listed in "To:" above)

thanks for your initiative and cooperation

ciao madhukar
Dr Madhukar Shukla
Prof (OB & Strategic Management)
XLRI, CH Area (East), Jamshedpur
India 831 001
ph: 91 657 2225506 x 300(O)/ 603(R) fax: 91 657 2227814

E-mail:, Mail Off: Electronic Niketan, Lodhi Road, New Delhi Fax Off: 24364484 Mail Res : A-31, Westend Enclave, New Delhi-110021 Fax Res: 24100012


Sh. Arun Shourie, Hon'ble Minister for Communication and Information Technology Government of India

Dear Sh. Shourie,

Sub: Protection of Right to freedom of speech & expression

Please refer to order No. 820-1/2003-LR(Vol.I) dated 10/09/2003 of Department of Telecommunication under your Ministry regarding directions to block Internet website "" .

We believe that the Ministry of Communication must be having necessary reasons to block the above website. Any such censoring in National Interest / National Security is welcome. However it is pointed out that certain ISP's have implemented the said order by blocking the entire domain

Consequently a number of citizens in the country are not able to access various yahoo groups across the country. It is brought to your notice that the citizens use the free services of yahoo to exchange ideas and remain connected with one another. However consequent to the above order the exchange of free flow of information has come to a halt.

Having known you as a former Editor and champion of Freedom of Speech , it was surprising to know that such an order can come through a Ministry headed by you.

The Intellectuals across the country feel that censoring of Internet may lead the citizens of the country far behind in the fast changing world. Time memorial have proved that no censorship has ever worked in the country. Despite all odds in the country it is this freedom to speech that makes Indian citizens feel proud of their nation. It is this freedom that makes India different from China.

We therefore request you to personally intervene and either ensure the proper implementation of the order whereby only "" is blocked by ISP's or alternately withdraw the above order and ensure Right to freedom of speech & expression of all Citizens.

It is further requested that the rules under which the above order was passed may be re-looked and if possible a representative from amongst the Journalist world may be brought in the committee which examines such blockage of website. It should not happen that Bureaucrats/ Politicians use above tool to infringe the fundamental right to freedom of speech of citizens.

With a special appeal to the Journalist in you.

Best Regards,

A Concerned Citizen


Tuesday, September 23, 2003


I go to Adiga's (restaurant) outlet near our campus quite often. This particular outlet of the Adiga's chain is on Bannerghatta Road, bang opposite the HSBC and Accenture call centres (thats what I think they are, but not sure).

The crowd level there got me thinking about the revenures of this restaurant. Making some fair assumptions (avg billing of Rs 20 in the self-service section, 100 footfalls per meal -thrice a day; and 40 Rs in the 'served' section, 50 footfalls per meal - thrice a day; ), I did some rough calculations, and I came up with the figure of 3,60,000 Rs / month. Taking modest 10% NET profit margin (which is low in restaurant industry), the absolute profit is 36,000 Rs! I am sure this is a very conservative estimate, and u'd agree if u've been to this place. But even taking this conservative figure, its an amount that a lot of IIM graduates dont get as take-home salary when they join jobs from campus!

Just a small restaurant, which we dont give a second thought about, making more money than the graduates of most preferred business schools. Something to think about!

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Wild Sat Night

What a wild party I had last night! More on that later 'cause now, I am off for trekking to Antharganga (Kolar).

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Some More Events in Bangalore / B-schools

1. Paragliding Pre-World Cup - India
Bir-Billing, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh
28th October to 1st November 2003. website

2. Air Mela
There is an AIR MELA at the jakkur aerodrome on 21st Sept from 10 a.m. to sunset. Please attend.

3. ICFAI UNIVERSITY's International conference
on business & finance, Dec 15-16, 2003, Hyderabad.

4. Talks by Dr. Ramachandra Guha at IISc
Dr. Ramachandra Guha, eminent historian and writer will be visiting the Centre for Theoretical Studies (CTS), Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore during October 1 to November 30, 2003. During his stay at CTS, he will deliver the following eight talks in the CTS Seminar Hall:

1) India's Love-Hate Relationship with the West - October 6, 2003 at 4.00 p.m.
2) The Multiple Callings of Mahatma Gandhi - October 13, 2003 at 4.00 p.m.
3) What's Left of Jawaharlal Nehru? - October 20, 2003 at 4.00 p.m.
4) B.R. Ambedkar and the Dalit Question
5) The Rise of Identity Politics and the Destruction of India Liberalism
6) Redeeming the idea of India
7) Sport and the Nation : Cricket and the Making of Modern India
8) A Marxist turns to Gandhi : J.B.S. Haldane in India

For any further information, please contact CTS at their

The Innovision Committee at IIM Lucknow is pleased to announce this year's paper writing contest to be held on Saturday, November 29th, 2003.

6. Pictionary @ IIMB- Lit Forum kicks off...
Only for IIMB students.
Time : 9:30 PM - 19th Sept 2003
Venue : Rec Room
Registration : Walk-in

Friday, September 19, 2003


We seem to be having a socials with NIFT on 21st September! Just wondering why are poor NIFT guys not invited. LoL. Reckon, that would defeat the whole purpose of socials given the already unfavorably skewed girls/boys ratio at IIMB, wont it!! LOL. Hope junta has fun 'cause I myself'll be most probably out on a trek...

From: Students Cultural Committee
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2003 12:35 AM
Subject: Did u say SOCIALS???


Participation is open to guys'n'gals from IIMB and gals from NIFT... Promising fun-filled games that require you to pair up with a cool partner.. And win prizes... And most important of all, break free from the monotony of acad life.

Date: 21 Sept 2:00 Pm onwards
Venue: IIMB (where else?)

Terms and Conditions:
1) A nominal participation fee (max upto Rs. 50, depending on no. of participants) will be charged, to cover expenses.
2) There will be no more conditions :-)



International Bsiness Quiz, IBQ

Prerana is being organized by NITIE on 12th October 2003.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Kellogg's Dipak Jain

Dipak Jain, Dean at Kellogg has been networking furiously with the institute's alumni. If you remember correctly, during the last few tech-bust years when the jobs for MBAs were not a-coming, Dipak Jain went all out on a sort of road trip across USA meeting alumni working in who's who of America Inc. And results paid off.

Maybe we need someone like him in my engineering alma mater. I am sure there are Dipak Jains in every IIT and IIM who make these place what they are. Can we find one at HBTI?

An Economist Article on his job.

Some more events

1. Sankalp - Business Plan Contest

T.A Pai Management Institute,as part of their management fest Atharva are organizing Sankalp - Business Plan Contest, scheduled for the 5th of December 2003.This event carries a total prize worth Rs 75,000/-.



Please find attached the invitation and details of the Consulting Contest as part of the IIM Calcutta annual business school meet INTAGLIO - "THE CONSULTING KNIGHTS AWARD".The Prelims for the event starts today onwards. Please note that the deadline for submission of required documents for Prelims is 27th of September, 2003.

For further information please refer to the document attached. The details can also be found under "Strategy Games" on our website at

One of the biggest and challenging consulting contest in the country, this event attracts huge participation from Indian MBA Schools as well as schools from abroad. Please post your queries at for Consulting Knight related details. Please post your queries at or for any general queries regarding INTAGLIO.

Hoping to see you at IIM CALCUTTA.

Samrat Ghosh



Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Some events

1. DISHA: B-plan competition Website:
-----Original Message-----
From: Startup Club
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2003 4:25 PM
To: @FPM Students
Subject: DISHA: B-plan competition

Hi All,

A unique B-plan competition is being conducted by National Innovation Foundation.

Key Dates:

1] Deadline for initial registration is 11:59 pm, 25th September 2003.
2] Teams will be assigned innovations from database by 27th September
3] Final Submission 11:59 pm, 28th November 2003

Team StartUp

2. Next trek2clean trek - 27th Sept Saturday, World Tourism day!

Hi Guys,

Some more garbage collection! After having done a preliminary trek2clean trek to Shivagange in June, its time to get going on a much more larger and intense scale as such is the pollution (mainly plastic) over here.

For those who don't know, this place is about 60km from Bangalore, known for the Shivagange math, but is also famous as a trek route and a great spot for rock climbers. There is a big temple complex at the early part of the hill, then a long trek to a natural spring half way to the top, now part of a temple. Further up there is a long route (steep towards the end) to the top, where there is a huge 'Nandi' carved onto the peak.

Though the stretch seems quite clean initially, there is a lot lot of plastics as we go higher till the spring, and then there is another spot at the peak that is bad.

The plan is as below:

6.30 am Assemble at Victoria Statue, Cubbon Park (near Jewel de Paragon).

6.45 am Departure

8.15 am Reach Shivagange, breakfast time!

9.00 am Start the trek to clean.

12.30 am Break for lunch and some maasti!

3.00 pm Start cleaning again.

5.30 pm Start winding up.

6.00 pm Head back home.

7.45 pm Back at Victoria statue.

Costs should be within Rs. 175/-, the balance money will go into the trek2clean corpus. To confirm your participation, you have hand over an advance of Rs. 175/- advance to Sheila Castelino or one of the group members mentioned below by 23rd Sept Tuesday evening latest.

Breakfast, Lunch, juice breaks and energy packs will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing - tracks/ cargo pants, T shirts. Light colors would be ideal. Please wear sports shoes which are comfortable for long walks, but also good for climbing.

Please bring the following. It would be preferable to carry these items in a SMALL BACK PACK, so that your hands are free..

- 2 bottles of 2 liters of water. This is a must.
- cap - recommended, or maybe a bandana or something to protect you from the
- torch with batteries (good to carry for any trek).
- sun tan lotion - advisable
- gloves - advisable
- sun glasses -optional
- camera - optional

You will be handed a sack and a prong to collect garbage. We also have some other tools to help us. This is booze free trek.

Await your confirmations by return mail, by 23rd Sept (Tuesday) latest!
Please reply to:
Sheila Castelino - / 2272425 / extn 406
Arti Yadav - / 98440 14734
Sandeep Shetty - / 98454 48586
Rakesh Soman - / 98451 99202

You can liaise with one of them as to who you need to hand over the advance to. Please do not 'reply to all', thanks.

It will be nice you can post the attached notice about the trek on the notice board in your office / gym / dance class / apartment block / supermarket / college...etc, thanks! Please spread the word around and get as many people as you can to join in.


If any body needs to be removed from this mailing list, please let me know.

3. Xilinx Workshop


2003 Xilinx University Workshop

"Xilinx University Program" team (XUP) and CG-CoreEl Programmables in association with Mentor Graphics and IIT Bombay (under the Special Manpower Development Project of the Ministry of Information Technology) are organizing a two-day Professor's Workshop at IIT Bombay, on Sep 30th and October 1st, 2003.

It's always Xilinx mission to lead the industry with technological breakthroughs. By attending this 2-day workshop, you will learn the latest technology trends of FPGA, Xilinx latest development system (ISE5) and practical hands-on laboratories for educational purpose. You will also learn about the Xilinx Programmable Logic Flow from Mentor Graphics along with lab exercises. We are writing to invite you to join us for this event.

The SMDP Programme under which the workshop is being organized by IIT Bombay and CG-CoreEl is to promote VLSI education in the Universities and also in integrating state-of-the-art programmable logic technology into your curriculum.

There will be additional gifts, prizes and attractive discount packages announced by the Xilinx distributor, Insight-Memec and their resellers, which will be exclusively available for participants of this workshop.

Date & Time : Sep 30th and October 1st, 2003 (Tue & Wed) 09:00~17:30
Venue : F.C.Kohli Auditorium, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai
Date : Tuesday, 30th Sept, 2003

Section I/II/III: Introduction to Xilinx, Virtex-II and Spartan-II architectures, Introduction to Foundation ISE

? ISE Flows (Lab 1: ISE Flows)

? HDL Synthesis (Lab 2: HDL Synthesis)

? Reading Reports (Lab 4: Analyzing Rpts)

Date : Wednesday, 1st Oct, 2003

Session I : FPGA Advantage by Mentor Graphics

Section II/III Introduction to FPGA Design and XUP

? Mentor Graphics FPGA Advantage Lab

? State CAD (Lab 4: StateCAD)

? Global Constraints (Lab 1: Global Timing Constraints)

? FPGA Design Techniques

? HDL Bencher (Lab 5: HDL Bencher)

Since the workshop seating is limited, Registrations will be done on a First-Come-First-Served Basis. Registration fee for the workshop is Rs. 250 per participant for two days. It includes Tea/Coffee and Lunch during the breaks.

Submit your registration request today by sending a Demand Draft of Rs. 250/- in favour of 'CG-CoreEl Programmable Solutions Pvt. Ltd', Payable at Bangalore. Registrations will be confirmed only upon receipt of payment along with registration information in attached format.

Modes of Registration:

: Online at OR

: Fax the attached registration form to CG-CoreEl Office at 080-5528955, Attn: Ms. Priya Gururaj OR

: Email the registration details in the attached format to /

For information, please call: CG-CoreEl office at 080-5526775/6/7, Ms. Priya Gururaj or Mr. Veeresh

A Note on Accommodation: We request you to kindly make your own arrangements for Travel, Lodging and Boarding. However, we will provide limited accommodation, free of cost, on a twin sharing basis in the IIT Bombay staff hostels for the first 32 confirmed registrations strictly on a first come first serve basis.

Yours Sincerely,

Neeraj Varma

Business Manager


We at IIM Calcutta take pleasure in announcing our management paper presentation contest, SHASTRARTH 2003. (Please check our e-board)


1. Energy Security for India in the 21st century.
2. India's Economic Growth is More Stable than China: A Comparison.

1. Do financial instruments in Indian market provide enough opportunity
to manage financial risk?
2. Commodity derivatives and their future in India.

1. How should the Indian IT industry build global brands?
2. Is network marketing going to be the model for the new millennium?

1. Strategic responses to technological threats.
2. Managing strategic innovation and change.

1. Vertical Integration in the knowledge industry.
2. Strategic use of IT in Government organization.

All entries should be written in English with a maximum size of 3,000 words and must also include a 200-word synopsis. Three entries will be short-listed per stream and the authors will be invited to make a presentation at IIMC during Intaglio. The invited team members will be entitled to 3rd AC railway return fare from their respective cities to Calcutta.


The following prizes will be given for the two best papers in each stream as adjudged by the jury. First Prize: Rs. 12,000 Second Prize: Rs. 8,000


1. The papers must be submitted in MS Word, RTF or PDF formats to the following mailing address: , with the subject line as the stream which the paper addresses. Please include a cover page for the article, which does not count toward the word limit, and which contains the name and full contact details of the author(s). The same details should not be repeated elsewhere in the paper. There is no need to send a hardcopy of the entry. Please avoid sending multiple mails. Receipt of each entry will be confirmed, by email, within a few hours of receipt.

2. The maximum number of authors per entry is two. The same team cannot send more than one entry, though an author can be a part of many teams.

3. The submissions should be the original work of the author(s). The jury, which will be a mix of eminent personalities from the academia and the industry, will be looking for quality papers which merit wide attention and which add new analysis, perspective, judgments or ideas.

4. Entries must reach us by 6 p.m. (IST) on 21st September 2003. Any entries received after this date will not be eligible for entry into the competition.

5. The short listed teams will be intimated through email, by 30th September 2003, and the same details shall be available at the shastrarth website.

Important Dates

Last Date of receipt of the entries through e-mail: 21st September 2003 Declaration of shortlist of selected papers: 30th September 2003 Presentation at IIMC: 30th to 12th October 2003

For further queries please do contact us at
Team Shastrarth 2003

5. Subject: Quo Vadis'03 Paper Writnig and Presentation

To, The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

"Knowledge has surpassed machines and the stored value of money itself, as the driving force behind the world economy."

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade is conducting Quo Vadis'03, its Flagship Paper Writing and Presentation Event, in November this year for students of business schools across the country.

The theme for the paper writing competition is

"Corporate Governance: A Tool for National and Global Competitiveness"

The competition will be held in two stages. In the first stage all the papers will be evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges. The authors of the best 6 papers will be invited to present the paper at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade New Delhi on the 15th of November 2003.

IIFT cordially invites "The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore" to participate in Quo Vadis'03. For Further Details look up or browse the Attached PDF file.


Pallavi Chari

(Student Coordinator) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade B-21 Qutab Institutional Area New Delhi 110063Dated: 11th September 2003

6. River Rafting, parasailing, paragliding

Hi Mr. Anurag Jain

I have pleasure in informing you that we will be conducting an exciting and thrilling aqua sport i.e. River Rafting in Cauvery River in Kanakapura Wild life Sanctuary. This place is around 100 Kms from Bangalore. Since we will be able to accommodate a maximum of 16 participants per batch, we would request you to kindly register your name immediately. In the meantime, I would request you to kindly the circular to your colleagues & friends.

Non-swimmers can take part in the rafting event because all the participants will be provided with life jackets
Dates of the Rafting programme:
20th, 21st , 27th & 28th ( Saturdays & Sundays )
Rs. 1,200/ - this includes

( 1 ) rafting equipment hire charges, guides fee and vehicle hire charges from the end point ( i.e. Galibore ) to the starting point ( Bhimeeshwari) - after completion of the rafting event, the participants will be brought back to the starting point through the forest in a jeep.
( 2 ) Travelling from Bangalore to the Starting point & back to Bangalore in a Chartered vehicle

Note - Optional - Food charges extra @ Rs. 250/- per person, which will be served by the Jungle Lodges & Resorts Ltd., which includes Lunch ( veg & non-veg ) , evening snacks & tea. However, the participants have the liberty of bringing their own food.

Tentative Schedule

Batch no
Dep from Bangalore
Return to Bangalore

7.00 am
6.00 pm

10.00 am
9.00 pm
Registration form

Name of the Applicant
No of Participants

Date of the Rafting programme
Preference I
Preference II
Batch no.

Preference - I
Preference - II
Contact Nos.
Mob no
Off no.
Res no.
E-mail Ids

Parasailing & Microlight flying events will be held on 21st & 28th Sept ( Sundays ) at Jakkur Aerodrome, Bangalore. For details, kindly go through our web.

Sheshadri S.K.
CARE ( Centre for Adventure and Rejuvenation of Environment )
126, Arora Business Centre, 111, Dickenson Road ( Near Manipal Centre) Bangalore - 560 052
Tel no. 5586627 & 5586337 - Mob: 98456 - 95350
E-mail - - Web:

Monday, September 15, 2003

One weekend and two lunches

It was a perfect weekend starting with meeting a friend on friday night over some vodka and beer. We had an interesting discussion on men-women relationships, esp. in workplace, wherein she herself admitted that women are always aware of what guys want from them, and that mostly they (girls) use this generous attention to get the work done. Sign... We poor (Or, is it stupid?) guys :( And just when the discussions were hotting up, our small party was gate-crashed by weekend revellers (seriously, we need more privacy in hostels!). Anyways, much to my relief, my friend reached home safely at 0200 after downing a full quarter of Romanov.

On Saturday, went over to another friend's place to look at her UK travel pics. And she ended up making lunch for both of us. Home-made food after a long time, it was Nirvana. But in my earnet desire to help her with the cooking, I ended up spilling a lot of sabji on the floor! And that's when I decided that I could help her more by staying outta kitchen. The pics were great, espeically of the Bath city, and lunch was perfect.

In the evening, I watched "When Harry Met Sally", second time. I love this movie because the guy's character is so much like me. He also believes that a man and a woman can not be just friends (he says it in a mild version of famous/infamous 'Maine Pyar Kiya' dialogue. Actually these 2 movies came out about the same time, so I dont think either copied this dialogue from the other. Guess it just means that it is the truth!). Actually, later in film he goes on to live a true friendship relationship with his girl-friend (not girlfriend), Meg Ryan. Its a fantastic movie and what a coincidence that I had a discussion on similar kinda theme just the day before, as mentioned above. What I like the most about this movie though is the ending line (warning: spoiler ahead): "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." This line was my mail signature for quite sometime before I removed it for lest some recipient should interpret it wrongly. Needless to say though, I love this line.

And then, on Sunday, we had our small Bangalore iimb2000 (batch of 2000) get-together. Me and Jai went to MG's place, from where we all went to this place called "Feast of Asia". It is a nice restaurant housed in a former IT-company building. Its located very close to National Games Village on the main road. Total se7en people showed up and even though we tried hard to get Srikant to pay for his new job (leaving ICICI Ventures to join E&Y), we didn't succeed :-) The lunch happened over nice discussions of women bosses, esp in ICICI. I was told that Business World even featured a cover story on "Kamath's Angels"! Also featured in discussions was the agenda of marriage and surprisingly it turned out that everybody's been trying to get married for sometime now! And then somebody told about Naru who, apparently, during 2001 and 2002 on every weekend used to go see 1 or 2 girls. And everybody agreed that he must have surveyed the whole eligible, in-the-market population (census) rather than taking a small sample!

All in all, it was a fun weekend :)

Sunday, September 14, 2003

One more goodie from Google

Google never ceases to surprise. Maybe you already know about a now-not-so-new feature called Google Calculator. Just try typing 131*132 , or sin(75) (remember its case-specific) etc in google and see the results!

But what really takes the cake is this: The answer to life, the universe, and everything! This sure is a treat to Hitch Hiker's Guide to Galaxy fans like me!!

Google rocks (and calculates too!)

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Acoustic Western Music and Dance Competition Tonight in our campus.

All are invited.

-----Original Message-----
From: Students Cultural Committee
Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2003 12:18 AM
To: President - PGP Students
Subject: Yana Gupta hits IIMB !!!

Well guys, that was just an attention grabber.. Yana's not dancing at our least not tomorrow.. but MCC definitely is JNC... and Christ college and Joseph's and NIFT...

This Saturday nite at OAT, get your spirits high and start the countdown for this year's Unmaad.

Welcome to the "THE ECSTACY OF GOLD", a one-of-a-kind Acoustic Western Music and Dance Competition, where we play host to some of the top colleges in town.

Starting at sundown (6 PM) on the 13th of Sept (read as today), this event will go on till 11 PM and will be followed by a welcome party for the new batch of exchange students. As you can see, this weekend is going to be very very special, and all you have to do is be there!


"We aim to entertain!"

Friday, September 12, 2003

More on 70s' Chile and its economic reforms

Do free market reforms lead to better life? Its a hotly debated topic everywhere, and especially amongst academic economists. Chile underwnet such reforms in mid-70s under the junta of Augusto Pinochet:

Continuing on my yesterday's post on Chile, before the coup d'etat on the September 11th, 1973, the government of Salvadore Allende was following the 'theory of economic dependency' which essentially says that you have to raise barriers for the outside world to do trade with you in order to grow your (domestic) economy. On the Chilean reforms, one point of view can be that Pinochet's military led rebellion in early 70s was in reality a puppet-led coup because behind the scenes (actually not so covertly!) the show was being managed by the CIA. But you have to also understand that the incumbent government of Salvadore Allende was not doing anything better on the economic front. Salvadore was not even able to control the temples of modernization - PSUs - efficiently!

Now, even though the military regime of Augustus Pinochet was brutal and resulted in killing of 2400 people, spiralling inflation, and extremely vulnerable economy, it ultimately paved the way for the free market reforms by bringing in Milton Friedman and Chicago coterie. But as you can guess easily, the transition period was extremely painful for the Chileans. Accordingly, one negative fallout of the whole Chilean rebellion of early 70s was that due to the political hue - dictatorship - of the time, and its brutalities, free market reforms came to be seen as negative and other Latin American economies shied away from introducing market reforms. But you have to see that these two are, in reality, not related at all. In fact, in Chile, introducing the free market reforms actually led to a democracy after a few years! Augusto Pincohet was arrested in London some 5-6 years ago for his atrocities.

To conclude, even if we leave the economic impact of free market reforms on Chileans aside, free markets did sort of work by leading to a free political environment!!

PS: More on free-market reforms soon.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Some more events

1. Screening of "The City of Angels"
-----Original Message-----
From: Film Club
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 4:19 PM
To: Film Club
Subject: Dress Circle welcomes you to this weekend's movie screening!! (Friday, 12th September at 8.30 pm at the IIMB Auditorium)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We invite you to the screening of one of the most loved movies of the '90s on Friday, 12 September 2003.

Movie: The City of Angels
Cast: Nicholas Cage, Meg Ryan, Dennis Franz
Directed by:Brad Silberling
Timing: 8:30 PM
Venue: IIMB Auditorium
Runtime:114 minutes
Language: English
Rating:PG 15 - Parental Guidance recommended. Children below 15 to be
accompanied by an adult.

The synopsis of the movie is available on http://spidi
Looking forward to your presence at the screening.


Film Club - The IIMB Film Club
"Keep Watching"

2. Forest Outing: Navdarshanam
-----Original Message-----
From: Prakriti - The Nature Club
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 10:35 AM
To: @FPM Students
Subject: Forest Outing: Navdarshanam

Dear IIMB Community Members

To refresh you and give you a healthy break from daily hectic routine at IIMB,the club is organizing a trip to Navadarshanam - a nascent forest and an Ashram near a small lush green village. We would leave at 12 pm on Sunday (14/09/03) and come back by 5 pm.

If you want to be among the lucky ones who would experience the most nature friendly place around and taste the healthy organic food, prepared with pesticide-free ingredients then email us by 2 pm. tomm. or write your name in the sheet, which will be put on mess notice board tommorow morning.

Those of you are sure of going, should reply indicating whether you want to have the food or not. Based on the number of people, the food will be ordered and mode of transportation will be arranged.

Approximate expenditure would be Rs. 100 per person for organic food and small token money to the ashram + transportation charges which would be nominal depending on the number of persons going.A guide would also accompany us to explain the things.

The Navdarshanam has following distinctiveness:

 Eco-restoration: A wasteland converted to a small forest. Thousands of trees have appeared, planted by mysterious forces of nature invisible to the senses. Soil conditions have improved dramatically.

 Natural farming: No chemicals and pesticides are used, the faith being that a healthy soil will take care of all plants in its bosom.

 Health and food: Food items and cooking methods have been classified according to the digestibility/acidity-alkalinity. Diseases are seen as 'absence of ease,' caused by undigested food, which disturb the ecology of the of the body.

 Energy: Because of the ecologically damaging nature of the technologies that generate power these days, all power requirements, including that for pumping water and for lighting, is generated through solar panels and systems.

 Housing: All dwelling units at Navadarshanam have been aesthetically designed and constructed with the help of alternative technologies, using eco-friendly concepts and locally available material and labour.

Looking forward to explore a different world with you.



3. Invitation for a talk by Mr. Munjal Shah

Nadathur S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL)
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

is pleased to invite you for a talk on

"Profitable International Internet Start-up…Impossible?"
Come learn the story of Andale and how Munjal Shah did it

Munjal Shah
Co-founder, President and CEO of Andale


17th September 2003
Auditorium, IIM Bangalore

Time: 6-30 to 7-30 pm

For registration, contact 6993721 or email
As there are limited seats, please register early to facilitate arrangements

As the President and CEO of Andale, Munjal is charged with building the Andale vision and strategy. Over the past 3 years, he has raised over 60 million dollars for the company, brought the company to cash flow breakeven and grown the subscriber base to 42,000 paying users. In 2001, Munjal was also named to Business Week's Top 10 CEO's to Watch.

Moving forward, Munjal will stay focused on driving the company to become the business management partner for every auction seller and strives to deliver products and services that support every part of the auction sellers' business cycle - empowering every Andale user to grow their business, while maximizing their profits.

Previously, Munjal led the Internet Marketing and E-commerce Group for the Baan Company and led product management and marketing activities for BlackSun Interactive, an Internet community software company funded by CMGI @Ventures. At IBM, Munjal worked with the initial home banking applications group and was part of the team that brought Nation's Bank and Bank of America into the online home banking business for the first time, at the start of the Internet revolution.

Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University. Bachelors in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego.

4. Hindustani Music Concerts

Few Concerts are comming up this month .

22 nd September : 6:30pm
Artist :Parmeshwar Hegde (Vocal)
Accomp : Ravindra Yavagal , Vyasmurti Katti .
venue : Ananya Sabagana
91/2 4th Main
Blr -3

Sunday 28th : 5:00pm
Artist :
a . Mr Basvaraj G (Vocal)
b . Mr Medini Udaya (Vocal)
c. Ustad Hamid Khan ( Sitar)
d. Ustad Fayaz Ahmed Khan ( Sarangi)
Venue : same as above

The Concerts are free and open to all .

5. International conference on finance, ICFAI university

Call for Papers

International Conference on Finance
Hosted by ICFAI University, India and Philadelphia University, USA
Sponsored by Monash University, Australia*
15th & 16th December 2003
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

It gives us immense pleasure to invite you, your colleagues and your doctoral level students to share your unpublished research findings in the following broad areas:

Asset Pricing
Capital Markets
Market Microstructure
Corporate Finance
Investment Management and Performance
Banking & Insurance and other financial services
International Finance
Regulatory Challenges: Financial Markets; Corporates; Intermediaries and Regulations of Financial Reporting.

Important Instructions:

The abstracts not exceeding 300 words should reach us on or before 20th October 2003. The authors must clearly indicate the broad area mentioned above in which their papers should be considered.
Short listed authors will be communicated within 7 days to submit a copy of complete research paper on or before 10th November 2003.
The manuscripts will be subjected to double blind review process. Decision of the reviewers would be final and binding.
The decision of acceptance or non-acceptance of the paper will be communicated by 30th November 2003.
The authors of the short listed papers would be invited to present their papers at the conference.
All manuscripts should be in English and typed in MS - Office Word in Times New Roman (12-size font) in double space only on one side of the paper with a wide margin on both the sides. All Tables must be consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals with appropriate titles. Footnotes should be listed consecutively in the text with superscript arabic numerals. Bibliographical references should be on a separate sheet of paper as indicated below.

Damodaran Aswath, Damodaran on Valuation - Security Analysis for Investment and Corporate Finance: New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1994

Miles, J.A., and I. Shaked (1983), "Does Business Diversification Affect Performance?," Financial Management Vol. 13, pp.5-14

A brief resume of the Author(s) should accompany the Abstract.

Best Research Paper Award:

Research awards comprising of a citation, cash prize and memento will be awarded to author(s) of three best papers based on the recommendation of the paper review committee.

Copyright and Publication:

ICFAI would hold the copyright of all the papers accepted for the conference. The papers accepted for the conference would be published in a book and in a special edition of the referred journal "ICFAI Journal of Applied Finance (IJAF)" published by ICFAI Press.

Mailing Address:
Mail us your abstracts and papers at


Dr. Niranjan Swain
Chairman - Conference Committee
ICFAI Business School, ICFAI University
# 62, Nagarjuna Hills, Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh, India - 500 082
Ph: 040 - 2343 0453 to 0457
Fax: 040 - 2343 0458

6. Learn Photography

Hi Bangalore !

Anand Sharan School of Photography is starting the next two week Photography workshop from 22nd Sept. `03. If you wish to learn Photography plase get in touch with the school.

website -
Contact Anand Sharan - 2289245 or 9448389245


Sep 11 1973 / 2001 / 2003

Today happens to be the second anniversary of WTC attacks in 2001. Everybody knows that. What very few people would recall though is that today also happens to be the 26th anniversay of the 1973 blooded coup d'etat in Chile. That coup was a historic change of regime in Chile wherein the incumbent government of Salvadore Allende was replaced by the military junta of Augusto Pinochet. Thr run-up to the coup saw the choking-off of aids/investments to Chile by world economies, led by the USA and the CIA-led coup itself saw the kiling of Allende. With the new dictator government started the economically painful period of Chile which would surprisingly end within a few years giving way to the democracy. How? More on that tommorrow..

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

"In the name of the father" and Che Guevera

In one prison cell scene in "In the Name of The Father" (see my earlier post on this movie), you can see a poster of Che Guevera on the wall with his war-cry slogan "Hasta la victoria siempre" which roughly translated means 'Never stop until you're finished' or 'Fight till victory'. It gels so well with the spirit of the heroes (son and father both) of the movie that its being on the prison wall strikes you real emotionally.

Even as this particular time-honored image of Che always reminds one of the rebel spirit of mankind, I find this image highly enigmatic, inspiring in a very cool sort of way.

Inauguration of the Spicmacay IIM-Bangalore sub-chapter:: Violin Recital by Dr. L. Subramaniam

SPIC MACAY, Bangalore Chapter presents a Violin Recital by Dr. L. Subramaniam to mark the inauguration of the IIM-Bangalore sub-chapter under the Bangalore Chapter.

He will be accompanied by:

Shri. TAS Mani on the Mridangam Shri. Shekhar on the Thavil Shri. Satya Sai on Morsing and Shri. Giridhar Udupa on the Ghatam.

Date: 11th Sep 2003, Thursday Time: 6.00 PM Venue: IIMB Auditorium.

The Chief Patron, Dr. P.G.Apte, Director, IIM Bangalore, would formally inaugurate the sub-chapter. IIM Bangalore is one of the top business schools in the world, with a rich academic, social and cultural heritage. Keeping up with this tradition, the IIMB community has forged a relationship with SPIC MACAY, a pan-Indian youth cultural movement dedicated to enriching education through the spread and appreciation of India's classical heritage.

Students and teaching faculty are welcome. Patrons will be emailed passes on prior request.

For further details log on to or contact Ms. Nivedita Honnatti Email:

About Dr. L. Subramaniam:

"Violin Chakravarthy" Dr. L. Subramaniam, "The Paganini of Indian Classical music", "The God of Indian Violin" is the serenity of an Indian musician combined with the magnetism of a western "star". Constantly propelled from Singapore to Paris, from Delhi to Los Angeles, he has conquered every audience with the elegance and virtuosity of his style.


SPICMACAY, The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth is a non-profit, voluntary, apolitical and participatory student movement. It is dedicated to enriching education through the spread and appreciation of India's classical heritage and sensitizing the average student to the aesthetics of the Indian classical milieu, especially to the performing arts.

The movement seeks to provoke thought and a genuine spirit of enquiry in the young and provide a solid value based education, which involves the absorption and aesthetics and spirituality in an increasingly technical, mundane and competitive world.

SPICMACAY is a youth movement, educational in spirit and locates itself only in schools and colleges. All our events are non-commercial, non-ticketed and organized only in educational institutions. We hope that every person's life becomes just that much more enhanced, not only by attending a programme but also by getting involved with the movement.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Inter-collegiate music/dance competition

This is different from our culfest Unmaad.

-----Original Message-----
From: Students Cultural Committee
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 8:28 AM
Subject: Enter party zone

Two announcements:

1) We are organising an inter-collegiate music / dance (read as western acoustics / choreo) competition in the OAT on the 13th of this month. We have confirmed participation from the top 5 colleges in Bangalore. IIMB would participate in the event on a non-competitive basis. The event would be followed by a Welcom party for the exchange students.

2) Lots of PGP1s have been asking us whether we would have a party on the 21st of Sept (so that they can change their ticket reservations accordingly). We have three possible answers - yes, Yes and YES... Let's celebrate the end of term 1 with a big party.



Monday, September 08, 2003

Some Forthcoming Events

1. HARIHARAN : Live in concert
on 20th Sept.2003, 7pm
at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore

Tickets available at :
Music World, Brigade Rd (Ph: 5587335)
KC Das, Church Street (Ph: 5913729)
Calypso, Jayanagar (Ph:6552368)
Asha Sweet Centre (Ph: 3345112)

Concert presented by Jeevana Dharma Yoga Trust, for raising funds for Vyasa
Veda Peeta. For further details contact 6699261, 8483436, 98453 22366

2. Pipsqueak and the pumpkin eating monster




A true Children's/Family Entertainer

This is the story of Crabbo, a Mean Magician and his assistants who are bent on turning people into pumpkins - especially little children. Gobble, his cute, cuddly puppy appears to be a green monster in the eyes of Pipsqueak and Moppy, two children who cross his path in his search for Puppy chow. Crabbo attempts to turn Pipsqueak into a pumpkin and voila ...... catch the show to know more!!!

Performed in the style of creative theatre, it is meant for all of us who are extremely young at heart with a zest for enjoyment.

Date: September 15, 2003
Time: 2:30 pm / 6:30 pm
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, Off Queens Road
Tickets: Rs.50 for children / Rs.70 for adults
Available at Café de Paradis at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore Phone: 51148088

For School block bookings call: Diana Tholoor at 5470687 / 98861 12230

Movies over the weekend: Shrek, Kaakka Kaakka, Andaaz Apna Apna, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Lots of movies happened this weekend. I watched "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (WAoVW). Now, I was told that VW was a feminist writer and hence I thought the movie was about anti-feminism. Now, I watched the movie and I still thought it was a dig on feminism! Only, the Net says it isn't! The title is a mere play on a song 'Who's afraid of the bad wolf?" and apparently the director of the original play that this movie is based on, saw this line on a bathroom grafitti! You can see (warning: spoliers ahead!) some explainations here and here. The movie's whole cast was nominated for oscars and 2 out of 4 actually won! Anyways, the movie is quite gripping. Its set in one single night and involves a lot of psychological, sub-conscious dimensions, if you are the arty type. If you ain't the arty type, heck u wont understand it much like I didn't.

Then later in the night, I watched the remaining CD of Shrek in my room. Its a wonderful movie and most of you must have watched it already I am sure. Gawd, gimme a princess like that!. Anyways, now to talk about movies in campus on the weekend,

1. Lets start with Sambar Mafia's "Kaakka Kaakka"
Jeeves wrote at 1:15 pm on Sun, Sep 7 2003:
Hi Folks

Sambhar Mafia is screening the latest MEGAHIT action film "Kaakka Kaakka" at
2:00 pm in the REC ROOM. Be there to catch the action!!!

Starring: Surya, Jyotika
Music: Harris Jeyaraj


2. Then came the "MBA Over" celebration movie "Andaaz Apna Apna":
-----Original Message-----
From: Students Cultural Committee
Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2003 9:29 PM
Subject: Tonite's Movie!

MBA OVER: Ball # 2

As part of the MBA Over Celebrations, CulCom brings you a movie screening at L square tonite! Be there at 9:30pm to watch Aamir Khan and Salman Khan in one of their early movies, "Andaaz Apna Apna"! Guys the movie starts in 15 mins at L square!! Be there!!

As the Prezi would say
Welcome to CulCom and Dress Circle invite you back to the real world where Rambo means the movie "Rambo" and nothing else. Now that you can live the way you want to, we show you the movie "Andaaz Apna Apna"

Venue: L-square
Time: 9.45 p.m. tonight. Be there at the square

3. And, of course Sunday Dress Circle movie, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? :
-----Original Message-----
From: Film Club
Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2003 11:00 PM
To: Film Club
Subject: Dress Circle welcomes you to this weekend's movie screening!!
(Sunday 07th September at 6 pm at the IIMB Auditorium)
Importance: High

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We invite you with your family and friends to the screening of this weekend's movie on Sunday 07th September at 6 pm at the IIMB Auditorium.

Movie: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Awards: 5 OSCARs (nominated in thirteen categories), 3 BAFTA Awards, 7 Golden Globes, 4 Laurels and the Grammy for the orginal score
Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis
Timing: 6 pm
Venue: IIMB Auditorium
Runtime: 134 minutes
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Colour: Black and White
Rating: PG (children below 15 yrs of age to be accompanied by an adult)

The synopsis of the movie is available at http://spidi (right hand top
corner of the webpage).

We apologise for the delay in the announcement of the movie. This was due to the ambiguity about the availability of the equipment. Looking forward to your presence at the screening.

Dress Circle - The IIMB Film Club

Happy Onam

Lots of things happening on Onam in campus. Such as formation of a Mallu Club! But First, an explanation of the festival itself, which I really had no clue about before reading this:

-----Original Message-----
From: Students Cultural Committee
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 6:56 AM
To: Students Cultural Committee; President - PGP Students
Subject: Onam Celebrations


We invite you all to celebrate Onam, the harvest festival of Kerala. The Mess Committee has arranged for a special lunch today, as part of Onam celebrations. Later, there would also be a tug-of-war competition in association with Onam celebrations.

A brief Intro to Onam:

Onam, the popular harvest festival of Kerala is a happy blend of myth and reality. The ten-day Onam festival falls in August-September, coinciding with the beginning of the harvest season.

The Legend :
The celebration of the festival of Onam is based on the myth of Mahabali, a celebrated emperor of the asuras. Onam is celebrated to welcome Mahabali back to Earth and relive a period of peace and prosperity in the mythical past when Mahabali ruled over mankind. According to local belief, in a war that took place between the gods and the asuras, the asuras won. Deeply hurt by the defeat of the gods, Aditi, their mother, prayed to Lord Vishnu to destroy Mahabali, the asura king.

Consequently, Lord Vishnu, in the guise of a Brahmin boy, Vamanan, went to Mahabali and asked to grant him three steps of land. As soon as the wish was granted the boy grew into an awesome giant. With the first step he covered the whole sky, blotting out the stars. With the second he straddled the nether world. One more step and the earth would be destroyed. At that moment, Mahabali bowed his head and offered it for the last step. Vamanan pushed Mahabali deep down into the earth. However pleased by his honesty and generosity, the lord granted him a wish that he could he could visit his kingdom and people on a particular day once a year.

The Festivities :
Preparation of a floral carpet called "Athappookkalam" in front of houses, from the first day of 'Atham' to the tenth day of 'Thiruvonam' is part of the festivities.This is a symbolic gesture to welcome King Mahabali.

One of the important event of 'ONAM' festival is the vegetarian feast( ONAM SADYA ), lavishly served ,as it used to be during the glorious period of the rule of King Mahabali.

Other events include kaikottikali, pulikali (the leopard dance) and the famous boat races.


"We Aim to Entertain!"

Now to the Mallu Club

De-bug wrote at 6:58 am on Mon, Sep 8 2003:
Grand Launch today!!!

'Puttum Kadalayum'
The IIMB Mallu Club


The lunch today is an Onam special feast...make sure u r there!


Sunday, September 07, 2003

Pyar Zindagi Hai

Couple of days back my newspaper guy came bill collecting early morning (0700 hrs) and found me dancing while working on computer- sitting in chair and all - to this. Now, I have never been into remixes really, but this groovy number has really got me! Puritan debates apart, remixes do rock sometimes! At least this one does. EnJoY!

Will Blogger Survive?

Blogger/Blogspot was down for almost whole of yesterday. I think it was never meant to serve the kinda load it serves currently. I fail to understand why Google bought it anyway. The only reason I can think of is that they cud remove blog-noise from their general web search. But my feeling is that blogger has become just a cost center for google and hence they aint paying it much attention.

"MBA Over" Celebrations - 2 more terms to go

As Blogger was down most of yesterday, I am posting it now (even though party happened yesterday). Why? Because the mail is indication of the fact how students slog their asses off till 4th term only and have total fun in 5th and 6th terms! You see, grades in placements are counted only upto term 4th. Get the idea? :-)

-----Original Message-----
From: Students Cultural Committee
Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2003 7:14 PM
Subject: "MBA Over" Celebrations - Party Tonite!!

Hi Guys!
To celebrate the end of Term IV, grades, CG, RG and other academic idiosyncracies (for PGP2s), CulCom is launching a series of "MBA Over" celebrations!

We kick off with an L square party tonite followed by an "MBA Over" total masti movie screening tomorrow at L square.

Other things to follow include the launch of the CulCom website, inter-block competitions and a surprise event next weekend!


"We aim to entertain!"

Saturday, September 06, 2003

Deccan Air, contd..

Deccan Air reminds me of Sam Walton's Walmart. Like Walmart, Deccan's basic strategy is discounting/low prices. Like Walmart, Deccan's essential territory is hinterland/country. And more importantly, like Walmart, the incumbent biggies (in aviation) dont seem to give a rat's ass about Deccan's fledgling efforts. I hope they (incumbents) dont realize it till its too late! (just like in Walmart's / Kmart/ Ann & Hope case).

I am using this analogy because analogies are an interesting and insightful way to make sense out of the complex constructs. Talking about analogies, Deccan Air's low-pricing is similar to the startegy adopted by Coke in introducing 'Chota Coke'. With Chota Coke, what coke essentially did was this: it made cola more affordable to tea/coffee drinking segment and in the process expanded the market significantly. Or, for that matter, take shampoo packaging. The sachets packing makes it more affordable and hence consumers who wouldn't otherwise use shampoo (so much), end up buying shampoo, and moreover, in a recurring fashion.

All these analogies are put forth to emphasize one point which is more important than any other point in the civil aviation game: 'affordability'. And it is clear by now that what Deccan Air is attempting is to make air-travel more affordable to the masses.

May many Deccan Airs bloom. I, for one, am watching this baby.

(My earlier posts on Deccan: Post 1, Post 2)


Thursday, September 04, 2003

LAN computers names

Here are some of the names of the computers on our LAN (Local Area Network). The parantheses contain the description by the owner (as if that helps!). Anyways, makes for interesting reading! What are weird (=interesting?) names of machines you have come across in your organizations?

Aaaaahhhhhh, Abc, Abra-ca-dabra, Achar (pickle? unless thats someone's surname or somethin), Aghoraaghora (Fakir Baba), Ashwin (Yes, its me!), Bunty, Catch22, Catcherintherye, Chilli, Conciousness, Confuso, Consultant, Ctrl-alt-del (Chanakya @ C-shore), Deboo (God), Deepak (B to the A to the B to the A), Deja-vu, Don (GWYDION), Dreamteather, Eldorado, Enjoy, Ezhilara, Facaos, Gethooked (Silver Screen), Green-house, Gullu (Give war a chance), Hansie (3:16), Happy, Idlyvadasambhar, Isildur, John-galt, Madtop, Mordor, Moron, Muds, Neo (Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail), Odie, Odiesoddodes, Oliver (home), Opera, Pansari, Param (Welcome to the desert of real), Perfection (Nero- Rome is Burning), Personal-decjed, Phoenix (purgatory), Pt, Pulsar, Quirk (Quirki), Rahul (2B||!2B), Ruchir (Monopsonist), Saliva (Have a feeling that its a spin on last name),Sandman, Saurabhix, Sanjeev (gainda), Satish (Moluguru), Sauron, Schatz, Serendipity, Sillypoiny, Sisyphus, Sleepless, Stillwaters, Sudheer_Narayan (ItsNotNarayanSudheer), Surdie(!), Swami, Tirth-in-maze,Ulysses, Unplugged, Ushasis (666 + 1), Vampire, Virion, Wufua, Xenos, Zeppelin, Zing, Zicmac, Zion.

My favourite is 'Moron'! :-)

Screening of Gaza Strip (a 74 min documentary directed by James Longley)

Forwarding mail to an egroup about this event really landed me in a soup with people caliming I have a political agenda! So, exercise your discretion.

-----Original Message-----
From: Pedestrian Pictures []
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 10:52 AM

I know that adding to the sufferings we have all undergone over the years of occupation does not make us want freedom any less. I appeal to the mothers of this world to raise their voices with mine against the unjust and inhuman expulsions of Palestinians, my two sons and all other sons of mothers like me.
- Umm Mohammed, West Bank(Mother of two sons illegally arrested, now
facing execution in Israeli prison camps)

Pedestrian Pictures and People's Union for Civil Liberties, People's Democratic Forum, Karnataka Vimochana Ranga, Mahila Jagruthi, Students' Christian Movement of India


Voices from Palestine

on 8 September 2003, Monday

at Students' Christian Movement India, Mission Road, Bangalore

5:30 p.m. - Screening of Gaza Strip (a 74 min documentary directed by James Longley)

7 p.m. - Discussion on the current socio-political situation in Palestine with Sam Bahour and Wafa Abdur Rehman from The Palestinian Initiative for Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH) in Jerusalem through a web link. Moderator - Dr.Unnikrishnan P.V.

"You have blood on your hands, Mr. Sharon. Indian People do not
welcome you."

Israeli Prime Minister and right-wing Likud party chief whip Ariel Sharon will be in India on 9 September 2003 to help India battle 'terrorism.' Sharon himself stands accused of murders of several thousand Palestinians -as the commander of an Israeli force that massacred refugees in Qibya in 1953; as the Defense Minister in 1982, when Lebanese forces allied to Israel slaughtered hundreds of Palestinian non- combatants in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, a crime for which an Israeli commission found Sharon to bear indirect responsibility. Sharon is in India to finalise a $1 billion arms deal with the BJP led Govt.

"India, the United States and Israel have some fundamental similarities. We are all democracies, sharing a common view of pluralism, tolerance and equal opportunity.." - National Security Advisor, Brajesh Mishra at American Jewish Committee meeting, Washington.

The present BJP led Government's inherent fascist character is coming to light with its alliance with countries like Israel and the United States. In the 'battle against terrorism', there has been blatant persecution of communities - be it Muslims in Gujarat or elsewhere in India or Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. The US battle cry of pre-emptive war to fight terrorism rings loud in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the world.

We invite you to listen to the Palestinian people as they testify against Sharon and the Israeli government and speak of their long resistance against years of persecution. On September 8 through a direct web link, we will question fascism, understand and hear the voices of resistance. The violence faced by the Palestinian people at the hands of the Israeli Government has been drowned in the racket of global media giants. We see this an opportunity to access technology as we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, to question the Indian Government's alliance with fascist forces like Israel and US and to tell Mr. Sharon that he is not welcomed by the Indian people.

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For further details contact

Pedestrian Pictures at 5670 2232, 98450 66747, 318 12 691

LUCKY ALI - LIVE in CONCERT, Palace Grounds, 20 th Sep 2003

-----Original Message-----
From: Vikesh Kumar []
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 6:57 PM


There is a great news for all of us.

Jain Group of Institutions is organising a LUCKY ALI concert in aid of JAIN VIDYANIKETAN (a school for the deprived), at Palace Grounds, Bangalore.

Enclosed with this letter is an attachment with further details on Jain Vidyaniketan & the show.

I request all of you to attend & enjoy the show & hence help thousands of poor children.

In case of any clarification and for the PASSES contact me at 080-56709986 or 080-2217489 or mail me at or

Waiting for your positive response.

Yours Truly, VIKESH.

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Welcome for Exchange Students - Dance Recital on Saturday Sept 6 at 6:00pm

From: SEP Office
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 2:47 PM


You are cordially invited to a dance recital on the evening of Saturday, September 6, 2003, at 6:00pm in the Auditorium. The function is to welcome exchange students who have arrived from universities around the world. The recital will be performed by dancers from the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts who specialize in, and are renowned for, interdisciplinary and fusion dance forms. A short write-up on the Centre is appended below.

You are welcome to come with your family.

With Warm Regards,

Rahul De' Chairperson SEP

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts

Established in Alwaye in Kerala since 1992, Attakkalari has moved to our new premises in Bangalore since July 2001. Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts is committed to interdisciplinary performance work and is an umbrella organization facilitating and producing international arts events. ACMA is engaged in creating a context for contemporary physical expressions in India by making information from Indian performance traditions as well as international performing arts scene available in an accessible format for young artists and for the general public alike. It=FFs a public charitable trust formed by artists from different disciplines to facilitate the development of contemporary expressions in dance in India. Attakkalari is supported by Sir Ratan Tata Trust. Its creative projects are often supported by central and state Culture Departments, central and state Sangeet Natak Akademi, South Zone Cultural Centre, central and state Tourism Departments, India Foundation for the Arts, ICCR, British Council, Max Mueller Bhavan, Alliance Francaise, business houses etc. as well as various arts organisations from India and abroad.

Apart from its ongoing training, production and education outreach work, Attakkalari has conducted several national and international events including festivals, seminars and residencies. Attakkalari=FFs productions often are in the cross-art genre using cutting edge technology and digital arts. Attakkalari has an extensive education outreach programme.

SPICMACAY, Bangalore Presents Pt. Rajeev Taranath - Sarod

SPIC MACAY, Bangalore Chapter presents a Teachers Day Special event, Sarod recital by Pt. Rajeev Taranath.

Date: 5th Sep 2003 Venue: National Law School Time: 4.30 PM

About the Artiste:

Internationally acclaimed performer and award-winning composer, Pt. Rajeev Taranath is today one of the world's leading exponents of the sarod. A distinguished disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, his performances masterfully combine the depth and rigor of the tradition of Hindustani classical music with an inspired imagination and emotional intensity. He has been hailed by The New York Times by commenting with great enthusiasm about the exuberance and versatility of his playing, which ranged from the spiritual to the spirited.

For further details check our website or contact Ms. Nivedita Honnatti, Email:


SPICMACAY, The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth is a non-profit, voluntary, apolitical and participatory student movement. It is dedicated to enriching education through the spread and appreciation of India's classical heritage and sensitizing the average student to the aesthetics of the Indian classical milieu, especially to the performing arts.

The movement seeks to provoke thought and a genuine spirit of enquiry in the young and provide a solid value based education, which involves the absorption and aesthetics and spirituality in an increasingly technical, mundane and competitive world.

SPICMACAY is a youth movement, educational in spirit and locates itself only in schools and colleges. All our events are non-commercial, non-ticketed and organized only in educational institutions. We hope that every person's life becomes just that much more enhanced, not only by attending a programme but also by getting involved with the movement.


[Bangalore Chapter of The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music & Culture Amongst Youth]


Wednesday, September 03, 2003

More on Deccan

Continuing on my earlier post about Deccan Air, here's what my friend Rajeev Mahajan (ISTT) has to say on the topic in:

India's first true no-frills airline Air Deccan ( )took off on August 25, 2003. What's unique about Air Deccan is that:

1) It connects small towns in South India which till now were not on the aviation map.
2) Offers fares as low as 50% as compared to fares of other airlines and nearly equivalent to the first class fare on the railways.
3) It lobbied actively the Govts. of AP and Karnataka to reduce the sales tax on fares from 25% to 0% and 4% respectively.
4) It got the Govt. of Karnataka as a captive customer - the GoK has issued a directive that to officers who holds the rank of a tahsildar or above, to travel by Air Deccan for official purpose.
5) The airline operates aircraft with a skeleton staff - only one cabin crew and two pilots. Add to this the airline doesn't provide any refreshments on board, if you want a sandwhich during your flight, you got to buy it. This cuts on costs.
6) Operating 48 seater ATR aircrafts cuts on break-even.
7) One of the most significant innovations done by Air Deccan is to emblazon their aircraft with Sun Microsystem's and Java's logo - all of this for a fee that Sun pays Air Deccan. Catalogues and product promotion material on Sun's products is provided during the flight -notice how you would catch a potential customer's attention, especially when a significant proportion of your clientele are going to be software pros, primarily since Air Deccan has Bangalore as its hub. Bhaskar Pramanik, MD of Sun said that this promo campaign fits in well for both the companies as both provide customers with value for money products and services. Such promos can only push down Air Deccan's breakeven, which will be a test-case for no-frills air travel in India, which undoubtedly has great economic benefits. Let's wait and see how things in this industry shape up.

Regards Rajjjj
This logo promotion idea is real neat.


Tuesday, September 02, 2003

In the Name of the Father

Based on true story, it is about false indiction of an Irish father and his wayward son by British authorities. The incident is the infamous Guilford Pub bombing of 70s. Even though factually incorrect at places (example: in real life, father and son were never in the same cell), its a real touching movie and brings out the point that governments around the world just want scapegoats. The scene invloving inmates lighting papers is especially moving.

Details here. Recommendation: A must watch.