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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
It is Kshamawani Divas today in Jains' Das-Lakshani parv (10-day Festival of ten virtues). Just like the Thanksgiving Day in western context is meant for thanking for good things, Kshamavani (Kshama=forgive) Divas (=day) is meant for asking one and all for Forgiveness.
So, allow me to beg of you your pardon for any wrongs, excesses, sins, that I might have done onto you. This is one day when I take all the responsibility of any sorrow, pain, or anguish caused to you by me, and atone for the same. I wouldn't want to offend anyone in my life, and least of all, you. I, therefore, hope all my past sins are forgiven and that I can start afresh....
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Anant Chaudas, Das Lakshan Parva (Paryushan), Jainism etc.
Yesterday, I visited Jain temple(s) after a long time. This was on account of yesterday being Anant Chaudash, an important day in the ten-day festival of Daslakshan. I visit temples probably once in six-months or so. But thats not to say I am not religious. I am just a bit detached.
Talking about temples and Jainism, latest Indian census data paints a very healthy picture of Jain community. Incidentally, this is the first time Religion-wise data has been published by Indian census office. The numbers suggest that Jains are tops on pretty much all parameters. Sample some: Literacy-wise, Jains top the list with 94.1%. The national average for literacy is 64.8%. For female literacy, the national average is at 53.7%, and Jains again take the lead with a female literacy figure of 90.6%. The only sore point in the data is the scorching growth rate of Jain population which has been estimated at 26% in the last decade (as against 4% in the previous decade)! But Jain groups have contested that figure (Census results inaccurate: Jains).
I think all this has to probably do with the fact that we Jains are a minority community. We are 6 million (60 lakhs) out of 1 billion Indians (0.6%). Even though, people at large, often categorize Jains as Hindus, we are not. We have a separate religious and more importantly, cultutral, identity. In a sense, we can be compared to Jews: Small ethnic group, which excels at most activities that it touches.
A friend on a Jain yahoogroup sent these additional statistics on state-wise Jain population:
91.16% Jains live in these 8 states
State Jain Population % of Total Jains
Maharashtra 1301843 30.81
Rajasthan 650493 15.40
Madhya Pradesh 545446 12.91
Gujarat 525305 12.43
Karnataka 412659 9.77
Uttar Pradesh 207111 4.90
Delhi 125122 2.96
Tamil Nadu 83569 1.98
Total of Jain population in these 8 states: 3851548
Total Jain population in India: 4225052
Thus 91.16% Jains live in these 8 states
In Gujarat, the growth of Jains in 1991-2001 was just 6.91%. This number is very low as the growth of Jains in all India was 26%. I think that Jain from Gujarat have written themselves as Hindus and not as Jains in the census. There is no other reason."
International Conference on Rural Markets
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Mysore in association with many other organizations is organizing the International Conference on Rural Markets from December 16 - 18, 2004. The details are available on Website.
Mr. Strobe Talbott at IIMB
On the weekend, I attended a public policy seminar by Mr. Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution, and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State (during Bill Clinton administration). He spoke on Leadership in Public Policy: Integrating Good Governance with Good Business.
Mr Talbott and Bill Clinton shared the room at Oxford, and thats one of the reasons Clinton appointed Mr Talbott the Deputy Secretary of State. :)
Saturday, September 25, 2004
I Do Not Play Dice
What are your favourite sig lines? I have earlier used in my mails/written communications:
# Hasta la victoria siempre. - Che Guevera's war-cry slogan, which roughly translated means 'Never stop until you're finished' or 'Fight till victory' -
# "Sometimes I think that the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." - Calvin and Hobbes -
These days I am using: I Do Not Play Dice. Am sure you would recall Einstein-ian connection immediately here as its a slight twist of the famous quote by the fampus scientist. A little more gyaan behind using this quote follows (mots of it put together from this brilliant PBS documentary: The Elegant Universe).
Well, you see, in 1920s, a new breed of physicists (Quantam Mechanics Physicists) led by Niels Bohr started looking at atomic behaviour in a very different, in fact, outlandish light. Quantum mechanics says that you can't know for certain the outcome of any experiment; you can only assign a certain probability to the outcome of any experiment. They essentially said that the atomic behaviour is 'random'. This new physics was in direct conflict to what the theories of the day including Einstein's, had preached so far. Einstein, of course, didn't like this. He never lost faith that the universe behaves in a certain and predictable way. The idea that all we can do is calculate the odds, that things will turn out one way or another was something Einstein deeply resisted. Yet, experiment after experiment showed Einstein was wrong and that quantum mechanics really does describe how the world works at the subatomic level.
So, in order to discredit this new stream of physics (Quantam physics), Einstein used to say "God does not throw dice" suggesting that atomic level behaviour is quite orderly (and not random) as encapsulated in his theories.
Guess, you can see now where I am going with the modification of this quote in my signature line now. ;)
Friday, September 24, 2004
JAINA Shri V.R. Gandhi scholarship
1.JAINA Shri V.R. Gandhi Scholarship
Objective: To promote and encourage studies in Jainism and thereby to spread Lord Mahavir’s message of universal love, brotherhood and nonviolence, a lifetime goal of Shri Virchand Raghavji Gandhi , to honor him and to commemorate his historical visit to the West in 1893, JAINA had established this scholarship in Fall, 1997. (Jain Digest Winter Edition 1997 pa.20.) This scholarship is being awarded to bright and needy students studying Jainism and/or pursuing doctorate and/or research studies in fields like Jain philosophy, Jain literature, Jain scriptures, Jain temple architectures at recognized Universities and Institutions.
To help Jain Sadhus/Sadhavis in their studies at accredited institutions by giving the cost of their books, tuition fees and misc. expenses.
Research studies in work of VRG’s unpublished literature
“Strangers In This Land” by E. Allen Richardson, Jain Digest Summer 2001 (Vol.18, No.2) issue and JAINA web site gives more descriptive details. Brochure and scholarship application forms are available on this JAINA web site.
It was a matter of great pleasure that the award of this scholarship was started in year 2001,VRG's death centenary year and 2600th birth year of Bhagvan Mahavir. Nonrefundable 16 scholarships up to Rs. 15,000 were awarded so far to the students studying Jainism. As planned after publication of Gujarati edition in 2001 at the time of Chicago convention in 2001, we had published English version book titled "GLIMPSES OF JAINISM AND BIOGRAPHY OF FORGOTTEN HERO: SHRI VIRCHAND RAGHAVJI GANDHI". 1,000 books were distributed free at wellset (with pictures, banner, etc.) convention 2003 JAINA VRG booth after due releasing ceremony at the hands of Guruji Shri Chitrabhanuji in convention opening ceremony.
What ever we have achieved is due to the support given by our member centers, JAINA Exc. Committee and Jain Community as a whole.If you have any question, kindly contact us.
IIM-L student in webcam suicide
Shocking news. This is almost two years after a first year PGP student Prasenjit had committed suicide at IIMB.
From this news item in Hindustam Times.
IIM-L student in webcam suicide0 comments
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Mentoring Clinic at TiECon Bangalore 2004
November is round the corner, and for Bangalore, November means Bangalore IT.com! In keeping with the tradition of the past many years, TiE Bangalore will host its Annual TiECon event along with Bangalore IT.com on 4th November, 2004.
Last year's TiECon saw the roll-out of TiE Bangalore's Mentoring Initiative, and over the past year, many entrepreneurs have taken advantage of being Mentored by seasoned Charter Members of TiE Bangalore and Silicon Valley Chapter. Very recently, we've expanded our Mentoring effort, and launched PAF (Potential Angel Forum). This is an initiative to link selected entrepreneurs (we have started with two such entrepreneurs) to potential angel investors in Silicon Valley, with a view to help them raise angel capital. Based on the feedback we gather, we intend to include more entrepreneurs in PAF over time.
The Mentoring Clinic at TiECon 2004 will build on the learning's of the past one year. The format this year is as follows:
# All interested entrepreneurs (existing and potential) will send in a 2-page (max!) exec summary of their business idea / plan by Friday, 15th October.
# An initial session (~15 minutes per entrepreneur) will be held thereafter (we will notify interested entrepreneurs of the date for this session) wherein Charter Members will guide entrepreneurs on the points they must come prepared for during the mentoring session. Some screening may also be done during this session.
# The 1-1 Mentoring Session will be held in the afternoon of 4th November at the West End Hotel. This will be conducted by Charter Members of TiE (Bangalore, Silicon Valley, and other chapters), as well as some invited professionals / entrepreneurs. This Mentoring session is FREE. However, it is open only to members of TiE Bangalore, or those delegates who have registered for the TiECon conference. Priority in selection will be given to TiE members who have registered for the conference. Given the huge demand, and limited capacity, interested entrepreneurs may find it useful to register for the TiECon.
The registration fee for TiECon (for different categories) is as below:
Individual - 2500/-TiE Members - 2000/-Students - 750/-There could be exciting prizes (including enrolment in PAF) for the best plans.
So, if you are interested in seeing your business benefit through seasoned advice; are interested in building valuable relationships; and are interested in building the next success story out of India, we invite you to participate in the Mentoring Clinic by sending a 2-page executive summary of your business plan / idea to alfio AT tiebangalore.org (by Friday, 15th October, 2004).
About things that go round and round
On September 24th and 25th 2004, at Alliance Franciase de Bangalore at 7:30 PM, you could find yourself watching the masterpiece created by Badal Sircar. A play that narrates - your story, my story, his story, her story, their story, our story and so on and so forth.
‘‘Badalda changed the language and form of Indian theatre. His theatre that incorporated prototypes from ordinary lives crossed all regional boundaries. Indian theatre will always be indebted to Sircar,’’ says Amol Palekar, Film maker
From the makers of 'The Final Rehearsal' ACTor Company Theatre Invites you for the opening of Evam Indrajit - a play in English. Written by Badal Sircar Translated by Girish Karnad Adapted and directed by Pawan Kumar
Time: 7:30PM Date: 24 and 25 Sept 2004 Venue: Alliance Franciase, Bangalore
Visit http://www.theactor.angelcities.com/evamindrajit.htm to know more about the production
Tickets available at Alliance Franciase, Bangalore. Call 34025248 or mail letsact AT rediffmail.com
Ramnarayan Chellaram Quiz
The 46th edition of the Intecollegiate (includes Std XI and XII ) quiz for the Ramnarayan Chellaram Quiz is being conducted by the Rotary club of Bangalore at 20,Lavelle Road (next to Hotel Rama).
The Preliminary written round is on Saturday the 25th of September 2004 at 10:00 a.m. sharp. The Finals will be held on Monday the 27th of September 2004.
Each team should be of two members and there is no restriction for the number of teams from each educational institution. ID cards are a must for the participants. There is no registration fees and there are very attractive prizes for the finalists.
For more details please visit :www.rotaryclubofbangalore.org/quizhtml
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Businessgyan: Corporate Simulation Part II.
Businessgyan is a nice business magazine published and run by an IIMB alumnus, Balaji Parsumarthy ('94 I think). Businessgyan has recently started case competition. This is the second contest in series.
Corporate Simulation - 20 comments
I heard of the subject phrase in my first year at IIMB, from a Prof I would rather not name here. Anyhow, this article, Intellectual Masturbation Rubs Me The Wrong Way, is so true of any class where there are marks for Class Participation (CP). At least in b-schools classes, this is exactly what happens :) (Okay, okay, Exaggeration Detector got me.)
Sanskrit Classes in the week ends
samskritena sambhaashanam kuru \ jeevanasya parivartanam kuru
A unique opportunity to learn Samskritam in a fun-filled setting...... and at convenient time !
Samskrita Bharati organises A Ten Weekend Samskritam Class
For the first time, Samskrita Bharati offers a sixty-hour intensive course dedicated to basic learners of Samskritam. This course especially addresses the needs of professionals who can spare time only during weekends.
Venue: "Aksharam", VIII cross, Girinagar II phase, Bangalore - 560 085
Time: 9 AM to12 Noon, Saturdays and Sundays , October 2 to December 5, 2004
Fees: Rs.500/- (including course materials)
Prerequisites: An open mind to learn Samskritam
Register over phone or e-mail
Surendra: 2672 1052, Jahnavi: 2672 2576, Satyanarayana: 31813501 , Shrikant Jamadagni: 98453 90879
Email: samskrit AT satyam.net.in
Seats are limited. Call early to reserve yours.
Samskrita Bharati is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to bring Samskritam back to daily life.
jayatu samskritam \ jayatu manukulam
Sunday, September 19, 2004
The Greatest Trade in the History ;)
As there are lots of exchange students in the campus these days, that particular episode of The Wonder Years comes to mind where they have Inga Finnstrom, a Swedish girl exchange student in the McKinley High School. You gotta watch it to see how funny it is. Uploaded here (2.9 MB). (If you have problem playing it, download divx codec [and/or player] from here).
If you can't, for some reason, watch it, here's the transcript (from here):
(Close shot of a girl's legs as she walks down the hallway, away from the camera. A guy walking up the hallway looks over his shoulder as she passes.)0 comments
Saturday, September 18, 2004
My Mumbai Trip: Part 2
New-Age of Indian Aviation: The Air Deccan Experience
On my mumbai trip mentioned in the last post, I booked tickets at the last minute (of course, I paid more than the Apex fares of other airlines!) and flew both ways by Air Deccan. Only later, I realized that they had started trunk-routes service, including Bangalore-Mumbai-Bangalore, on 25th August 2004 only! I must have been amongst their first few hundred customers on that route (I flew on 29th Aug and 31st Aug)! I had expected a small, turboprop, ATR plane. Instead, I found myself sitting in a brand-new, sparkling clean A-320 jet (registration # VT-ADZ). Apart from Air Deccan logo, the A-320 livery was adorned with huge logo of NDTV which almost made it look like belonging to NDTV rather than Air Deccan :) Advertising on planes is a real smart step Air Deccan has taken. I remember, earlier they had co-opted Sun and other IT companies for advertising on their ATR planes.
From a customer's perspective, the flights were different from Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, and Air Sahara only in the following aspects:
* No eatables are served free on-board. However, there's a small menu from which you can choose snacks. Range: 15-45 Rs.
* In-flight entertainment: There are small screens (maybe 8" !) every four seats in both sides of the seat columns. However, to listen to what's going on the the screen, you have to buy the earphone for 30 Rs :)
* Free Seating: No seat numbers are alloted. You can sit wherever you can find a seat. (Also called 'cattle-call' by some? Read that in NUTS.)
Despite of all these 'new' ways of flying, I had a good time with Air Deccan except for the last point mentioned. Because of Open Seating (or Free Seating), people were hurrying up, sometimes even stepping on other's toes (I mean literally, as in a cinema ticket queue) to be ahead in the boarding queue, in the shuttle bus, and in the final boarding at plane ladder! I didn't like that very much. Especially, because I always prefer a window seat ahead of the wings - sitting anywhere behind wings, they obstruct the magnificient view. :) I think they should do something about that..
My Mumbai Trip: Part 1
Recently (29th Aug - 31 Aug) went to Mumbai for Rakshabandhan (Aug 30). Jainism interpretation of this festival makes an interesting read. I had a great time, had a lot of fun with sister and family. My sister and family had shifted to Mumbai last year where they stay at Hiranandani, Powai and their flat offers full and fantabulous view of the Powai Lake.
During my stay there, the first night we went to Juhu beach and totally enjoyed in the fantastic breeze. Tried Kala Khatta chuski at a very dhinchak shop, where I discovered the song Janaabe Ali from movie Bardaasht. Also tried the world-famous Pav-Bhaji. Next day, we went for dinner at ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. There were a lot of celebs, including Sanjay Dutt, Aftab Shivdasani, i-flex CEO, and some NDTV news anchor covering the Pakistan Food Festival. My niece shook hands with Dutt, and talked to Aftab (whom she kept calling 'hafta' later :-). Next day, went to see the new flat my sister and brother-in-law purchased. Very nice flat. On the main road, across the Powai Lake, it offers a nice view of the road and the lake :) Went to IIT Mumbai to meet some friends. In the evening went Go-Karting at Hiranandani tracks. By the time, I got the hang of it & was just gettin a-cruisin', trying to beat my nephew ahead of me, my 6 laps were over :(
Friday, September 17, 2004
The SmarTest Intercollegiate Quiz
TVS Tyres presents SmarTest, a quiz exclusively for college students in Bangalore at the St. Joseph's Indian High School Auditorium (next to Mallya Hospital) this Sunday, September 19. Free registration for teams of two begins at 9.00 a.m, and twelve teams will make it to the semifinals from the written prelims.
Winner: Rs. 12,000 in cash
1st Runner Up: Rs. 8,000 in cash
2nd Runner Up: Rs. 4,000 in cash
Also, there are prizes for the audience and all qualifiers.
RJ Darius of Radio City 91.0 FM will be the Quizmaster, and the contents are researched by Quizician.
All are welcome to attend and watch the quiz.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
I have posted my account of Hogenakkal Waterfalls trip here. You can also get to it via my travel page. Its nice to see the Hogenakkal trip page rank good in google within a week of posting.
Known as Niagra Falls of India, Hogenakkal is one of the best places I have been to!
PhD and Corporate Career
Came across this neat stuff in Economic Times: The CEOs with the exalted Phd degree.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Fired for Blogging!
Red Herring is reporting on Joyce Park, who was fired for blogging about her company's slow servers. Her otherwise-personal blog, Troutgirl, has been a solid presence online for almost five years. Her case makes one wonder, how important is it to maintain anonymity online? And, does the employer have a right to sneak in on your online diary and take that as a basis of action against you? I have a job offer in hand and now I am thinking that maybe I made a mistake revealing about my blogging to an engineer at the future employer. Have you had any negative personal/professional experiences due to any particular disclosure(s) in your blogs?
ShowCause (Delhi) Event
TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB - III0 comments
The third TNMC will feature Basement Blues (intermittently known as SARSS & Defiance) and Descant (aka Endzville).
>>>> Basement Blues, a 4-piece band, plays most forms of rock music - rock n roll, blues rock, hard rock, metal and also blues!! Although each member has different influences, a few common influences, old and new, are Led Zeppelin, Sabbath, Deep Purple, Aerosmith and RATM. Formed in early 2002 in an unused basement somewhere in Delhi, the band has been through a lot of ups and downs including several line-up changes.
And after a self-indulged 'cleanship' drive, the bricks in the wall have finally been cemented. Now these guys wants to do more shows, eat more 'chicken' and have fun out of what they like most - rock 'n' roll. Expect to see a lot of blues-based jamming, with guest appearances by several young veteran musicians from the circuit.
Descant is an outfit that transcends the limitations of thought, perception and emotion and brings to life the eternal religions of freedom, choice and originality through the elixir of Rock-n-Roll…
The five member act draws apt inspiration from original masters like Ozzy, Pearl Jam, and Van Halen, and had recently created a roar at Campus Rock Idols…
So, to experience the rebirth of classics and evolution of cult originals, walk in to DV8 on the night of 21st September, 04.
Evam Indrajit - a play in English
ACTor Company Theatre invites you for the premiere of EVAM INDRAJIT - A PLAY IN ENGLISH. Written by Badal Sircar; Translated by Girish Karnad; Adapted and Directed by Pawan Kumar
7:30PM, September 24 & 25, 2004
Alliance Francaise de Bangalore (near Cantonment railway station, Queens Road)
Tickets available at the Cafe Paradis at Alliance
(Contact 34025248 or mail to letsact AT rediffmail.com )
Click here to know more about the production.
The Biggest Brand Summit in Mumbai!
The India Brand Summit, to be held during 30th Sept - 2nd Oct 2004, Hyatt Regency, Sahar, Mumbai, aims to bring together the brains behind some of India’s most successful brands. It will attempt to debate brand strategies for organizational growth and create a platform to provide world-class education at an affordable cost and a unique opportunity to network. Register here.
'You must vote' advertising contest
In order to enhance voting, Ad Club Bombay is organizing a contest for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections.
Monday, September 13, 2004
ITC Business Plan Contest: Mera Gaon Mera Desh
ITC Ltd is conducting a "Creating Value for Rural India" theme Business Plan Contest which is open to students of premier Business Schools.
Event opens: Sep 15, 2004
Event date: January 15th, 2005
Theatre events in Bangalore: September 2004
This info is from Ranga Shankara newsletter.0 comments
Theatre in Bangalore: September 2004
5th & 7/8th
Nataranga presents Kanooru Heggadthi (Kannada) at Ravindra Kalakshetra on the 5th and 7th and 8th at ADA Rangamandira.
10th to 12th Kimaaya Productions presents Rahee Dahake's Smell (English) , as Theatre at Home from 10th to 12th September. On Brunton Road , Old Madras Road and at Mahesh Dattani's Studio at J P Nagar. Those interested email: kimaaya AT yahoo.co.uk
20th Prayogaranga Presents Sripurandara (Kannada) at Ravindra Kalakshetra
24th & 25th Actor company theatre presents Bidal Sircar's Evam Indrajit (English) directed by Pawan Kumar, at the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore. Contact uandme AT hotpop.com
28th & 29th Benaka Presents Aakash Butti & Gokula Nirgamana. (Both Kannada)
29th Aneka Presents a new production(to be announced) in Kannada at ADA Rangamandira
Scheduled for September and October Theatre Labs production of Sanghmitra Mandanna's Sadako and a Thousand Cranes
Workshops in Bangalore: September 2004
Choreographer Madhu Nataraj Heri and Natya Stem Dance Company will conduct a Movement Workshop from the 10th September to the 30th September. Open to anyone above 18 years of age, the workshop will be specially beneficial to actors and aspiring actors as it will deal with the physical aspect of theatre. Only 12 participants will be admitted. For details contact: stemdance AT hotmail.com
7th Global Textile Machinery Exhibition
The India International Textile Machinery Exhibitions Society is organising the 7th Global Textile Machinery Exhibition (INDIA ITME 2004) from 4-11 December 2004 at Mumbai, India. A four yearly event, the last exhibition (6th INDIA ITME) was held in 2000 in the same city. Details here.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Delhi Event: Menwhopause & Trademark
Show Cause is organizing this event: Menwhopause & Trademark wil be playing at the second Tuesday Night Music Club at DV8, connaught place, (next to regal) 8pm onwards... FREE ENTRY.. HAPPY HOURS until 8pm, be there early....0 comments
Sunday, September 05, 2004
Yesterday I went on a day trip to Hogenakkal (also spelled as Hogenekal, Hoganakal, Hoganakal, etc) waterfalls. Believe me, there are no words to describe the experience. Still, I would try to capture it and post an account soon.
Airplay for Bangalore's musicians.......Radioactive @101.3 FM every friday 10pm
IBAT's Future Organizations: Startegising Business
"The Institute of Business Administration and Training (IBAT), Bhubaneshwar is organizing the National Management Convention 2005 on "Future Organizations: Startegising Business" during February 4-6, 2005 at KIIT Campus, Bhubaneswar. Research Papers are invited on the following core areas of management: Marketing, HR, Finance, Operations, IT and Corporate Governance
For more details, you may please log on to the website:www.ibat.ac.in"
Subroto Bagchi on Success
Yesterday, I got this in an egroup. This is the Address by Subroto Bagchi, Chief Operating Officer, MindTree Consulting to the Class of 2006 at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore on defining success (July 2nd 2004). I didn't know about this speech at all. Mr Bagchi must have delieved it at the orientation programme of the new batch this year. Quite a personal account of life, hardships, and success, its an inspiring read.0 comments
"I was the last child of a small-time government servant, in a family of five brothers. My earliest memory of my father is as that of a District Employment Officer in Koraput, Orissa. It was and remains as back of beyond as you can imagine. There was no electricity; no primary school nearby and water did not flow out of a tap. As a result, I did not go to school until the age of eight; I was home-schooled. My father used to get transferred every year. The family belongings fit into the back of a jeep and so the family moved from place to place and, without any trouble, my Mother would set up an establishment and get us going. Raised by a widow who had come as a refugee from the then East Bengal, she was a matriculate when she married my Father. My parents set the foundation of my life and the value system which makes me what I am today and largely defines what success means to me today.
Friday, September 03, 2004
VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES AS AN ORGANIZATIONAL MECHANISM FOR EMBEDDING KNOWLEDGE IN DRUG DEVELOPMENT: THE CASE OF CHEMICAL BIOLOGY PLATFORM
Pricing of Swing Options in Natural Gas Markets
Attended this research workshop yesterday by a fellow PhD student, Kapala Srinivas Rao. The abstract of the topis is here:0 comments
The Natural gas industry in US was regulated by regulatory agencies since 1930s.This regulation created distortion in natural markets and gas shortages were resulted in 1970s particularly in interstate markets of the natural gas industry. The gas shortages prompted the deregulation of the industry in order to promote efficiency in the industry. The process was launched by adoption of Natural Gas Act 1978 which partially liberalized the interstate markets. The complete deregulation of markets followed when FERC adopted order No.436 of 1985 and order No.636 of 1992 which introduced open access to interstate pipeline transportation, allowed gas marketing companies and unbundled natural gas sales from pipe line transportation. The deregulation has changed the structure of industry and has resulted in spot market at the wholesale level (Whole gas market). As spot gas prices become highly volatile in the open markets, participants in the spot markets face substantial price risks. So, the financial gas market had its beginning in 1980s and developed by 1990s to hedge this price risk.
Global world of Performing Arts
Recently two interesting visitors, both from USA, came to my site. First is Mr. Bradley Litwin, a 1920s-1930s American Blues and Ragtime music artiste. Mr. Bradley would like to perform in India if there's an interest in this genre of music.
The second visitor is Ms Bobbie Goodrich. An artiste working on indigenious dances from various countries, Ms Goodrich would like to attend the Vasantahabba festival.
About Mr Bradley's query, based on my knowledge though, I would hazard a guess that yes, there is an interest in 20s-30s Ragtime Blues in India but it would be limited to the hi-end settings/environments such as 5-star hotels clients and such. What I mean is that, to the best of my knowledge, there are not really any regular general public performances for that genre of music. Performances for such music are probably organized for niche, up-market audiences. Lemme know if someone knows it any different.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
The 3-6-3 Club
I read this in a mail sent by a friend studying MBA at Columni Business School: Sandy Weill, the ex-CEO belongs to the 3-6-3 club (borrow money at 3%, lend it at 6% and arrive at the golf course by 3pm). Neat acronym, eh!
Centre for the Study of Culture & Society Seminar
Conference on Experiential Marketing Power
Conference on " Experiential Marketing Power" is scheduled on the 16th & 17th of September 2004 at ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Mumbai. For registration and details, contact: 022-569 26016 or info AT inconnectiva.com
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Model wanted for Antaragni
Raghupati Dixit of Antaragni is looking for a model for their upcoming video:
Hello!!! My band is looking for a fresh face who will fit into the role of a south indian village girl to model in our first video. The model should be pretty, with a naughty smile and eyes...acting and dancing ability definitely a must! Please email me if u have anyone in mind. Shooting starts early october. Thanks.
Contact info here.
7th Annual Terry Fox Run, Bangalore
7th Annual Terry Fox Run is scheduled on Sunday, 26th September, 2004 in Bangalore. The run will start in Cubbon Park, Jalwahar Bal Bhavan. Runners are requested to assemble at 9 am. Details here.
Chrysallis Performance Arts Centre
The Chrysallis Performance Arts Centre is now in Koramangala. And is happy to announce the opening of The Chrysallis Cafe - a space for young performers wanting to be heard, seen and recognized.0 comments