Anurag Jain's Blog
Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Feb 24 - Mar 3, 2007: Entrepreneurship Week - India 

Dear Mr. Jain,

We are writing to let you know that the TiE Bangalore Chapter is a Partner in the first celebration of Entrepreneurship Week India, and to invite you to participate in the activities.

The goal of Entrepreneurship Week India is two-fold: to celebrate the opportunities of India today; and to improve the culture and ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the country.

Entrepreneurs solve problems and build value - whether they are inside companies, starting ventures, in academia or government. To realize the potential of India today, we need more successful entrepreneurs. Working together, we can make this happen.

Entrepreneurship Week focuses our attention on entrepreneurship; engages a broad group of people through awareness campaigns, events and activities; and, by raising appreciation and support, endeavors to improve the culture and climate for entrepreneurship.

We are committed to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of India, and TiE Bangalore is delighted to be Partner in E Week. We hope that you will join us in making Entrepreneurship Week India a great success.

February 24 to March 3, 2007, Entrepreneurship Week India will energize the entire nation. Together, let's celebrate the spirit of We Can. We Will.

How can you PARTICIPATE?
A first step to creating a winning ecosystem is to start thinking and talking about entrepreneurship; to test and exercise your creativity; and to get more people to care and to join. So participate in the two awareness campaigns being run this week.

  • Take the pledge and help create a Winning Ecosystem in India. Make a promise and commit yourself     to a better future. Each signature will change the course of tomorrow. Read More
  • Enter the one-liner contest and share your thoughts on entrepreneurship with the world. Win for     yourself and win for the nation! Your views spur India's future. Read more

  • Your participation is critical - if we all come together, we can improve the chances of continued strong economic growth in India.

    Who can PARTICIPATE?
    As a valued member of the TiE Bangalore community, we encourage you to participate actively in the nationwide excitement that is E Week India.

    You can also get your friends, family and anyone else you know to join the celebrations. The more the involvement, the closer we are to a collaborative national success.

    We value your involvement and support. So any suggestions you have that will help us participate better in this initiative, please mail them to

    Join the CELEBRATIONS, now!
    Working together with over 150 academic institutes, non-profit associations, and other corporate E Week Partners, TiE Bangalore is launching Entrepreneurship Week India concurrently with Entrepreneurship Week USA in a truly global effort. E Week India was initiated by NEN, a non-profit helping leading academic institutes in India build world-class entrepreneurship programs.

    So, go ahead, log on to and experience the excitement!

    We look forward to your participation in Entrepreneurship Week India 2007!

    Warm regards,

    Dr K Vasudevan
    Executive Director"

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    Mar10'07-Feb'08: Leadership Development Programme at IIM Bangalore 


    THE ANKLET @ Ranga Shankara from March 2 

      The Anklet
    [ Silappadikaram ]
    Written by Ilango Adigal some time between the second and third centuries A.D., the story revolves around the steadfastness of Kannagi, her unfaithful husband Kovalan, and a dancer Madhavi.
    The love triangle is considered by many to be ahead of its time.
    BLT's production of the play follows a contemporary staging style, but retains the essence of the original drama.  
    Adaptation by Vijay Padaki
    Directed by Sridhar Ramanathan 
                                             Shashank Purushotham
                                                    Deepthy Shekhar
                                                     Santosh Samuel
                                                      Pritham Kumar         
                                                        Nischal Pai 
                                                         Priya Rao
                                                        Divya Jain
                                                       Aliyeh Rizvi
                                                    Swati Sengupta
                                                  Edgar Fernandes
                                                  Anand Ramprasad
    Ranga Shankara                                      
    March 2 â€" 7.30 pm at Rs. 49/-
    March 3 â€" 3.30 pm at Rs. 49/-;   7.30 pm at Rs. 49/-
    March 4 â€" 3.30 pm at Rs. 49/-;   7.30 pm at Rs. 49/-
    Special Tanjavuri-Chettinad cuisine @ the Ranga Shankara Café on all show days!
    For tickets, please call   Pritham Kumar on +91 98454 41420 

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    Mar 15: Event on VC investing in Internet-based Services and Mobile VASx 

    Venture Intelligence is organizing Internet & Mobile Connect, a roundtable event on Venture Capital investing in the Internet-based Services and Mobile Value Added Services sectors. The event will be held on March 15 in Mumbai.

    The Online Services and Mobile VAS sectors have emerged as favorite sectors among Venture Capitalists accounting for almost 50% of all VC investments in the IT & ITES industry. However, there are several significant challenges facing these sectors – including business models, valuations, quality of management, etc. In this context, leading VC investors and top executives from Online Services and Mobile VAS companies will come together at Venture Intelligence Internet & Mobile Connect to network, discuss and share best practices.

    The key themes to be addressed include "Internet Businesses: Is the boom for real this time?", "Mobile VAS: Time to look beyond Ring Tones and Wallpapers?" and "Raising & Leveraging Venture Capital".

    The panels at Internet & Mobile Connect feature discussions between investing and operating executives on the following issues:

    • How are these sectors going to shape in the next few years? • What are the business models that have worked in other markets? Will they work in India? • What are some of the India-specific opportunities? • How can investors differentiate the winners from the crowd? • What are the challenges for investors in these sectors? • Where are the exit opportunities?

    The first panel consisting of experienced investors and entrepreneurs – including Alok Kejriwal of Contests2win. com, Ashish Gupta of Helion VC, Anurag Dod of and Avnish Bajaj of Matrix Partners -will discuss the opportunities and challenges before the Internet-based businesses in India. The second panel – including Sanjay Swamy of mChek, Sandeep Singhal of Nexus India Capital, Arvind Rao of OnMobile and Rajesh Sawhney of Reliance Entertainment - will discuss what the future holds for the Mobile VAS sector with a special focus on new business models. The final panel – including speakers like Nitish Mittersain of Nazara Tech, Probir Roy of Paymate and Ravi Adusumalli of SAIF Partners - will throw light on what VC investors are looking for from Internet-based Services and Mobile VAS companies and what it takes to be a VC-backed company in these sectors.

    The event is targeted at executives from Venture Capital funds, Internet-based Services and Mobile VAS companies planning to raise VC financing, and related service providers. To register for this event, please visit

    For more information, email info AT or call +91-44-45534303.

    About Venture Intelligence

    Venture Intelligence, a division of Chennai, India-based TSJ Media Pvt. Ltd., is the leading provider of information and networking services to the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in India. For more information, please visit


    Friday, February 23, 2007

    Feb24-25: BMC's Kalwarbetta Trek 

    Bangalore Mountaineering Club (BMC) is organizing a trek to Kalwarbetta Trek during next two days (Feb24-25). It could be for members only, though. Check with them. Details on their website.

    An excerpt on Kalwarbetta from their site follows:
    "Kalwarbeta, 60 Kms from Bangalore, is one the hill forts amongst the Nandi Hill ranges. The dilapidated walls of Tipu's fort can be found today on steep Kalavara Betta (Skandagiri), near the village of Kalavara History says this was a small but strong hill fort. It surrendered to British troops on 19 October 1791. It remained in British hands until the peace treaty of 1792, which concluded of the third Anglo-Mysore war. This is a tedious trek as the hill is precipitous and high. The trek starts from the Papagni Temple at the foothills of Kalwara village. The fortress of Kalwarbeta is in full sight throughout the walk uphill. This steep and fantastic trek through a maze of dense shrub is highly intriguing. Kalwarbeta is a teaser. Just as you reach the fort wall contended that you have topped the hill, you see another ring of fort. No sooner you reach there; you will find another majestic fort wall waiting to be conquered. There are six such series of stonewalls protecting an abandoned temple on the hilltop. "


    Feb24: Sursagar Concert 

    Sri Prattyush Bannerjee on Sarod and Pandit Ravindra Yavagal on Tabla.


    Today: AMC's Rock in the Jungle 
    Administrative Management College's Department of Hotel Management presents ROCK IN THE JUNGLE as a part of Relish'07.


    Feb 28: CIO Focus Security 


    Today/Tomorrow: Illuminatti & Spitfire live @ Palace Grounds 
    "Illuminatti and Spitfire live @ Freeway 19, Palace Grounds

    Illuminatti on 23rd Feb, Friday
    Spitfire on 24th Feb, Saturday
    Entry free!
    5:30 PM!

    Be there!!"

    May-Jun:19th All India Summer School on Prakrit Language & Literature 

    B. L. Institute of Indology
    Vijay Vallabh Smarak Complex, 20th Km. G.T. Karnal Road,
    P.O. Alipur, Delhi 110036
    Tele Fax: 91-11-27202065, 27206630
    blinstitute At

    Applications are invited from eligible candidates for admission to the following Summer Schools on Prakrit Language and Literature courses:
    1. Prakrit Language & Literature (Elementary) 13.05.2007 - 03.06.2007
    2. Prakrit Language & Literature (Advanced)* 13.05.2007 - 03.06.2007
    *Subject to the availability of sufficient number of applications.
    1. High Second Class in M.A./Acharya in Sanskrit/Prakrit/ Pali for Elementary Course.
    2. The candidates who have already passed Elementary course can participate in Advanced Course.
    3. Students applying for admission to the course must be able to read and write Devanagari script and must have a good working knowledge of both Hindi and English Languages.
    4. Preference will be given to fresh M.A./Acharya and Research Scholars/ Teaching faculty members in the above subjects.
    5. Photocopies of certificates / Degrees, should be enclosed with the application form.
    6. BLII will inform the selected candidates for these courses. No one can claim for his/her candidature.
    MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION: Hindi / English mixed.
    SCHEDULE OF LECTURES: Two sessions of three hours each from 09.30 A.M. to 06.00 P.M.
    PERIODICAL TESTS: Respective teachers will conduct topic-wise tests after each 5 lectures by the end of the week. Final tests, including viva-voce, will be held on last Friday and Saturday. However, any change in the schedule of tests without any prior notice, in case of any contingency, will be entirely at the discretion of the Institute.
    Facilities offered:
    a) Free lodging and boarding for the duration of the course.
    b) Travel: IInd Class Railway Fare or Ordinary Bus Fare by the shortest route, subject to the production of relevant ticket number(s)/cash receipts. In case of local participants, a sum of Rs. 400/- only will be provided for the entire course to meet their local expenses.
    c) No participant will remain absent from his/her daily lectures, and weekly tests or final test etc; and must obtain a minimum of 45% marks in aggregate. Participants, who do not fulfill these conditions, will not be eligible to claim IInd class return railway or bus fare, from the Institute back to their native place.
    d) The Institute will not foot the medical bills of any participant, in case of such need.
    Test Certificates: will be awarded to the participants on completion of the course and having passed all the oral and written tests.
    Last Date of Application Submission: Wednesday 28 February 2007.

    (Dr. Balaji Ganorkar)
    Joint & Officiating Director
    ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
    B. L. Institute of Indology
    20th Km. G. T. Karnal Road, P. O. Alipur, Delhi 110036

    Application Form
    (Summer School on Prakrit Language & Literature)
    1. Name of the applicant (in capital letters): ............ ......... ......... .......………….
    2. Father's/Husband' s Name:…....... ......... .....………………........ ......…………
    3. Date of Birth: …………..………………............ ......... ......... .........………….
    4. Educational Qualifications:
    Name of the Name of the Board Year Division & Subjects
    Examination or University % of marks specialisation
    High School
    5. I have a good working knowledge of Hindi and English Languages and can read and write Devanagari Script Yes/No…......…………………………
    6. Present Occupation: ............ ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... .....
    7. Full Postal Address : ............ ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... .....
    ............ ......... ......... ......... ......... ........…. .
    8. E-mail Address: ............ ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... .....
    9. Phone : ............ ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... .....
    10. Course Applied for : Elementary / Advanced .
    11. Have you ever attended any of the schools conducted by this Institute If so, give details: ............ ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... .....
    12. Recommendation of the Head of the : Department / Institution with seal.
    Place :
    Date : Signature of the Candidate

    Note: Please paste one Passport size’s photograph on the space given on application Form and also attach one photo for identity slip with your application.


    Wednesday, February 21, 2007

    Today: Meet Vinten Cerf 

    I have read quite a bit about Tim Berners-Lee. Today, I'd get to hear the other stalwart, the grand-daddy of Internet, Vinton Cerf, right here in Bangalore, right here next door to my office! In exactly one-and-a-half hour! Many hurrays!!


    Tuesday, February 20, 2007

    First Agatti, now Kullu! 

    Aviation boom is leading to (potential) interesting projects. Earlier I posted about integrating the twin islands of Agatti and Kalpati through an extended runway. Now, there is news about extending Kullu airport over a river, and in the process making it the first such airport/runway in the country.

    We (Air Deccan) started Kullu-Delhi-Kullu services last year, and its a good route for us. We broke Jagson's monopoly by launching this route. Their flat fare used to be 4600 Rs (total) before we started. I put a starting fare of 1 Rs (basic). Within a week, Jagson had dropped their fare to a total of 1000 Rs!! Oh, the aviation business, dont we all love it! :)


    Feb 25 on: Stock Market Analysis Sessions 

    "Bangalore Investors Club (BIC) has scheduled the following sessions on Technical & Fundamental Analysis of the stock market. All sessions start from the BASICS and no prior knowledge or experience is required.

    Ses 1: Fundamental Analysis: study of financial performance.
    Ses 2-8: Technical Analysis: study of stock charts (with live examples from the Indian markets).
    Ses 9: Investor Psychology: Fear, Greed, Risk & Reward.
    Ses 10: Setting your goals, creating & implementing your strategy.

    45, Netaji Road,
    Fraser Town,
    Bangalore - 560 005.
    (1.5 km form Ulsoor Lake / Commercial St / Cant Rly Stn).

    9.30 am to 12.30 pm
    All sessions are on Sundays.
    1st session starts on Sunday, 25th Feb 2007.

    All Sessions: Rs. 6000/-
    For those interested in TA Only: Rs. 5000/-
    Fees inclusive of tuition, refreshments & handouts.
    Payment is by cash / cheque.

    Best wishes & riches,

    93419 67573."

    Saturday, February 17, 2007

    Aircrafts and Deer!! 
    Interesting pieces of news of entirely opposite nature!
    While two men in Iowa face federal charges for harassing deer with an aircraft for allegedly using powered parachutes to herd the deer toward hunters in Dec 2004 (via AVweb, Feb 15'07), a television news helicopter pilot saved a deer by using his rotor wash to push it across an ice-covered lake in Oklahoma (via AVweb, Jan 22'07).
    What the heck? Harassing deer with an aircraft? I mean, come on now!! Whereas Helis save the day while proving Bad+Heli=Good! Hats off to you Matthew for that kick-ass formula!

    Interesting Project @ Agatti airport 

    There's an interesting news about extension of Agatti airport to the adjacent island Kalpati. The two islands are only 400 m away. Reminds me of Macau airport where the runway is in the ocean, and the taxiway connects it to the airport on the mainland (a nice pic taken from here).

    We (Air Deccan) have been studying Agatti as a destination, but traffic doesn't seem too high as of now. But then again, traffic could be an issue because of very-high current fares! Anybody's guess when we'd start flying there. I'm sure gonna be there when we do!!

    Evam's PLAYS in Bangalore from 20th feb! 


    evam, chennai is Back in Bangalore!!

    2 PLAYS- 1 WEEK 20th to 25 th Feb 2007, Rangashankara

    As part of evam150 celebrations
    Royal Sundaram presents
    RJ Suchi and Karthik Kumar in
    "LOVE LETTERS by evam"
    -a classic romance by A.R Gurney-


    What happens when the staid, dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and the lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner fall in love? The relationship gradually unfolds from what is written to what is left unsaid in their letters. The story of two real people- and their relationship explored through their letters written to each other over 50 years. Funny, bitter and sweet- a love story not to be missed!
    sweet a love story not to be missed!
    on Tue, 20th Feb 2007-7.30 pm
    on Wed, 21st Feb 2007-7.30 pm
    on Thu, 22nd Feb 2007-7.30 pm


    " The ODD Couple by evam
    -a comedy about 2 opposites by Neil Simon-

    Two divorced men decide to share a New York apartment. Felix and Oscar are an extremely odd couple: Felix is neurotic, precise, and fastidiously clean. Oscar, on the other hand, is the exact opposite: sloppy and casual. What happens when the two friends are forced to share an apartment, and their differing lifestyles inevitably lead to conflicts- a full laugh riot for the audiences .

    on Fri, 23rd Feb 2007-7.30 pm
    on Sat, 24th Feb 2007-3.30 & 7.30 pm
    on Sun, 25th Feb 2007-3.30 & 7.30 pm

    Online Ticket Blocking - Log on to *
    [*Tickets reserved for you at the venue ]
    Call /SMS at 9844743868 / 09840222363
    Tickets are also available at Ranga Shankara and Crossword

    See you there! And pls fwd this mail to other evam enthusiasts J

    Team Evam- StresS BusterS ! "

    Thursday, February 15, 2007

    Feb 22: Edward De Bono's Six Thinking Hats Workshop 

    "Edward De Bono's Six Thinking Hats Workshop, Venue – Windsor Manor
    Sheraton Tower,
    Seminar Hall- House Of Lords Sankey Road Bangalore.
    Date : 22nd Feb 2007 Time – 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
    Visit our website to know more about Six Thinking Hats.

    Dr. Edward de Bono is regarded by many to be the leading authority in the world in the field of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He has written 69 books with translations into 37 languages and has been invited to lecture in 54 countries. He is the originator of lateral thinking which treats creativity as the behaviour of information in a self-organising information system - such as the neural networks in the brain. From such a consideration arise the deliberate and formal tools of lateral thinking, parallel thinking etc.

    Working Objectives
    Ø A marked tendency to identify themselves as thinkers
    Ø Confidence that they have the ability to cope with and improve their
    Ø Competencies enabling them to solve problems including the ability to:
    · Identify a problem
    · Propose alternative solutions
    · Predict the consequences of each alternative
    · Assess the usefulness of each set of consequences
    · Select the best alternative
    · Implement it
    · Evaluate it

    Who Needs Six Thinking Hats Training Course?

    Anyone who wants to think clearly, objectively, and creatively
    Ø HR Professionals
    Ø Project Managers
    Ø Meeting Facilitators
    Ø Engineers
    Ø New Product Developers
    Ø Team Leaders & Members
    Ø Trainers & Consultants
    Ø Sales & Marketing Professionals
    Ø Advertising & PR Professionals

    Where Might You Use The Six Thinking Hats Training?

    Ø Facilitation of meetings
    Ø Preparing for discussions
    Ø Continuous process improvement
    Ø New products and new designs
    Ø Conflict resolution
    Ø Decision making and problem solving
    Ø Customer focus groups / interviews
    Ø Leadership development
    Ø Presentations
    Ø Virtual meetings
    Ø Foster collaborative thinking and interaction by keeping egos and "turf protection" in check
    Ø Reduce the adversarial approach in all alternatives
    Ø Promote the use of different ways of thinking so that people don't get trapped by negative or critical approaches
    Ø Develop a framework that encourages different kinds of thinking & provides more open, creative climate for discussion
    Ø Create parallel thinking to harness ideas from everyone in the organization
    Ø Make time for creative thinking to develop alternative and innovative solutions
    Ø Run more effective and productive meetings Profile of Facilitator

    Shankar Subramanian is an experienced trainer with more than 17 years of experience in the service industry and corporate training. Shankar is on the advisory committee of various organizations and NGO’s. He helps them resolve their business concerns.
    Shankar is a Certified Instructor of de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats. He is a sought after facilitator who consults with Quest Engineering, Oracle Software, ABB, Accenture, TESCO, WIPRO, INFOSYS, MICO, Robert Bosch and Ingersoll Rand etc.

    Contact :-
    Anuroop–Program Coordinator Deepa – Program
    Coordinator Ninedots
    Ph – 9886815746 Ph - 9986391974
    Investment per head – 12000/- INR + 12.24% service tax
    Program Capacity – 25 Participants
    All advance booking payments to be made in favour of “S. S. Enterprises”
    Last date for confirmation is 16th Of February 2007.
    All participants will receive a certificate of participation from the de Bono Thinking Systems.

    A Few of the Companies using Six Thinking Hats® in India
    Castrol India, Citi Bank, Crimsonlogic, Frito Lay India, Flextronics Software Systems, GE Money HCL Technologies, Jindal Photo Ltd, Mentorgraphics, Ness Technologies, Oracle India, PVR cinemas, Pepsi Holdings, SKF India Ltd, Sapient Technologies, Total Fina Elf, Wockhardt, Wipro, Zee Network, De Beers."


    Feb 13-18: Kriyative Theatre Trust's PlayFest 

    Still possible to catch some action!

    "Sir / Madam,

    Kriyative Theatre Trust, started less than two years ago, has already produced two new plays and given over fifty performances all over the state and outside. Apart from staging Kannada plays, this unique bi-lingual group has the distinction of introducing the non-Kannada audience to outstanding Kannada plays by staging them in English as well. Before taking up yet another new production, Kriyative Theatre is conducting a festival of all its present productions at Rangashankara from February 13 to 18, 2007. Except for the opening play, all the other productions being presented at this six-day festival are solo performances directed by Soumya Varma and performed by Laxmi Chandrashekar. While Gajanana Naik has scored the music for all the plays in the festival, Muddanna Rattihalli has designed the lighting.

    The festival, which features 5 plays in Kannada and 2 in English, opens with 'Heegadre Hege', a hilarious comedy based on the writings of T.Sunandamma. The play scripted by K.Y.Narayana Swamy, designed and directed by Pramod Shiggaon, has well known theatre and television artistes, Sunder and Laxmi Chandrashekar in the cast.

    A solo adaptation of Dr.Chandrasekhara Kambara's novel 'Singarevva mattu Aramane', will be staged in Kannada on the 14 th and in English on the 17th. 'Hennallave' and its English version 'Just A Woman', which saw the 150th show at the Rajbhavan recently will be staged on 15th and 16 th respectively. The final day will see the staging of two short plays - 'Eddelu' and 'Medea', Kannada adaptations of two monologues by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo and his actress wife, Franca Rame.

    In view of the 'Suvarna Karnataka' celebrations, tickets for the Kannada plays are being sold at a concessional rate of Rs.40 only. Tickets for the English plays, however, are priced at Rs.100. All the plays will begin at 7.30 P.M sharp. A souvenir, consisting of information about the plays and articles on contemporary theatre by eminent theatre persons, is also being brought out on the occasion.

    Tickets are available in advance at Rangashankara. For further information, contact Kriyative Theatre on 94480 88008 or 26718483 or mail your enquiries to kriyativetheatre AT gmail dot com

    Don't miss.

    Be Kriyative. See Kriyative. "

    ..and Parikrama to open for Iron Maiden. 

    Again, I dont know what happened to winners of Campus Rock Idols, but Parikrama seem to be doing the Opening Act at Iron Maiden's upcoming Bangalore performance on Mar 17!

    "Hello Everyone!

    There is some great news for you guys, Parikrama will be opening for IRON MAIDEN (YES, you read it right, for Iron Maiden) on March 17th, 2007 in Bangalore. According to Maiden''s website, the band will be the first to bring in a full massive western style stage production - air freighting in almost 20 tons of backline equipment and their huge stage production for this one show.

    Not only that, Parikrama will be playing 11 concerts in 11 cities in 11 days (You read it right, again) starting tomorrow. Since, Mr. Nitin ''The vocalist" Malik has started flying now after a ga…..ap of eight years Parikrama is busy 24 X 7. The band would play in cities like Siliguri, Goa, Ahmedabad, Durgapur, Kolkatta, Dhanbad etc. All in all, the band would cover the entire length and breadth of the country in just 11 days (reminds of Jules Gabriel Verne…uh.).

    There are 4 shows lined up with Mr. Saif Ali Khan in the last week of March and the first week of April, and then later on more shows in the month of November.

    It’s really nice to see that a rock band, singing in English, is now doing things that even most of the indipop and commercial artistes hardly get to do.

    Parikrama is rocking in corporate sector as well, giving a taste of hard rock to well suited and booted (a cliché) Corporate Managers and CEOs. Last year, Parikrama composed a song for MICROSOFT, called "Super Hero" which they played in front of Mr. Bill Gates. Last week, Parikrama was invited by IBM to compose a song for them called "We are Special"

    Parikrama says “We are really proud for the entire rock industry as, we are initiating these new things and breaking barriers. We are doing things that probably only a few, very established commercial artistes are able to"


    Anuj Sharma
    Parikrama Inc."

    Mar 17, 2007: Iron Maiden to perform in Bangalore! 

    I dont know what happened to winners of Campus Rock Idols, but its sure that Iron Maiden are gonna be here in Bangalore on Mar 17!

    Details here on the official website!


    Feb 22: Invitation to a book reading at Crossword Bangalore 

    Toto Funds the Arts in association with Crossword is delighted to invite you to the Bangalore launch of young poet Meena Kandasamy’s first collection of poems Touch.

    The book will be released by well-known short-story writer and novelist Githa Hariharan at the Crossword Bookstore (ACR Towers, Ground Floor, 32 Residency Road, Bangalore) on Thursday, 22 February 2007 at 6.45 pm.

    Both Meena Kandasamy and Githa Hariharan will read from their works.

    Meena Kandasamy is a 23-year old writer, poet and translator based in Chennai. Two of her poems, Mascara and My Lover Speaks of Rape, have won first prizes in pan-Indian poetry contests. Her poems have been published in journals like The Little Magazine, Indian Literature, Kavya Bharati, Cerebration, Indian Horizons, Muse India, Slow Trains and the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore.

    Githa Hariharan's first novel, The Thousand Faces of Night (1992) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Since then, she has published a collection of stories, The Art of Dying (1993); three novels, The Ghosts of Vasu Master (1994), When Dreams Travel (1999) and In Times of Siege (2003); and a collection of stories for children, The Winning Team (2004). Hariharan’s work has been translated into several languages and is included in several collections and anthologies, e.g., Salman Rushdie’s Mirrorwork: 50 Years of Indian Writing 1947-1997.


    Wednesday, February 14, 2007

    VALENTINE'S NITE @ Noir, Le Meridien 

    Valentine's Night @ Noir(Le Meredien Hotel, sankey Road)

    "~~ Love has the magical power to melt stony hearts ~~
    ~~ Love is undeniable, unforgettable, unimaginable, and what every heart yearns for ~~
    ~~ So why not celebrate the spirit of love at Noir with DJ Ganesh and DJ Vipin ~~

    ~~ Rs 1500 per couple; Unlimited fun, food and drinks; 7 pm onwards ~~

    For tickets and reservations call Ramesh on 98861 83046


    1100-1425 hrs: Karaoke Gig @ Garuda Mall today! 

    Real late notice, but what the heck, still time to make it!

    The Biggest Valentine Bash for the 3rd consecutive time is happening at the Garuda Mall with 'Satyaz Karaoke' leading the way with their famous Karaoke Gig.

    All Karaoke lovers head for Garuda Mall centrium right away!!"


    Love and Money: Valentine's Special @ Opus! 

    wed 14th feb
    NOKIA Valentines KroaKUETS
    any duet combo allowed ... registrations on a first come basis
    ...two incredible nokia 6300s and other prizes to be won ... call 9845244610 for details

    thurs 15th feb
    special 8th anniversary edition of BOOZE and BRAINS
    brought to you by BLENDERS PRIDE
    with an audio and a video round and
    a total cash prize of Rs 8000/- in addition the the regular prizes

    for more details go to OPUS

    Valentines Special Drum Circle @ Legends of Rock 
    Love is in the air – the month of Love etc.etc
    So what are doing we this Valentine’s?

    Yes we are making a noise

    Join us for our DRUM CIRCLE
    Wednesday 14th February 2007. 8.30pm

    With Srikanth and Rupert



    Feb 15: Networking Dinner Meeting on SOA and Software Licensing 

    Dear Mr. Jain

    Please mark your calendar and register for an exciting TiE Networking Dinner Meeting on Thrusday 15th February 2007

    TiE Bangalore Chapter is happy to announce a talk by

    Palle M. Pederson
    Chief Technology Officer at Black Duck Software
    " SOA and Software Licensing "
    About the Topic:

    SOA and Software Licensing: What Developers Need to Know about Application Boundaries

    The open source community is debating the meaning of software licensing in the brave new world of service-oriented architectures (SOA). In an SOA environment, one application accesses another application's functionality, using it to perform a specific function. As a result, application boundaries are anything but clear.

    Those following the debates within the Free Software Foundation about GPLv3, due out in early 2007, know that a primary issue for the organization is implications of application-to-application interactions for programs governed by the GPL.

    The session will be led by Palle Pederson, Chief Technology Officer at Black Duck Software, an expert in the relationship between open source application development and software licensing.

    Palle will discuss:

  • How service oriented architectures present new software licensing quandaries;
  • How open source developers can avoid these quandaries;
  • What the quandaries mean broadly for the software licensing debate;
  • How the Free Software Foundation and others are acting to alleviate the issue

  • About the Speaker:

    Palle Pedersen brings more than 20 years of high tech and entrepreneurial experience to Black Duck Software. He has developed a technical expertise in building innovative systems and processes that efficiently hold, manage, process and deliver large-scale electronic data sets. In addition, Mr. Pedersen has a strong background in object-oriented and optimizing compiler technology and has worked with Open Source Software for more than 10 years.

    Mr. Pedersen started as an entrepreneur by creating a repair shop for radios, TVs, and computers at the age of 12, and holds a graduate degree in Electronics Engineering from Danish Technical University, where he graduated top of class.

    Date : Thursday 15th February 2007
    Time : 7.00 P M
    Venue : Taj Gateway - Bangalore, Garden Side Hall
    Event Sponsors : Black Duck
    Non Members : Rs.500/-
    Dinner : 8.30 pm onwards

    Participation through registration. Mail Alfio Aquien at: or call 22120009 Extn - 185.

    TiE Bangalore Chapter C/o e4e Labs Pvt Ltd, 3rd Floor, Divyasree Chambers, Langford Road, Bangalore - 560025
    Tel 080 2212 0009 Fax: 080 2207 2186 Internet:

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    Tuesday, February 13, 2007

    Feb 21-25: Bring Your Own Film Festival @ Puri 

    "Dear Folks,

    The countdown has begun. BYOFF 07, the 4th edition is just a few days away.

    Remember the dates?
    21st to 25th of February on the beaches of Puri.

    A HUGE thanks to all of you for the overwhelming response that we have received this year. Submissions are still pouring in.

    We have been receiving queries whether we will close our registration for films after the 10th of February as stated earlier. But as you know that's not BYOFF spirit. We would therefore like to clarify that a last date was mentioned only to bring some amount of sanity into the whole organization of the festival. We would try our best to even accomodate a filmmaker arriving with his film on the eleventh hour, however, if we get the registrations earlier it will help us to include details in the souvenir.

    So those of you who think that it's now too late to send in your film, we would ask you to please register your film as soon as possible. Please send details, synopsis and stills and a pic each of the respective directors as we are going to the press with the souvenir on the 14th. of this month. If you have already registered, please ignore this mail.

    Those of you who have already registered, thanks once again. Please do let us know your travel plans so as to appoint volunteers to guide you upon your arrival.
    So folks, it's time almost to start packing your bags.

    From all of us in THE BYOFF TEAM

    Bhadaas! Dho!!

    N.B.: Plz visit the following link/s
    http://www.kalingat orissa_news/ news/20070110_ It's_BYOFF_time_ again_in_ Orissa.htm

    http://www.hindu. com/2007/ 01/19/stories/ 2007011901580200 .htm


    Indian classical dance - >http://manasipandya .wordpress. com

    BYOFF to include two new sections

    Welcome to BYOFF (Bring Your Own Film Festival) 2007 in February ...

    http://secure. hospitalityclub. org/hc/forum. php?action= DisplayMessage& StartMessageId= 153181

    For more information check out our website www.byofilmfestival .com "


    Friday, February 09, 2007

    Feb 11: Mount Carmel College Run for a Cause: Rise above the Streets 

    "MCC Run for a Cause: Rise above the Streets
    in association with Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO)
    Date & Time: 11th February 2007 (Sunday) at 8:30 AM
    Venue: Cubbon Park
    Participants are required to fill registration forms, available at:
    Java City, Church Street
    Mount Carmel College campus - during Cul-Ah! '07
    Online, at the website:
    The minimum registration fee is Rs. 50.
    Individuals are welcome to contribute more towards the cause!
    For registration and further details, contact:
    Bhanu Sridharan: 9901303784; Amulya Shruthi: 9886080758.
    E-mail: Website:


    On Sunday, the 11th of February 07, Run for a Cause.

    Students, professionals and Bangaloreans who care, will come together for the Mount Carmel College Run for a Cause - Rise above the Streets, to raise funds for BOSCO, an NGO that works for education and rehabilitation of street and working children.

    BOSCO - Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota— is a non-governmental organization that works to support the children on the street, the 'Young at Risk.' The organisation aims to provide them with education, and support their rehabilitation into society as financially independent and responsible individuals. Guided by its vision to build a community that cares for its children, BOSCO has eight centres, two child rescue booths, six child contact areas and fifteen service units in Bangalore.

    The 4km long run will begin at Cubbon Park, taking us through M.G Road and Cubbon Road (route attached). All proceeds from the event will go towards helping BOSCO pay for a year's education for these kids.

    Attached are more details of the run - do join in, spread the word, bring your friends as well, and help us help them.

    Warm Regards,
    Mount Carmel College Student Union."

    Route Map:

    Feb 11: Levi's® Ones to Watch 

    "If you weren't at the last Levi's® Ones to Watch show, you really
    missed out on an awesome show !! Don't miss this opportunity to catch
    a great show. Be there !!!

    The Levi's® Ones 2 Watch concert is back with a Valentine's special.
    An evening with Bangalore's grooviest voices & timeless love songs.

    Featuring Rahael Mathew, Miracle Ward, Jerusha Verghese, Anoopa Anand,
    Mark Lazaro, Jude Lazaro, Mark Swaroop & Jacob Ninan. Accompanied by
    Robin Colaco, Tony Das, Kishan BG & Jason Zachariah.

    Sunday, Feb 11, 2007 - 7 pm - @ the Good Shepherd Auditorium,
    Residency Road, Bangalore.
    Tickets: Rs 100, Rs 150 & Rs 200.

    Tickets available at all Levi's® outlets, Planet M Outlets & also
    online at www.indiaplaza. in

    Brought to u by Levi's® Jeans. Event supported by Elle, Radio Indigo,
    Planet M & Promoted & produced by Straussman Services.

    Please pass this on. Spread the word !!!!

    Tks & Hope to see u there !"


    Feb 7-14: Spring Music Festival, @ NMKRV Women¢s College, Jayanagar, Bangalore 

    Carnatic Music - Spring Music Festival
    Wednesday, February 7, 2007 - Wednesday, February 14, 2007 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM

    NMKRV Women's College , 22nd Cross, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bengalooru

    Sudha Raghunathan & Party - Vocal

    Ranjani & Gayathri - Vocal Duet
    Nalina Mohan - Violin
    H.S. Sudheendra - Mridanga
    Giridhar Udupa - Ghatam

    Malladi Brothers - Vocal Duet
    H.K.Venkatram - Violin
    Arjun Kumar - Mridanga
    Giridhar Udupa - Ghatam

    Sanjay Subramanyan - Vocal
    S. Varadarajan - Voilin
    K. Arun Prakash - Mridanga
    Guruprasanna - Khanjari

    Pattabhirama Pandith - Vocal
    Mysore V. Srikanth - Voilin
    Anoor Ananthkrishna Sharma - Mridanga
    N. Amrith - Khanjira

    S.V.N. Chandan Bala - Vocal
    B.K. Raghu - Voilin
    Tumkur Ravishankar - Mridanga
    Ranganath Chakravarthy - Ghatam

    Kumari Malavika Sudha Raghunathan - Bharatanatyam

    Vishaka Hari - Vocal
    Charulatha Ramanujam - Voilin
    S. Ganapathi Raman - Mridanga
    G.S. Ramanujam - Ghatam


    Feb 9-12: Third TriContinental Film Festival 2007 

    Last year this festival had taken place during Jan29-31. Post on that here.


    Venue: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    We are happy to invite you to the third Tricontinental film festival Human Rights in Frames Feb.9 to12th 2007.

    Time: Friday, 9th Feb.2007: 2 pm to 8 pm,
    Saturday 10th Feb: 11 am to 8 pm,
    Sunday,11th Feb. 11 am, to 8pm,
    Monday,12th Feb. 2 pm to 8pm.

    The TRI Continental Film Festival was conceived in 2002 by a group of Latin American filmmakers, the Movimiento de Documentalistas, as an arts and cultural initiative that seeks to use the medium of film to explore linkages between social struggles and respect for human rights norms and practices. With the aim to showcase human rights cinema from the three continents that form part of the global South, the festival has become an annual event in Latin America, Africa,
    where it is hosted by Uhuru Productions, and Asia. Breakthrough, with its emphasis on popular culture and media as tools for transformation and mainstreaming human rights concerns, has been hosting and organizing the TRI Continental Film Festival's Asian leg in India every year since 2004, to wide critical and popular acclaim. The 2007 festival has received over 100 entries, and of these 24 films will be screened. 2007 will also see newer themes explored in the festival such as the alienation faced by call centre workers, the politics of toilets, the war on terror, children in conflict situations, gay and transgender people gazing and being gazed at through the lens, the lives of revolutionary women, the plight of undocumented immigrants and the rights of indigenous communities.Most of the films screened will be either Asia or India premieres, thus bringing an otherwise inaccessible brand of cinema to this part of the world.

    While the cultures of militarism and greed seek to dominate our politico-economic landscape, the TRI Continental Film Festival challenges filmmakers of the global South and those committed to telling stories from embattled communities in the Americas, Africa and Asia to present us with alternative windows to a different kind
    of world. It is committed to promoting a human rights culture in India that respects the equal rights of all regardless of religion, gender, class, caste, sexual orientation, age and disability.

    For the list and synopsis of films screened:-

    Admission Free
    For more Information, contact 9886213516/ 25493705
    Georgekutty A. L"


    Feb 16-18: Camping and cold blood 

    Very Niche! Rare kinda programme!!


    The program will run as a residential program from the 16th - 18th of Feb. We will leave Bangalore on the 16th at 6AM and head to Hunsur where we will camp and return on the 18th by 8.30 p.m (2 nights and 3 days).

    The experience will include:
    1. Spotting and identifying reptiles and amphibians.
    2. Basic amphibian and reptile handling skills.
    3. Natural History and behaviour of herpetofauna.
    4. Field Techniques in Herpetology.
    5. Working at Night.
    6. Presentations by Gerry

    This is definitely meant for folks who have an interest in the subject already. The program promises numerous highs and many first time experiences while Gerry shares his vast experience with you.

    Species we will encounter are:
    1. Spectacled Cobras
    2. Various water snakes
    3. Numerous frogs
    4. Numerous lizards
    5. Rat Snakes

    We can never be certain of what we'll see but there is a very high chance of us also seeing russell's vipers, chameleons, other snakes and many others at this place. It's loaded!

    Cost of the program:
    Rs.4725/- including taxes. If you are a student we offer you a discounted rate of Rs.3675/- including taxes

    This would include:
    Transport from Bangalore to Hunsur on the 16th and return from Hunsur to Bangalore on the 18th February evening.
    Accomodation for 2 nights in tents
    Food for 3 days (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    Faculty and program costs.

    If you'd like to be a part of this or have any questions do get in touch with Thangamma on 98454 37337 or Maria on 99006 55220 or scrap me.

    You would need to come over to our office (address below) to register for the program.

    Gerry "


    Feb 16/17: Nuts and Bolts – The Perfect fit of Product Strategy and Brand Management 
    "Nuts and Bolts – The Perfect fit of Product Strategy and Brand Management

    The workshop will integrate Product and Brand management concepts and equip participants to overcome marketing challenges of the future. Theoretical concepts will be brought to light with live Indian and International examples.
    The objectives of the workshop are:
    • Positioning and segmentation
    • Product Policy and Life cycle
    • Adoption and Diffusion of products
    • Positioning a Brand
    • Innovation in Product Ideas
    • Brand Name Strategies – that work & don’t
    • Celebrities - Use & Abuse?
    • Integration of Brand communications
    • Brand Identity and Personality – A strategic Marketing Tool?

    Who should attend this workshop?
    Senior Management/Heads of Sales and Marketing in FMCG and consumer durable companies, Service industry, B2B Firms and Personnel from Advertising Agencies.

    conducted by:
    Visiting IIM Professors
    Ramanunjam Sridhar, CEO - Brand comm and author of One Land One Billion Minds
    Ramesh Venkateshwaran, CEO, Almak Management Services

    Venue : The Grand Ashok, Bangalore
    Date : 16th & 17 th feb 2007.
    Time : 9 am to 5 pm.
    For further details contact patricia 080 - 25539368/258
    or email "


    Feb 24/25: Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Workshop 

    Infopace Management Pvt Ltd presents

    Six Sigma Training Workshop
    Green Belt Certification
    Date : 24th and 25th February 2007
    Venue : Hotel Ashraya International , Infantry Road ( near Indian Express office)
    Time : 9:00 am

    Consultant Profile : Mr. Mahesh Kumar
    Mahesh is an Electronics & Communication Engineer, having joined GE Medical Systems (GEMS) in 1997. He is a graduate of the prestigious Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP) of GEMS. Was trained in as a Black belt in GE by the finest Six Sigma professionals. He is a certified Black Belt. Mahesh moved on to be part of the team to start the Six Sigma implementation of in Msource (Mphasis BPO). After a brief stint with MsourcE, moved on to join Synagoge Knowledge Services as a Principal Consultant for implementing Six Sigma across the various clients of Synagoge.Currently, is also a Director and had additional responsibility of business development. Mahesh also has rich experience in product transfers and strong operational experience working cross functionally (procurement, manufacturing, quality and finance) in a manufacturing environment both in India & the US . Mahesh has in the last two years gained 2000+ hours of training and consulting experience, mentored numerous projects from different industries. Some of the industries he has worked are BPOs, Textiles, Financial, HR, Telecom among others.

    BB Certification - GE / ASQ
    ISO Internal Auditor - TQMI
    Facilitation Skills - GE

    Programme Structure:
    There will be a two day workshop after which the participants will have to carry the implementation of the project. The implementation period will be for one month after which there will be another two day workshop .Once completing this workshop the participant will have to take an exam online to qualify for the green belt certification.

    Please note:
    a) The participants are requested to bring their own laptop or team up with a person who has a laptop to learn on the statistical software system
    b) The participants have to be clear on what project theme they will work on and where it will be executed at the time of registration

    Registration Fee:
    For Corporate Delegate: Rs.39,285 /-. (Inclusive of service tax)
    For two or more Corporate Delegates : Rs.38,285/-
    Foreign Delegates : US$ 1,700 /-
    (Inclusive of course material/ Lunch, coffee / Tea for four days),

    Registration :
    Kindly send Nomination letter along with D.D. / Cheque in favour of Infopace Management Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, India to the address mentioned below on or before 20th February 2007

    With Best wishes & kindest regards,
    Infopace Management (P) Ltd
    No. 81, Block 6 (B) S-HIG, 4 cross,
    III rd Main, KHB colony, New Town
    Yelahanka , Bangalore 560 064,
    Karnataka , India
    Tel:91-080-41685705, 28096111,28096112, 28096113
    Fax: 91-080-28096113
    Cell: 9845938269 "

    Tuesday, February 06, 2007

    Airlines' Pricing in media 

    Recent two articles in media on Airlines Pricing. Self-Promotion-Inc alert: Both articles have quotes from me:

    1) Staying competitive - Air Deccan way. The Hindu Businessline, Jan 27, 2007.

    2) Promos galore from airlines soon. Economic Times, Feb 5, 2007. Graphics version, Text version.


    Recent RC events 

    In an otherwise non-existent/small/on-the-fringes RC community in India, two events happened in the last fortnight!

    1) Siliguri hosted a model aircraft show on Jan 21.
    2) All India Aeromodeller's Meet 2007 organized by of Wings India happened at Madh Island, Mumbai during 2-4 Feb. [Just couldn't post info in time due to other pressing engagements.] Details here.

    Looks like its all happening!

    Acting Workshop in February - Register NOW! 

    "If you can't see anything below, click here to view it online.

    Acting Workshop
    by ~ Ratan Thakore Grant ~
    Register Now!
    February 2007 Workshop : Register NOW!
    There will be 10 sessions spread over a month (about 3 sessions a week).
    Sessions will be held from 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
    at Tunbridge, near Safina Plaza.

    Prior experience in acting not essential. The interactive workshop is
    fun and interesting.
    Besides providing a firm foundation in
    Acting and
    the sessions bring out the individual's personality and build confidence.

    MiSF!T is well-known for producing plays that are highly creative, entertaining and classy.
    To register and for more info, call Anita on 98450 72710
    For info about Ratan, MiSF!T and productions staged, visit our website

    Anita Ojha"

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    Today: Networking dinner with TiE Boston VC & Business Delegation 

    Dear Mr. Jain,

    Please mark your calendar and register for an exciting TiE Networking Dinner Meeting on Tuesday 6th February 2007

    TiE Bangalore Chapter is happy to announce a Networking Dinner with a high power VC & Business Delegation from

    TiE Boston
    About the Delegation:

    TiE-Boston is leading a delegation of leading Venture Capitalists (VCs) and Business Leaders visiting four key cities of India; Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai, from Feb 5th - 10th, 2007. They are in Bangalore on February 6th & 7th 2007.

    The objective of the TiE VC delegation is to leverage the growing globalization of TiE to foster cross-border entrepreneurial activities by familiarizing the U.S. VCs and business leaders with the dynamic Indian entrepreneurial, economic, industrial and political landscape.

    The 35-member delegation comprises of venture capitalists, CEOs, and TiE Charter Members seeking potential business opportunities in India. The list of VC delegates includes partners and principals from Columbia Capital, US Venture Partners, Merill Lynch, Vesbridge Partners, NEA, The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), Revolution Partners, GA Capital, Millennium Ventures, among others.

    The delegates potentially could influence more than 500 portfolio companies who seek cross-border business opportunities, which are not limited to the IT outsourcing space. These delegates manage funds in excess of USD 5 Billion.

    :Click here for the list of trip delgates
    Date : Tuesday 6th February 2007
    Time : 7.00 P M to 9.30 P M
    Venue : Vijay Nagar Hall, Taj Residency, Bangalore
    Non Members : Rs. 500/-

    Participation through registration. Mail Alfio Aquien at: or call 22120009 Extn - 185.

    TiE Bangalore Chapter C/o e4e Labs Pvt Ltd, 3rd Floor, Divyasree Chambers, Langford Road, Bangalore - 560025
    Tel 080 2212 0009 Fax: 080 2207 2186 Internet:

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    with theYahoo! Search weather shortcut.

    Friday, February 02, 2007

    Tonight/Tomorrow: Unmaad 2007 @ IIM Bangalore! 

    Unmaad 2007, the cultural festival of IIM Bangalore, is happening this weekend. See the website for details. Pro-nites are real tempting!