Thursday, January 31, 2008

January 2008 appointments

*2 - A.P. Jayanthram, Empire Industries, Chennai
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*5 - 'The Fourth Quadrant' Shekar & Cartoonist Sam
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*10 - Bindhumadhavan Gururajan, Senior Scientist (Product Dev) at AstraZeneca - 1.30 pm
*11 - Balasubramanian Krishnan, CEO of Nuveda learning - 1.30 pm
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*14 - N Chokkan, Director of Educationand Innovation at CRMIT, Bangalore
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*17 - Sashi Kumar, General Manager, Microsoft Global Technical Support Center, India - 3 pm
*18 - Victor Louis Anthuvan, professor of finance, LIBA - 1.30 pm
*19 - R. Balaji, CEO, Propmart - 1.30 pm
*20 - Vivek Anand, MD, FitnessOne - 1 pm
*21 - Vijay Govindarajan, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College - 7 am
*22 - Sridhar Vedantham, Head, Corporate Communications, MSR India - 1.30 pm
23 - Mumbai - International Tax Conference
24 - Mumbai - International Tax Conference
25 - Mumbai - International Tax Conference
26 - Karunakaran - 1.30 pm
27 - Babit and Sujaya of NEN - 1.30 pm
29 - Yerram Raju, Regional Director, PRMIA, Hyderabad - 1.30 pm
*31 - Pradyumna T. Venkat, CEO, Gemini Traze - 1.30 pm

(* means ‘met’)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Vivek Jain

Meeting on February 15, 1.30 pm

Vivek M Jain, StrApp Business Solutions (P) Ltd

Monday, January 21, 2008


"We Indians take a long time to warm up before starting our work!"

Karunakaran of Prodigy Electronics (

January 26, over lunch

Sridhar Vedantham

"These days nothing ships from Microsoft without being impacted in some way by Microsoft Research."

Sridhar Vedantham, Head, Corporate Communications, MSR India
January 22, over lunch

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Vijay Govindarajan

"Fundamental changes may owe their origins to chance events. But our response to those events is anything but chance. This is what I call planned opportunism..."

Vijay Govindarajan, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, US

January 21, 7 am, over tea at Taj Connemara

Friday, January 18, 2008

Vivek Anand

"With a dose of self-discipline in managing our lifestyle we can shift our focus towards preventive healthcare, from the commonly-adopted reactive measures in response to health crises. The prescription is simple: move everyday, eat right, manage stress, sleep well."

Vivek Anand, MD, FitnessOne
January 20, over lunch

R. Balaji

"Is this the right time to buy real estate? Or sell? My answer is that this is the right time to do both. Why? Because the market, according to me, is getting matured. The maturity is reflected in the fact that corporates and FDIs are getting into real esate. And they are not into speculation. In a matured market, both buyers and sellers will benefit. We have crossed that stage of bias when the market favoured either the buyers or the sellers."

Mr R Balaji, CEO, Propmart
January 19, over lunch

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sashi Kumar

"The confluence of deep technical skills and customer management make technical support a serious career option for today's engineers."

Sashi Kumar, General Manager, Microsoft Global Technical Support Center, India
January 17, 3 pm

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Wanted for a crack team!

Wanted for a crack team!
I am looking for people to join me in digging deep into news leads and get great stories for The Hindu Business Line after thorough research.

Location Chennai.

Travel Lots.

Qualification What’s preferable is a graduate with professional specialisation, say in management, accounting, finance etc. (That said, it may well turn out that the ideal candidate could be a dropout!)

Age Min 18. Max Alive and active!

Gender No bias.

Job life-cycle From project to probation… could turn permanent based on performance.

Nationality Any

Expectations Smart and hard work involved in pursuing the depths of news blips and leads that seem just like whiskers on the surface. Good communication skills. Engaging English writing.

Compensation Negotiable.

What to do next Connect! My email id:

Feel free to mail me your CV, samples of your writing and photo, plus references so that we can take the dialogue forward.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

N Chokkan

"Knowledge sharing can become easier and more transparent if
domain experts begin to write their experiences and insights in a way that is understandable by the common readers and children."

Naga Chokkanathan, Director of Educationand Innovation at CRMIT, Bangalore (
January 14, over lunch

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Balasubramanian Krishnan

"Everyone in this world is in a quest to learn. Some know it. Some don't.... Learning starts when you say 'I don't know.'"

Balasubramanian Krishnan, CEO of Nuveda learning

January 11, over lunch

Bindhumadhavan Gururajan

"Two things that are top priorities in the pharmaceutical industry at the global level are these: One, setting the 'gold' standard, meaning that the drug product is viewed as valuable as gold; and two, quality by design, that is, build in quality rather than try to achieve it as an end-result."

Bindhumadhavan Gururajan, Senior Scientist (Product Development) at AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical and Analytical R&D, Loughborough, UK

January 10, over lunch

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

A few words on cars and India

"Some commentators despair when talking about energy and environment topics. They observe that India and China are leading the world's drive toward a planet of a billion cars, and worry about the implications for global warming and resource wars."

"What my ECONOMIST colleague Iain Carson and I argue in ZOOM is that there is a countervailing force that must also be accounted for: the extraordinary ingenuity of Indians, Chinese and others in the fast-rising parts of the world."

"That means that India does not merely have to follow in the West's dirtiest traditions: just as African villagers skipped land line telephony and went straight to mobile phones, so too can Asian energy users."

"Indian carmakers and energy companies can leapfrog ahead to a cleaner, smarter and more sustainable paradigm of growth. Cars do not have to be as dirty as the giant gas-guzzling behemoths commonly seen on American roads, for example."

"As we enter a new Golden Age of Innovation in cars and energy, an age not seen since the days of Henry Ford, Edison and Tesla over a century ago, the keys to our energy and environmental future may be held by the innovators of Bangalore, Brasilia and Beijing as much as those in Berlin and Boston."

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, co-author of 'Zoom: The global race to fuel the car of the future'

Over the e-mail on Jan 2.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A.P. Jayanthram

"The basic problem that plagues Indian business, be it manufacturing or marketing, is the knowing-doing gap. This is caused by the presence of more generalists than specialists, among managers at all levels. A consequent problem is the 'chalta-hai' attitude, which results in indifferent quality."

A.P. Jayanthram, Vice President Regional Operations, Empire Industries Ltd, Chennai

January 2, over lunch