Friday, February 29, 2008

February 2008 appointments

*1 - Laxminarayan PS, CEO, Metro Master - 1.30 pm
*2 - Govindarajan Suresh, Self Imposed Vigilance for Good Governance, and NEN students - 1.30 pm
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*4 - Charles A. Lowenhaupt, Chairman and CEO of Lowenhaupt Global Advisors - 11.30 am; *Peter Wink, MD, Mann And Hummel Filter India Pvt Ltd - 1 pm
*5 - DE Ramakrishnan, President, IFRASTE - 1.30 pm
*6 - Ashok Krishnan, Business Head, South, Saregama - 1.30 pm
*7 - Rane S. Murali - 11 am; *Sam Santhosh, Managing Director & CEO, California Software Company Ltd - 1 pm; P.G. Raghuraman, Lead Executive, Accenture Delivery Centre for BPO, India - 3 pm (??); *Karthikeyan V, Director -Technical, EDS Technologies - 6 pm
*8 - Nippani Kalyan Sagar, author of 'The 7th Sense' - 11 am; *Thomas John, CEO of Ooha Services India Private Ltd - 1.30 pm; *Deepak Raja, evening...
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*11 - CN Paramasivan, MD, APN Group of Companies - 1.30 pm
*12 - Srinivas Rao Saripalli, Circle Operating Officer, Tamil Nadu, Tata Teleservices - 1.30 pm
*13 - K. Ganapathy, President, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation - 12 noon
14 - Sunny Pokala, Founder & President of Amtex Systems - 1.30 pm (not happening)
*15 - Padmini Ramesh - 12 noon; *Ramesh Padmanabhan - 1.30 pm; *David Leeper - 2.15 pm; *Vivek M. Jain, Director, StrApp Business Solutions (P) Ltd - 5 pm; *R. Srinivasan - 6 pm
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18 - Ravi Subramanian, author of 'I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari' - 1.30 pm (to be rescheduled)
*19 - Geoff Magee, Chief Executive Officer, The Accord Metropolitan, Chennai - 1.30 pm
20 - Barnabus Tiburtius, Author of 'Verses of Inner Space' - 1.30 pm (?); *Seerkazhi G Siva Chidambarm, musician - 5.30 pm
*21 - Amitava Roy, President, Symphony Services - 1.30 pm
*22 - Gowrishankar, CEO, Aspire Systems - 1.00 pm
*23 - Yoga Retreat - 6.30 am to 7.30 pm
*24 - S.S. Nathan, Principal, Bala Vidya Mandir, Chennai - 1 pm
*25 - Ashish Dehade, MD West Asia, First Advantage - 1.30 pm
*26 - G.R.K. Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, MARG Constructions Ltd - 1.30 pm
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*28 - MKU - 10 am
*29 - BUDGET!

(* means ‘met’)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

G.R.K. Reddy

"Urban centres are moving from a sellers' market to a buyers' market. And there is a readjustment of real-estate pricing, with a focus on customer. There may not be losses for developers. But the margins may have to come down."

G.R.K. Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, MARG Constructions Ltd

February 26, over lunch.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Ashish Dehade

"It is passion that takes us to what we achieve. If we can make the whole country passionate, there is a lot more that we can do. And there is so much that needs to be done. I don't see any other country beat India once we begin to think on these lines. How to go about becoming passionate? The trick is to start seeing the many positives around us, about our country, and within us!"

Ashish Dehade, MD West Asia, First Advantage

February 25, over lunch.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Anurag Jain

Meeting on March 18, 1.30 pm

Anurag Jain, President IBPS and CAS, Perot Systems India

Thursday, February 21, 2008


"At the premier institute of IIT Kanpur we incubate companies like Hexolabs, and innovation takes a new turn... innovating things for the better future of the society, such as Mobitainment on AIDS, mobile accessibility tools on color blindness and so on."

Rajamanohar, Director of Hexolabs Media and Technology Pvt. Ltd., IIT-K ( and

Over phone, February 21, 4.30 pm

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


February 28, 10 am

MKU (Madurai Kamaraj University) programme at WUS, Chennai

Barnabus Tiburtius

Meeting on February 20, 1.30 pm (?)

Barnabus Tiburtius, Author of 'Verses of Inner Space'

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Geoff Magee

"Hospitality industry in the global India is dynamic, vibrant, and young. Government needs to give more recognition to this industry by considering hospitality as part of infrastructure, and cutting out the need for 32 plus licences required to build a hotel."

Geoff Magee, Chief Executive Officer, The Accord Metropolitan, Chennai

February 19, over lunch

Yoga Retreat

Feb 23, 6.30 am to 7.30 pm

Planning to join the Yoga Retreat...

Amitava Roy

"What China or Taiwan is in the product manufacturing space, so should India be in the global software product engineering space. We have a chance to be the leader in the software product manufacturing. What it means is that we become the thought leaders in innovation, and robust maufacturers in product development. And Symphony that I visualise is to be like a Bose in audio, or a Michelin in tyres.

Amitava Roy, President, Symphony Services

February 21, 1.30 pm


"We have been discussing this internally... Managers are worth their weight in gold, it is said. But at the end of the day, we feel that the developer is gold. Because managers are there to faciliate and provide an enriching environment by breaking the bottlenecks for people to perform. It is essential for managers to see developers as their customers. A case of flipping the pyramid, in a way."

Gowrishankar, CEO, Aspire Systems

February 22, 1 pm

Monday, February 18, 2008

Seerkazhi Dr G Siva Chidambarm

"When we sing in a language we know, the bhava can be expressed to the fullest. And it can be perceived by the audience, including those who don't speak that language."

Dr Seerkazhi G. Siva Chidambarm, musician (

February 20, 5.30 pm

S.S. Nathan

"Teaching is for learning's sake, not for examinations' sake. But we often find that it is perceived to be the other way about. Teachers train the students with examinations in focus, forgetting that exams are only one of the many experiences that a child comes across in life. I think it is the responsibility of teachers to ensure that their students are taught in much the same way they would like their own children to be taught."

S.S. Nathan, Principal, Bala Vidya Mandir, Chennai
February 24, over lunch.

Sankaran Nampoothiri

“Over the last two years I’ve had the benefit of the wisdom of several experts in the field and those of associated professionals like forensic, police and medical experts. The system design has drawn its inspiration from the aggregation of their best practices and opinions.”
“The entire system is built on the premise that a person in crisis cannot often communicate at all. Hence, it is a ‘Non-Event’ (something supposed to happen does not happen) that triggers the alert in Webtra Xtend.”
“The human brain tends to gets tensed up in a crisis, and hence activating security routines (often well defined) does not get done within the required time limits. Webtra Xtend recognises this tendency and helps activate predefined routines.”
“Alerts are classified in multiple levels, based on predefined nature of ‘crisis’. The system has built in routines to check if they are minor crisis, only major non-events being escalated into major alerts.”
“The entire system is automated. There is NO human intervention, until a classified serious alert is triggered. The system can be integrated with the key stake holders like members of immediate family, police stations and hospitals so that the necessary authorities at the nearest location can be notified in case any of the vehicles meets with an emergency situation and the occupants require help. In this case, alerts are also sent to the company authorities who are authorised to take action.”
“The only messages that the dashboard shows are those that are ‘variances’ from plan. (The plan itself being a combination of Cab/Driver/Passengers/Timings/Log-in sequences and breaks). The Monitoring System works on the principle of ‘Management By Exception’, or ‘No News is Good news’.”
Sankaran Nampoothiri, Architect of Webtra XTend, LBIT

Over e-mail.

Mike Thompson

"Generally, in the 30-year life of high-tonnage commercial and industrial air-conditioning systems, almost 95 per cent of the expenditure is for operating the chiller, and only about 5 per cent is the initial cost. Which is why it is essential for decision-makers to consider the total lifecycle cost."

Mike Thompson, director of environmental affairs, Trane Commercial Systems

Over phone, 11 am

Friday, February 15, 2008

R. Srinivasan

"We keep hearing these days that the graduating engineers are unemployable because they lack soft skills and communication skills. The solution lies in imparting these skills at the school level, say, at high school/ higher secondary level..."
"Another thought of importance, talking about schools, is that the concept of 'matriculation' lost its relevance when we changed from 11+1+3 system of education to 10+2+3 system."
R. Srinivasan, Member, State Planning Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu
February 15, 6 pm

Ramesh Padmanabhan

"It makes eminent sense for India to sponsor the IFRS by offering land and other facilities for the international organisation to function headquartered in our country."

Ramesh Padmanabhan, Director, Nimtech Services Pvt Ltd, Bangalore
February 15, over lunch

Padmini Ramesh

"What I find in most people that I meet these days is that they don't feel secure. They appear to be outgoing, but deep inside they have a lot of pretensions to hold on to. Nobody wants to display their weaknesses because that is where they can be hit. And the attacks can be psychic, more often than physical. But pranic healing can help repair the vulnerabilities in one's aura, or the whole person."
Padmini Ramesh, Pranic Healing Home, Chennai
February 15, 12 noon

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Unveil your dream Budget 2008

Business Line invites you to tell the Finance Minister your Budget expectations.

Send in your Budget wish list (in about 200 words) to, along with reasoning.

Attach your digital photograph (as a high resolution ‘jpg’ file) and your brief profile.

Name of column that will carry the edited inputs: ‘What the readers want’ (e.g.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

K. Ganapathy

"We are using only one by one-hundred-thousandth of our brains!"
Prof K. Ganapathy, President, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, Chennai
February 13, 12 noon

Monday, February 11, 2008

David Leeper

"Small 'c' coaching is about upskilling, changing behaviours and so on. But big 'C' coaching is about creating transformations in the performance of the individuals and therefore of organisations. The former is transactional coaching, and the latter, transformational."

David Leeper, Founder, DL Associates Ltd, UK (

February 15, 2.30 pm

Vivek M. Jain

"We find that SMEs are increasingly in need of systems and processes. To them, ERP may be an overkill. SMEs would, instead, require a business process management system wherein all the processes are automated, bringing in a 50-60 per cent increase in efficiency, and also making the office a paperless one. We at StrApp work in this space. For instance, a current project we are on to is with a leading coffee cafe chain, where the objective is to compress the time taken to open new branches."

Vivek M. Jain, CEO, StrApp Business Solutions (P) Ltd (
February 15, 5 pm

Srinivas Rao Saripalli

"The next big thing to happen is the PC-isation of the mobile, so that mobile users can do all that they can do with their PCs, such as data and funds transfer, movie downloads, and e-commerce."

Srinivas Rao Saripalli, Circle Operating Officer, Tamil Nadu, Tata Teleservices
February 12, over lunch

CN Paramasivan

"What motivates someone to engage in SMILE's activities? The joy of giving, I'd say. More importantly, without any expectations. But is there something that the giver gets in the process? The satisfaction can apparently be the good feeling one derives from the sense of gratitude of the recipient. The satisfaction and happiness, however, are internal."

CN Paramasivan, MD - APN Group of Companies
February 11, over lunch

Friday, February 8, 2008

NKT.M. Jeyagopal

"Excellence is possible only with yoga. To harmonise impressions and nurture effectiveness, one can benefit from yogic practices. But the sad part is that the modern executive doesn't find the space to do yoga, not the physical space, but the space in his or her mind to devote a little time, which can be as short as 30 minutes daily, but consistently to wait for changes to happen within."

NKT. M. Jeyagopal, Founder, Satyananda Yoga Centre

February 8, 4 pm

Nippani Kalyan Sagar

"In the corporate jungle that most of us live in these days, the seventh sense is the ticket to freedom. How do you do that? Go back to nature and recollect what civilisation has made us forget. For instance, marketers can implement one such method by learning from denizens in nature, especially techniques like strategic aggression, mimicry and threat deflection."

Nippani Kalyan Sagar, author of 'The 7th Sense' (

February 8, 11 am

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Rane S. Murali

"The link with the alma mater never disappears in the hearts of the past pupils, though it may lie dormant for decades. Reviving the link in the form of a reunion, as we recently did in St. Bede's, brings with it the immeasurable joy of connecting back with the institution, and acts as a powerful morale booster for the teachers. But the act of holding a reunion requires single-minded commitment, a lot of passion, and dogged perseverance."

Rane S. Murali, the force behind

February 7, 11 am, over coffee

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Karthikeyan V

"We expect to achieve a turnover of Rs 100 crore by 2010, from the Indian wing of EDS Technologies, given that the PLM (product lifecycle management) space is growing at 30 to 40 per cent year-on-year."

Karthikeyan V - Director -Technical, EDS Technologies
February 7, 6 pm

Sam Santhosh

"The US economy is definitely in a problem. Of a fundamental nature. However, that should not be as worrying for the IT industry as it is made out to be. Because the way we deliver IT services will become all the more relevant now."

S. Sam Santhosh, Managing Director & CEO, California Software Company Ltd
February 7, over lunch

Thomas John

"Explore and exploit. Sounds like East India Company? Well no! The Internet is so powerful that everybody needs to use it to the fullest extent... Which is where Ooha comes in, by making the machines an organic platform available in the public domain."

Thomas John, CEO of Ooha Services India Private Ltd
February 8, over lunch

Monday, February 4, 2008

Ravi Subramanian

Meeting on February 18, 1.30 pm (to be rescheduled)

Ravi Subramanian, author of 'I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari'

Ashok Krishnan

"Sales of music in the CD or the physical format are declining as an industry trend. People are increasingly consuming music through digital formats, be it the Internet, mobiles, or personal entertainment devices. Music, as such, can become free, with the likes of YouTube around. Companies have to adapt to the changing trends. Monetising live music and live entertainment can become more popular in India, as in the West."

Ashok Krishnan, Business Head, South, Saregama

February 6, over lunch

Charles A. Lowenhaupt

"People ask me, 'What is the secret of success in family wealth management?' There are many secrets of success. But an important one is to let each family member feel that he or she is free and independent to lead life the way he or she wants to lead life, and share services where he or she wants to share services. That is, in my parlance, to 'bundle' where they want to 'bundle,' and to 'unbundle' where they don't want to 'bundle.'"

Charles A. Lowenhaupt, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lowenhaupt Global Advisors, US (
Meeting on February 4, 11.30 am

DE Ramakrishnan

"The growth of micro and small enterprises over the three decades between 1960s and 1990s was mainly due to the avilability of infrastructure (provided by the Government on easy and affordable terms) coupled with easy, cheap and timely credit from banks. This made entrepreneurs even out of ordinary people. Now, both the facilitating factors are inadequate."

DE Ramakrishnan, President, Industrial and Financial Reconstruction Association for Small & Tiny Enterprises (IFRASTE), also President of National Confederation of Small Industry (NACOSI)

February 5, over lunch.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

NEN students

Present at lunch on February 2, during the interaction with Govindarajan Suresh

1) Dhananjay Vidyasagar, LIBA e-cell Evolution, President
2) John Francis, LIBA e-cell Evolution, Vice President
3) Pujal H Doshi, M.O.P Vaishnav College for Women, Vice President of the Centre for Students Training and Development
4) J Kavitha, Ethiraj College For Women, Student Coordinator of the esquare – Entrepreneurship cell of Ethiraj College For Women (Founder member !)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Deepak Raja

"People ask me if the market has fallen enough. To them, I say, based on my analysis of 40 years of stock market behaviour that the fall will generally be 25 to 30 per cent before it rises again. But you can't predict how long that bottom will be before a clear pick-up comes again. Let's not forget what happened post 1993, when we had a long period during which the market didn't pick up at all. Peak to peak, trough to trough should be roughly 48 to 50 months. A simple log-linear trendline on the index can easily tell you what the probabilities are of the indices moving upwards or downwards at any particular time."

Author of 'Hindustani Music: A Tradition in Transition' and the developer of India's first practical mathematical model for IPO valuation

February 8, 6 pm

P.G. Raghuraman

Meeting on February 7, 3 pm ... not happening....

PG Raghuraman (PGR), Lead Executive, Accenture Delivery Centre for BPO, India

Govindarajan Suresh

"Let us act, rather than wait for Acts. Integrity is doing the right thing even if nobody is watching."

Govindarajan Suresh, Self Imposed Vigilance for Good Governance (
February 2, over lunch

Peter Wink

"We are still looking for a lot of challenges in India for expanding our already-started business. We are starting the development and production of plastic air cleaners, air intake manifolds and air filtrations systems for major Indian and international automotive OEMs."

Peter Wink, Managing Director of Mann And Hummel Filter Pvt. Ltd India
February 4, over lunch

Laxminarayan PS

"When an organisation outsources its housekeeping tasks, costs can come down by 10 to 20 per cent, even as quality of cleaning standard can almost double, from the usual 50 per cent. Also, adherence to safety measures may not be full-fledged with the direct employees, whereas an outsourced agency can ensure a total adherence to safety norms, which can be duly audited by the client organisation."

Laxminarayan PS, CEO, Metro Master (
February 1, over lunch