Monday, August 31, 2009

August 2009 appointments

August 2009

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2 - Samsung trip; New York - 2 pm; *Jung Soo Shin - 5.30 pm; *V. Vijaya Kumar - 10.30 pm
3 - *Rajiv Makhni - 10 am; *Angelo Vicari - 10.30 am; *Timothy E. Baxter - 11.30 am; *Hudson River cruise - 2 pm; Top of the Rock
4 - Zutshi - 9 am; *Woodbury - 12 noon; *Washington, DC - 10.30 pm
5 - *Susan Bennett - 11.30 am; *Newseum - 12 noon; *National Air and Space Museum - 4 pm
6 - *US Capitol - 4 pm
7 - *John B. Catoe, Jr. - 2pm; *National Portrait Gallery - 2.30 pm; *Ingrid B. Henick - 3 pm; *National Museum of Natural History - 5.30 pm
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10 – Back to work
11 - *Namas Chandra- 4 pm
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18 - *K. K. Raman - 11.30 am; *M. J. Prabu - 3 pm; *T. M. Krishna - 10 pm
19 - *Susan Hyland, George Langley - 12 noon; *A. P. S. Bhalla - 3 pm; *Vikram Srinivas, Vikas Suresh Kumar - 5 pm
20 - *Milan Saini - 10 am; *Jolly Jose - 1 pm; *Poonam Barua - 4.30 pm
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23 - Holiday
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25 - *A. Devaraj, P. S. Sudarsan - 7.30 am
26 - CII-EY Event - 1 pm
27 - *Nishanth Chandran - 7.30 am; *Joseph Cherian - 1 pm
28 - *Sankaran P. Raghunathan- 1.30 pm
29 - *Biju Savindran- 7.30 am
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(* means 'met/spoke'; $$ Awaiting confirmation; ? Didn't happen)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Arun Subramony

Arun Subramony, Vice President (Global Delivery), UST Global, New York (
August 30, 2009, 3.30 pm

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Biju Savindran

Biju Savindran, MD, SA Metroplots Pvt Ltd, Chennai (
August 29, 2009, 7.30 am (Nageswara Rao Park)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Joseph Cherian

Joseph Cherian, CEO, GFA India
August 27, 2009, 1 pm
Joseph Cherian

Nishanth Chandran

Nishanth Chandran, Executive Director, E Billing Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Chennai (
August 27, 2009, 7.30 am (Nageswara Rao Park)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

K. K. Raman - DLF - Videos

Views on the status of infrastructure sector

Real-estate is a politically-connected industry

DLF setting a benchmark in real-estate

Use of ERP in real-estate brings standardisation

From accommodation to specifications to life-style -- evolution of customer preferences when buying apartments

Upcoming projects, and the challenges in Chennai market

Impact of economic crisis on real-estate investments

Media coverage of real-estate developments

For the first time in about 80 years, real-estate demand collapsed in all countries

Affordable housing can be created only in the suburbs, not within the city

Government has to look at real-estate as an industry

If enough purchasing power is put in people's hands, no incentives may be required for real-estate investment

On the extent of regulation of real-estate industry

Specifications of affordable housing complexes

Do customers ask for life-style facilities in housing complexes

Are we witnessing an increasing synchronisation of Government's infrastructure policies and real-estate industry

Average age of home-buyer has been steadily declining

Some of the quick decisions that DLF took when crisis hit the economy

Cost reduction is always a priority area

Savings through volume purchases

Greater mechanisation in work sites

Urban renewal is happening in pockets

Difficulties in urban renewal of residential complexes

Energy saving potential in residential units

Payback of green buildings through carbon credits

Technology absorption in real-estate industry

Rules inhibit the building of skyscrapers

Advantages of living in gated communities

Indian GDP was held together by rural demand

Temple renovation initiatives in my village

Urbanisation in the West and in India

Have the living conditions of construction labour improved

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A. Devaraj, P. S. Sudarsan

A. Devaraj, Author, 'K.B. Jothida Muraiyil Vidhiyum Madhiyum', Chennai, and P. S. Sudarsan, K.B. Astrologer, Chennai
August 25, 2009, 7.30 am (Nageswara Rao Park)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Chart House - Videos

Arriving at the pier

A view from the middle of the river

A lit-up skyline

White House - Videos

White House

Washington, DC - Videos

On a road towards Washington, DC

Drumming bliss

Walking past sculptures

A rainy morning

View from the sidewalk

V. Vijaya Kumar - Videos

New projects soon

Balancing business and acting

Strengths of Tamil movie industry

How 'recession' has impacted Indian consumer mind-set

Unpredictability of consumer electronics market does lead to confusion in choice

Dealers face challenges in stocking multiple brands and models

Why the popularity of hire-purchase system has declined

Interest vs Processing fees

Branch expansion plan in Tamil Nadu

My views about Woodbury

Relevance of Woodbury format to India

Advice to youngsters who dream of working in movies

How to develop acting skills

Story of how I got into cine field

What I do to get the feedback of common people watching movies

New initiatives in business as a second-generation entrepreneur

Do the big-format retail stores suit Indian conditions

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Poonam Barua

Poonam Barua, Founder Convener, Forum for Women in Leadership, New Delhi
August 20, 2009, 4.30 pm

Jolly Jose

Jolly Jose, Director cTail, eYantra
July 16, 2009, 1 pm (Resch.) August 20, 2009, 1 pm

Milan Saini

Milan Saini, Country Head & MD, Cinepolis India P Ltd, Mumbai (
August 20, 2009, 10 am

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vikram Srinivas, Vikas Suresh Kumar

Vikram Srinivas, Associate Director, and Vikas Suresh Kumar, Manager, Transaction Services, KPMG India P Ltd, Chennai (
August 19, 2009, 5 pm

A. P. S. Bhalla

A. P. S. Bhalla, Head – South, Max New York Life Insurance
August 19, 2009, 3 pm

A.P.S. Bhalla - Videos

Impact of economic crisis on Indian insurance industry

How has been the FDI performance in the company

Conservatism in business approach

Primary purpose of the insurance policy should be to safeguard family's requirements

My journey began as a door-to-door salesman

Trigger behind my joining Max New York

Maintaining the life insurance policy is critical

Financial planning should be part of college curriculum

Look at tax benefits as a bonus when buying insurance

Agents are trained to be the first field underwriters when evaluating any business proposal

Life insurance should be made mandatory and awareness campaigns must be continuous

Punjabi food in Chennai -- my favourite eateries

Need for insurance (in Punjabi)

Susan Hyland, George Langley

Susan Hyland, CEO, George Langley, Company Director, Mastersoft, Australia (
August 19, 2009, 12 noon

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

T. M. Krishna

T. M. Krishna
August 18, 2009, 10 pm (Sri Balavinayagar Temple Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations, Mylapore) List

M. J. Prabu

M. J. Prabu, Agriculture Correspondent, The Hindu, Chennai
August 18, 2009, 3 pm

Sanjay Subramaniam - Videos

Excerpts from the carnatic vocal concert by Sanjay Subramaniam

Excerpts from the carnatic vocal concert by Sanjay Subramaniam (1)

K. K. Raman

K. K. Raman, Executive Vice President, Zonal Head, DLF Ltd, Chennai (
August 18, 2009, 11.30 am

T. M. Krishna - Videos

Excerpts from the carnatic vocal concert by T. M. Krishna - 1

Excerpts from the carnatic vocal concert by T. M. Krishna - 2

Excerpts from the carnatic vocal concert by T. M. Krishna - 3

Excerpts from the carnatic vocal concert by T. M. Krishna - 5

Listen to concert rather than waste time recording says Krishna

Angelo Vicari - Videos

My experience with the Experience Store

Today's customer is far more informed

Test drive of car vs Experience Store

Patterns that we see in the generations of customers

What should be our focus during recessionary times

Marketing vs Technical approach towards consumers

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sanjay Subramaniam

Sanjay Subramaniam
August 15, 2009, 10 pm (Sri Balavinayagar Temple Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations, Mylapore)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Namas Chandra

Prof Namas Chandra, Associate Dean for Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
February 5, 7 pm

August 11, 2009, 4.30 pm

Friday, August 7, 2009

National WWII Memorial

National WWII Memorial, Washington, DC (
August 7, 2009, 8 pm

White House

White House
August 7, 2009, 7 pm

National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC (
August 7, 2009, 5.30 pm

Ingrid B. Henick

Ingrid B. Henick, Vice President, The Cohen Group, Washington, DC
August 7, 2009, 3 pm
Ingrid B. Henick - YouTube links

Ingrid B. Henick - YouTube links

Recent elections in India have brought in lot more stability

India continues to offer enormous opportunities to business

Challenges to business, especially on the defence side

Products acceptable in India may not always be accepted in the US, and Nano is an example

Indian companies in the US have to demonstrate job creation here

IT companies from India moving up the value chain

Nasscom encourages its members to be compliant with visa policies

Till recovery happens Indian IT companies will continue to face the challenge

Need to continue IT sops at this point in time

Observations about economic recovery

National ID project is an important step

Homeland security task in India

Successful professionals in leadership positions

Implications of transparency of public systems

Achievements of Indian Railways

Should businesses adopt a unified approach

Multiple industry bodies and SME focus

Opportunities that Indian entrepreneurs can exploit in the US

Spending habits of the younger generation

Near-term challenge for the financial services sector

China vs India, as a destination

Difficulties of SMEs

Feasibility of IT consortium

Consolidation in the airline space

In India joint ventures are still important

Reasonable to expect the FDI cap in defence to go up

Enforcement of policies is essential -- Example of Competition Commission

Hurdles for philanthropy

Encouraging to see emphasis on renewable energy

Forthcoming trip to India

Enormous promise for the aviation sector

Flip side of subsidising oil prices

Role of lobbying

Initiatives towards transparency -- Example of RTI

Goal of setting up an office in India

Current projects

R and D, innovation -- through tie-ups with academia

We can expect Indian companies taking the advantage of collaborating with universities

How much longer will it be that Indian students go out for education

Case of returning Indians

India, a place I fell in love with

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
August 7, 2009, 2.30 pm

John B. Catoe, Jr.

John B. Catoe, Jr., General Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
August 7, 2009, 2 pm

Thursday, August 6, 2009

US Capitol

US Capitol
August 6, 2009, 4 pm

V. Rama Kumar - Videos

These are times for leaders to emerge and set a trend

Really good companies are investing for the future

We are investing in electronic payment products and frameworks

Budget reflects readiness for expenditure, and also Government initiatives

Innovative payment and collection system can reduce transaction cost and increase ease of use

Biometric and contactless payment projects

Card that can provide biometric authentication

Reaching villages with hand-held devices that have biometric facility, and also wireless terminals

Cricket lessons from my dad

One valuable work lesson -- 90 days to try out any new idea

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC (
August 5, 2009, 4 pm


Newseum, Washington, DC (
August 5, 2009, 12 noon
Woodstock, a milestone in media coverage ('Woodstock at 40: The Rise of Music Journalism')

Susan Bennett

Susan Bennett, Vice President/Marketing and Deputy Director, Newseum,
Washington, DC
August 5, 2009, 11.30 am

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Washington, DC

Washington, DC
August 4-8, 2009


Woodbury (shopping)
August 4, 2009, 12 noon

Woodbury - Videos

Road to Woodbury-1

Road to Woodbury-2

Road to Woodbury-3

Road to Woodbury-4

Road to Woodbury-5

Entrance to Woodbury Common

Fashion accessories-1

Fashion accessories-2


Sporty wear

Stainless steel plate made in India


At the parking lot-1

At the parking lot-2

M. J. Prabu - Videos

Buffalo economics

Milk economics at the village level (in Tamil)

Public awareness needed about artificial ripening of fruits

Is swine flu impacting pig farming

Food-grain price vs Farmers' income (in Tamil)

Will growth in urbanisation lead to larger farm-holding and better agricultural productivity

Ravinder Zutshi

Ravinder Zutshi, Dy Managing Director, Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd, New Delhi (
August 4, 2008, 9 am (Outside Marriott New York Marquis)

Ravinder Zutshi - Videos

Premium market in India vs developed countries

On service infrastructure for high-end products

Government needs to give more attention to consumer durable sector

Orders for the new products in the LED space

Market share of 85 per cent in the B2B segment

Home video system in new Rajdhani trains, LCD screens for Gujarat schools

Monday, August 3, 2009

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Rockefeller Center, Manhattan (
August 3, 2009, 7 pm

Top of the Rock - Videos

While waiting in the queue

Elevator ride up

View from the top-1

View from the top-2

View from the top-3

View from the top-4

View from the top-5

View from the top-6

View from the top-7

Photo session

Lights coming up-1

Lights coming up-2

Lights coming up-3

Elevator ride down

At the store

Catchy chandelier

From outside the building

CII Institute of Logistics - Videos

On biodiversity work (V. Arivudai Nambi)

Cost reduction has to come from elimination of waste (S. Ravichandran)

Selling pattern in Indian environment (Prasad Rao N)

Challenges in handling glass (R. Ramesh)

Newer applications of glass (R. Ramesh)

Is information becoming costlier (Anand Narayan)

Manufacturers and service-providers have different mind-sets (Bisweswar Pathra)

Strategic partnering relationship is lacking (Bisweswar Pathra)

Two-thirds of all transporters have a fleet size of about 5 units (Anand Narayan)

Do we really understand our supply chain (S. Ravichandran)

What is logistics cost (S. Ravichandran)

There are 5 pillars of logistics (S. Ravichandran)

Transportation cost is a fraction of the total supply chain cost (S. Ravichandran)

People are looking at insurance as a cost (S. Ravichandran)

Multiple satellite warehouses to offer just-in-time supply to manufacturer can be wasteful (Prasad Rao N)

Distribution centre concept, 3PL, triple-I (Prasad Rao N)

Question is -- how much visibility do you want of the supply chain (S. Ravichandran)

Regular system of reverse logistics (N. Mohanakrishnan)

Waste disposal at the cost of a water-body (Bhagwan Singh)

Vendor-managed inventory (N. Mohanakrishnan)

Toyota example (S. Ravichandran)

On attrition in logistics (S. Ravichandran)

Trying to get some sound-bytes (Bhagwan Singh)

Tamil Nadu political scene (Bhagwan Singh)

Technology interconnectivity is not so much an issue in logistics (Anand Narayan)

Positive developments in transportation (Anand Narayan)

Systemic efficiencies required in ports (Anand Narayan)

Difficulty in measuring some of the logistics costs (Anand Narayan)

Are people causing delays in the supply chain aware of costs (Anand Narayan)

Services fees for logistics will be linked to the productivity of the end consumer (Anand Narayan)

Utilisation of idle capacity in logistics can be facilitated through technology platforms (Anand Narayan)

Hub-and-spoke model, dynamic pricing and such initiatives may have to be leveraged in logistics (Anand Narayan)

Hopes that Government will also look for efficiencies in logistics (Anand Narayan)

Four lines of business in Vestal Enterprises (Mukundan)

Three current projects (Mukundan)

A solution for mid-sized IT companies in India (Mukundan)

Manufacturers recognise that growth is from non-metro and rural markets (Clifford Patrao)

Does the logistics industry attract investments (Clifford Patrao)

Logistics service providers are a critical link in supply chain (Clifford Patrao)

What role has the Government to play to achieve maturity in the logistics industry (Clifford Patrao)

Impact of Budget on logistics industry (Prasad Rao N)

Increasing recognition of logistics as an area for cost efficiencies (Prasad Rao N)

Importance of the head of logistics function in organisations (Prasad Rao N)

All industries, not just manufacturing, give attention to logistics (Prasad Rao N)

Reverse logistics is not practised in all the industries in India (Prasad Rao N)

Hudson River cruise

Hudson River cruise
August 3, 2009, 2 pm

Timothy E. Baxter

Timothy E. Baxter, President, Consumer Electronics Division, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., NJ
August 3, 2009, 11.30 am (in Samsung Experience, Time Warner Centre, New York)

Timothy E. Baxter - Videos

Rationale of global launch of a product for India

Need for innovation in the marketplace

Innovation initiatives in Samsung

What can bring economic recovery

Safety and energy concerns are addressed in the products

New York - Videos

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-1

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-2

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-3

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-4

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-5

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-6

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-7

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-8

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-9

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-10

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-11

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-12

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-13

Window-seat view on a rainy day as we drive to the hotel-14

Cycle rickshaw, the pedicab

Street view-1

Street view-2

Street view-3

Street view-4

Street view-5

Street view-6

Street view-7

View from my room

Street view-8

Street view-9

Street view-10

Arriving at the Samsung launch venue-1

Arriving at the Samsung launch venue-2

Street view-11

Street view-12

Street view-13

Street view-14

Street view-15

Street view-16

Empire State Building

Street view-17

Street view-18

Street view-19

Street view-20

Street view-21

Street view-22

Street view-23

Street view-24

Street view-25

Street view-25

Street view-26

A view from The View, in the 48th floor

Street view-27

Street view-28

Street view-29

Angelo Vicari

Angelo Vicari, General Manager, Samsung Experience, Time Warner Centre, New York
August 3, 2009, 10.30 am

Samsung Experience - Videos

Entering the store

Products on display

Idling at a screen

Captivating colours