Sunday, December 17, 2006

New Blog URL (

Hi Friends,

I have started blogging at my new URL:
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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Do they own the right on “Freedom to Express”? OR so they think

Just finished reading up my Times of India newspaper where an article stuck my eye. After the brutal Mumbai blasts of 7/11 where more than 250 people were killed and hundreds of others were severely injured, the DoT (Department of Telecom) for some good enough reason decided to block famous blogging websites including Blogspot and Typepad. As I discussed this with my colleagues at Wirkle they pointed me over to a Digg article and a blog which had further discussions around this.

Some of the testimonials include:
“I contacted the Spectranet callcenter (a major ISP) and this is big, they confirmed that they have blocked the site because they have a letter from Ministry of communication! I wish I had heard it wrong. Call your ISP providers that are blocking it and check it out for yourself.”

“Amit cannot access blogspot and geocities from Airtel now. Looks like Airtel has joined in. Can more people confirm this; I will myself do so once I reach home. My home connection is Airtel. (I cannot access .blogspot domain now from my home ISP Airtel)”

Shivam Vij has written an interesting article at rediff:

To relate to this I can’t think of any other word than “Bizarre”. Such things were thought to be symbolic to a “Chinese Affair” with their communist government is known to be a master at such deeds. But since when did India become a New (a.k.a. Communist) China? What in the world could allow these people to try and prevent us on our right to express? Why are they blocking even those few bloggers? Do they have some facts which they want to hide from the public?

Well, thankfully we are in the same business and we will give a strong fight to the issue in all our capacity. We have started offering our mobile blog reading service LinkNSurf ( for FREE to every mobile phone user. With LinkNSurf you would be able to search for all these blocked blogs, subscribe them and stay regularly updated with all the new happenings. Not only that I have created a new discussion community on LinkNSurf called “MumbaiBlasts” where everyone will be able to express their opinions, share blog articles and express themselves.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Is it the answer? (ESPN mobile, Helio et al)

I had earlier posted about how I found the idea of an ESPN cellphone somewhat unimpressive (

Another good example is "Helio for Myspace" (the only mobile client for MySpace). I think Myspace is absolutely cool and people would love to have it mobile. BUT at the cost of owning a new cellphone ?? What kind of fad is that ???

I checked both of these services recently and no doubt they are pretty impressive. So as a sports buff the best option to experience ESPN on my phone is to buy an ESPN phone and to access MySpace I need to buy Helio.

So from now on if I have to watch MTV, I'll buy a MTV branded TV cos that's the one that provides me with best MTV viewing experience and for watching CNN I need another TV cos that's the one that provides the best viewing experience for CNN. Going a little too further lets say a new PC for every website, for instance, I have to have a Google PC to access Google. I can probably view on google PC but the experience is nowehere comparable to my best friend's PC who has a Yahoo PC.
Is that the answer ? The world is converging or so I thought!

What do you think ??

Thursday, April 13, 2006

My favorite motivational email

Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood And always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!" He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Michael was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Michael and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all Of the time. How do you do it?"

Michael replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I Can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept Their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose The positive side of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," Michael, said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice.

You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people Affect your mood. Your bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."

I reflected on what Michael said. Soon thereafter, I left the Tower


to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Michael was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Michael was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw Michael about six months after the accident when I asked him how he was, he replied. "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone Through his mind as the accident took place. "The first thing that went through

my mind was the well-being of my soon to be born daughter, " Michael replied.

"Then,as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I

could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live."

Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.

Michael continued, "...the paramedics were great. They kept telling

me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really


In their eyes, I read "he's a dead man. I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said


"She asked if I was allergic to anything. "Yes, I replied." The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep

breath and yelled, "Gravity."

Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead ."

Michael lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because Of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the

Choice to live fully.

Saturday, February 18, 2006


Thursday, November 10, 2005

Everyone has to blog

Blogs are memories, blogs are opinions, blogs are the way to keep your mind working rather than gawking at your TV all the time.

Everyone can use blogs differently...

It could be an autobiography which could be a digital impression of urself.Capture your memories, all those fun days at school or family parties everything can be captured, commented by the ones that matter and stays with you for your lifetime and even beyond. These memories could be accessed anytime, everywhere.

Now what's the point of snapping those dumb pictures (I call them dumb cos the only thing you can do is shoot pictures, no comments could be captured) which stays in your cupboard after the first 15 days of you attempting to show everyone around. More than that if you wanna see them sometime later, u gotta be at the cupboard. For instance, there are hundreds of my pictures lying back in India and I just cant reach them if I wanted to see them. Not just pictures there are dozens of such things that could be a part of ur blog. For instance,
- Students can use to keep their notes/assignments which could be accessed everywhere they want them.
- People can share stuff with a selected few, thus businesses can keep their market research on the blog.
- I read a good post about how elderly are starting to blog and realizing that this is the way to feel still motivated.
- Schools could use them to deliver everyday newspapers on blogs such that everyone can participate in discussions.
- Newspapers are old media, I wanna comment on everything I read.

..there could be dozens of more ways, its just a matter of creativity.