AR Rahman – Young Global leader

The world economic forum has announced the list of Young global leaders for 2008 – and A R Rahman is one of them.

Every year the World Economic Forum announces a list if Young global leaders – professionals who are below 40 but have outstanding achievement in their chosen area of profession as well as their commitment to society and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

Yet another jewel in the crown for the Mozart of Madras.

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March 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

Wake up India

After a loooooong gap I am back. I am hoping I would be a little more regular now.!!!!!! Lets see how regular. Life has been hectic and lot of water has flown under the bridge. I only realised that complaining about it doesn’t make anything better. But decided to start looking at things differently and keep myself occupied in areas of interest more.

I was in Chennai for the Yi National summit. Was really a fulfilling , thoughtful, insightful, concerning, enlightening and inspirational..ooof… can it be better?

The theme of the summit “Wake up India” was really a wake up call. The theme came from one of the key report “India at Risk” that was prepared jointly by CII and World Economic Forum. While we are euphoric about all the growth, is it truly inclusive? The report identified 6 key risks.

1) Can Indiaโ€™s demographic dividend turn India into a demographic liability?
2) What point price level would risk derail Indiaโ€™s growth story?
3) Can India cope with globalization backlash?
4) Is India in position to balance the trade off between Environment and Growth?
5) Will loss of fresh water hamper growth?
6) What if India fails to combat HIV and TB?

However, Yi chose one area out of this risk report.. the one on fresh water loss and climate change… The Yi net students really brought out some of the startling points of how climate change has already affected many of our parts of the country. Infact the video by one of the students in Chennai showing the difference between the drinking water from the pump viz the bottled water really got the eyes of all the delegates. Infact Mr Kamath went to the extent of noting in his speech, if this is the case with Chennai a metro – what would be the status of rural areas..This was definitely a wake up call for all the delegates.

The key note was by Mr K V Kamath who really brought several points that need to be addressed. The most important being “right skilling” rather than pure skill building. He also brought up how much of skill building is required to address the needs of the country. Was truly a thought provoking speech.

The special address by Mr.Pachauri was scintillating. Since he couldn’t make it in person he made a video conference. He was very powerful too.

The other sessions were on the various risks faced by the country. The session on Rural risk was really good to know. While we think that the rural areas and villages are peaceful and green places, the session was an eye opener to all the issues faced by the rural areas. Also it was nice to see how much of work is being done by some of the institutes on microfinance. The fact that the availability of even Rs 5000 as a loan is a huge thing for the rural areas. We really need to do so much in the rural areas.

The panel discussion that followed was one of the highlights. It was a powerpacked panel discussion with the topic on “inclusiveness of youth in nation building”. So were the panelists. With people like Piyush Pandey, Meher Padumjee, Narain Karthikeyan, Mr J Radhakrishnan, Kezivino Aram and Shiraz Gidwani – the panel discussion was truly some fireworks. The session was moderated by CNBC TV 18 and was also telecast as a special program separately.

The closing sessions were even better. Sir Mark Tully was at his best giving his perspective on the challenges India face and what the youth must do. So was Mr C R Kesavan.

This was yet another summit which was highly inspirational and engaging. Was really worth spending the weekend for this.

March 3, 2008 at 10:25 pm 3 comments

Amazing

I was at a resort during this week. Not during the weekend. It was during the week.I reached this place in the morning and left back in the night. Yes. I could only spend one day in this lovely place.

As soon as I reached in the morning took these pictures.

An then I took pictures of this place in the night. This place looked awesome in the night too. Was beautifully lit. It truly looked like a paradise.

It was not just this place. The whole area surrounding this resort was also awesome. I had about an hour to walk across this place and picked clicked a few pictures. Thanks to participating in 1two3ty1, I started looking at various options in my camera. While I wasn’t too happy with the pictures, I think this was a beginning to my photographic skills.

The first was a visit to a fantastic temple. Followed by this, visited an artificial lake with a fountain.. (couldn’t get a good picture of the lake though)

The whole area looked beautiful, scenic and artistic.

Also there was a nice memorial.

Then there was this club house, where there were so many indoor games etc. The entrance to this was truly artistic. Managed to capture some pictures of the entrance.

And this was how the reception looked at the resort.

Now…. how do you like this resort. Well… It was not a resort. It was resort like. This was a guest house and the locations within the township of a manufacturing plant. Since I was on a business visit, all I could do was capture a few pictures before 7 30 in the morning and after 6 30 in the evening.. This place was truly amazing. The very interesting part is this is in a rural area near Bellary. There is nothing else in this place other than this manufacturing plant. They have truly converted it to such a wonderful place.

One of the best things that I saw in this place is “Datahalli”. This is an initiative by this company on a “Rural BPO”. This is a non-voice BPO. The highlight of this BPO is the employees itself. This is a true rural BPO, which employs girls whose educational qualification varies from 7th standard to 10th standard. These girls from the neighboring villages have been trained to use computers – free of cost. After they have gained reasonable level of proficiency, they are absorbed as employees in the BPO. Currently this rural BPO employs about 200 people.

What a fantastic attempt by the company. There cannot be anything better in terms of rural development. The girls there are not only getting their skills developed, but also gain employment in their own village. This completely cuts down the migration of skilled rural people into the cities and towns, thereby reducing the slums in the cities. The girls stay with their parents, support them and improve the economy of themselves and the place.

This is one of the best example for something that is Rural + CSR + Low cost + Business model + Skill development. Truly amazing. Isn’t it a great example of “inclusive growth” ?

We need several such programs in areas of skill development, employability, education etc, to make our country truly developed. Thankfully, several such initiatives are already under way by different sources – be it a CSR activity by the companies or activities by NGO’s or Foundations. A great example in the area of education, especially education for the underprivileged girl child is Nanhi Kali.

If we get to look deeper, we can find several such fantastic programs, which are also very effective. Things are happening and it is really very positive to see many many good things happening around. But given the size of our country, we need all these programs and many more to run in large scale. A massive scale infact.

November 4, 2007 at 11:06 pm 13 comments

31 in 1two3ty1

31_2

I dont think you will have a doubt if this is 3ty1..err… i meant 31…

Found in a webpage….:)

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And this webpage is none other than http://1two3ty1.pbwiki.com/

This photo is a tribute to Ranjhith, the man behind the concept and making this challenge happen.

Hats off Ranjhith and to each and every participant in this challenge.

Thanks to all who had comments and gave such an enthusiasm to keep this going.

For the first time, after buying my Nikon S4 over a year ago, I found that I can change certain parameters and click rather than simply point and click. Thanks to 1two3ty1 and Ranjhith. ๐Ÿ™‚

October 31, 2007 at 11:40 pm 8 comments

30 in 1two3ty1

30

30.. found in the display board for a doctor in Kondapur.. ๐Ÿ™‚

October 31, 2007 at 11:27 pm 3 comments

28 in 1two3ty1

28d

There goes 28..

This is a combination of Roman and Arabic numerals.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How do you like this?

This is my entry for the ongoing photography challenge, 1two3ty1. Check out the entries from other participants here.

October 28, 2007 at 11:11 pm 6 comments

27 in 1two3ty1

27

27.. this is the calendar showing date as well as time, both having 27.. ๐Ÿ™‚

I really liked this because I was able to take a reasonably good readable picture of my laptop monitor. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is my entry for the ongoing photography challenge, 1two3ty1. Check out the entries from other participants here.

October 28, 2007 at 11:08 pm 3 comments

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