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Need to get my hands on The Secret.

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Anil Gupte has suggested me to read a book called “The Secret” and watch the movie too. Seems like the basic wisdoms of life have been very well written in this book.

By the way, I see that this book in has a ranking of #2. Must be really nice. The book has close to 994 reviews. The highest ranking and number of reviews I have ever seen for a book so far.

Need to get my hands on the book.


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April 14, 2007 at 12:37 am

Posted in AboutMe, Book, General

Dinner with a great person and an entrepreneur.

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to catch up with my friend, customer and mentor  – Anil Gupte here in Hong Kong. He is on a trip to Hong Kong to attend the Electronics fair that is being held in Hong Kong’s Asia World Expo. 

He is an entrepreneur and a technologist par excellence and a great human being. A serial entrepreneur  having built and sold successful IT firms in the US. He is currently working on his new venture and I had the opportunity to help him build a part of his system, while I was working as a free lance developer / consultant back in India.

Anil is a great teacher and a mentor. He is the one from where I get most of my first hand  lessons on entrepreneurship. The other mentor being my father who has been a successful businessman since the past 30 + years.

Anil is a fighter, persistent, confident, positive, logical, patient, humble, down-to-earth and as he mentions he is not meant to fit into the corporate space. He loves challenges and looks at exploring life to the fullest.

He joined us for dinner at home last night.

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April 13, 2007 at 11:31 pm

Wonderful trip to Shenzhen.

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Had a great trip to Shenzhen, China. Few of the snaps are as follows:

In the Kowloon KCR station to catch a train to Shenzhen (Lo Wu):20070224001.jpg

On the train to Shenzhen from Kowloon.20070224002.jpg

Outside the Shenzhen train station:20070224014.jpg

Lo Wu Commercial Centre:


Entrance of the Windows of the World:20070224064.jpg

Had an amazing time. Weather was very nice. Were awe struck to see the developments of Shenzhen, China.

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March 9, 2007 at 10:11 am

Posted in Family, General, Hong Kong

Re-committing myself to my blog.

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Its been nearly 4 months since I moved to Hong Kong and since then I have not been able to contribute to my blog much. As usual a lot of time was spend in the initial teething phase of my life here trying to settle down. And once the basics were in place from a family and accommodation perspective, it was time for me to focus on my new project, office environment, people, processes and expectations. And all this took a toll on the frequency with which I was writing and was hoping to write with.

Nevertheless, the reading, analysis and communication has not stopped a bit. I still am on a very regular basis analysing the IT, Telecom, start-ups, business, offshore outsourcing, Web 2.0, etc landscapes from a global and an Indian market / potential perspective. And the more I read the more I begin to believe that there is a lot of potential and opportunities out there. I am constantly in touch with family, friends and mentors.

With this post, I would like to break the ice and hope to continue wiriting on a more regular basis.

I would also like to thank my friends and family members who have encouraged me to re-start my blog once again. With that I would like to re-commit myself to my blog.

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December 4, 2006 at 11:09 am

Posted in Blogging, General, Hong Kong

Off to Hong Kong

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Will be traveling to Hong Kong tomorrow – 5th August, on a long term company assignment. This time too for a  large investment bank as the customer.

I have been running around since a few days, trying to get things in place. Visa, overseas medical tests, ticket, shopping, packing etc.. I have yet to get my ticket and hence will be going to Thomas Cook now to collect the same.

Their seems to be a typhoon hitting HK over the weekend ;), hope it does not cause any flight delays.

After the Tokyo trip, I am looking forward to this trip to Hong Kong. One thing I found interesting is that I have to travel by a ferry from my apartment in HK to office. Looks like the office or my apartment is on a small island or something. Cool 🙂

Will keep you posted from HK.

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August 4, 2006 at 8:09 am

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Sunday at Kalyaninagar.

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It has been drizzling in Pune since a couple of days now, and it reminds me of what Pune was 15 years ago – a city which used to be wet most time of the year with a near hill station like weather, when we had first visited the city on our annual school vacation from Kuwait.

Since it was pouring on and off on the weekends too, we decided to seek shelter and get some weekend entertaintment by getting into a shopping mall. We finally zeroed in on Gold AdLabs. Adlabs is a multiplex with a shopping mall and a lot of branded restaurants viz. KFC, Mac, Subway, Baskin Robbins, CCD (Cafe’ Coffee Day) to name a few. We took the Koregaon Park route and got connected to Kalyaninagar via a bridge – a bridge that connects one of the hottest and poshest areas of Pune.

I was kind of shell shocked and surprised to see the development that has happened in this part of the city. For a second I felt as if I was abroad. Kalyaninagar truly is posh, metropolitan and a sure shot upmarket place. It has one of the finest residential apartment projects which comes with a high price (Rs. 3000-3500/sq. ft) tag (for Pune at-least). What got my heart beating were the amount of IT companies and parks that one can see. MPhasis, PTC, Cybage have really huge setups there. And loads of IT parks coming up. This area surely has come up because of the growth in IT. And the residential apartments, IT setups and parks and the shopping malls all blend very well together to give Kalyaninagar that extraordinary look and feel.

What got me excited were ofcourse the IT companies and the setups. My heart started beating fast and my family knew exactly what I was going through yet once again 😉 – The feeling I used to get as a kid when ever I used to see a BMW or a Merc on the road.  However the difference this time I reckon is I can dream and make it happen too – No better time than this !

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July 24, 2006 at 5:20 am

Posted in General, Pune

Need to make a decision – now or never.

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It is time for me to make a decision – join the family business, start a business of my own (IT or non-IT) or continue for some more time with the current job (with hope of filling the perceived gaps – in case I am expecting too much too early and seeking answers/solutions to my questions/problems).

My family wants me to make a firm decision, stand by it and be happy. In fact I want the same too.

My heart beats for business in IT, but seems like I do not have a plan, idea, network or a team with me, accept that I believe I am capable of executing any projects and am super hard working. Just need a chance to prove what I am capable of. What prevents me from taking the plunge then in IT (if I feel I am capable), is the fear factor, lack of clarity and self-doubt. At the same time, I feel very confident about joining my family business, no self-doubts or fear in this case.

I have not been able to make a firm call yet. Known/proven path (family business) or comparatively uknown/less travelled path?

As my friend and mentor Anil Gupte puts it – “I can’t keep agonising over what to opt for. There are no perfect answers, pros and cons lie with everything in life.” 

What do you think? Any suggestions on how to move ahead are more than welcome.

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July 20, 2006 at 7:45 am

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