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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

Planning to go to Shenzhen tomorrow.

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Planning to go to Shenzhen tomorrow with family for shopping and to see the “Window of the World“.

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February 23, 2007 at 5:45 am

Posted in Family, Hong Kong

Chinese New Year!

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18th February – Sunday, is Chinese New Year. Also known as the Spring Festival. This by far is one of the most important holidays for the Chinese. Most of Hong Kong is decorated with the traditional red color lanterns and flags.

Monday and Tuesday are national holidays in China and I am eagerly looking forward to a long weekend.

I have one more important reason to look forward to the holidays – my parents are visiting Hong Kong tomorrow. They will be here to spend time with us. I am very happy that my daughther – Nafisa will get to spend some good time with her grand parents, which she has been missing since the time she has come to Hong Kong.

Happy Chinese New Year to all! Have a wonderful year ahead!

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February 16, 2007 at 7:22 am

Posted in Family, Hong Kong

Sales and discounts everywhere in Hong Kong.

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Lots of sales and discounts all over in Hong Kong these days. I would attribute them to the following factors:

  • Chinese New Year, one of the biggest occassions for the Chinese. This is coming early next week.
  • Rising weather temperatures is leading to a lot of discount sales on warm wears. I see people buying reasonably priced warm wears now, storing them through out this year to be worn in the next winter season.

I have not seen any web site as such which would list down all the stores with the amount of discount they are offering. Would be nice to have a servive like this.

Happy shopping and saving!

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February 12, 2007 at 12:23 pm

Posted in Hong Kong, Ideas

Global prices of iPod.

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Source here:

One of Australia’s biggest banks, the Commonwealth Bank, has used the latest version of Apple’s music player—the slimline Nano—to compare global currencies and purchasing power in 26 countries.

Along the lines of the Big Mac index launched 20 years ago by The Economist magazine, the survey prices the 2GB Nano in U.S. dollars and found Brazilians pay the most for an iPod, shelling out $327.71, well above second-placed India at $222.27.

Canada was the cheapest place to buy a Nano at $144.20, while Australia ranked 19th at $172.36, cheaper than Germany ($192.46), France ($205.80), South Korea ($176.17) and China where the machine is manufactured. The U.S. was fourth cheapest at $149.

Prices of iPod globally (sorted in descending order of price):

  1. Brazil $327.71
  2. India $222.27
  3. Sweden $213.03
  4. Denmark $208.25
  5. Belgium $205.81
  6. France $205.80
  7. Finland $205.80
  8. Ireland $205.79
  9. UK $195.04
  10. Austria $192.86
  11. Netherlands $192.86
  12. Spain $192.86
  13. Italy $192.86
  14. Germany $192.46
  15. China $179.84
  16. South Korea $176.17
  17. Switzerland $175.59
  18. New Zealand $172.53
  19. Australia $172.36
  20. Taiwan $164.88
  21. Singapore $161.25
  22. Mexico $154.46
  23. U.S. $149.00
  24. Japan $147.63
  25. Hong Kong $147.35
  26. Canada $144.20

Why is China ranked 15th? If iPods are made out China, shouldn’t they be priced lowest in China. If this is an Apple pricing policy, then I reckon it would really pay off being an iPod dealer or retailer in China. Don’t you think so! One would assume that things in Hong Kong will be very reasonably priced due to its proximity with China, but that is not true either for quite a few items. In fact same is the case in Japan for global electronic models. To many it is a shock to find out electronics (other than Cameras I believe) is expensive in Japan.

I believe digital cameras too are comparatively more expensive in India. Nice to know Hong Kong is the second best place to buy an iPod from :). So plan your trip accordingly guys, visit Hong Kong (unless Canada is closer 😉 ) and take a trip to the Peak.

Wonder what the price of an iPod would be in places like the Gulf. Dubai and Kuwait have always been famous for reasonably priced electronics, in fact many more things in that matter.

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January 22, 2007 at 8:01 am

Posted in Business, Hong Kong, India, IT

Taiwan Earthquake causes an Internet outage.

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The Tuesday evening earthquake in Taiwan has left Hong Kong without internet connectivity. We are back in the ice age.

We have no internet connectivity – no emails, can’t log on to websites (local or external) and no inbound faxes to Hong Kong. Websites are taking ages to come up. Typing on a 8Mbs net connection used to take milli seconds (if not nano) to come up, but now takes more than 4-5 minutes.

At work the traffic has been routed via India and hence we have some connectivity to emails and net, but definitely not like what it used to be earlier.

Have not witnessed such a kind of an outage personally ever.

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December 29, 2006 at 10:25 am

Posted in Hong Kong, Outage