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Windows Live Writer

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All this while I had been creating posts online, using WordPress’ online interface.

I came across “Windows Live Writer” – an offline blog editor from Microsoft this morning. My last post was written via Windows Live Writer. It’s a gem. Very easy to manage and create posts.

The software has a nice user interface and is free for download.



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April 14, 2007 at 12:20 am

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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


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SDA India Magazine and present the first of its kind conference on Java, Eclipse, Enterprise Architectures, SOA, Web Services, Software Testing, and Project Management, to the Indian Enterprise IT community of CIOs, CTOs, Management, System Analysts, Development Managers, IT Managers, Project Managers, Project Leaders, Software Architects, Software Developers, Software Testers, Database Administrators, and Web Developers. Whether you are a decision maker evaluating the use of these technologies, an IT business looking for partners and networking opportunities, or a working professional looking to stay on the cutting-edge of technology, this is one conference you don’t want to miss.

The core of the program is aimed at dissemination of information on all Java technologies, Eclipse and related technologies, Enterprise Architectures, and SOA, which are necessary ingredients for a successful business. Besides this, JAX also focuses on aspects pertaining to project management and software testing, which are key to the functioning of distributed enterprises

Date and Venue: 28th to 31st May 2007, J N Tata Auditorium, IISc, Bangalore, India

More details here.

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March 16, 2007 at 10:38 am

Attention Web 2.0 Start-Ups: Party May Be Ending

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An interesting post on the affect the global recession could have on the Web 2.0 firms.

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March 16, 2007 at 5:56 am

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

Dawnay Day to invest $1.5 bn in Indian realty.

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Source Business Standard (India):

  • Dawnay Day International, the $10 billion UK-based investment company, is planning to invest $1.5 billion in the booming Indian real estate sector in the next two years.
  • Dawnay Day has entered into a joint venture with a Bangalore-based family to develop a mixed property development including office and retail on 16 acres with an investment of Rs 400 crore. Dawnay Day India Land, headed by MK Singh, will execute the project.
  • G Naggar, chairman of Dawnay Day International, said, “Though realty prices are cooling down and interest rates are going up, Indian real estate space is very interesting. We want to actively develop properties by forming JVs with landowners, apart from outright purchase, consortium tendering/auctions. We will be part of India’s development and growth and will invest in property and infrastructure projects across India’s geography.”
  • Unlike Europe where Dawnay Day is mostly into development of commercial space, the firm would focus on residential development in India, Naggar said.
  • “We like to invest mostly in commercial development. But, we want to focus on the enormous opportunity in the residential development equally in Tier-II and Tier-III cities. Finding the right partner and the right property is our priority,” he said.
  • Dawnay Day is even exploring possibilities in warehousing, as the group sees a lot of potential in the sector in wake of burgeoning organised sector in the country.
  • On the Indian real estate sector, Naggar said, “With rising interest rates and inflation on one side and rapidly developing Indian economy on the other, realty prices should soon stabilise. This cooling off and drop in the stock prices of realty firms provides an excellent opportunity for us to invest in realty projects, including integrated townships.”
  • The UK-based companies has three subsidiaries in India — financial services provider and advisory firm Dawnay Day AV India, Dawnay Day Hotels India and real estate development firm Dawnay Day India Land.
  • Dawnay Day Hotels India has plans to invest $200 million to build 10-15 hotels in the next three years. It has acquired properties in four cities — Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi and Jaipur — and are close to finalising deals to buy properties in three other cities.

Dawnay is surely trying to capitalise on the shortage of ~19.4 million housing units, including ~6.7 million units in urban India, hence it makes sense for them to invest in residential spaces in India than in commercial.

Seems like foreign investors in the Indian reality sector are mushrooming at the same pace as Web 2.0 companies, both wanting a bite of their respective spaces.

With so much money and so many players, in the reality sector, it would be interesting to see how the developers differentiate themselves from one another based on cost, amenities, payment facilities, brand name, transparency, quality, customer service et… One’s mistake will be other’s advantage. I am sure the firms will be working hard not to make a mistake and loose credibility and market share.

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February 22, 2007 at 5:38 am

Posted in Business, India, Real Estate