Friday, August 18, 2006

Rediff scratching Infosys back ??

Frequent readers of are getting tired of the websites coverage of Infosys, the Indian outsourcing company. Some even calling it a landscaping company (grass cutting) for the lack of development of any intellectual property or products. Ray Lane , the ex-Oracle CEO said :In the US we innovate, in India we renovate. I think Infy has done a great job in becoming a low-cast renovation contractor. Full kudos to Narayan Murthy and Nandan Nilekani for that. Inspite of their 90's label as a Bodyshopper, vehemently denied by NRN, Infy has done a great job in building infrastructure, skills of its employees and ofcourse great shareholder value.
I site-googled to find out how many pages come up with the term Infosys. The revelation is startling. Many articles seem to be written by the same writer. Also we hardly find any articles on TCS which is the largest outsourcing company in India, Wipro and others. The reader is astute enough to decide if Rediff is pimping Infosys or its just a casual coincidence or there is more than what meets the eye ($$$ perhaps ??)

A partial list of the articles is listed below.

Nandan Nilekani reveals Infosys's winning formula.
How much land is Infosys acquiring ?
How Infosys is grooming its leaders ?
IBM is the legacy, Infosys is the future. (no question mark here!!!)
Infosys worlds most valuable firm. (no doubts here too.)
Can Infosys do a Toyota ? (question mark here ??)
The women behind Infosys's success (?)
This is what Infosys has invested in Karnataka.
Infosys 25 years of success (no doubts about that)
Infosys world's 32nd most innovative firm. (statistics must mean something)
There is still so much Infosys in me - NRN
Infosys opens captive center for martians.
The full results are here :

Rediff licks Infosys ass (3 months search results)

(disclaimer: I have some friends who work at Infosys and have great regard for them)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

England Pakistan 4th test England Wkts

Mohammed Asif rips through the English batting as England collapse to 173/10. Pakistan 96/1 in 22. Asif 4/56, Umar Gul 4/46.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Monday, August 14, 2006

Rahul Bajaj - only the rich who understand the poor

Karan Thapar(the Devil's Advocate) of CNN-IBN did an interview with Rahul Bajaj, the notable industralist Rajya Sabha MP and they got into a petty fight about the defintion of politics, his net worth 419 crores (sic) and the fact that the rich actually understand the poor more than the poor itself. Rahul Bajaj inspite of going to Harvard hasn't learnt anything in life. He's a rich spoilt brat who will now represent the country's farmers as they drown in debt and commit sucides (no pun intended).

Here are some of his quotable quotes.

Karan Thapar: But do you accept that today you are in politics?
Rahul Bajaj: Of course not.
Karan Thapar: Why not?
Rahul Bajaj: What makes you say that I am in politics?
Karan Thapar: Because you are an MP.
Rahul Bajaj: So?
Karan Thapar: MPs are in politics. Parliament is politics.
Rahul Bajaj: That is what you say. Is there a law anywhere? Can you show it to me?
Karan Thapar:If it is relevant I will tell you. I went to Doon School, Cambridge, Oxford and I know a lot about politics.
Rahul Bajaj: I went to Cathedral, St. Stephens, and Harvard, slightly better than you in every respect. So I understand logic. But I am a humble man unlike you.
Karan Thapar: Do you know what they say? They say the mighty Rahul Bajaj, who is so proud of himself, has become a political pawn in the hands of Sharad Pawar.
Rahul Bajaj: I am a stooge.
Karan Thapar: Yes. I wasn’t going to use such a cruel word but you used the word.
Karan Thapar: Mr Bajaj now that you are an MP, explain to me how a man who is worth some Rs 420 crore can believe that he is the right representative for the people of Maharashtra?
Rahul Bajaj: I don’t like this word Rs 420 crore. The figure is Rs 419 crore and including my wife it is Rs 473 crore. My children and brothers are not included.
Karan Thapar: Alright not Rs 420 crore. You are associating all sorts of mischief with the word Rs 419 crore.
Rahul Bajaj: Rs 419 crore is a much better word.
Karan Thapar: How do you understand the poverty, the farmer suicides and about the children dying of malnutrition, which afflict this state?
Rahul Bajaj: If you think only the poor understand the poor and only the rich understand the rich and only a politician understands a politician and only a journalist like you understands a journalist, you are far away from truth. It’s only the rich who understand the poor and also an occasional genuine honest poor will understand the poor.
Karan Thapar: Only the rich understand the poor?
Rahul Bajaj: I didn’t say only. I said the rich and also the poor, but not the slogan-mongering politician who want votes. So it is irrelevant if I am rich or poor.
Karan Thapar: 89 per cent of the farmers in Maharashtra are in debt. Their quantum of debt has increased by 232 per cent since 1991. As a result in the last one-year 550 suicides have taken place in just one district, Vidharba.
Rahul Bajaj: Very wrong question again.
Karan Thapar: But an important one.
Rahul Bajaj: Just say the farmers are in trouble in Maharashtra and Andhra and some other places and I know that.
Karan Thapar: But I am talking of debt in particular because can a man who is worth Rs 419 crore understand what it is like to be in debt to the point at which you take your life. Can you understand that?

Sreekantp's Excellent analysis is also a must read.

With politicians like these, God bless India.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara

The Original Mile Sur Mera Tumhara. Lets see how many stars you can recognize.

MIT students get original and recreate one the best patriotic advt. messages. The original soundtack with Bhimsen Joshi, Balmuralikrishan , Lata is just awesome. With the Indian Independence day coming up this sets the right patriotic mood.

A.R. Rahman composes the 2nd edition to Mile Sur.

Ek Anek aur Ekta, Films Division documentary.. Brings back old memories when life was much simpler and YouTube didnt exist :) and DD bored us to death bar a few classic clips like these ones.

Gandhi speaking. This is the first time I'm hearing him speak. His voice is rich, deep and seems to have this amazing clarity and sense of purpose.