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Archive for January, 2008


Published on Jan 29, 2008 in Humor, media, wonder why

As usual in the morning I opened CNN IBN homepage to check what is happening in India. To my surprise the IBNLIVE site insists that I must read these happening news items. Mind you, they are not about state of union or lost test series or Australian open or dropping mercury in Delhi or impending […]

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PHD’s Regular Blah #11

Published on Jan 28, 2008 in blogging, business, personal

GOOD NEWS, my wife has finally come to US yesterday. I am so happy. It was sad being away from her on our first marriage anniversary. But finally she came, her journey was safe and uneventful. Buy walmart shares if you can, now that I have shifted to a hotel bang in front of the […]

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How to: sharing trip expenses using excel

Published on Jan 25, 2008 in hacks, Learn Excel

Yesterday we were calculating our Washington trip expenses and it occurred to me that if there is an excel template where I could enter the trip expenses and who paid what to find out how much we need to pay up / collect, it would be great. I looked around for few seconds, couldn’t find […]

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Subliminal Soup Ad from Potbelly

Published on Jan 23, 2008 in advertising, america, business, food and drink, ideas, travels

We have been to Potbelly sandwich works in Washington for lunch and the restaurant instantly became my favorite. Its the kind of place with a soul of its own, you can feel the passion the shop people have shown in every aspect. Of course the food was excellent, I had a chicken salad sandwich, veg […]

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Weekend @ Washington

Published on Jan 22, 2008 in america, pics, travels

Few of us have driven down to Washington DC for the last weekend. We have seen few museums, couple of nice dinner places / pubs and had tons of fun. I will write a detailed post today evening. See the below teaser pic in the meanwhile 🙂

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Mobile Banking Innovation from ICICI Bank

Published on Jan 18, 2008 in banking, business, ideas, technology

ICICI bank never ceases to amaze me with the amount of innovation / service offerings they bring to the customers regularly. Any industry will come with its own limitations and boundaries and it takes leaders / innovators like ICICI Banks pantaloons, walmarts, apples, googles, airtels of the world to change the game, remove barriers or […]

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Business Idea : Train / Flight Ticket Printing Machine

Published on Jan 17, 2008 in business, ideas, technology

Recently I was booking few train tickets for my in-laws at IRCTC website, which btw is a wonderful website that makes the whole train reservation affair so simple. Just then I have realized that even though you can book tickets online, you still need to carry a printout of the ticket when you board the […]

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Pointy growth inside nose and other such meaningless junk

Published on Jan 14, 2008 in blogging, Humor, wonder why

I get immense pleasure out of watching search phrase that point to my little blog. Recently some really weird search queries found their way to my blog, see for yourself, pointy growth inside nose, really? search breast enhancer in asian sky shop, no comments what is special in iim mba passout well, nothing except that […]

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Amazon’s recommendation system – is it crazy?

Published on Jan 12, 2008 in business, Humor, technology, wonder why

We have a saying in Telugu that goes like this, “thaadu vundhi kada ani eddu kontama?” which means, “just because you have a rope you dont buy a bullock to tie”. Amazon’s recommendation system must have been coded by someone with a skewed view of reality. How else can you explain this? Obviously I didnt […]

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How I redirect traffic from blogger pages to wordpress posts

Published on Jan 11, 2008 in blogging, hacks, technology

After moving the blog from the blogger to wordpress, my first challenge was to organize the posts for better discovery and search. I have done that by automatically generating tags and tagging posts using a bit of analysis and a bit of insanity. The next challenge was to redirect the traffic from the old blogger […]

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Mera Jahan

Published on Jan 10, 2008 in ideas, Movies-Books

I am addicted to Mera Jahan – Tare Zameen Par, listen to it if you haven’t [lyrics here]. What thoughtful lyrics, I felt like someone cleaned my thoughts and soul as I listened to the song. It reminds me of the wall experience of the campus days. Let Me In Without A Shout Le Me […]

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Lessons from music industry

Published on Jan 9, 2008 in business, ideas, media

Stop reading this post and go read Seth’s excellent post on Music Industry, actually the post is so universal in nature, it doesnt matter if you are a hotshot MBA with I have figured it all out attitude or super brilliant engineer with Ruby is not going to die complex. It doesnt even matter if […]

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CAT 2007 results out!

Published on Jan 8, 2008 in b-school

If you are one of those lakh and half souls sleeplessly waiting for your score / percentiles over the last 6 or so weeks head straight to CAT IIM and findout your CAT 2007 Score. This time around IIMs have done few really impressive changes, you can get your score by IVRS / SMS The […]

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Tales of riding an auto in Chennai

Published on Jan 8, 2008 in chennai, Humor

If you are fortunate enough to ride in an auto in Chennai ever or just unlucky enough to google something totally irrelevant like “what happens after eating sambhar” and land here, please continue reading! Riding autos is a feeling that is almost comparable to how Schumacher would have felt in one of those final laps. […]

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Auto tagging your old blog posts

Published on Jan 7, 2008 in Analytics, blogging, hacks, ideas, technology

As you all may know I have recently moved my blog from blogger to wordpress. Since I have started blogging way back in 2004 most of my posts were untagged. I have used blogger labels ever since they were introduced, still almost 400 of my posts were untagged. I had two options, Manually edit posts […]

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