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One – The Movie

Posted by g.e. on September 30, 2006

One The Movie becomes One The Project:
The universe comes to the rescue when a group of friends decide to step outside the lines of everyday existence. Armed with only a digital video camera, a list of 20 questions and a dream… these suburban dads set out to become independent filmmakers in search of the meaning of life. Miraculously, they are joined in their quest by many of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders, authors, icons and masters of our time. The movie weaves the novice filmmakers’ remarkable adventures with the answers to life’s ultimate questions in a journey that just may transform your way of seeing the world … as ONE.

This One seems laden with desi soul:
Over time, they ended up interviewing great teachers, leaders and philosophers, including Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Thich Nhat Hanh, Father Thomas Keating, Riane Eisler, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Robert Thurman, Father Richard Rohr, Sufi Sheik Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Mantak Chia, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev, Brother Wayne Teasdale, and many others.

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Abhay Ashtekar

Posted by g.e. on September 30, 2006

Was reading this article on The Economist and was delighted to see that one of the two ideas being advanced for the “general theory of everything” has a Indian brain behind it.  See some bits on Loop Quantum Gravity and the man, Abhay Ashtekar, behind it.

No clue whats all this, to reproduce from The Economist:
Loop quantum gravity, as this rival is known, was dreamed up in 1986 by Abhay Ashtekar, of Pennsylvania State University. He rewrote the equations of general relativity to make them compatible with quantum mechanics. It really took off as an alternative to string theory, though, when it was picked up by Lee Smolin, now of the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, and Carlo Rovelli, of the Université de la Méditerranée in France. Together, they developed Dr Ashtekar’s idea to show that it implies that space and time are not smooth, as general relativity requires, but come in tiny, distinct chunks.

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Shan Appajodu finds his Mojo

Posted by g.e. on September 30, 2006

It was interesting to see the media attention around MojoPac – the PC Virtualization product from RingCube founded by Shan Appajodu – after NEA got interested in it.

With cities being carpetted with WiMax and with Google’s rumoured GDrive on the horizon, i think it will take a killer application to make it a hit product. I mean why do we need to carry it around if we can pull it off the net again. Anyways, anything is fine as long as Shan doesn’t do a Stevie and claims Mojo as his.

Not sure if anyone missed the media buzz around this interesting product from the desi staple. Incase you had, find here VenturBeat’s scoop on this.

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India’s other software push

Posted by g.e. on September 30, 2006

FT on India’s other software push:
India’s ambitions to acquire “soft power” – the term used by Harvard academic Joseph Nye to describe the international influence a nation acquires when others are drawn to its culture and ideas – have soared. Next week, India will be guest of honour at the Frankfurt book fair and the subject of a four-month festival that opens at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.

The two showcase events round off a year in which India has made a concerted effort to increase its “share of mind” to levels consistent with its own self-image as a major cultural power. India dominated discussions of the “creative imperative” at Davos in January, was “partner country” for the Hanover Trade Fair in May and then “theme country” at the Bonn Biennale, a culture fest for theatre lovers.

Independent of these set-piece events, Indian culture is gaining traction at street level and beyond the 22m diaspora. Bollywood cross-over movies and Bhangra dance hits appeal to growing mainstream audiences; sought-after Indian chefs in Los Angeles can practically write their own pay cheques; and sales of Indian art have this year been breaking records at auctions around the world.

As Prof Nye argues in an essay published this week in India Today, India still has far to go before it can rank as high on the various indices of potential soft power as the US, Europe and Japan. But its soft power is arguably growing more rapidly than that of China, its economic and military rival, where the Communist party limits creative freedoms, censors the internet and restrains outside influences.

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India’s 3G roadmap

Posted by g.e. on September 28, 2006

reported in FT:
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) expects the launch of sophisticated third-generation, or so-called 3G services, such as internet access on mobile phones by June next year.

Trai recommended auctioning chunks of spectrum to licensed telecom operators and recommended establishing a National Frequency Management Board to oversee planning for spectrum availability.

TRAI on Thursday allocated chunks of spectrum at 450 MHz, 800 MHz and 2.1 GHz for 3G services. It has specified 200 MHz of spectrum for broadband wireless access.

India last month overtook China as the world’s fastest-growing mobile phone market in terms of monthly net additions. It added 5.9m new subscribers last month, bringing total numbers to more than 123m. By comparison, China added 5.19m subscribers in August.

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India’s Drill for Oil

Posted by g.e. on September 28, 2006

Bloomberg reports:
India’s sixth exploration offer prompted a record 165 bids on Sept. 15 because the terms are “very attractive,” Ian Blakeley at U.K.-based drilling consultant IHS Energy said. India will allow oil and gas producers to recover all costs before starting to tax revenue. Indonesia limits cost recovery to 80 percent, Malaysia 75 percent and Philippines 70 percent.

India’s biggest-ever offer of drilling rights comprised 55 onshore, deep-water and shallow-water areas. In the previous five rounds, the country offered 110 areas.

India, the world’s seventh-largest country, with 3.3 million square kilometers of land and 7,000 kilometers of coastline, may yield further finds because drilling by foreign companies was banned after independence from Britain in 1947. The government dismantled socialist controls in 1991, allowing the first concerted effort to promote overseas investment in the oil and gas industry to begin in 1999.

IHS, which has 6,000 customers worldwide, gives regulatory and technical information to energy, defense, aerospace, construction, electronics and automotive industries.

Along with some usual hyperbole from the ministry:
India estimates its reserves much higher. The nation may have reserves of about 240 billion barrels, of which 60 billion barrels have been discovered so far, according to Oil & Natural Gas Corp., the nation’s biggest explorer.

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Love Infra. Love SREI

Posted by g.e. on September 28, 2006

Whether it is Pilot training for the exploding airtravel market in Asia or the Silicon Wafer Mfg plan for Solar Cells in India, SREI shows what an opportunity India is when it comes to Infrastructure.

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Mittal’s FieldFresh just rocks

Posted by g.e. on September 28, 2006

Maybe should see the CNN Story first.

BS reports:
We plan to bring a total of 20,000 acres under cultivation in the near future,・said Sunil Mittal, Bharti Enterprises, chairman.

FieldFresh, which began operations two years ago, already has 4,000 acres of farm land on lease in Punjab. It is looking at cultivation in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttaranchal in the next couple of years.

To overcome the lack of infrastructure for its exports, FieldFresh is looking to tie up with charter companies from Singapore. This tie-up is expected to operational by next calendar year. There will be 3-4 flights every week with one stop in eastern Europe and the second in western Europe. The aircraft top be used will be DC10痴 and ultimately 747 jumbos.

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First for India

Posted by g.e. on September 28, 2006

Shasun Drugs & Chemicals group launches the first stem cell bank in India: LifeCell India 

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Goldman’s India office soon to be its 3rd largest

Posted by g.e. on September 19, 2006

FT takes note of Goldman‘s India expansion:

Goldman’s Bangalore office employs close to 1,200 and is on track to soon overtake Tokyo, which employs 1,500, according to Goldman officials.

That would make Bangalore Goldman’s third largest office by head count behind New York and London.

Goldman’s Bangalore staff includes software designers, transaction processing staff and, increasingly, highly skilled analysts who produce modelling and other data that appear in Goldman research reports.

Goldman executives say the Bangalore staff has been fully integrated into the bank’s operations and produces work on a par with that generated anywhere in the world.

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