Monday, 31 October 2011

Steve Jobs and India



So we all know that Steve Jobs' backpacking trip around India, as a 19-year old in search of Neem Karoli Baba and enlightenment, didn't really go off all that well. The 1996 unauthorized biography, iCon by Young & Simon (a book which considerably upset the late Apple co-founder) sums it up thus:

The whole experience in India had been intense and disturbing. It had been entirely different from anything Jobs had expected, anything he had known in booming Silicon Valley. But it had not been the answer. The inner fire wasn't satisfied.



In fact some have gone on to make the suggestion - a rather tenuous one in my opinion - that Jobs' experiences with dirt, lice, dysentery, deprivation, hunger and general despair were responsible for his never taking India seriously as a business opportunity. However, we now finally have official confirmation from Walter Isaacson's official biography (I just got my Kindle edition this morning) titled Steve Jobs, that "experiential prajna, wisdom or cognitive understanding that is intuitively experienced through concentration of the mind" was his greatest learning from India.

Mind you, Jobs was very skeptical of spiritual mumbo-jumbo of the kind dished out to gullible tourists and not very impressed with godmen, whom he mostly thought of as impostors. His real respect seems to be for the common man, as evident from this excerpt:

Years later, sitting in his Palo Alto garden, he reflected on the lasting influence of his trip to India:

"Coming back to America was, for me, much more of a cultural shock than going to India. The people in the Indian countryside don't use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That's had a big impact on my work."



So there you have it. He may have not particularly enjoyed many aspects of his stay here, but he was willing to acknowledge that one of his most admired qualities - the stuff that made him be seen as a genius - had its roots in our very own backyard. But there is a caveat - and I say this only because we have a tendency as a people to gloat over this fantastic aspect of our cultural legacy and use it to justify everything from driving like maniacs to 'voluntary corruption'. Steve Jobs did not say that this was the ONLY way of thinking. The great synthesizer of other people's ideas that he was, Jobs found his own way to combine the philosophies of East and West, as he explains to Isaacson here:

Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic; it is learned and is the great achievement of Western Civilization. In the villages of India, they never learned it. They learned something else, which is in some ways just as valuable but in other ways is not. That's the power of intuition and experiential wisdom. Coming back after seven months in Indian villages, I saw the craziness of the Western world as well as its capacity for rational thought.


Friday, 28 October 2011

Earn more on your savings bank account


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday deregulated savings bank deposit interest rates, leaving it to the banks to offer whatever they want.

Till now, savings bank accounts fetched 4% per annum. The RBI said each bank will have to offer a uniform interest rate on savings deposits up to Rs 1 lakh, irrespective of the amount in the account within this limit. For savings account deposits over Rs 1 lakh, a bank may provide differential rates of interest, if it so chooses.
However, there should not be any discrimination from customer to customer on interest rates for similar amount of deposit, the RBI ordered — so expect more interest rate slabs to come up based on the size of deposits.

Analysts said banks with less ‘CASA’ or current account-savings account deposits with them will offer more interest rates. By Tuesday evening, Yes Bank, which has only 3% CASA deposits, announced it will offer 6% interest rate on savings accounts to lure retail customers.

Among the big banks, a lot depends on what the State Bank of India does as that will set the tone for the market. “If SBI does not necessarily increase the savings deposit rate then I do not see the savings deposit rate going up across the industry,” said Suresh Ganapathy, head of financial research team at Macquarie Securities.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

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Friday, 14 October 2011

Beam Fiber / Beam Telecom : Hyderabad



Beam Fiber which was earlier know as Beam Telecom is a local ISP for Hyderabad & Secundrabad in AP India, has just revamped there broadband plans is now offering an insane speed of 10 Mbps for just Rs 1,000 and they have  other competitive plans that offer speed upto 20 Mbps.
Beam has become the fist ISP to offer crazy insane speeds of 10Mbps at affordable pricing of just Rs 1,000 / month mind you this is an unlimited broadband plan but there is an FUP clause of 30 GB in this plan and after crossing the FUP limit you get downgraded to 2 Mbps which according to me is fine, coz at this rate other big National ISP are not even offering around 1 Mbps which is quite shameful and Beam new pricing is a slap on their face.

For details about plans visit www.beamtele.com

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Telangana rail roko postponed to October 15


The Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) chairman M. Kodandaram announced on Tuesday that the three-day rail roko called by his organisation on October 12 to 14 had been deferred. It would now be organised in the Telangana region from October 15 to 17, he told reporters here.

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Accordingly, the South Central Railway declared that all train services would run as per their original schedule on October 12, 13 and 14. It announced scrapping of the changes informed on Monday evening in the pattern of train services and also withdrew the travel advisory to the passengers. (taken from http://www.thehindu.com)

Friday, 7 October 2011

Aakash : Worlds cheapest Android tablet in India exclusively for Students


Starting at Rs.3000/-, its the worlds cheapest Android enabled tablet recently launched in India. 

The tablet, which costs about as much as a pair of shoes, features a 7-inch touchscreen, 32 GB of storage, 256 MB of RAM, and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. Aakash comes pre-loaded with a few apps, but it's not an app platform since it can't access the Android Marketplace. The tablet's 2100 mAh battery will last between two to three hours, but Aakash has been extensively tested in hot 118 degree Fahrenheit conditions to replicate summers in northern India.

The Indian government will give away 100,000 free Aakash tablets during its launch period. The first 500 tablets have already been released, but have received mixed reviews. Some complain the tablets are slow, but when a tablet costs $35, you get what you pay for performance-wise.

"Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works," said Steve Jobs, the late co-founder and chairman of Apple.

By offering a cheap tablet to its citizens, the Indian government is following in the steps of Jobs and Apple. It was never about the money for Jobs; his wish was to put his technology in everyone's hands, not just those who could afford it. The Indian government may not be close to producing an iPad, and Aakash may not play movies or Angry Birds, but any tablet is better than no tablet for most people.

You can visit Akash at Google Moderator to know the pros & cons of the product in detail.


(Now are you wondering how to buy Akash Tablet? Then you need to visit www.aakash-tablet.com)