If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

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Some poems

Some poems.. written by my friend Nikhil

Results tommorow

Well just heard the news today
seems my life is going to change
I close my eyes, begin to pray
tears of sorrow stream down my face
Well I don’t know if I’m ready
to be the man I have to be
I take a breath, I take the result in anger
I stand in awe, they’ve created manager
If I had just one wish only one demand
I hope hes not like me I hope he understands
that he can take this life and hold it by the hand
and he can greet the world with arms wide open

lay beside me , tell me what they have done,
speak the words i wanna hear,
to make my demons run,
the door is locked now,
but its open if u are true..
if u can understand the me,
then i can understand the you..
lay beside me , under wicked sky,
black of day , dark of nite,
we share this paradise..
the door cracks open, but teres no sun sining throug..
black heart scarring darker still..
but teres no sun shining thru..

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Indian Blogging Survey

Indians seem rather comfortable penning their thoughts on hardbound diaries than making entries online….

here are some result from ‘Blogging India: An MSN and Windows Live Report’ released on Monday.

1) Of all the people who surf the internet in India, only 39 per cent were aware of      blogs

2) Only 14 per cent of all netizens found to be actively blogging

3) Three quarters (76 per cent) of bloggers in India are men, while women
    only account for 24 per cent.

4) India’s blogosphere is also fuelled by young adults with 54 % of
    bloggers between the ages of 25-34, 32 per cent under 25 and 15 % over 35.

5) Self development and entertainment is at the heart of India’s blogosphere,
    with a large number of online users reading blogs to stay informed
    about world events.

6) When asked which subjects they enjoyed reading the most, 32%
    of respondents cited technology and 24 per cent news and education,
    illustrating the impact of India’s booming technology sector on society.

7) Blogs written by business leaders were found by half of all online users in India
    to be most enjoyable to read.

8) Another 24 per cent of the respondents took interest in reading
    blogs by politicos.

9) 42 per cent of online users reading blogs to stay informed about
    world events 49 per cent citing entertainment as the main reason
    they read blogs

10) 45 per cent, of respondents believe that blog content is as trustworthy
     as traditional media such as newspapers, radio and TV.

11) 58% of bloggers started a blog because they wanted to express
     passionate views, while 40% of India’s bloggers did so to entertain
     others  through their writing.

12) A majority, 47% of blog owners indicated that writing about their views
     and commenting on the world around them was what they enjoyed
     the most about the activity.

13) 90% of bloggers spend up to 5 hours per week reading blogs or updating
     their own blogs.

Source : Moneycontrol.com,DNAindia.com

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Company Name and Origin

ABN AMRO — in the 1960s, the Nederlandse Handelmaatschappij (Dutch Trading Society; 1824) and the Twentsche Bank merged to form the Algemene Bank Nederland (ABN; General Bank of the Netherlands). In 1966, the Amsterdamsche Bank and the Rotterdamsche Bank merged to form the Amro Bank. In 1991, ABN and Amro Bank merged to form ABN AMRO

Adidas — from the name of the founder Adolf (Adi) Dassler.

Adobe — from the name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the houses of founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke.

Apple — for the
favourite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked
at an apple orchard. Apple wanted to distance itself from the cold,
unapproachable, complicated imagery created by other computer companies
at the time — which had names such as IBM, DEC, Cincom and Tesseract —
in order to get people to use them at home. They looked for a name that
supported a brand positioning strategy that was to be perceived as
simple, warm, human, approachable and different. Note: Apple had to get
approval from the Beatle’s Apple Corps to use the name ‘Apple’ and paid
a one-time royalty of $100,000 to McIntosh Laboratory, Inc., a maker of
high-end audio equipment, to use the derivative name ‘Macintosh’
(’Mac’).


BMW
— abbreviation of Bayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Factories).

Coca-Cola — derived from the coca leaves and kola nuts used as flavoring. Coca-Cola creator John S. Pemberton changed the ‘K’ of kola to ‘C’ to make the name look better.

Colgate-Palmolive

— formed from a merger of soap manufacturers Colgate & Company and
Palmolive-Peet. Peet was dropped in 1953. Colgate was named after
William Colgate, an English immigrant, who set up a starch, soap and
candle business in New York City in 1806. Palmolive was named for the
two oils (Palm and Olive) used in its manufacture.


eBay
— Pierre
Omidyar, who had created the Auction Web trading website, had formed a
web consulting concern called Echo Bay Technology Group. “Echo Bay”
didn’t refer to the town in Nevada, “It just sounded cool,” Omidyar
reportedly said. Echo Bay Mines Limited, a gold mining company, had
already taken EchoBay.com, so Omidyar registered what (at the time) he
thought was the second best name: eBay.com.

Hotmail — Founder
Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer
anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business
plan for the mail service he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’
and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters “HTML” — the
markup language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to
as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.

LG — from the combination of two popular Korean brands, Lucky and Goldstar. (In Mexico, publicists explained the name change as an abbreviation to Línea Goldstar, Spanish for Goldstar Line)

Microsoft — coined by
Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to microcomputer
software. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-’ was removed later.
The notch cut out of the ‘o’ in the current logo is possibly
reminiscent of that dash

Motorola — Founder
Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company (at the time,
Galvin Manufacturing Company) started manufacturing radios for cars.
Many audio equipment makers of the era used the “ola” ending for their
products, most famously the “Victrola” phonograph made by the Victor
Talking Machine Company. The name was meant to convey the idea of
“sound” and “motion”. It became so widely recognized that the company
later adopted it as the
company name.

Nokia
— started as a wood-pulp mill, the company expanded into producing rubber products in the Finnish city of Nokia. The company later adopted the city’s name

Oracle — Larry
Ellison, Ed Oates and Bob Miner were working on a consulting project
for the CIA. The code name for the project was Oracle (the CIA saw this
as the system to give answers to all questions or some such). The
project was designed to use the newly written SQL database language
from IBM. The project was eventually terminated but they decided to
finish what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name
Oracle and created the RDBMS engine. Later they changed the name of the
company, Relational Technology Inc., to the name of the product.

Red Hat — while at
college, company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team
cap (with red and white stripes) by his grandfather. People would turn
to him to solve their problems and he was referred to as that guy in
the red hat. He lost the cap, later the manual of the beta version of
Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers (anyone finding it) to return
his Red Hat.


SAP
“Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing”, formerly “SystemAnalyse and Programmentwicklung” (German for “System analysis and program development”), formed by four ex-IBM employees who used to work in the ‘Systems/Applications/Projects’ group of IBM.

Sony — from the Latin
word ’sonus’ meaning sound, and ’sonny’ a slang word used by Americans
to refer to a bright youngster, “since we were sonny boys working in
sound and vision”, said Akio Morita. Sony was originally called Tokyo
Tsoshiu Kogyo Kabushika Kaika. Sony was chosen as it could be
pronounced easily in many languages

Vodafone — from Voice, Data, Telefone. Vodafone made the UK’s first mobile call at a few minutes past midnight on 1 January 1985.

Wipro — from Western India Vegetable Products Limited. The company started as a modest vanaspati and laundry soap producer and is now an IT services giant.

Yahoo! — a ackronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.
The word Yahoo was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book
Gulliver’s Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in
appearance and barely human. Yahoo! founders David Filo and Jerry Yang
jokingly considered themselves yahoos. It’s also an interjection
sometimes associated with United States Southerners’ and Westerners’
expression of joy, as alluded to in Yahoo.com commercials that ends
with someone singing the word “yahoo”.

Source : Wikipedia

Indian Art – MILLION DOLLAR BABIES

Recently.. I read article about Indian Art in ET and TOI… it specks of how Indian Art in in much demand in market nowadays and how Art turnout to be an asset just like equities,gold and real estate. It interested me to know more about Indian Art.. so I did some research and prepared one article…it has details about whts goin on in Indian Art market and various Indian artist and how indian art get higher price @ auction house like Christie’s and Sotheby.

here is some excerpt from this article. I attached complete article in PDF file, download PDF file for full article

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 the recent Christie’s auction was any indication of the popularity of Indian art in the global market, then one could say that Indian art was currently at the top of the charts. Recently the painting ‘Man with Monstrance’ by FN Souza goes for $ 1.36 million at Sotheby’s. Five works of Indian artists have made it to the million dollar mark. Only 13 such high-value Indian art works have been registered so far.

So now, the big question: Can we begin to look at art as an asset class just as we do with equities, gold, debt or real estate? As per ET Art index (comprising top 51 contemporary Indian artists), have beaten returns posted by equities, gold or debt. Every Rs 100 invested in Jan ’01 fetched Rs 1,092 in the case of art at current prices, while equities fetched Rs 444, gold Rs 212, and debt Rs 155. Since ’01, the ET Art index has given 2.5 times the returns of equities.

But then, returns from art have also been less predictable. For the period ’00 and ’03, ET Art index hardly saw an appreciation. But then, began the bull-run in the art market almost in tandem with Indian equities. ET Art index posted a return of close to 100% annually in the past three years. Historically speaking, art works of Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, and Jogen Chowdhury gave the best returns to investors and in that order. Since ’98, works of Ram Kumar saw stupendous price growth of 76.4% per annum, while that of Mr Mehta 75.7% per annum and Mr Chowdhury 74.2% per annum. M F Husain’s works gave a return of 39% annually, Sultan J Ali 35% and Raja Ravi Varma 31.8%.There is a flip side to art investments though. Its market value could depreciate much faster. In calendar ’06, works of Ganesh Pyne (-44.5%), Prabhakar Barwe (-56%), Atul Dodiya (-57.3%), Jamini Roy (-31.4%) and K H Ara (-31.4%) saw a huge correction.

Indian Art PDF

Source : TOI,ET

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B-schools don’t teach leadership skills

You can learn about management from an MBA course, but it can’t teach what kind of manager you should be.

You
need to discover your leadership style on your own: Are you a delegator
or a hands-on manager? Should you lean more towards vision or action?
Do you need to be task-driven or would it be better to build
relationships? These are concepts you learn through 360-degree feedback
and real-life interaction, not in B-school.

A
B-school can never teach you people skills. Managing teams is often
about building emotional bank accounts with them; that’s something you
can’t learn in an institution. Nor can an MBA course teach you to
identify and recruit senior leaders for your organisation.

Also,
there isn’t enough emphasis on execution. Regular process reviews to
ensure strategic initiatives get converted to day-to-day operations is
a critical part of running a business, but B-schools tend to overlook
its importance.

Management education in
India comes up short in dealing with global businesses. Not much
attention is paid to the intricacies of dealing with international
customers and colleagues.

But perhaps
this is an area where practical experience counts more: Real life makes
you better global citizens than any course in an insulated institution
can ever hope to. Another area where B-schools can never hope to
replicate real-life experience relates to the strategic insights and
discoveries around new market developments.

The
ability to recognise underserved or unserved markets, and act upon that
information, comes only when you are fully engaged in the real world.
New business ideas usually spring from your operating environment, not
from reading about business strategy.

Finally,
B-schools don’t build in their students an ability to move out of their
comfort zones, whether it is behavioural (the discipline point made
above), or about switching jobs or businesses.

Of
course, I don’t know how much of this is a trainable attribute, but it
is a big part of big successes and needs to be recognised as such.

Source : http://www.rediff.com

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Company and Logo

Amazon

You might think the arrow does nothing here. But it says that amazon.com has
everything from a to z and it also represents the smile brought to
the customer’s face.

Sun Microsystem

The SUN Microsystems logo is a wonderful example of symmetry and order. It
was a brilliant observation that the letters u and n while arranged adjacent to
each other look a lot like the letter S in a perpendicular direction.
Spectacular.

IBM


the horizontal stripes suggest “speed and dynamism.” The logo was designed by graphic designer Paul Rand.

Microsoft

In 1987, Microsoft adopted its current logo, the so-called “Pacman Logo” designed by Scott Baker. According to the March 1987 Computer Reseller News Magazine, “The new logo, in Helvetica italic typeface, has a slash between the o and s to emphasize the “soft” part of the name and convey motion and speed.”

FedEx

Am not sure how many of you have noticed a hidden symbol in the Federal
Express logo. Yeah, I am talking about the ‘arrow’ that you can see between
the E and the x in this logo. The arrow was introduced to underscore speed and
precision, which are part of the positioning of the company.

Accenture

The font used in the Accenture logo is Rotis Sans Serif. Rotis SemiSans was used from 1998 through 2000 in the “A to the Power of C” Andersen Consulting logo.

The greater-than sign over the ‘t’ is intended to show that the company is looking to the future. The mark is also an accent mark in music.

TATA


The now ubiquitous blue-coloured Tata logo was designed by the Wolff Olins consultancy. The logo was meant to signify fluidity; it may also be seen as a fountain of knowledge, also as a tree of trust under which people can take refuge.

Ford

The Ford oval trademark was first introduced in 1907. The dark blue background of the oval is known to designers as Pantone 294C, the same color used in Finland’s flag. The Ford script is credited to Childe Harold Wills, Ford’s first chief engineer and designer. He created a script in 1903 based on the one he used for his business cards. Today, the oval has evolved into a perfect oval with a width-to-height ratio of 8:3.
The current Centennial Oval was introduced on June 17, 2003 as part of the 100th anniversary of Ford Motor Company

Eighty-20


Eighty-20 is a small consulting company which does sophisticated financial
modeling, as well as some solid database work. All their work is highly
quantitative and relies on some serious computational power, and the logo is
meant to convey it.

People first guess that 20% of the squares are
darkened, but that turns out to be false after counting them. The trick is to
view the dark squares as 1’s and the light squares as 0’s. Then the top line
reads 1010000 and the bottom line reads 0010100, which represent 80 and 20 in
binary.