Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Thai'Land of The KamaSutra

If you have 15 minutes.... Watch This

If Thailand can break the Taboos and do this why not my own "Land of the KamaSutra"? 

Watch Mr. Mechai Viravaidya, walks us through his country's bold plan to raise its standard of living, starting in the 1970s. First step: population control. And that means a lot of frank, funny -- and very effective -- talk about condoms.

Since 1974, Mechai Viravaidya has been creating and running innovative family planning and poverty reduction programs throughout Southeast Asia.

Mechai Viravaidya is the founder and chair of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA). He's a widely acclaimed leader in the fields of public health, education and community development.

Since 1974, Mr. Mechai has initiated community-based family planning services, innovative poverty reduction and rural education programs, large-scale rural development and environmental programs, as well as groundbreaking HIV/AIDS prevention activities throughout Southeast Asia.

"When I first met Mechai Viravaidya, Thailand's "Condom King," 15 years ago, it became clear that he places a high value on action and impact, even if it means making some people uncomfortable. "
Dr. Helen Gayle, TIME magazine

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Image makeover - Commonwealth Games 2010

As the 19th Commonwealth Games taking place in Delhi come to a close. I take pride in the fact that we managed to wing it, like the Great Indian Wedding, where preparations continue, till the Baarat, is nearing the chaukhat/door frame.

Here's a Shining Illustration of how images & perceptions changed, as India  (imho) pulled off one of the the greatest stunts ever.



As the old adage goes " A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" ...

I would like to also mark this post as having completed 6 months of being tobacco free 

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Returning to Type

Whether we like it or not, the new form factor for mobile phones is a Slab of Glass

And it all started with Steve's iPhone design ... and the advent of the Capacitive Touchscreen.

The days of  Typing on 9 Keys (T9) are numbered as almost all phones move either towards, touchscreen, full qwerty or Both! (personally, I've moved on to Swype)

Arguably, mobile phones are fast becoming pocket sized laptop computers , the similarities are alarmingly blurry -  they have big screens, a finger acts as the mouse, Apps are Software, MicroSD Cards are Hard Drives

People (myself included), are buying phones based on components> what Operating System, , CPU/GPU?RAM Speed.... Just like we do with computers...

Here are a few more of my precogs - 

1) Old School T9, or Text on 9 Keys, -  >>> New School - Swype!
2) Like it or not the new mobile form factor is "slab of glass"  

3) Food for thought > Sci fi that's become Sci Fact

End Note - Wow!!! "Concept" Phone> But what about Battery Life??????
Spot the Difference?


Mozilla Seabird

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Multiple Personalities (Disorder? or Reality)

We (including me) are slowly but surely moving into our own little micro-niches - earlier it was technical, then educational, then professional and Now we've added SOCIAL

We have ALL acquired Multiple Personalities

Human beings have a natural affinity to form coteries, we like small intimate groups... it's just that today those groups are getting smaller and disconnected ....

As kids, we had a group of school friends, and another gang of neighborhood friends- we had significantly distinct personalities (including jargon, codes, topics of discussion & mutual interests)... We have multiple personalities as adults as well.... how you behave in office and home are different.... how you behave WITHIN your home, with your children and spouse are different....

Talking Through my Hat(s)

Internet Technology has not INVENTED anything new...We're all used to wearing multiple hats

Internet Tech's just gone and created some more hats for us to wear (and juggle)... a Facebook/Twitter personality, a Linkedin Personality, an "Incognito Window" personality are just a few off the top of my hat, as it were....

What this is leading to is 'Super Specialization'  .... which i feel is, probably not as wonderful as it sounds, we are becoming insular, isolated and GREATLY DISCONNECTED  in "The Connected World"...

My 2,500 facebook friends, or my 5,000 twitter followers are not going to help me move my furniture.

Or for that matter, give me a call, just to say "Hi!"

Probably, we're all just to busy... trying to out-shout each other for shout-out for real attention.

Thank YOU for reading... I did (and do) appreciate it... (even if you don't leave a comment ;)