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Calling All Innovator |Forum Nokia

Forum Nokia has a launched an enticing program called “Calling All Innovator” and I am planning on giving a serious look  to it this time. Thought I will share this with all as I  mobile enthusiasts might find it very interesting. Here is about the event from the website.

“Forum Nokia, Nokia’s global developer programme challenges mobile and web application developers worldwide to submit best-in-class applications for use on Nokia devices – with a total prize pool of more than $250,000 USD.

Register here

New & Interesting India centric website  Social Music Site   Took a first look at it, looks promising.

NewsCola , Indian Digg  Very very slick Interface. (By who else other than Bixee/Himanshu’s team who have been rolling out web2.0 stuff with an India focus for some time now)  Recently funded web portal in hyper crowded travel portal space. Its a little old I agree but I  suggest to check Its interface which just blew me away. IMO the best interface of all the airline sites in India.

Irrational Exuberance

Bollywood movies are a big put off for me and I watch them very very rarely. I don’t watch a hindi movie unless I’ve heard extremely rave reviews of the movie from many different sources. Thus I don’t like to watch hindi movies at all in a movie theatre.But I did go to a theatre to watch Rang De Basanti.

A few of my friends who had come earlier to my place to hang out with me last month and they made me roam around almost the entire city to get the audio cassette/Cd’s of the movie and then I did not understand the reason for them to be so upbeat about it. Then I happened to watch the trailers of the movie which interested me a lot. Further I heard from many friends who watched it tell me that it is an absolute must see. I also happened to skim through Rashmi’s reviews which she blogged.

Then I watched the movie yesterday at Rex theatre in Brigade Road and I must say It was an absolutely exhilirating experience, It is after so many years that I have watched
such a good movie. The last such good movie that I watched was ‘Indian’ by Kamal Haasan( it was dubbed as ‘Hindustani’ in Hindi). These two movies could be categorized as a seperate genre of movies which really plasters a serious message to the audience but without putting in a lot of cognitive load by fusing a lot of youthful fun & frollic elements. Rang De Basanti is not one of those typical bollywood movies which I come to loathe which would have a hero & heroine who would have a fetish for each other which is mistakenly portrayed as love (the holy grail) , they initially struggle to get together but the end of the movie is “happily ever after” situation. A successful bollywood (or tollywood, mollywood etc) movie has abused this theme for I don’t how many years.Their assumption ( which seems to factually supported ) is that Indian audience don’t like movies where the hero dies.
Thank goodness that Rang De Basanti does not have such a sucker element in it. I will highlight some aspects which I really I liked.

An epic(rather a true) hero is known by his actions and not by his results. And infact what anyone obtains as result are dictated by games played by randomness (which some also call as luck) This movie has illustrated well this fundamental fact of life.
I liked the brilliant act of cinematography of going back & forth in the timeline and weaving the lives of Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru and the current day youths i.e Aamir Khan & his friends.

Another real hard reality which was portrayed well was that awakening really does not happen to anyone until it personally costs something. Also to kickstart and external nudge or spark is necessary.

General Mckiney in the movie was portrayed as a man with good soul no doubt but he did his deeds as he was duty bound but this begs a larger question which has relevance to everyone even today. Was it more ethical for the general to obey his high command orders (which is the duty of a soldier/general) or heed to his conscience which clearly told him that it was unethical to treat another human being this way.

The raw passion of youth displayed in this movie after the heros get awakened was just unparallel, from whatever movies I have seen so far this display of passion was so vigorous.
This movie surely sends a serious shockwave to the current young generation and as Rashmi said if this does not awaken people there is little chance that anything else will.

I have already written quite a bit about and I won’t write more lest this acts as a spoiler those who have’nt seen it. But I will write this sum up phrase for the movie which gets surmised in a wonderful phrase that I came across quite some time ago ( I don’t have the source , I will link when I get it) and it is “Nothing Great has ever been achieved without Irrational Exuberance”. Rang De Basanti portrays a testimonial to it.

The world is changing.

Found this on the blogosphere quite a few days ago, If you can understand tamil you will like this one a lot , its titled American Born Confused Tamil. Listen to missy eliot’s music in the background and tamil speech in the foreground

Benkler detailing peer production

    Benkler‘s latest piece , appplication of peer production to eduction materials.”Common Wisdom: Peer Production of Educational Materials” (via SmartMobs)

Quantifying Risk

Quantitative Risk analysis. Should be good, if you are into this kind of stuff. I have to  got to read “Fooled By Randomness” first to understand this :), though I must say that  the excerpts of the book were brilliant.



interesting conference

        I am surprised that such a kind of conference is happening but it is a step in the right direction.  Geeks & economists colloborating to think about techno-socio-econmic issues surrounding the network economies.

WINE 2005: The 1st Workshop on Internet and Network Economics






Came across this interesting piece of announcement. DFJ India Business Plan Competition

Excerpts from the website.

“Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) are organizing the Venture Challenge as the first national level business plan competition in India with the intent of supporting entrepreneurship in India and helping in the development of entrepreneurial acumen in India. It is targetted at both students interested in entrepreneurism as well as practising entrepreneurs”

Update: 8/20 – The news just got profiled @ SiliconBeat

Comparing Reed & Metcalfe

Nivi has an interesting post comparing Reed’s Law & Metcalfe’s Law, he discusses an entire range of  Sarnoff , Odlyzko  and  Haque‘s Law. It would be interesting to check out Umair’s response to it (especially Dunbar number).  And yes of course this post leads to a Nivi’s Law :-), leaving no hole unplugged so that a new network law can be created 🙂


I  read on scripting news about Matt emailing Dave to inform him that every blog on supporting categorized OPML. Any blogger has been able to use this. I am kinda new to this thing  but trying to get to know more about it as it looks very kewl !! 

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