Reem With A View

"Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards." – Galileo

R.I.P. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

A true visionary… he will truly be missed. Where would we all be in the Internet industry without the desktop revolution he unleashed?

Steve Jobs (from Apple Home Page on 6th October 2011)

RIP Steve Jobs


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Warren Buffett on the “value of Gold”

Warren Buffett on Gold:

It gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head.

You could take all the gold that’s ever been mined, and it would fill a cube 67 feet in each direction. For what that’s worth at current gold prices, you could buy all — not some — all of the farmland in the United States. Plus, you could buy 10 Exxon Mobils, plus have $1 trillion of walking-around money. Or you could have a big cube of metal. Which would you take? Which is going to produce more value?


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India to unveil a new National Broadband Plan?

According to reports in new media (click to read GTB’s report on the same) India’s telecom minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal is all set to unveil a blueprint for India’s National Broadband Plan within next 2 months. The idea is to connect 160 million households with high-speed internet connections by 2014.  There is widespread support in the country  for such initiatives from  stakeholders like online publishers, media owners, agencies, students, consumers as well as industry bodies like the IAMAI which has been diligently pushing for a National Broad Plan with the  Indian Government and The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (or TRAI).

Check out the key statement in the IAMAI press release on the same issue (dated 22 July, 2010).

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has said that an independent agency can ensure national broadband connectivity across the country within 36 months. This was said by the association in its response to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) new set of recommendations on the National Broadband Plan 2010. IAMAI fully supports TRAI’s recommendations brought out in the consultation paper on National Broadband Plan. IAMAI is of the view that the TRAI proposal alongside and in parallel with the developments in the market place viz., arrival of 3G and BWA will be able to bring in a true broadband revolution in India.

Click on the link to Download and read the full TRAI  Consultation paper on National Broadband Plan

GTB’s report confirms that the Minister for Communications and Information Technology has consulted industry representatives to finalise the framework for the NBP and develop a strategy to roll out optical fibre.  According to the NBP, the fibre network will be FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGED AS A NATIONAL RESOURCE!!!

This is superb news for the entire Digital Industry in India.

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Three Lessons from Indian News Media: the IPL, Modi, Tharoor & Sunanda fiasco.

Lessons from Indian News Media:

1. “If you are an intelligent, suave, well read, hardworking & good looking politician with a vocabulary & charisma that makes us News channel ‘journalists’ look like Feral children chewing microphones, we will do everything in our power to bring you down due to sheer envy. We especially don’t like the fact that you get respect from world leaders and the United Nations.”

"Shashi Tharoor"

Shashi Tharoor UN

2. “You shall NEVER refuse to give us a share of the IPL ad revenues worth $millions, even if we don’t deserve a penny. Else, we dig up dirt from your college even if its decades ago, & falsely accuse you of hiding taxes & slush funds. And…ummm.. we actually don’t care that you created a sports brand worth $3 Billion from nothing in 2 years, unlocking idle funds from industrialists & contributing to job creation.”

"Lalit Modi"

Lalit Modi IPL

3. “If you are a woman who is even remotely good looking, you will NEVER get our respect for your work. You will always remain a sex object, no matter how much ‘sweat’ you put into a business”.

Sunanda Pushkar

Sunanda Pushkar

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Sarah Palin Newsweek Cover

Check out the latest Sarah Palin cover in Newsweek Magazine. While a lot of conservatives and feminists are criticizing this photo as “sexist” or “gender biased”… its actually no different than Obama’s bare chested photo published recently across newspapers, magazines and the world wide web.

I feel the magazine actually shows more than Sarah’s “Miss Alaska” figure. It actually humanizes her a bit and will actually help her in the 2012 elections. Her book “Going Rogue” is already a best seller, her Facebook page has crossed a million fans and she is generating lots of buzz while Obama is facing flak for the economy, bowing to monarchs (republican criticism is focused on this) etc.

In other words, 2008 was a good election to lose, while 2012 onwards economy would recover and Palin can reap the benefits of the buzz in the run up to that year’s presidential elections. She might use the Bill Clinton “its the economy stupid” line and romp home to an easy victory making her (and not Hillary), America’s first female president.

If not her speeches, the GOP must be hoping that at least her looks can get them the crucial independent & undecided voters support in 2012.

Sarah Palin Newsweek Cover

Sarah Palin Newsweek Cover


Check the original Sarah Palin photo shoot at Runner’s World Magazine

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