Archive for August, 2010
So what is the relationship between Physics and Marketing / Brands? still guessing huh? then listen to Dan Cobley, marketing director at Google. He tries to connect his two passions, Physics and Marketing and the result is a wonderful talk where Newton’s second law, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics are used to explain the fundamental theories of branding. Enjoy the talk
This weekend I became part of the “The largest head count exercise”of our age, India census 2011. As per Wikipedia, India census 2011 will be the largest census in the history of mankind.
Some time back in June 2010, I received an SMS, saying that from June 1 to July 15 the exercise of collecting the data would happen and requested to cooperate by giving the details. And at last the wait was over, almost after 3 months, the person came. (It’s good that he came on a weekend that too not afternoon).
First form, mainly personal details
Second form, what we have. The process turned out to be quite simple. There are two forms. He asked very few questions and obviously missed the so called controversial ones. Interesting questions being, do you have a computer? Mobile phone? And the trickiest one according to me was ‘what’s your mobile number?’
The weather was perfect with occasional drizzle, the atmosphere was electrifying with screams of participants, Marg Chennai Marathon 2010 was filled with fun and participants.
By the time I reached the parking area at Island ground, at around 5:20 a.m, the ground was almost full. The police friend told me that this time some 15,000 participants are taking part. Later heard that around 70,000 participated!!!!!
I, along with my friends from TEDx Chennai team decided to run 7km stretch. The run was almost like a political procession with banners of various corporates.
There were school and college students, NGOs
Corporates, women in sarees ( surprising, we did not see any person in Veshti (Dhoti).
One of the youngest (if not the one) participants of the Marathon
Sivamani was live drumming, there were school kids as cheer leaders on either sides of Kamaraj road, various school bands were also performing
The TEDx Chennai organisers, Pravin, Eddy and Bharat (yeah, they were running when this pic was taken).
By around 7:30, we finished the race. Police did a great job in managing the crowd. Our 7km marathon was almost like a 7km walk, because of crowd (am sure around 80 percent of the crowd opted for 7km one) and in some places the roads were filled with water, my friend Pravin commented that those were hurdles!
Any way I enjoyed the run (hmmm walk). Next year I should try the half marathon (i.e just 21 kms!!!!)
Traditional performing arts are in the brink of extinct, reasons are several
Saw this interesting calendar at my dad’s study room, depicting various art forms of Kerala
Interesting Pookkalam, neighbour’s though
That’s our pookkalam
It’s been happening for a while, The Chennai Marathon by Marg Properties. And this year, Chennai is running for a great cause.
Three reasons why you should run
1. Community and compassion by caring for under privileged children: (The event is a fund raiser for GiveLife Project
2. Caring for Chennai by building a Green Chennai: Run when you can and avoid burning fossil fuel
3. Caring for ourselves by building a healthy future generation: nothing more to add on that
So here are the three different categories!
1. Half Marathon – 21.09 Kms. I really wanted to do this but……
Second one is the Great Chennai run – 7 kms, I should at least do this, but…
Now it’s not that Priyan has done successful Malayalam and Hindi films. He directed almost half a dozen of Tamil films and couple of Telugu films
Let’s look at priyan’s remake in Tamil and Telugu
How about taking a trip to some of Earth’s darkest, most violent, toxic and beautiful habitats, the valleys and volcanic ridges of the oceans’ depths, where life is bizarre, resilient and shockingly abundant. David Gallo, World famous Oceanographer and a pioneer in ocean exploration, with the help of video clips captured by submarines, takes us to this wonderful World
TEDX Chennai organisers’ meetings were always special. I still remember the days when we used to meet at CCDs and Subways for the 2009 edition of TEDx Chennai. The meeting itself is a learning experience, just like watching a TED video or attending a TEDx. You meet people from different walks of lives which, am sure you would not have met in your normal course. Planning for the event just becomes incidental to the main activity of networking and sharing of ideas among people.
Ever since Samuel Eddy joined the meetups his room at YMCA Royapetah has become the de facto meeting place for TEDx Chennai organizers. The room has been nicknamed as The War Room.
These War room meetings is a great example of the saying that “not only destination but the journey also should be rewarding and am eagerly waiting for the coming meeting