Archive for July, 2011
The seventh edition of The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest 2011 will happen this August. the Fest — which was launched in Chennai in 2005 and held annually ever since — will run in five cities. Over the month, it will feature 20 performances in five cities.
Now seventh edition will have sevenplays.
Kkok-Du by Creative Group Noni from Korea, Chasing My Mamet Duck by Evam from Chennai, The Real Inspector Hound by Quaff Theatre from Mumbai, The Interview by Akvarious Productions from Mumbai, The Travelling Circus by Mind Adventures Theatre Company from Sri Lanka, Success by Theatre MXT from USA and The Blue Mug by The Company Theatre from Mumbai.
The Grand Finale of TechSparks™ 2011 is the culmination of the nation-wide hunt to find the best product tech companies of India. Scheduled to happen on Friday, 19th of August 2011 at IIM Bangalore, the TechSparks™ Grand Finale will be a gala event with top technology corporates, leading investors (VCs & angels), national media and delegates from US,Europe andChina expected to be in attendance.
The Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai round tables of Techsparks 2011 were huge success, with participation from thousands of tech enthusiasts and hundreds of entrepreneurs.
In addition to the showcase of the top 20 product tech companies and the top 10 apps (App4India), the TechSparks™ Grand Finale will also feature the unveiling of the “Tech30” report, India’s first benchmarking document bringing to the spotlight the 30 product technology startups that India needs to watch out for, with the stamp of approval from VCs and technology giants. Copies of the Tech30 report will be distributed to all the delegates attending the TechSparks™ Grand Finale and will also be shared with the decision-makers across the technology industry & the investment community.
Simply put, if you’re interested in startups, technology, innovation, investments, business networking, hiring and local & global trends, the TechSparks™ Grand Finale is the event of the year.
Witness the pitches by the 20 most innovative technology companies being built out of India, all vying to be the top 5 TechSparks™ for 2011.
Don’t miss the unveiling of YourStory.in’s “Tech30” Report, India’s first benchmarking document showcasing the 30 tech startups of the year, selected from over 400 registrants with the stamp of approval from leading VCs, angel investors and technology giants.
Also, discover the 10 apps from India to watch out for and applaud the winner of the Rs.50000/- “App4India” prize.
Be a part of a select group of entrepreneurs from across the country, VCs, angel investors, technology leaders, media and delegates from USA, Europe & China.
Having reached out to over 1000 entrepreneurs across India through the regional rounds, TechSparks™ 2011, a YourStory.in initiative, is being presented by Intel and is supported by Sequoia Capital, Google, IBM, Amazon Web Services, and National Instruments. Come and celebrate entrepreneurship along with the finest minds in the industry this August, at TechSparks™ 2011!
Date : Friday, 19th August 2011
Time : 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Venue : IIM Bangalore
Check out the event schedule here
The other day I completed 5 years as a blogger and believe me it was real fun, whether it was live blogging events or being a travel blogger. Now one thing I always wanted to do was to write a book, especially after Kiruba shankar’s book launch.
For all the aspiring authors, blogging is a platform to share their ideas and get feedback, same case with me also. But to author a book is not as easy as being a blogger.
So I was going through some tips on how to write a book and finally stumbled upon a book named “ Birth your Book” by Dr. Liz Alexander. Dr. Liz is ‘The Book Doula’ and connect people who have great ideas and wanted to share their ideas with readers by authoring books. Now Birth Your Book is an interesting read, the one I was looking for and for all who always wanted to write a book but some how could not.
This book gives you practical tips on how to overcome Emotional, Mental and various Behavioral obstacles that keep one from Writing. I never knew that these many obstacles existed!
Birth your Book also details on various strategies on,
How to look beyond the first idea that comes to you for your book and find a potentially more innovative and compelling concept, act quickly on the idea, various characteristics one should develop to become a successful writer and above all how to enjoy writing and make it a profession.
Now if you want to write a book, Birth your Book is the book I would suggest.
The Kindle version of Birth Your Book is available on Amazon
Also available on Smashwords. Now here is the best part, if you link via facebook, there is a coupon code CH59E that gives you 30% discount ($2) until end July! So isn’t it a wonderful way to get that book out of your head and into people’s lives?
Fri, 29 July,15:00 – 22:00, The Startup Centre, #45 Montieth Road, Alsa Mall, S-4, Second Floor
Jelly is a casual working event. It’s taken place in over a hundred cities where people have come together (in a person’s home, a coffee shop, or an office) to work for the day. We provide chairs and sofas, wireless internet, and interesting people to talk to, collaborate with, and bounce ideas off of. You bring a laptop (or whatever you need to get your work done) and a friendly disposition.
The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Festival August 11-14, 2011 , wait for more details
The Social Media Club: Chennai Chapter Meet
When: Sat, 30 July, 11:30 – 13:00, The Startup Centre, #45 Montieth Road, Alsa Mall, S-4, Second Floor
When: Sun, 31 July,10:30 – 12:30,
Where: The Startup Centre, #45 Montieth Road, Alsa Mall, S-4, Second Floor
Chennai Open Coffee Club Meet
When: Sun, 7 August,16:00 – 18:00,
Where: The Startup Centre, #45 Montieth Road, Alsa Mall, S-4, Second Floor
Roots – by Ratzzz
2 day Basic Photography Workshop.
When: Aug 6-7
Where: & Studio 3rd street, Vinayaga Puram, M.M.D.A., Vadapalani
For registration, visit the page
Facebook Event page
Red Bull Racing Can India
Red Bull Racing Can is a university racing series with 12 teams competing in each city. We give you the chassis, you build the car & race it! The champions will be flown to the Red Bull Racing headquarters in Milton Keynes, UK.
When: 9 and 10th Aug
Where: SRM University
Contact person: Nakul Jayadevan
Buzz him on 9884024014
In50hrs : Ideas to Prototype Event
When Fri, 12 August,17:00– Sun, 14 August,20:00
Where The Startup Centre, #45 Montieth Road, Alsa Mall, S-4, Second Floor
The Second Edition of In50hrs, is on its way. Give life to your ideas in a weekend. Can you relate being one of those entrepreneurs who has a lot of ideas but you never quite get around to building them out? Most of the time, thats just a matter of not having the right resources, and a bit of discipline to shape that idea into a prototype. A prototype is powerful. No longer is the concept in the realm of the imaginary, but it starts to exist, and you have something that you can drop in the hands of another – instead of doodling on sheets of napkins on why your idea is so awesome. If you are nodding your head so far, well this event is aimed squarely at you. Bring on your best idea, and lets give it life in50hrs.
More details here
Google Technology User Group Kickoff Event
GTUG Chennai chapter is hosting this Kickoff event and will be unveiling so many plans and what the future of GTUG would be. Delegates from Google Inc., would be present at the event. More information will be provided soon.
The book launch function happened at Anna University campus.
The book talks about ofcourse Creative Commons, various types of licenses, what are the benefits of creative commons and some case studies
Got a copy of the book, autographed by the author himself, now let me start reading it, Kudos to Kiruba
BookandBorrow.com, Chennai’s first online library celebrated her second B’day with a panel discussion on the topic “Past, Present and Future of Books”. The event, in association with The Madras Book Club was at C.P.Ramasway Convention Centre. The Panelists were Noted Historian V.Sriram, Popular Tamil Writer Sivasankari and Blogger and Social Media Consultant Kiruba Shankar.
Here are the details on the event,
Started by saying when an editor calls for the event, you never say no
Started the habit of reading with grandpa’s book collection. Out of 5000 books, took 1000 books
Later went to Calcutta, a city where everybody read, frequently visited libraries, older the better
When look back at the book read, Shakespeare, would never read now, would love to read Dickens especially David Copperfield . When it comes to cruelty against children, Dickens is the best
Another favourite author is Jane Austen; she had one winning formula and stuck to it, “one woman to get married, then 2 and later 3, 4, and 5”
As grandma was at come, started reading Amar chitra kadha and tamil books
Sivasankari’s ‘oru manithanin kadhai’ influenced a lot
Then Agatha Christie became the favourite later found P G woodhouse and lived happy ever after
Came to Chennai and met lots of interesting people who loved books. Interesting book sellers like Alwar and Mary, Govindaraju then karthick butt, who helped in downloading books
When you open a second hand book, it’s a great feeling
Was talking about his impressive collection of books “You are welcome to come, see and touch the books but nothing beyond that”
Finished his talk with a Sanskrit saying, “Once your book, wealth and wife goes to somebody else, it would never come back.”
Started her talk by narrating an incident where M T Vasudevan Nair, famous writer in Malayalam once told her that reading a book is like reading a love letter, its so personal and is a great relationship.
Grew up with father’s collection of 2000 books starting from Discovery of India
Started writing 43 years before, was an era not invaded by TV, internet and cell phones
Only entertainment was cinema, theatres, concerts and books, and books could occupy one for days together. It was the golden age of magazines, always had 4-5 serials written by prominent writers. After mid 80s the scene slowly started changing,
The writers were so popular and enjoyed stardom. Staff members of RBI on Fridays could not wait to go home and read the latest issue of Magazine so they used to take 30 mins breaks and had group readings
Many books after being serialized has touched several editions
Things have changed; nowadays you could hardly see any serials in magazines
In certain Indian languages, the scene is quite sad, where nobody is interested to publish and read
Reading habit has not faded, classic example is the ever increasing book fair, where the number of visitors, books exhibited are increasing with each year.
We are going digital and going for a reason
The convenient factor is the main thing when it comes to going digital.
It’s a huge pain of going through the book publishing process,
Age of tweet series of books are here
40 percent of the books worldwide are never bought
And print by demand is very expensive
In spite of kindles and I pads, one can never replace books
As part of completion two years, BookandBorrow.com in association with Madras Book Club presents an interesting panel discussion on the topic, ‘Past, Present and Future of Books’. The Panelists are Noted Historian V.Sriram, Popular Tamil Writer Sivasankari and Blogger and Social Media Consultant Kiruba Shankar. The venue for the event is C.P.Ramasway Convention Centre, at Eldams Road, Alwarpet and happening on July 15th at 6:30 pm.
Bookandborrow.com is an online book rental service that provides free door-to-door delivery and pickup of books. I will be covering the event so wait for more posts on the event.
Managing money is an art. And for most of us this is an Herculean task. We fail miserably in managing money. Suresh Padmanabhan, who conducts Money Workshops says through a simple exercise one can manage money better
First and foremost things is to know one’s money picture as of now: For this take a paper and pen and start answering these questions:
1. How much money are you earning per month as of today?
2. How much was it exactly 1 year back, 2 years back and 3 years back ( This will show your progress in percentage basis of Growth over a period of three years)
3. How much have you roughly earned throughout your life. The Amount earned and the Number of years it took to earn this amount (This will show your past potential realistically)
4. How much have you saved in terms of money in cash, bank fixed deposit or in your savings account. Your Total Savings at the present point of time.
(This will show your savings as of now- can be very shocking if we compare it with what you earned all life to what you have now. If the savings are not too high, then it is a danger signal indicating that you have not handled money very perfectly)
5. Do you have any debts? If so, how much is the amount? (It could be personal borrowings, borrowing from bank, etc) Here again if the Debts are high, it is a big danger because somehow the money has been mismanaged.
These are some figures to start with. Now, you should go deeper for more insights into your money reality. Look into areas of your life and just start putting numbers to it and solution would just appear.
Even if you have a goal or a target start putting some
number that you are going to achieve and also the time frame. This way the target will not be vague but specific.
Please remember that only when you have the numbers accounted can you control your money.
Measurement = Control
Never fear numbers or the reality. Even if it is a bad reality you would know what to do. This is the first big step of acceptance which will lead your consciousness to plan and handle money better.
1. Start speaking in precise numbers to gain mastery of money
2. Write down your present blueprint of money as it is
3. Write down your targets in specific numbers along with time frame of achievement
4.When you learn to measure money you learn to gain control of your wealth
Suresh Padmanabhan is organizing The Money Workshop at Bangalore on July 16th and 17th. Please contact Jameel: +91 98452 24979 for details
My article on Online privacy appeared on The Business Enterprise Magazine
Some time back I had mentioned about my interview with Suresh Padmanabhan and his Money Workshop. Now the next Money Workshop is organised at Bangalore on 16th & 17th July 2011. Suresh Padmanabhan promises that it would be an experiential workshop where one will learn
* How to Get Rich & Stay Wealthy.
* How to create Multiple Income Streams for a lifetime.
* Attract Money without the usual stress and tension (interesting isn’t it?)
* How to Invest Smartly.
* Proven Techniques to cut-off wasteful expenses instantly.
* Amazing Techniques to have Powerful Savings growing day by day.
* Powerful Ways to Come out of Debt and remain Debt Free in your entire life.
* Develop self confidence to handle any money situation with ease.
* Discover Mystical and Ancient Secrets of Money Meditations, Money Mudras, Money Symbols.
Suresh Padmanabhan also mentions about Money Mantras that can attract new avenues and sources of income and wealth. Mantras mentioned are
* Discover powerful techniques where you can attract perfect customers, job or opportunity.
* Develop a deep inner stability with Money.
* Develop happy- happy relationships with Money.
* Remove Emotional turmoil’s and mind swings of Money issues.
* Recover your Stuck Money, Land and Overcome debt issues.
* Develop Inner Confidence to take Money Decisions in your favor.
* Understand the Influence of Fate, Destiny, Karma with respect to Money.
* Going beyond Money to unlock the fountain of bliss, personal and spiritual powers within you.
So if you are interested to attend the Money Workshop
Contact Jameel: +91 98452 24979 for details