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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Things may be right from our perspective until we know the truth!!

The train has started moving. It is packed with people of all ages, mostly with the working men and women and young college guys and gals. Near the window, seated a old man with his 30 year old son. As the train moves by, the son is overwhelmed with joy as he was thrilled with the scenery outside..

" See dad, the scenery of green trees moving away is very beautiful"

This behavior from a thirty year old son made the other people feel strange about him. Every one started murmuring something or other about this son."This guy seems to be a crack.." newly married Anup whispered to his wife.

Suddenly it started raining... Rain drops fell on the travelers through the opened window. The Thirty year old son , filled with joy " see dad, how beautiful the rain is .."

Anup's wife got irritated with the rain drops spoiling her new suit.

Anup ," cant you see its raining, you old man, if ur son is not feeling well get him soon to a mental asylum. and don’t disturb public henceforth"

The old man hesitated first and then in a low tone replied " we are on the way back from hospital, my son got discharged today morning , he was a blind by birth, he got his vision last week.. Rain and nature are new to his eyes.. Please forgive us for the inconvenience..."

The things we see may be right from our prospective until we know the truth. But when we know the truth our reaction to that will hurt even us. So try to understand the problem better before taking a harsh action.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hybrid Arrives in India

Finally hybrid car has been launched in India with Honda rolling out a petrol-electric version of its Civic sedan. The car will be more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient for its class than any other in the current market. But this car will remain too far from common man. The Civic hybrid has come with a price tag of Rs 21.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), twice the price of the petrol Civic. The price includes accumulated duties, including customs of 104%.

Government has to influence people to use environment friendly vehicle. This is the one way to decrease the pollution. To influence people high price tag has to be decreased. In some countries government is giving subsidy to hybrid vehicles. So why cant Indian government will completely slash the tax + custom duties on hybrid cars? This will influence people to use environment friendly vehicles.

How Hybrid vehicle works?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Creative Advertisements

Title:Chewing tobacco causes mouth cancer

Title: Drive safely

Title: Protect children from online pornography
Headline: Is this what your child surfs on the Internet?

Title: Save girl child

Title: Feed the Children
Headline: The next time you waste food, think

Title: Encourage Adoption
Headline: Adopt. You never know who you'll bring home

Title: Parenting is by example
Headline: Children learn fast. Don't fight at home.

Title: Stop Racism
Headline: Defend human rights against racial discrimination

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Apple releases iphone 3G

Finally curtain has gone up, it's been a long wait for iPhone 3G. Yes, iphone 3G will be released on July 11th on 22 countries. But India is not lucky among those 22 countries. iphone will be released later this year (may be end of the year) in India. Indians are excitingly waiting for the release of iphone in india. But what made Apple not to release iphone in India on July? I think, slightly Apple has ignored Asian telecommunication industry. Also there is rumor that Chineese mobile's killed Apple's interest in iphone's release in Asia.

See complete list of iphone 3G features and working details of about iphone

Watch release of Apple's iphone-3G

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

4 Years Old Landlord

Nice video of a 4 years old Landlord asking for rent :)

Thanks Google.. Google made our life easy

If you are a user of internet, can you imagine life without Google? It is very difficult to spend a day without Google services. Google has become part of our tech life.

What made Google Search so special?
The beauty of Google Search Engine is that it understands your requirement. It has got excellent knowledge of your bad grammar's, spell mistakes or human error's.

For ex: If you type "sylicon valley" by mistake, then it will ask "Did you mean: silicon valley". Google has got vast collection of information. Also suppose you want to convert dollars to INR(Indian Rupee). You can just type like this "1 USD in INR".
Here is the complete list of Google search features.

How Google works?
But how exactly does Google manage to find the right results for every query so quickly? The heart of Google's search technology is PigeonRank. PigeonRank is a system for ranking web pages. This is the system which do the PageRank.
Google runs on a distributed network of thousands of low-cost computers and can therefore carry out fast parallel processing. Parallel processing is a method of computation in which many calculations can be performed simultaneously, significantly speeding up data processing. Google has three distinct parts:
  • Googlebot, a web crawler that finds and fetches web pages.
  • The indexer that sorts every word on every page and stores the resulting index of words in a huge database.
  • The query processor, which compares your search query to the index and recommends the documents that it considers most relevant.
More info on how Google works

How to add your site to Google search?
Googlebot is Google’s web crawling robot, which finds and retrieves pages on the web and hands them off to the Google indexer. This is done automtically by bot. Also you can manually add your website here

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The IPL business model

Indian Premier League(IPL) has thrown new model to cricket. The franchise owners have invested huge money to own the team. So where is all this money comes from and where will it go? What’s the ‘business model’ of the IPL? Is there any way the franchisees who have bid millions of dollars a year can make money? Read on…

To get a fix on the answers to these questions, let's start from the source. The IPL /BCCI - has four major sources of revenue. The first is the sale of media rights for the matches, which will fetch the board $1 billion over a 10-year period. The second includes things like title sponsorship of the tournament, licensed merchandise and so on. Put together, these form what the IPL calls "central revenues".

From the sale of media rights, IPL will keep 20% for itself, give out 8% as prize money for the tournament and distribute the remaining 72% evenly between the 8 franchisees. These proportions are valid till 2012, after which IPL’s share goes up in two stages by 2018, with the shares of both prize money and franchisees declining.

The second stream - other central revenues - will be shared between IPL, franchisees and prize money in the ratio 40:54:6 up to 2017 after which IPL’s share will increase to 50%, the franchisees’ share will drop to 45% and the remaining 5% will go for prize money. The third major source is, of course, the amounts bid by the franchisees. The fourth stream comes from the revenues generated by the franchisee rights, of which 20% will be given to IPL.

From the franchisees’ perspective, while the share in central revenues will be a given, they can raise money on their own by a variety of means. These include selling advertising space in the stadium for home matches, licensing products for their team like T-shirts, getting sponsorship for the team uniform, advertising on tickets and so on, apart from the gate money. As already mentioned, 20% of all of this will then go to IPL. What do the players make? Apart from the annual fee contracted with the franchisee, they get a daily allowance of $100 through the IPL season, which lasts about a month-and-a-half. The total amount spent on player fees for an IPL team cannot be less than $3.3 million each year and is actually expected to be significantly higher. In other words, players will earn about Rs 80 lakh or more per season on average, though the amount would vary from one member of the team to another.

Players could also get bonuses from the team owners and perhaps even the prize money that the team wins by virtue of where it finishes in the tournament. But it is for each franchisee to decide whether these payments are made to the players or not. Even in the case of the annual fee negotiated between a player and the franchisee, not all of the negotiated amount may actually go into the player’s pocket.

This is because the IPL is reaching two different kinds of agreements with players when it gets them on board. Under one arrangement — called the "firm agreement", the IPL commits a certain fee to the player. If a franchisee bids more for that player in the auction between franchisees for different players, the IPL gets to keep the excess. Under the other - the "basic agreement" – the player gets whatever is bid for him. Not surprisingly, most players so far have opted for the "basic agreement".

Now that we have the broad structure of the flow of money in place, how does this translate into actual numbers? The bottom line, acknowledge BCCI officials as well as franchisees, will depend on whether the IPL as a concept takes off and captures audiences.

Sources say IPL is guaranteeing $7 million per franchisee from central revenues. But what will come from the local level is anybody’s guess. Even with the right to market just about everything connected with their teams, the industry is not expecting to raise more than $2 million per franchisee each year. BCCI expects the franchisees to earn $1.5 million from gate money in every IPL match, but insiders say the figure is "exaggerated" and that the franchisee will be fortunate to get $1.5 million from 7 home matches at home. In fact, highly charged India-Pakistan one-day matches make around $3 to $4million.

Assuming the gate money is around $2 million for all seven home matches, this means the franchisee in the first year can look forward to total income of about $10 million after paying 20% of local revenues to IPL.

Over this the franchisee has to pay players who are available even if they are on the bench. Players have a three-year contract with the franchise that bought them but they can be traded at the end of the first year between the franchisees.

What can change in this equation to make the business financially rewarding for the franchisee? If local revenues really rise, things could get better. It all boils down to whether the IPL teams can make their cities identify with them.

IPL: A great success story of cricket

Finally curtain has come down for the first successful Indian Premiere League (IPL) and Rajasthan Royals have lifted first IPL trophy. Royals have started as underdog's in the tournament but played splendid all round cricket through out the series. I think they deserve first IPL cup.

The inaugural DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) has provided plenty of drama, action and entertainment. The credit of IPL should go to Mr. Lalit Modi, Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian Premier league, President of Rajasthan Cricket Association. IPL has really provided good platform for several players a chance to make a name for themselves among the big guns. But there have been many players who have failed to make a mark in the prestigious Twenty20 tournament and have let their teams down.

There are quite a lot of talents, which came to light in this IPL. Players like Yusuf pathan, Asnodkar, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Vinay Kumar, Ojha, Abhishek Nayar, Laxmi Rathan Shukla, Manpreet Gony have utilized their talents in IPL.

They say T-20 is the game for the young bloods, but there were some golden oldies who made the stage their own. The likes of Shaun Pollock, Sanath Jayasuriya, Glenn McGrath, Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist showed why age should not be a concern. I feel age is matter when you are not playing well or not getting tuned to T-20.

There was lot of controversies, which happened in this IPL. Controversies and matches going parallel through out the IPL series. First the cheerleaders, Harbhajan-Sreesanth slap gate and later Mallya said Charu sharma and Dravid did not select team of his choice. Then SRK sitting in the player’s dugout area.

Anyways first successful IPL has come to an end and I believe that IPL in a lot of ways changed cricket forever. National boundaries were broken during the IPL and it has proved that all barriers can be broken by the game of cricket.

Lets hope for the better IPL series in forthcoming years. :) But being fan of cricket I will miss IPL for few months.