The Best Advice Indra Nooyi Ever Got

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From him I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says o


This is the film that, for me, elevated animation above cartoons into serious art.

Viva YouTube!

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Animated Graffiti

Very cool…

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Choosing Happiness, Part V


In Hindu literature, there is a Sanskrit word, <a href=””

Choosing Happiness, Part IV

SympathyIs it selfish to choose happiness when others are miserable? On the one hand, I think the answer is no. The concl

Choosing Happiness, Part III

Raising Happy ChildrenIf happiness is simply a choice, then it is a disservice for parents to “make” their children happy

Choosing Happiness, Part II

Between Order and ChaosContinuous despair is both undesirable and dangerous, but continuous joy can be boring. Most peopl

Choosing Happiness, Part I

It’s All About PerspectiveAnushka got me thinking

Consumption and Convenience

India is at a stage where everything we are accustomed to in western life is available. However, the large-scale population, the middle of t

PowerPoint Rules

Having seen countless good and bad PowerPoint presentations and produced several of my own, I wanted to publish what I consider the most imp

Understanding an Explanation

In a previous post, I described the joy I derive from crystallizing the model of a sy


A key aspect of Web 2.0 is tagging, the ability of people to assign keywords to web resources, be they del.ici

What Motivates People?

The promise of accumulating certain things, and the threat of losing those things seems to spur people to action:

  • Money

Bhagawad-Geetaa 2.40

नेहाभिक्रमनाशोऽस्ति प्रत्यवायो न विद्यते ।

स्वल्पमप्यस्य धर्मस्य त्रायते महतो भयात् ॥

Company Success

John Schiech, President of DeWalt was asked what made his company so successful. His answer: <b

Arthur C. Clarke: 16 December 1917 - 19 March 2008

I was saddened a few mornings ago to hear of the death of Arthur C. Clarke, one of my (and, indeed, the world’s) favorite science fiction au


I have observed project managers who provide fine-grained, long-term estimates of project effort. For example, the effort estimate may be ex

Product Success

The biggest successes in business have been (or at least have been portrayed as) those individuals or companies who could deliver a product

Why I Blog

I’ve taken some ribbing for spending time composing long, thoughtful blog posts as well as e-mails.

Writing is a part of my core identity.

Form and Function: Coffee Mugs

We purchased and began using a beautiful matched set of coffee mugs. Unfortunately, while nursing coffee around the kitchen and dining area

From Sales Orientation to Market Orientation

A sales-oriented business remains focused on the next deal and the opportunity it represents. This orientation is natural for start-ups goin

Linguistic Peeves

Today for the second time, I heard some one say, “In lieu of…” instead of “In light of…”.


This is baffling to me, because it m

Recommendation Systems Retrospective

Be sure to try out Pandora. It’s essentially a music referral service, fun and easy to use, and pretty

Another Source of Organizational Inertia

Another reason organizations fail to invest in innovations is the difficulty of forec

Making the Important Accessible

Some people think important subjects shouldn’t be made accessible to large audiences.

  • I had a roommate who said you can't understa