Monday, October 29, 2012

Same pose, different people

Subject: Same pose, different people

One is the hottest pose in Hollywood history ... the other is slightly disturbing

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fwd: Sachin and Binny in Fortune 2012 40 Under 40!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Karthik Srinivasan (AVP BLR)
Date: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM
Subject: Sachin and Binny in Fortune 2012 40 Under 40!

Hi all!

Sachin and Binny have been included in the 2012 Fortune Magazine '40 Under 40' list at No.26 (part of a multi-tie between a Russian and a Chinese company - both into e-commerce).

To put that in context, they have company from some of the most happening brands around the world - Google, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Kickstarter, Instagram, Airbnb, Pinterest... you name it! The only other India-based company in the list happens to be IndiGo - Aditya Ghosh is listed at No.27.

Also, they have been included in another list in the same feature - 40 Under 40, The Job Creators!


Karthik Srinivasan
Corporate Communications -
Ph: LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SUPERB ! Worth a read.. share it with friends.


Charley Reese's Final column!
A very interesting column.. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL, Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.

Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...
He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be.
The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese,
a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly
who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact
each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits,
WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes,
WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations.
The House of Representatives does.
You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to
545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the
domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress.
In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority.
They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing.
I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.
No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault.
They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.
No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the
President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of
Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the
House now? He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President,
can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand
convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic
problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545
people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people,
it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish;
to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate
and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists
disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what
they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren't so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid...

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

I hope this goes around THE WORLD at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Drinking & driving....

I would like to share an experience with you, about drinking and driving.
A  couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks and eats with some
musician friends of mine.
I had a couple of cocktails and some rather nice red wine.
Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the limit,
I did something I've never done before:  I took a bus home.

Sure enough, on the way home, I passed a police road block,
but as it was a bus, they waved it past.
I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise,
as I have never driven a bus before and I am not sure where I got it.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The cause of arthritis

The  Cause of Arthritis


A man, who smelled like a distillery, flopped down on a subway seat next to a priest. The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and
began reading.

After a few minutes the disheveled man turned to the priest and said, "Say, Father, what causes arthritis?"

"Mister, it's caused by loose living, being with cheap wicked women, too much alcohol, and a contempt for your fellow man."

"Well, I'll be damned," the drunk muttered, returning to his paper.

The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized.
"I'm very sorry, I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?"

"I don't have it, Father. I was just reading that the Pope does."

Monday, August 13, 2012



This is a powerful message for our modern society. We seem to have lost our bearing & our sense of direction.

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview; the director did the last interview.
The director discovered from the CV that the youth's academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?"

The youth answered "none".

The director asked, "Was it your father who paid for your school fees?"

The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, "Where did your mother work?"

The youth answered, "My mother worked as laundry woman.

The director requested the youth to show his hands.

The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, "Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?"

The youth answered, "Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, "I have a request. "When you go back today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning."

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands.

His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the young man.

The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.
After finishing the cleaning of his mother's hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, asked: "Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered, "I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes'

The Director asked, "Please tell me your feelings."

The youth said:

1. I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, there would not have been the successful me today.

2. By working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done.

3. I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationships.

The director said, "This is what I am looking for to be my manager.
I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop "entitlement mentality" and would always put him self first. He would be ignorant of his parent's efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of a person, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the children instead?*

You can let your children live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, you want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your children learn how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learn how to work with others to get things done.

You would have forwarded many mails to many and many of them would have back mailed you too...but try and forward this story to as many as possible...this may change somebody for the better

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fwd: CNBC Young Turks featuring Flipkart

Happy to share this. Hope it's worth your time to read & watch.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sourav Sachin (Director, Seller Platform) <>
Date: Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM
Subject: Fwd: CNBC Young Turks featuring Flipkart
To: Sourav Sachin <>

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: RK <>
Date: Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 6:16 AM
Subject: Fwd: CNBC Young Turks featuring Flipkart
To: Tech Team <>


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Payal Banerjee <>
Subject: CNBC Young Turks featuring Flipkart


The CNBC Young Turks team was in the Flipkart office last week to shoot a segment with Sachin. Anchored by Shereen Bhan, this is a tutorial format show where Sachin interacts with select young entrepreneurs and shares his experience/advice with them.

The show will be aired
on Saturday, 21st July at 11 am and 7:30 pm. There will be repeat telecasts on Sunday, 22nd July at noon and Wednesday, 25th July at 7:30 pm.


Payal Banerjee
PR and Corporate Communications

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This is How We do it in India

Brilliant innovation!!


Monday, June 4, 2012

Sipping Vodka

SIPPING  VODKA ..............!! 
 A  new Priest at his first mass was so nervous he  could hardly speak. 
After mass he asked the  Monsignor how he had done.  
The  Monsignor replied, "When I am worried about  getting nervous on the pulpit,
I put a glass of  vodka next to the water glass.  If I start to  get nervous, I take a sip."  
So  next Sunday he took the Monsignor's advice..   At the beginning of the sermon,
he got nervous and  took a drink..  He proceeded to talk up a  storm. 
Upon  his return to his office after the mass, he found  the following note on the door:  
 1)   Sip the vodka, don't gulp. 
 2)   There are 10 commandments, not 12. 
 3)   There are 12 disciples, not 10. 
 4)   Jesus was consecrated, not constipated. 
 5)   Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not bet his  ass.
 6)   We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the late  J.C..
 7)   The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not referred  to as Daddy,
      Junior and the Spook. 
 8)   David slew Goliath; he did not kick the shit out  of him..
 9)   When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off  his donkey,
       don't say he was stoned off his  ass.
 10)   We do not refer to the cross as the 'Big  T.'
 11)   When Jesus broke the bread at the last supper he  said,
       "Take this and eat it for this is my  body."  
        He did not say, "Eat  me."
 12)   The Virgin Mary is not called 'Mary with the  Cherry'.
 13)   The recommended grace before a meal is not: 
         Rub-A-Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, Yeah  God.
 14)   Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest at St. Peter's
       not a peter pulling contest  at St. Taffy's. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Understanding Sales - Practical Example

Understanding Sales - Practical Example

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

THE COST OF OXYGEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The cost of Oxygen !!

In one day a human being breathes oxygen equivalent to 3 cylinders.
Each oxygen cylinder on an average costs Rs 700, without subsidy.
So in a day one uses Oxygen worth Rs 2100and for a full year it is Rs 7, 66,500

If we consider an average life span of 65 years; the costs of oxygen we use become a staggering sum of  Rs 500,00,000 =

 Rs 50 million.

All this oxygen is derived free of cost from the surrounding trees.
Very few people look at trees as a resource and there is rampant tree cutting going on everywhere which should stop. 

Please pass this to your friends and care for trees.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Perfect male logic!

This is a story which would be perfectly logical to all males:

A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get 6."

A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk. The wife asks him, "Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?"

He replied, "They had eggs."

 (I'm sure you're going back to read this again)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Story for the week

article for the week..

Prakash Iyer, MD, Kimberly-Clark Lever and Executive Coach shares two important management lessons he learnt from a 500-rupee note. Read on. 

*1. It happened some years ago but I can recall the evening like it happened just last week. I was in an audience listening to a motivational guru.
The speaker whipped out his wallet and pulled out a five hundred-rupee note. Holding it up, he asked, "Who wants this five hundred rupee note?"
Lots of hands went up. Including mine.A slow chorus began to build as people began to shout "Me!" "Me!"
I began to wonder who the lucky one would be who the speaker would choose. And I also secretly wondered -- and I am sure others did too -- why he would simply give away five hundred rupees.Even as the shouts of "I want it" grew louder, I noticed a young woman running down the aisle.
She ran up onto the stage, went up to the speaker, and grabbed the five hundred-rupee note from his hand. "Well done, young lady," said the speaker into the microphone."Most of us just wait for good things to happen. That's of no use. You've got to make things happen." The speaker's words have stayed with me ever since.

*'Simply thinking about doing something is of no use'*

Our lives are like that. We all see opportunities around us. We all want the good things. But the problem is we don't take action. We all want the five hundred rupee notes on offer. But we don't make the move. We look at it longingly and wonder who will be the lucky one -- instead of making our own luck. To be fair, some of us do think of running onto the stage and grabbing it. But we quickly hold ourselves back, because we worry about what people might think. Has it ever happened to you that you see a successful new product or a flourishing new business -- and remind yourself of how you had thought of that very idea many years ago? Well, that's not worth much. You may have had the idea first, but someone else did something about it -- so he'll reap the rewards. Next time you have an idea -- remember that simply thinking about doing something is of no use. Do something. Next time you see an opportunity -- think of the lady and the five hundred rupee note. Remember, just wanting it is of little use. Get up, and do something about it. Don't worry about what other people might think. Take action.

*2. Several years later, it was another day, another time. And another motivational guru. As I watched him pull out a five hundred rupee note and hold it up for all to see, I thought I knew what he was going to do next. But he just asked a simple question. "How much is this worth?" "Five Hundred rupees!" the crowd yelled in unison. "Right," said the speaker. He then took the note and crumpled it into a ball and asked "How much is it worth now?" "Five Hundred rupees!" screamed the audience. He then threw the note on the ground, stamped all over it and picked up the note and asked one more time: "And how much is it worth now?" "Five Hundred rupees!" was the response. "I want you to remember this," said the speaker.

"Just because someone crumples it, or stamps on it, the value of the note does not diminish. We should all be like the five hundred rupee note.
In our lives, there will be times when we feel crushed, stamped over, beaten. But never let your self-worth diminish. Just because someone chooses to crush you-- that doesn't change your worth one bit! Don't allow your self-worth to diminish because someone says something nasty -- or does something dirty -- to you."

*'Never let your self-worth diminish'* 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

India through pictures...

Mummy loves you…...really?
Romance is in the air ….
Seeing grandma way or another!!
Rail travel is fun and you get to meet a lot of people
Traveling tailor
Off to school
Water fight
Why waste water...quick fresh shower!! ……..
Chivalary at it's best
Tired …  cooped and pooped!!
And best of all...self advertising!!

(And do you wonder why?)