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You’re born alone, you’re going to die alone. And does anything else really matter? I mean what is it exactly is it that you have to lose Steve? You know? There’s nothing.” – Steve Jobs

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“The Mumbai Mega Project” by Ashish Puntambekar

Here is an interesting presentation by Ashish Puntamberkar. I don’t believe Mumbai is dying as Ashish says, people die, places don’t die, and the old gives in to you. But we certainly could well do with better Infrastructure! I was trying to find someone who really cares and also capable of visualizing such a change, Ashish Puntambekar is one such visionary. Check out this video below

Some Features of this Project are

1 Provides free housing, affordable education and healthcare for 9 Million slum-dwellers based on the dwelling concept

2. Provides better & faster Transport : 210 Km of Underground Subway … 60 % Reduction in Network Loa

3. Repays , the entire US $ 46 Billion debt of Maharashtra State as a single bulletpayment to deliver a debt free state by 2014

4. Transforms Mumbai into a large International Financial Centre : Creates two new financial centres and & Other Amenities … Universities etc

5. Invests US $ 40 Billion in Rural Education and another US $ 50 Billion in Rural health ( Total $ 90 Bn ) … to implement President Kalam’s PURA Model…thereby preventing Rural Migration to Indian cities.In addition the project will finance an additional 30,000 check dams in Marathwada and Vidharbha to raise water tables and will build a huge Ring Corridor in Maharashtra ( Mumbai – Nashik – Nagpur- Gadchiroli – Nanded – Pune Mumbai )

6. Applies principles of Intelligent Urbanism to create large open spaces, recreation facilities and culture facilities in Mumbai that will rival the worlds leading cities

7. Finally … the project will catalyze a tripling of the city’s GDP by 2018 and … by 2024, Mumbai’s GDP will exceed Singapore’s current GDP @ $ 310.69 Billion
 

Shopping Online for groceries and fruits.

 A skill which men are not biologically evolved at, add to that paucity of time, leads to new ways to shop. Welcome to online grocery store, Shop for greens, veges, fruits and while you are at it, look at some mouth watering Namkeens too.

Recently, I have stopped going to grocery shop, first a man feels very odd, buying vegetables, it is just clumsy. Yes, once in a while a man might feel metro-sexual and go to buy vegetables, but not everyday, women are biologically endowed to shop (gathering fruits and berries), while men are hunters or farmers. 🙂

FeshnDaily and Shopveg.in are the two sites I have started to depend on to save me the clumsy job of buying groceries and vegetables. The less we depend on women for our needs the more pure our love will be, I believe.

Next Aim: To shop for a pair of Jeans Online.

Arthur Road Jail – D Prison Project by Dhriti


The System is broken, and nobody is trying to fix it.

D Prison Project by Dhriti – A NGO headed by Sumisha Shankar endevours to bring music, theatrics and creativity to the the hundreds of under-trials at various prisons, it started with the Byculla Jail and then last week it was a weekend at Arthur Road Jail.

I have seen the beggining of the “SYSTEM” in the school, when a child is not able to undertsand a subject, he is methodically segregated and encouraged to go and sit on the last bench. Some schools even have special classrooms where the bright students are clubbed to-gether , as they are the bunch of guys who will bring merit to the school in the board exams.

A Prison is the last bench or the duffer class, where the people who are not able to make money as per the “system” are sent. The under-trials instead of learning to learn money in a legitimate way, are sent to the school of crime in the Jails. Here a pick-pocket meets a murderer under-trial, notes are exchanged, introductions are made. The Arthur road prison is a place which is full of under-trials, including the infamous Kasab and the D-gang members, who live in the unda-cell.

Are we going to change the broken systems inside our prisons? Would NGO’s like Dhriti make any difference in the lives of under-trials ?  Who will push some serious bill in to legislation and repair this broken system? 

Welcome to Hyperlocal Advertising.

Case 1)

My Laptop broke, one fine day! I needed to buy a PC urgently, I went to 3 stores in my area immediately. I went to Ezone, I went to a store in galleria and I went to Chroma at Rcity. I saw that the same model Lenovo PC, the difference in price in Ezone, galleria store and chroma was about Rs 5000/- Rs. I bought the one at chroma for Rs 31999/-. I saved Rs 5000, just because I bothered to check out 3 stores.

What if Chroma had informed about this deal through a hyperlocal media site. Two things would have happened.
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1) The other stores would have reduced the price to match chroma’s price (which nobody will know of, Since only chroma has advertised about it.)

2) The other stores would ignore, (as all decision are taken centrally in big stores). And Chroma would have sold more lenovo desktops!

Case 2)

Sabjiwaala.com is a online portal by 2 IIT ians, they advertise daily deals with us. They manage to sell at a price which is 25% to 50% less than the local sabjiwaala or supermarkets like DMART and Haiko. Sabjiwaala.com is now scaling up to handle the increase in demand. It has encouraged customers to change their habit of “vegetables and fruits shopping” by offering them daily deals.

Why Think Hyperlocal?

I talk to lot of people in my neighborhood, and majority of the purchase decisions are made locally, whether its buying vegetables, electronic items or visiting a Spa.

So how many know about deals/offers/events happening in your neighborhood and what is the source of your information.?


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