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Jaywalking fines in Delhi??? You must be joking!

Reuters.com reports that Delhi Traffic Police has started fining jaywalkers in Delhi!

Having lived in Delhi for 25 years, and probably crossing roads independently for 15 of them, I think that extremely few motorists (or for that matter pedestrians) understand the concept of pedestrian crossings. Inching forward at a red light to get to the front of the traffic is like second nature for everyone, especially bikes and scooters (which will then promptly stall the moment the light turns green!!) Most of the time they can’t even see the traffic light, its only the honking behind them that lets them know that its green (whatever happened to the ban on honking at the red light???). All of which hardly leaves any space for pedestrians, who then have to weave their way through bumper-to-bumper traffic to cross the roads.

And its not to say that pedestrians aren’t to be blamed. I think subways in Delhi are only for stray dogs and the homeless. At every place where there is a subway, people will always cross the road despite zooming traffic. (Doesn’t it always seem that the stupid pedestrian wants to cross just when my car has picked up speed???)

Anyways, back to the fine…. its a paltry Rs. 20 but the enforcement that’s going on these days seems to have pedestrians queuing up on both sides of the roads!!! (What I wouldn’t give for a picture of this!) I just hope the police also “educate” motorists on the need to leave pedestrian crossings clear, and save some broken bones and lives…

Any bets on what the next ban is going to be about???

ISB Healthcare Summit 2007

It’s time for another healthcare summit at ISB. The good thing this time around is that we have a summit specifically catering to hospitals. The Healthcare Club this year has split the summit into 2 parts, the pharma summit happened a while back and the healthcare summit is happening on the 28th of November.

And there are some biggies landing up for the event:

  • Mr. Analjit Singh, Chairman, Max Healthcare
  • Dr. Kushagra Katariya, CEO, Artemis Health Sciences
  • Dr. K. Ravindranath, CEO, Global Hospitals
  • Brig. Joe Curian, COO, Global Hospitals
  • Dr. Nayan Shah, President, Hospital Management Services, Ambani Life Sciences Centre
  • Daljit Singh, President, Strategy & Organizational Development, Fortis Healthcare
  • Dr. Ram Kumar Narain, Reliance Health
  • Dr. K. Hariprasad, CEO, Apollo Hyderabad

Its amazing to see such a lot of corporate biggies heading down to ISB for the healthcare summit. I guess it just shows that corporate healthcare in India is coming of age. And that should, hopefully, bring along a ton of opportunities for people focusing on the business side of healthcare like us doctors with MBAs.

This should be a great opportunity for this batch’s group of docs to showcase their talents in front of all these potential recruiters. Look out for some updates on the Summit this week.

Off to Delhi for the weekend…

We’ll be in Delhi this weekend for a short break (long overdue though!). If you’re free gimme a buzz and we’ll meet up.

My P1i

As I had written earlier I recently bought a new Sony Ericsson P1i. Its a cool phone (though it burnt a hole in my pocket.) The Symbian UIQ OS is good, I haven’t had any problems with it freezing or anything.

I like its software – the calendar, email app, etc. However, I do wish the alarm would have a longer snooze function! The current 5 mins is a little too short for my liking. I’ve been playing around with Wi-Fi and GPRS both. I like Gmail’s little app which I have downloaded. I’ve also got quite used to the keyboard and can tap out a short email/SMS pretty quickly.

The camera’s decent too, but after having used my Nikon dSLR for so long it feels really slow…

I’ve been looking around for some cool little apps for the phone but haven’t found anything interesting yet. Any suggestions?

Marketing Google style – new Gmail, OpenSocial and OHA

I’ve seen or heard of very little Google marketing (the only thing that comes to mind is a hoarding they put up for job seekers…)

But if we see today Google seems to have one of the best known brands on the Internet. And I think there are some really clever marketing ppl behind this. I’m really coming around to the view that Google’s slow roll-outs of Gmail and its newer versions and invitation-only betas to new products are all smart marketing tactics to create buzz around these things. Further, I refuse to believe that Google has no hand to play in all the speculation that happens around their upcoming launches.

Take for example the two most recent releases – OpenSocial and the Android/OHA mobile phone OS. I must have read hundreds of blog posts (on what else but Google Reader 🙂 ) about these 2 over the last couple of months. Should I really believe that this is all speculation and is not being fuelled by Google? I find it a little too hard to believe that.

Gmail was the first “big” launch that I remember from Google. I can still remember searching all across the Net for an invite to Gmail till I finally got one. The amount of buzz that was generated then was awesome and I think Google has successfully re-created that around OpenSocial and Android/OHA.

But whatever you say I like the things these guys are building. And if you missed the update that is being rolled out across Gmail accounts now, look out for my next post. My wife’s Gmail has been updated to the new version and as a result I spend more time in her mailbox than mine 😉

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