First, Fortune Magazine has done a great piece on Indian business and businessmen, which even includes a full page pic of Vijay M and son. "One big blowjob for these businesses" a colleague pointed out, particularly noting that Kumar Birla had agreed to a photo-shoot (note: The young Birla is a particularly reticent person when it comes to photography). Yet, while some of the articles might seem a bit out of place, the issue is a must-read and a must-buy. And the photography is really amazing, I particularly like the long-exposure shot of Mumbai's CST.
And no they haven't covered the entire IIPM vs. Bloggers thing (though I was surprised to get a couple of mails from non-blogging friends in the US asking me about this). Yet, two large circulation business magazines, one general magazine and one sensationalist magazine are carrying the story, (hopefully for the latter two) in their next issues. Even though, Rashmi says that hopefully a major news agency might also pick up the story soon.
In this crazy hype about a B-School I made several mistakes. Firstly, I should have remembered that blogging doesn't pay my salary and while I should persue a cause I believe in, my first and primary responsibility is towards the organisation I work for. Which means I will blog slightly less (but because I'm going on vacation soon - to Delhi of all places - the post count might head up again). The Second mistake I made is to remember that my online and offline personas are different and that I should keep a well distinguished line between them. I am somebody in the physical world who has not just sedantary responsibilities (like producing the occasional story) but also also someone who happens to not live in isolation to oneself, by which I mean that my family is not inconsequential to the whole shabang. So I've just had this huge dose of responsibility drilled back into me, and I remember that I shouldn't act like a 18-year old anymore.
This means that I won't blog about 'inside information' that much, though I will talk about shady educational institutions with equally shady connections going forward. For example, during this whole thingjammy involving the Ponytail, while everybody carried on about what a 'fraud' man-star and man-star's daddy was, no-one quite explained the sources of funds for these guys, and those strange anonymous comments claiming to be the 'Middle Eastern patrons' of man-star. My assumption of an institute which moves from a dilapidated building in Delhi to seven new spanking new 'Towers' in seven cities in the space of five years is that it has to have some sugar-daddy or the other. However, while Thallasa Mikra's research has pointed out that man-star's daddy is not that rich (only worth Rs 22 lakh, or so he told the ECI) where on earth did the money come from. I once recall that a minister in the former government told me that a lot of NGO's in India were being used to funnel 'dubious funds' from the Middle-east into India. While not painting all NGO's with the same brush, he said that there are several NGO's, even educational societies with 'dubious' funding sources. So the Department of Income Tax, instead of taking out advertisements which loudly proclaim, "We know who you are" (ie: You have no rights to any privacy) they should go after all such educational institutions.
I attended a talk by Sir Howard Stringer, the Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation. He is quite a guy, talking about the convergence between software (content) and hardware (electronics). Mentioned stuff about the importance of entertainment in people's lives, how Sony Pictures will enter Bollywood/Indian cinema - they have already signed one deal for distribution and marketing of a film. Not much talk about their hardware though. He is down in India for the tenth anniversary of Sony Entertainment TV, who are having a big birthday bash tomorrow at the Grand Hyatt. Seems like a good way to spend a Satruday evening!