I really like Desipundit, not only because they have brought a whole lot of new readers to this site - even though few of those new readers leave comments - but also because these guys can sometimes uncover some gems of hilarity from the Indian blogosphere. Blogger Gaurav Sabnis has been served a legal notice by the ponytailed management (maybe) guru (joke) Arindam Chaudhari. Now, I know giving space to this persdon is a waste of very valuable (albeit cheap) server space. But this letter is too hilarious. I am still laughing!
Just read this paragraph -
This notice is with respect to your releasing totally false articles about IIPM on the website blogspot.com (reference blogger.com) that has your clear reference and that has been released by you with proven deliberate and fraudulent intentions to harm the image of IIPM and related businesses. The articles have caused unfathomable damage to the reputation of IIPM and to its various operational areas. The articles further have affected innumerable future operations of IIPM. We have legally notarized and logged all the releases and are sending you this email to you as the first notice of proposed legal, judicial and criminal action against you that has already been approved & cleared by the Post Graduate Fellow Programme committee at IIPM. Even though the damage caused by your deliberate and fraudulent intentions cannot be calculated, the proposed filing would involve an immediate damage claim from you of Rs.125 Crores; apart from other various losses (including, but not restricted to opportunity losses, sales losses, legal costs and associated expenses). Corollary claims and subsequent parallel criminal and civil actions are being notified further on.
I really don't know whether to laugh or cry! Now all this is because Gaurav linked to an article carried by Rashmi Bansal's magazine JAM - which explored the tall claims made by IIPM. Now, I believe of all Indian bloggers should link to this article and someone should make a mirror of this site as well. Now, something about B-School surveys quickly, because the publication I work for does one - firstly with regard to IIPM - different IIPM's are rated differently - so claiming that IIPM as an institution is #8 or #9 is incorrect maybe IIPM Mumbai or IIPM Delhi got the rank - never IIPM. Two, as JAM says all B-School surveys are dynamic and rankings change every year - #1 in 2003 could become #16 in 2004 - sometimes because schools drop in and drop out of surveys. Plus - always look at how a survey is conducted - some surveys have very dubious antecedents where the person conducting the survey could be tied to a particular B-School themselves (as happens in the ratings of one Business magazine). Two, ratings are always perception based - students, ex-students and recruiters - any survey which looks at data supplied by the school will be incorrect - Infrastructure and papers written by teachers can easily be falsified.All I do know is that IIPM is not recognised by AICTE and that (while not a sin) is never highlighted - so if you want admission abroad it could be a problem. Anyway, blogs aren't safe from legal action - but I think that Gaurav has little to worry about! WWe can all show our support can't we.
PS : If you are a blogger in Delhi - Shivam of Mall Road is hosting the Delhi bloggers meet on Sunday. I would be there but instead I'm sweating in the Big Guava (I was told Big Mango is Bangkok - Damn!).
PPS : I'll just post one last thing before I wind up for the weekend. This was a post about the way the local media reported the Google-Sun Micro alliance. It is quite classic - guess why I don't rely on any of the Indian papers for news, especially tech news. Check these gems out!
The more that is written about the alliance between Sun and Google announced on Tuesday, the less it appears to resemble anything even close to the truth. But the Times of India really takes the biscuit - sorry guys, but how could anyone who listened to the announcement come to the conclusion that Sun and Google have merged?
According to the Times of India, "Google has announced a strategic merger with giant Sun Microsystems, in a deal that is expected to create another dent in arch-competitor Microsoft's monopoly over the Internet."
Many of you will have spotted two pretty significant problems with this sentence. Firstly, Sun and Google announced an alliance, not a merger. Second, Microsoft does not have a "monopoly over the Internet". No-one does. Microsoft may have the lion's share of the browser market, but that's not the same as having a monopoly over the Internet. Besides, the Sun-Google collaboration is not so much about changing the dynamics of the browser market as it is about changing the dynamics of the desktop applications market.
The Indian Express fared slightly better, but they too seem to have witnessed a completely different press conference to the rest of the world. According to the paper, "Google Inc took a big step toward challenging Microsoft Corp's dominance in computer word-processing and spreadsheets with the announcement today that it would distribute Java technology from Sun Microsystems Inc." Wrong again - Sun will distribute the Google Toolbar when people download Java from Sun. So far, Google has not said it will be distributing Java. They are exploring other ways to collaborate, they say, but there is no firm news yet.