Hybrid, Plugged-in, & Rechargeable Society (and 2-Hour Power Cut in Chennai)

It is said that the current one-hour power cut in Chennai will be extended to two hours per day. ‘Oh sweet!’ was my friend’s initial reaction. You cannot help from being sarcastic when you know that the 40-degree Chennai summer (or 100+ in Fahrenheit) is about to start within a couple of weeks.

How to cope with the surging power consumption is one of the social challenges globally. Intriguingly, we see a hint for a solution in the latest innovations by the automotive industry – hybrid, plugged-in, and rechargeable.

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‘Overcoming Fear of Heights’ by Martin M. Anthony & Karen Rowa

I have a height phobia. I’m ok with the airplane but hates the glass elevators. I have no problem working on the 16th floor but am scared changing a ceiling light bulb on a ladder.

One of my scariest experience was on Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, where thrill-thirst crazy people built a roller coaster on the perimeter of the observation deck almost 300 meters above the ground. The coaster “High Roller,” which was closed in 2005, was the highest roller coaster in the world and the scariest for anyone who hates heights. I would have refused to even go close to the coaster if I hadn’t had a jumbo margarita. But the excitement of Las Vegas gave me unusual courage to get on the ride. The forty seconds on the ride was one of the most fearful but also the most beautiful moment of my life.

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine told me about the cognitive approach to the height phobia. This was the book then I searched online and downloaded to my Amazon Kindle. The book offered me three insights, eye-opening to those who believed height phobia is genetic and incurable like me.

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Amazon in India – The e-Commerce Giant Opens Junglee.com

It’s been rumored for long, but finally Amazon.com announced its entry to the Indian online retail market, which is expected to be $10 billion. Their business model is, however, not the same as what many of you know. Due to the current Indian Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regulation on the multi-brand retailers, what Amazon does in India is just to aggregate the online shopping catalogs, introducing the best sellers to the users. That’s it. There is no Shopping Cart, 1-Click, List Mania, Recommendation, or Kindle Store. I would not say it’s not disappointing. But let’s keep hope high as a change of the FDI regulation has been proposed and discussed (and shelved for the moment, though.)

Whatever the future of Amazon in India, there has been a long history between them. Let’s take a brief look.

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Sony, Sharp and Panasonic Project Annual Loss in FY2011

In the previous post, I introduced a socioeconomic issue that today’s Japan faces – namely Galapagos syndrome. Like some endemic species fit into the isolated ecosphere of Galapagos Islands, some industries in Japan has evolved into the dead-end branch, off the main trunk of the global evolution. An article on February 7th, ‘Picture Dims for Japanese Electronics,’ on the Wallstreet Journal show-cased one of those endengered spieces in Japan – Consumer Electronics. Once-celebrated Japanese electronics giants like Sony, Sharp, and Panasonic seem to have lost thier way between Apple’s creativity and Samsung’s scalability.

So I wonder, remembering that made-in-Japan electronics were once considered as the best in the world, how it could have happened. Where did we miss the course of evolution? Here are three causes that led Japan to the current situation.

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‘I Have a Dream (Inspiring Indian Entrepreneurs)’ by Rashmi Bansal

Although I purchased this book ‘I Have a Dream‘ by Rashmi Bansal on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this book is nothing to do with the civil rights movement in America. I found this book piled up at the business section of a local bookstore in Chennai, next to a book about Infosys. This is a book about the Indians who pursued their dream and, after years of hard work, achieved it. This is a book about Indian Dream.

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