Voyager of the Flattening World

Scribbles about my days in Chennai, India. This blog was a record of my voyage around the flattening world.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Southern America Meets Southern India
    April 2, 2012

    As briefly touched in a previous post ‘How Long is One Second?,’ I had an opportunity to support an offshoring transition project from an American IT vendor to an Indian one. It was a big project involving hundreds of people – Americans and Indians (and one Japanese.) While the project itself was quite interesting, what excited ...

  • How Long is One Second?
    March 28, 2012

    This is a story of an American company outsourcing its IT support to an Indian offshore vendor. Assume that you are a local IT employee in the US urgently requesting for offshore help to recover the crashed system. The business users are screaming at you like hell, unable to ship the products out without the system. After listening ...

  • ‘The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business’ by Charles Duhigg
    March 26, 2012

    Was your New Year’s resolution to get fit, to spend more time with family, or to quit smoking? It’s been already three months. How are you doing so far? If you are a part of the majority, your answer would not be great. No worries. I’m on the same boat. I can easily count a ...

  • Muri Muda Mura – Pursuit for Optimal Process
    March 20, 2012

    You may have heard these three Japanese ‘M’ words repeated by any process engineer at a Japanese manufacturing company. Muri Muda Mura mean overwork, waste, and inconsistency respectively. Toyota, one of the world’s best companies in the operations management, taught us to avoid them like the plague. A crusade against Muri Muda Mura is one ...

  • Impression of India – or Another Chaos Theory
    March 14, 2012

    Although India is becoming the third largest economy in the world in any moment, this booming country is still foreign to many people. Whether for that reason or not, I frequently meet first-time travelers to India. Their impression of India is quite insightful sometimes. The word that most frequently used is ‘chaos.’ Good Ol’ Chaotic Days My ...

  • ‘The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur’ by Mike Michalowicz
    March 8, 2012

    This book is not about celebrity entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. This book is about ordinary people like you and me, who don’t have a special talent, past experience or abundant amount of money to start a successful business today. Nevertheless, the author says you can become an entrepreneur today. To show you ...

  • Hybrid, Plugged-in, & Rechargeable Society (and 2-Hour Power Cut in Chennai)
    February 28, 2012

    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 ...

  • ‘Overcoming Fear of Heights’ by Martin M. Anthony & Karen Rowa
    February 21, 2012

    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 ...

  • Amazon in India – The e-Commerce Giant Opens Junglee.com
    February 16, 2012

    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 ...

  • Sony, Sharp and Panasonic Project Annual Loss in FY2011
    February 10, 2012

    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 ...

  • ‘I Have a Dream (Inspiring Indian Entrepreneurs)’ by Rashmi Bansal
    February 4, 2012

    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 ...

  • Galapagos – Darwin’s Natural Laboratory of Japanese Mobile Phone, K-car, and Beer
    January 31, 2012

    Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of islands in the Pacific Ocean, a unique biosphere for many endemic species like Galapagos Tortoise, Galapagos Land Iguana and Blue-footed Booby. Known as Darwin’s natural laboratory, the isolated islands helped them evolve off the main trunk of the evolution tree – further to the evolutionary dead-end. Today, Galapagos is very ...