Category Archives: India

Lucky to be alive?

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Common Krait

I am thankful to a reptile for motivating me to post on my blog after a long time…

When I visit India, I am normally in working on our campus, and staying overnight too. But during a two day general strike when the office would close and no cars could drive, I escaped to a hotel by the beach. Continue reading

Category: India, Life

Ironic unsolicited mail from Indian supplier

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Got an unsolicited mail from this gentleman (you need to be a member of LinkedIn to see it), who expressed sympathy for the legal notice served upon me recently, then suggested a venture tie-up with my company. When I enquired why his affiliation is given as “Confidential at Confidential”, he said: Continue reading

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A legal notice against me from an Indian advocate

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papadum

My exchanges with Indian suppliers is landing me in deep water! Some time ago I had some email exchanges with Mr P. Shivalkar, who runs Johannes Press. I noticed the testimonials looked a bit strange. They were rather generic in nature, not referring to publishing at all, and the names and affiliations did not appear on Google searches. Continue reading

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How (and why) I closed down a spammer’s web site

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I was going to leave this to rest quietly, but the people involved (Mr Nataraj Sasid and Mr Vimal Raj) have accused me publicly (on LinkedIn) of hacking into their site. Not wanting to wash my dirty clothes in public, I decided to write a post here in case people are interested in the details. Continue reading

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Life is better when you are an optimist…

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Bottle

I started my business in the UK, some 20 years back. By 1996 we had around 15 people (in Devon). This is when I started hearing the first murmurs about clients sending work to India. The word “oursourcing” had not come into usage. It was very early days. I took the decision (possibly the most important decision in my life) to get on a plane and see what is going on there, as it would certainly affect us. Continue reading

Illiteracy amongst Indian professionals

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A few years ago, I could pick up the phone, ask for the production manager of a publishing company, and tell them about the services we offer in India. I would have a cordial chat which might not come to anything. But now there is no chance of me getting through. Continue reading

Category: India, Language