Sunday, December 25, 2011
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Hi friends, at last Google has updated page rank list and it is not good news for me. My page rank which was 4 for about 2 years has gone down by one number. Since six months my blogging activities were almost nil because of my ill health (I was operated for gist removal) and I was expecting reduced page rank at least by one. Even after complete recovery from the illness I failed to update my blog at least once in a fortnight. I cannot expect traffic to my site or expect to get a higher page rank unless I fulfill the basic conditions of blogging like posting good contents regularly and visiting my friend’s pages. I paid heavily for my laziness but I count it as a blessing in disguise for my blog. I take this opportunity to say sorry to my visitors for my inaction and promise to blog with valuable contents.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Many years latter, when television networking was permitted in India, having a TV set became a top priority for us and I heard that even a person living in a jopadpatti or hut was enjoying program on his own TV set. I feel the time has come to reap rich harvest from the ongoing technological revolution and we Indians are in a better financial position to catch the speed of growth in this field. As far as gadgets are concerned, mobile phones are widely used in our country both for communication purpose and enjoyment. Mobile hand sets have become a part and parcel of our life and some body rightly mentioned that it has become an additional organ for us. Our craze for electronic gadgets has attracted major multinational electronic giants and some of them became house hold names in India.
Like my fellow countrymen I also became electronic gadget savvy as far its usage is concerned and time to time adopted all available electronic aids to make my life easier and thrilling. Since change is the law of nature, I also changed my priorities and brands as far as owning gadgets are concerned, but I cannot forget the enjoyment I got from my transistor set. Murphy and Philips are replaced by Dell, Samsung, HCL and many more and now I realized that my life will be incomplete without my gadgets. When I am at home, most of the time I will be in front of my PC where as my Nokia 5800 express music mobile phone hand set will be always with me where ever I go. Whenever I purchase a consumer product I prefer to go for branded products simply because they work to my expectations and give me post purchase satisfaction. Though I never use Laptop for my personal work at home or official work in my office, my son who is a software engineer compelled me to buy one and now I have a Dell laptop will best configurations in my home.
I wrote this blog post for a contest “change is easy” at Indiblogger conducted by Dell, which is the most popular brand in laptops in India. Answering the question for the contest, “do your gadgets reflect your personality in any way?” I always try to exhibit excellence in all my activities and I feel the present day gadgets are very helpful for me to do so.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Hi friends, people all over the world who are concerned about the deteriorating condition of our Earth celebrate Earth day with heavy heart and use this occasion as an opportunity to spread awareness in different ways. The first ever Earth day was celebrated way back on 22nd April 1970 in USA and now in as many as 175 countries it is celebrated. I feel we have exploited the environment to maximum extent and not spared any component of our biosphere. Then what we are celebrating on 22nd of April every year? Are we celebrating our achievement in environment protection which is very negligible compared to its day to day exploitation? Is there any improvement in the health of environment from previous years Earth day to next years one? Some scientists warn us about the immediate environment disasters and we are feeling the heat slowly. If all the predictions about large scale environment disasters come true, then we may hardly celebrate next year’s Earth day. But I am an optimistic person and believe that Mother Nature will give us another chance to correct our self. I whole heartedly appreciate the efforts of millions of people who make effort to keep our earth in a healthy condition throughout the year and celebrate Earth day as a stock taking activity.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Hi friends, I always felt the present generation is a blessed one as far as modes of communication are concerned which are available to them easily. When I bought my first mobile hand set it was a mere phone with few kilobytes of in-built memory and it was capable of storing only 30 messages and few contact numbers. I never thought things will change so quickly and the technological revolution in the field of mobile hand sets has brought out verities of models with unlimited user-friendly aspects.
There are few maters in the field of mobile hand set manufacturing and I found Nokia sets are very easy to operate and they are available in different price ranges. Nokia is house hold name in India and nokia phones india are very popular and people are mainly recognizing Nokia with mobile hand sets especially our crazy younger generation. Ten years back I was enjoying with my Nokia 3300 and now I am a proud owner of Nokia express music 5800 with 8 GB memory.
It is time to make life more colorful with latest models of hand set which support 3G and I am again looking at my buying guide ConsumerMate.com which makes my selection process easy and helps me to decide which hand set is best for me. ConsumerMate.com is an online portal with rich information about various products by major producers and I am happy that it guides me to reliable shop to do my shopping. The mobile phone section here is really a great source of product information and even a lay man who does not have little knowledge can decide a best hand set for satisfying his needs.
Posted by pdkamath at 9:28 PM
Friday, March 11, 2011
Every now and then Consumer mate is coming out with different contests involving product users and this time again it is launching an online contest in which product users can write their experience as reviews on certain products and win prizes.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Hi friends, I was away from blogging activities since January -2011 and my last blog post was published on 17th of December last year. During a routine health check up, a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (gist) was detected in side my abdomen and subsequently I underwent a major surgery at KMC Hospital- Mangalore. Still I wonder how I became a victim of this dangerous disease in spite of practicing a disciplined food habit and a decent life style. This sudden development kept me away from my professional duties as well as personal hobbies for about 45 days and now I am happy to receive green signal from my doctor to carryout my normal day to day activities. Thanks to the latest technologies and medications, the surgery was virtually painless and kept me in a joyful mood till I was in the hospital. I want to use this blog post to express my sincere gratitude to some doctors and few of my relatives who helped me during these days. My niece Nivedita Kamath, wife Shobha, son Vinayak, dil Varsha, bother K T Kamath, sister Chandrakala Shenoy tried to keep me comfortable all the time at the cost of their comfort and I think I am a blessed person to have such nice people in my life. I can’t put an end to this blog post without mentioning the help of talented doctors like Jayaram Shenoy and Krishna Prasad who are masters in their field. I pray Almighty God to keep all these people always happy so that they can bring smile on others life.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Some people might have shown sympathy towards the pathetic condition of poverty ridden Indians in rural areas as well as in urban slums and given some temporary relief but very few people think of long lasting solutions to such social diseases. When Sri. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada saw a group of children, who were trying to over power street dogs and snatch food packet from their mouth, took a unique decision of feeding hungry people within 10 miles radius of his ashram. After seeing the success of this move, Swamiji and his followers decide to spread it to other parts of India in a systematic manner and thus The Akshaya Patra foundation came in to existence. Like any other organization it has also framed a vision which says: “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.” The mid day meal program started by Akshaya Patra for 1500 school going children in 5 schools few years back has grown beyond expectations of its well wishers and today in excess of 12 lakhs children across India are happily enjoying mid day meals distributed by selfless volunteers of Akshaya Patra trust.
India can regain its lost glory only if our younger generation can live with dignity and I feel it can be done only through education. But a hungry stomach in a body will not allow its mind to concentrate on anything else unless its demand is fulfilled. So I appeal all my fellow Indian Blogger to donate liberally to implement this noble activity all over India so that nobody remains hungry and uneducated. Visit “Akshaya Patra” to know more about its activities and be part of this great unit by donating your hard earned money which may bring smile on our underprivileged children. You can donate your contribution by just clicking the link http://www.akshayapatra.org/individual-donors.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
In the mean time, minor issues related to quality were addressed without much effort because of the new culture and concepts like “cleaning is inspection”, “first time right every time right” etc. Dynamic work environment helped us to improve product quality where as ‘why why” analysis of a problem took us to the root cause of the problem. With regular brain storming by WCM teams, chemical consumptions were optimized which ended with financial benefit and improved process parameters. Ultimate goal of WCM is to delight the customer and he will be delighted only if we supply him defect free, best quality product at lowest possible price. Successful implementation of WCM and making it as our way of life has strengthened all aspects of our business and I hope with little bit extra effort we can be our customer’s first choice.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Our achievements after adopting 5 ‘S’ concepts by P Kamath
There was a time when our business was operating on seller’s market but slowly we slipped from that advantageous position because of various factors like adoption of liberalized trade policies by government and entry of new players in to VSF manufacturing. In addition to this, expectations of the stake holders of our business including customers, employees and society has gone up considerably which not only resulted in reduced profit margin but also compelled us to think about producing product with better quality. So with an aim to achieve excellence in all walks of industrial activities, our management decided to adopt and implement WCM concept and I feel that was the best step taken at a right time which yielded multifold benefits. I am working in this organization since 30 years and happily associated with every development activity in my work place connected to WCM and observing the positive changes took place throughout the plant at large. It is proved beyond doubt that 5 ‘S’ is one of the main pillars of WCM and unless you follow all the 5 steps holistically, reaching the standards of world class may remain a dream for ever.
I would like to memorize those successful steps taken at GRD by which today we could be counted among World class manufacturing units and as a testimony to our claim of attaining rare position of manufacturing excellence, we have been awarded with Chairman’s Platinum Award. I would like to thank our management for not sparing any effort to make our journey to excellence a smoother one by furnishing necessary infrastructure and moral support. As “old habits die hard”, it was a Luke warm response to WCM in the initial days but with wide spread education on the benefits of 5 ‘S’ in the work place and beyond, employees started practicing it slowly.
Friends, remaining part of the essay will be continued as next blog post.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Though plenty of ice is available in nature, technology to prepare ice was not known for many years. Chakravarty samrat Harshavardhan who ruled India in 6th century AD was basically a scientist and his specialization was chemistry. One day his son became ill due to very high fever and nobody could find any remedy to bring down the fever. The Doctor who was treating the patient requested Harshavardhana to arrange some cold material so that body temperature of the child could be brought down. Since natural ice was not available in that area, Harshavardhana used his scientific skill and prepared the first artificial ice pieces by human being and saved his son’s life. The scientist turned ruler knew the exact combination of temperature and pressure to convert water to ice. Historical biography of King Harsha in Sanskrit,Sri. Hars ha Charitra by Banabhatta is a source of information to justify this historical fact.
This post is a humble tribute to that departed soul who was always trying to make us feel proud about our mother land by highlighting its positive aspects with facts and figures.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
It takes courage to be yourself
Everybody will not like you and it doesn’t matter as long as you like yourself
You can be lonely amidst gazillion friends if there is no empathy.
Something that doesn’t kill you will ultimately make you stronger
Standing up for what you believe in won’t win you friends, but the peace you feel within beats all.
The best way to overcome fear is to face it.
Be kind for everyone you come across is fighting a harder battle
Truly loving another is letting go of all expectations
The best friends are always gained through trail in life
Never stoop to avenge yourself
Merit doesn’t count every time
Better looking people often get luckier and that shouldn’t demoralize you
Never compromise on personal standards
Prayer can work wonders
Things often won’t work out the way we plan it
You can make mistakes as long as you learn from them
No friendship has a forever guarantee
The most considerate thing we can do is to simply listen
People you love the most may hurt you the most
Things are not what they seen
Betrayal is a common thing but not betraying a betrayer is a decent thing to do
The most cheerful persons have the greatest sorrows buried within
Everyday has its lessons; it is for us to seek them
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I want to discuss the benefits of cycling in detail so thinking of stopping here for the time being and continue hopefully tomorrow.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
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Posted by pdkamath at 10:29 PM
We Indians believe that it is not wise to stretch legs beyond bed which means “don’t spend beyond earning capacity”. I think, by following this age old concept (taught by Indian moms) we remained financially fit when the whole world was struggling to survive. Even during the peak of economic recession, majority of Government owned Banks functioned normally simply because banking industry followed all basic rules of banking while sanctioning loans. Happy news is that most of the economies including US have freed themselves from the clutches of recession and I feel the time has come to increase our financial activities.
During the successful visit of American president Mr. Obama, various deals were finalized between corporate giants of USA and India and it is believed that their out come will be a win-win situation to all concerned. It is generally expected that Indian stock markets may boom after the announcement of $10 billion deal but as usual Indian investor’s response was Luke warm. Individual investors who have got burnt their fingers like me are not in a position to take further chances in this most volatile financial market and I want to give an example to justify it. A dream deal of $2.2 billion is announced between Indian based Reliance Power ltd and US based General Electric. In spite of the announcement of such a huge deal, R. power share price did not move up substantially which is still below its IPO price. What it shows? Majority of individual investors in India invest cautiously and their contribution is negligible in the stock market performance compared to Indian mutual funds, FII and hedge funds. I feel, only because of the participation of foreign institutional investors and hedge funds we could see sensex crossing 20k again and again.
Systematic investment plan (SIP) was practiced in Indian households since centuries. Indian moms used to collect some portion of food grains and money separately to meet emergency requirements if any. For an Indian investor who wants be part of share trading activities but with minimum risk, investing in mutual fund through a SIP is a good option. Since there is a stiff competition between major mutual fund players like Birla Sunlife, SBI, UTI, Tata, Kotak Mahindra, LIC, Franklin Templeton, Morgan Stanley etc. we can expect better service and returns to the customers. A small investment for a longer period may become a huge fund which may take care of future requirements like higher education for children or their marriage. Indian middle class always play safe in all aspects and I feel SIP in few companies will increase the value of their portfolios, keep them free of stock market tension. Browsing the internet to know the past track record of companies and NAV levels of different funds before selecting a fund will end up with a good selection. I am investing through monthly SIP in two different funds of Birla Sunlife Mutual fund and already received handsome dividends which are quite higher than Bank interest.