Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A simple solution

Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.
--Anonymous

Wow, this really hits the nail on the head. Get this right and half the battle will be won.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Our new laptop

My first post from our new laptop. What bliss to use it freely without worrying that the screen might just fall apart......well, the hinges were pretty much gone on one end and the hanging, that had reached epic proportions. Looking forward to getting to know this one...

Monday, December 19, 2005

Flowery welcomes

Well, the hibiscus on the guest bedroom window finally got the timing right with our third guest of the winter season. With our first guest it flowered a day late (probably because you ditched us at the last minute, v), with our second guests a day early (really wanted to have it on display for you, c & c), but this time it was right on target. It’s the perfect way to wake up and see a bright red hibiscus flower gently bobbing in the breeze on the windowsill. My bougainvilleas never fail me though, pinky pink, orangy-red turning to pink and orange turning to yellow, all keep up the constant supply of colour and bring chirpy sparrows to my windows. Its just great to have window gardens.

Friday, December 16, 2005

The City of Falling Angels-John Berendt

I finished reading a fabulous book about Venice, City of Falling Angels written by John Berendt, bestselling author of Midnght in the Garden of Good and Evil. All the characters in the book are real people, who lived in Venice, shaped and were shaped by this enigmatic city. Its a great way to get to know the city, its history, philosophy and culture. The people of Venice are who have made the city into a cultural center from master glassblower Archimede Seguso, nicknamed 'Mago del Fuoco' or Wizard of Fire, poet Ezra Pound, Peggy Guggenheim, Isabella Steward Gardner, the eccentric Boston art collector and many others. A definate must read for anyone interested in the history of Venice, with lot of extras about glassblowing, architecture, The Fenice opera building and art thrown in.

Love

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
-Mignon McLaughlin

I feel to really, deeply love someone is to love their eccentricities, the odd things about them that really define who they are, what separates them from words like 'nice' and 'smart'. Love is not about being nice, its about gelling at an unfathomable level with another person. Its about a wierd antenna connection.....in our case, at least.....of just knowing what the other person is going to say or feel or react, before they know it themselves. Its about letting go of all pretenses, of all preconceived notions and of all expectations. Its absolutely beautiful. Ich liben dich, sjb.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

FDI impact

One of the major worries of permitting FDI in the retail sector in India is that it will cause the majority of the small businesses to shutdown. This article should prove that allowing FDI would not bankrupt all small local businesses. Survival of the fittest will always prune some of the unhealthy ones out.

Here is an excerpt:
According to AT Kearney, since 1992, foreign retailers have pumped USD 3 billion into China, have set up more than 2,200 branch stores, yet sales of foreign retailers make up less than 3.5% of all retail sales in China, indicating that the domestic retail industry is thriving.

Read the full article here.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Malad-BPO & Mall heaven

Malad, a northwest suburb of Mumbai, is becoming the next hotspot for BPO’s and Malls after Gurgaon. The phenomenon of clumping BPO offices and Malls together is working really well; BPO workers are always short on time, get higher salaries than the average Indian and are extremely brand conscious, a winning combination from the Malls perspective.

Mindspace, a 170-acre complex in Malad being developed by K. Rahaja Corp. to cater to residential, commercial and retail requirements. The first completed area of Mindspace is Inorbit Mall, located on New Link Road, which has become one of the most successful malls in India. It is also one of the best malls in terms of variety and visibility of brands, store placements (clustering similar stores together), public space and entertainment value.

Over 40% of the residents in the primary and secondary catchment areas (within 30 minutes drive from the mall) have traveled abroad, 50% own vehicles and almost the same amount have microwave ovens, all factors that indicate a propensity to spend. The footfalls Inorbit Mall receives are phenomenal, 20,000 per day during the week and 45,000 on the weekends. During festival season, these go up to almost 50,000 during the week and 65,000 on the weekends.

Friday, December 02, 2005

FDI in rural sector

FDI in retail has been one of the most hotly debated subjects for the past year. Now it seems, most likely to be permitted for the rural sector to boost the rural economy and provide employment for millions of workers who come to cities to look for work. I think its a great way to counter the fears most have of letting international companies enter India.

Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop, RPG Group, Trent and some of the other big players who have been opposing FDI in retail on the grounds that they need more time to reach international standard to compete with the big guns, will not have to face competion directly and will be able to pick up and improve on international companies ways of retailing.

Read the full article here.