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Sunday, February 21, 2010


Whether its about business or personal life, We tend to define perfection as tool to succeed and it starts with the search for "The Perfect" : perfect idea, perfect business partner , perfect life partner, perfect job, perfect product, perfect boss, perfect employee, perfect marketing... list goes on. In this process of finding the perfect thing, we set our standards by looking at the world around us and not the world inside each one of us. Every time we evaluate something, we tend to magnify missing pieces & qualify it as incomplete or flawful because it does not fit into self imposed standards (which were set by looking at perfect things of the world but by underestimating the effort that made the perfection possible). We forget that flaws are reality

Defining something by the absence of something else is a mindset of incompletion, a hedonistic and fearful approach. It’s hedonistic because we try to isolate only the “good” things from the whole, and it’s fearful because we do that by fear of the other, “bad” side. Choosing only one side of the coin is useless and ineffective. You can’t have a full coin if you chose only one side of it. - Dragos
Hence for me, “flawlessness” is not about perfection, its about how complete can you become after accepting the reality. It might be little difficult to understand this until I ask you to watch a great ballet performance video below. This is what I call incomplete yet so flawless

Thanks to Pravin Talan for sharing this video

We always expect things to be perfect around us, a missing piece in our universe starts to cause discomfort. But we forget that we have started to take many things just for granted, even when we never owned it. Louis CK puts it in right perspective

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Leverage Piracy: Make everyone in the eco-system win

One of my friends , Alok Kejriwal (Founder of www.c2wgroup.com ) recently wrote about how he monetized piracy. I am sure, world needs to learn alot from this smart entrepreneur.

He says..
Our secret sauce to leverage piracy was something called ‘inviziads’ – we placed invisible ads in our games that went with our games when the pirates took them. These ads automatically become visible on pirate websites. The interesting concept is that the content remains pristine. The consumer wins (gets content without paying), the pirates win (become popular thanks to evergreen content) and we win (thanks to the ads in the content).
- Read original post : Why Piracy is good

Friday, August 28, 2009

Web Product Management

If you are an early stage product manager (like me) , Dan Olsen has something to help you with guideline, worth looking at.

Source :
Best Practices in Early Stage Product Management

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A New Model for the Workplace

I came across an interesting piece of advice, worth listening if you ever had to define "collaboration" and "mastery" for your team.

Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age: A New Model for the Workplace

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

960px or 1020px or 1040px or 1080px , tough decision, huh?

If you find it difficult to take decisions on layout widths for your grid-based web design , here are few interesting things to read.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

To create true value for your client

Friday, August 21, 2009

Activity Logs and Friend Feeds on Rails & pfeed

One of the good rails developer from Holland ,Travis , wrote a detailed post about my pfeed plugin and its beauty. Go check out more
Quoting Travis:
Friend networks and activity feeds are mainstay features of social media applications, and designing an implementation that won’t scar your code with the complexities of bidirectional logic and messaging queues is never easy.

That should be enough to send the thoughtful developer looking for a giant’s shoulders to stand on before climbing the task themselves, but in the case of Rails, otherwise known for the fecundity of its plugin community, there is no compelling solution stack to raise us up. That is, not until Abhishek Parolkar released pfeed:
A rails plugin that allows you to create extensible log of activity.

read more on original post

Thanks Travis, for a great write up :-)