Monthly Archives: January 2005

Restaurant Reviews – Chinese and Italian

Over the last one month I ate in two diametrically opposite kinds of Italian restaurants.

Little Italy on 100 ft road Indiranagar is vegetarian, has a lounge, serves drinks and has great varieties in everything from Antipasti to Desserts. A meal for three with a drink came close to Rs. 1000. Great ambience, and seating !

Cafe Piri Piri on Kammanahalli Main Road, Kalyan Nagar is more like a cafe, does not serve liquor, has functional seating, a severely truncated menu, but their pasta and piece de resistance, Chicken Piri Piri are awesome ! Salads were a little short on the wow factor. But the wow factor was firmly with the expense. Cost of meal for three came to under Rs 300 ! Is that value for money or what?

Also checked out Mainland China on Church Street (parallel to MG Road) on a Saturday evening ! It was a bad idea…even though we had booked a table at 8 pm…the service was snail-fully slow !

But the food more than made up for it…we had Chicken Wonton Soup, Bar-be-qued fish, Chicken Sui Mai (steamed dumplings), Chicken Hakka noodles and Honey glazed lemon chicken.
One-word review: Awesome ! As you can see we are chicken freaks ! 🙂 Damages were close to Rs 800…but worth it, even with the delays in service !

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More Indian Contributors for the GKR

When David Gurteen sent across the latest issue of the Global Knowledge Review I was pleasantly surprised to see that the number of contributors was steadily increasing.

They now have contributors from across the world and more diverse places.

But what really warmed my heart was noting that the number of contributors from India was increasing — from Dina Mehta and yours truly the number had increased by 100 % ;-))! The new contributors are Nirmala Palaniappan and Dr. Madanmohan Rao.

So what are you waiting for? get your copy of the GKR soon !

The BPO industry and effect on Indian youth

Rashmi has a brilliant post on the effect the BPO industry is having on the Indian youth.

And here’s my comment on that:

The imperative is for these kids to translate whatever skills they are getting in call centres (like persuation ability, patience, communications etc) and making that translateable across industries. Believe it or not, I was a hotel management grad before my MBA and I notice a lot of my hotel management juniors not joining the industry but opting for BPO jobs…why? Relatively same skills required (high service orientation, night shifts, patience) but the money is much better.The day other professions (remember Eureka Forbes sales guys?) like hotels start to match BPO salaries these kids will be able to move between industries much more fluently !

Thanks folks

for making this blog come in third in the IndiBloggies 2004 “Best Indian Blog” category !

Awesome feeling folks !

Special thanks to the CanadianHeadhunter for their endorsement and the HR folks in India for their votes !

Gladwell on first impressions

from the Fast Company article that covers Gladwell and his new book Blink:

Hiring is one area where we tend to fall into the “dark side” of rapid cognition, says Gladwell. He conducted a study to showcase how we often succumb to what he calls the “Warren Harding error” (Harding being, he says, “one of the worst presidents in American history,” who nevertheless radiated “all that was presidential”). Polling about half of the Fortune 500 companies, Gladwell discovered that the vast majority of their CEOs were at least 6 feet tall (only about 14.5% of all American men are 6 feet or taller). What does this say about the way we hire? “We have a sense of what a leader is supposed to look like,” he writes. “And that stereotype is so powerful that when someone fits it, we simply become blind to other considerations.”

Sounds like Kuhn’s theory of scientific revolutions all over again?