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Tata Sons wins case against

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[tweetmeme source=”gautamghosh”]This is a little weird. I have tremendous respect for the Tata group but this case against the travel community site doesn’t make sense or logic unless they want to manage the community too.

Interesting thing to note is that MakeMyTrip which owns the domain is talking to the community and building up quite a support, however I don’t come across anything similar by the Tata folks.

As they say:

Very recently, TATA Sons filed a case against us ( in infringement of their TATA name (as our domain name contains the ‘TATA’ word!). Tata Sons has contended that it is confusingly similar to its ‘Tata’ brand and the travel portal runner has no rights or legitimate interests to use it. The company had argued that the site infringed the right of its registered trademark/service mark ‘Tata’.

And in a decision by a sole panelist, ownership of the domain has been awarded to TATA by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Arbitration and Mediation Centre.

Needless to say we’re alarmed by such claims on our domain name. The domain name is importantly a representative of the colloquial “OK Ta Ta Bye Bye”, which represents travel, journey and related activities, referring to the generic word “Ta Ta”.

Nikhil Pahwa blogs at Medianama

MakeMyTrip (which owned the oktatabyebye domain) is going to appeal against the order, CEO Deep Kalra has told MediaNama, adding that ”Ta ta is a generic that everyone understands.” Strangely enough, there is no appeals process at WIPO, so MakeMyTrip will file an appeal in India to stay the transfer of the domain name.

What is that they say about people who live in glass houses? Via Twitter, Cleartrip informs us that MakeMyTrip owns Unlike Ta ta, I don’t think Cleartrip is a generic, is it?

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LOL! Wish doctors gave these advice

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.

Is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it…don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer?

 Take a nap.


Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system.

Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.


Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A:  No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, hat means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!


Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.


Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can’t think of a single one, sorry.  My philosophy is: No Pain…Good!


Q:  Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A:  YOU’RE NOT LISTENING!!! …..  Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?


Q:  Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

 A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger   stomach.


Q:  Is chocolate bad for me?

A:  Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It’s the best feel-good food around!


Q:  Is swimming good for your figure?

A:  If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.


Q:  Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?

A:  Hey! ‘Round’ is a shape!


Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.


And remember:

‘Life should  NOT  be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving  safely in an attractive and well preserved  body, but rather  to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one  hand – chocolate in  the other – body thoroughly used up,  totally worn out and screaming ‘WOO  HOO, What a  Ride’




For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.


1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.



Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Woman ‘sacked’ after abusing boss on Facebook

A woman has apparently been sacked after abusing her boss on Facebook – forgetting that he could read her comments because they were friends on the networking website.

Yes the Facebook conundrum.

Many employees will get to a point where they will think twice before updating their status or posting their thoughts.

Because, with online life, you can leave the physical office and your boss once your day ends, but virtually they can be all around you.

In fact, IBM interestingly has posted an interesting presentation called Identity Management For IBMers On Facebook.

You can find it here:

It shows basic privacy settings and what you can do to make your facebook experience unlike the lady in the news report

Study: New PR Hires Must Blog, Tweet, Use SocNets

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Top Social Media Wish-List

Social networking, blogging and tweeting are the top-three most important social media communications skills for job candidates to have, according to the PR and marketing decision makers surveyed. Moreover, most organizations surveyed are considering hiring social media specialists.

This article was tweeted by Ashwani Singla CEO of PR firm Genesis Burson-Marsteller, who blogs at

Haven’t come across many CEOs who are so social media savvy 😀