Rerouting to Stuttgart

26 12 2012

Always amazing how quickly we can travel time and bridge the ocean. I still sometimes wonder when we will finally get that really right, Scotty beam me up….

On my way to see my father and celebrate the old man’s 85th birthday. And what a life he has had. Looking forward to seeing old and new friends of his, lifelong relationships and family who stood close thru the very good and the very bad. I guess one thing you learn when you’re 85, is who you can really count on. Or you at least hope you have learned that by now. Or is it sometimes still politics after so many years even……you can never eliminate the politician from the politician. Never!

I asked my father now that he turned 85 years old, what it is he sees on his side of the pond and what and where he has arrived that he was chasing all his life and if that goal, that success, what ever that defines, is satisfaction!? There was silence and he didn’t answer. I think for the first time in a very long time, I caught my father thinking deeply without talking…..amazing what you can learn from the older generation and if it is only to live as Alan Watts describes…LIFE AND MUSIC as I posted it recently to my Facebook and it has made since then for many good conversations!……

Wondering and wandering off to the plane to the flight to Stuttgart……until soon!


The never ending story

21 04 2012

It’s been months now that the story has broken and the all so beautiful idea of a tablet gone bad in India is still in the daily news. So today another report in the Mintmint about Datawind failing to deliver and everyone around it involved pointing fingers. Speaking for myself, I am not sure why after many months of this we still focus on the failure rather than the success and the positive. India is a country, and historically has been a country of surpassing crisis through great innovation. India has created a fertile territory for innovation with great opportunity to succeed – why don’t we all recognize the infusion the introduction of a project like Aakash and the following award even to an underperforming company like Datawind has been into the creation of a education spark. In my book, focusing on failure and focusing on the mistakes, creates often more failure and the real benchmark certainly should no longer be the tablet, that was delivered only 334 times to truly proof it was a flop. We have moved beyond that and we have seen many others come to the table with bookshelves and “empty” devices with no promise. The focus now needs to be to provide a consumer in an emerging and highly cost value critical consumer like in India, an offering that provides not only a device but more importantly a contextual piece, that let’s each user benefit in ways that drive a nation and a country forward. The often quoted “bridge to the digital divide” is not the device or the technology alone, the true bridge is the resources, the knowledge and the information we can access thru it. Think and imagine, people would have to be concerned about and tell you every single time they access Google, that they do it on an android, iOS or windows operating system, on a tablet, laptop or desktop machine – ridiculous, right? Access to educational and meaningful resources for the learner, whoever she or he is, must be the same and that will be the ultimate crossing of the bridge of the digital divide! For now we are just starring at the water running under the bridge and we have not even entered the gates to the bridge which crosses that river!

Almost At the Pakistan Border

23 02 2012

It’s been short plane ride from Delhi up to the border for a meeting with a University. Surreal beauty of landscape and hospitality of people, smiles and gracious welcome! Beautiful India and another day at a time making a difference in education. What an amazing way to spend the day….more soon!