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Economics of the consumer electronics industry in India

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The consumer electronics and gadget industry is booming in India. With the proliferation of mass market gadgets and cheap cellphone handsets, the common man today is able to afford the gadget with pride. Almost 500+ million Indians possess a mobile handset today (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_in_India).

The consumer electronics industry in India is a $ 6 billion industry or Rs. 22000 crores and catering to the needs and wants of a population of over 100 crore people. This is growing at a rate of 10-12% every year. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

February 23, 2010 at 8:28 am

Go Green by going paperless – economic benefit

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Earth hour initiative I had participated in 2008 and 2009

Other personal initiatives undertaken by me in past

With the Copenhagen summit on climate change and reducing carbon emissions making front page headlines for the last so many days now, I wanted to shed some impact of this on my personal paperless habits: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 10, 2009 at 9:48 am

India Post/USPS – a comparison on how they fare in this recession/operational metrics

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The exterior of an India Post office

The exterior of an India Post office

Update: 8th September 2009

Today’s papers carried the news of Accenture being awarded the contract to operationalize and install a single software in all branches of India Post. India Post also says they have 9000 vacancies that would be filled by youngsters. Furthermore, India Post’s GPO at Bangalore has a brand new look and they have almost 4 planes catering to their needs.

Let’s see the net effect this would have on the financial equation of India Post this time next year when we do the revenue-cost analysis again.

https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2007/06/11/india-post-the-road-to-recovery-2/

I had written about this some years back on the road to recovery for the India Post and the efforts they are making in creating a new brand image. I had also written on how they compare with their US counterpart – the USPS. Coincidentally, I read up an article on the progress made by the USPS recently and even they are ailing due to the current economic recession in the US and are set to post a whopping $ 7 billion loss for the fiscal year.

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Written by Naveen Athresh

August 14, 2009 at 9:47 am

IIFT EMIB

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IIFT EMIB 2004 - 2006 (Source: http://www.iift.edu)

IIFT EMIB 2004 - 2006 (Source: http://www.iift.edu)

It’s been exactly five long years since I joined for my EMIB (Executive Masters in International business) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi! I joined it on 9th August 2004. Time flies! But can say for sure that this degree has been my best investment made on education till date. With zero opportunity cost (it was held only on weekends – non stop for one and a half years) and the schedule was honestly grueling with no respite and kept us busy on weekdays with assignments, quizzes every weekend, mid-term exams, classes and of course, the end terms. Read the rest of this entry »

I voted, did you vote?

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There is no point criticizing the Government, the public offices, the institutions, the politicians etc. if you don’t exercise your fundamental right and cast your vote. So, get up and vote – for a change. Let’s make India a better place to live in!

Written by Naveen Athresh

May 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Economic recession and a pandemic – correlation

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It appears this correlation appears to be quite high. The last economic crisis hit in 2001 with the dot com and telecom bubble burst and that was instantly followed by 9/11 and then the SARS crisis in South East Asia and the Anthrax cases in USA. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

April 29, 2009 at 10:58 am

Votonomics

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The Indian general elections -First off, please VOTE, Second,  Vote for a change

The Indian general elections -First off, please VOTE, Second, Vote for a change

I got my new voter id card (I had an old one issued in 2005 as well) yesterday. The process is quick and painless but the queue isn’t. I had to make my way through a long serpantine queue for almost 3 hours – thankfully, the saving grace was the sun had set and this made it bearable to stand in the cool of the summer night.

On a side note, what makes this election special from a Voting economic perspective? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

April 9, 2009 at 11:00 am