Apple joins the Race.

MobileMe

It’s now official that the Apple Iphone 3G will be available in 70 countries from this July 11th. For those who already own the Iphone, Sorry Guys you better upgrade to the 3G coz there are lots of new features in store. You can find the details on the news and phone here. July 11th not only will witness the sale of Iphone 3g but also will launch Mobileme, the reply from Apple for Windows Live Mesh. Mobileme is an Internet service from apple which will synchronize all your different devices on to apple servers so that you can access your data from anywhere. Features include synchronization of your email, contacts, calendars, etc. Lately for some reason all the bignames (Microsoft, Apple, Google, Adobe including Mozilla and Opera) are behind my data to be on to their servers and moving forward all I will do is synchronizing all the different gadgets and applications to one of the servers and get access to all my data anywhere. I am yet to try the Mesh and we all need to wait till 11th July to find out what Mobileme has to offer. I beleive Apple won’t disappoint us. Will let you all know how the mesh is in my next post.

Hats off to Kapil's Devils!

This June 25th marks the 25th yr of India’s World Cup Victory in Cricketing history.

Hats off to the team, which made India a proud World Cup winner. Guess What! The team again is gathering at London to celebrate the occasion.I am extremely happy that the day is remembered as an important occasion.

Does this day require to be celebrated?

I really feel they are mourning 25yrs of India’s failure at the past 6 world cup events.

Just for a second, if we imagine, we had won the world cup one more time, then probably this Grand Party would just be a small party amongst the team.

The more the number of wins in the past 25yrs had India made lesser are the chances of the party being grand and lesser the chances of Liquor Baron sponsoring a dinner. (I am not against the Baron either, his business acumen deserves appreciation).

I am not against the day being remembered, it definitely has to be remembered and these 14 gentlemen (collectively referred as Kapil’s devils) should be felicitated. But I can bet that these gentlemen would be happier on June 25th if they had created another team as good as themselves to bring the world cup to India for a second time.

After all parents are delighted if their children overtake them.

Why IPL is Just another Business idea?

The Indian Premier League or IPL is the media buzz of the year so far. All those men behind it have left no stone unturned to make it the way it is today. We all definitely love the Game and especially the Indians and this part of the sub continent. We definitely have to appreciate the BCCI for being a part in the evolution of the IPL. I am really amazed by the amount of money that has been involved behind to get this to us. Reports say the IPL is targeted to generate revenues around 2 billion USD. Well that’s huge ransom that’s behind the game. I wonder whether it is behind the game or actually behind my money and time? Cricket was a Game earlier and now on the verge of becoming a successful business. Thanks to those few intelligent minds who actually are making their fortune out of the interest and passion of the common man. I am definetly sure that these gentlemen got carried away on the fortune they could make out of it and did not realize the amount of impact it would have on the common man in India.

Let’s do some calculations to have a rough idea on the impact of IPL: The league lasts for a whopping 45 days. Lets say a person watches one IPL match a day and each day, so on an average he would have spent 180 hrs(45days*4hrs per match) of his valuable time on the TV. Does he really stop with it, never does this happen; let’s add another hr a day which he spends discussing about the match with his friends etc… So he would have spent about 225hrs on the whole for the IPL alone (this is just an assumption). What does he get to enjoy for the 225 hrs of time that he is invested, he has opportunity to watch his favorite stars play amidst all the ads that they act to make their own life better. To be precise the match that I see on 32 inch TV is only of the size of 25 inches if I neglect the 6 inch ads that are constantly visible as a border to the Match(Is it ads between the match or match between the ads), and a very little of satisfaction that he has seen his stars. 225 hrs might not seem a huge number, but we also need to look at the kind of people who actually are very keen and passionate about the cricket. A majority of the people who watch the league would be coming from the middleclass, with the age group ranging from 12-40 approximately. About 20 million people helped Sony max get a max TRP rating of 8.1 and move to the no.1 spot from the 4 position. 220 hrs and 20 million people, that’s an enormous amount of time. Its definitely understood that the common man is robbed of his time and money, and the players just get a meager share (max 1.5million USD for 45days, ok lets add another million for the new ads u come up due to starring in the IPL) of the whole business in spite of spoiling their own reputation at times like Bhajji, Sreesanth or Sohaib.

IPL definitely is one among the best business ideas that has already started generating revenues of the order of billions at the cost of 20 million people willing to spend 220 hrs of their valuable time, to ensure the BCCI, Sony and all other partner’s are rich. I always feel businesses should give back something in return to the society to survive in the long run. I don’t see any value add from IPL for a common man like me; It really would be very great if there was at least one match (IPL finale would be preferred) to be played for charity.

I would be delighted to hear your thoughts too, feel free to leave your comments.