The first computer designed and produced in India is now for sale in the country. The Simputer has been developed by scientists and engineers at the Institute of Science in Bangalore. The handheld device was built to help people to afford to have their own computer and access the internet. It comes in three versions and can be used to surf the web and send e-mails. The basic model has a 206Mhz processor, 64MB of memory and uses the Linux operating system....

April 11, 2004 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Does one need to "promote" offshoring?

Mercury News is running a <strong>story</strong> on how India’s second-largest software company, Infosys Technologies, announced Thursday that it is expanding operations in Fremont with a new management-consulting subsidiary to advise technology companies on shipping software-development work offshore. My question is, do they need to promote offshoring? Isn’t there enough action on the offshoring front?

April 9, 2004 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

U.S. Outsources Obesity To India

Supersizing Rampant in Bangalore The United States is rapidly outsourcing obesity to India and hopes to shed as many as three trillion pounds of unsightly cellulite annually, President George W. Bush announced today. In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Milwaukee, the President said that since most of the millions of jobs outsourced since he was elected President were extremely sedentary, “Those jobs are now making the people of India fat instead of us....

April 9, 2004 · 2 min · Amit Bahree

IBM to buy India's third largest backoffice company

I think it is time to move back to India now. :) Here is an excerpt “…IBM, the world’s largest IT company, on Wednesday said it would acquire the country’s third largest BPO outfit, Daksh eServices, to add skills in strategic areas. Though IBM did not reveal the deal size, industry sources put the deal at Rs 700 crore (around $150 million), which is almost two-and-a-half times Daksh’s revenues for 2003-04....

April 7, 2004 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Wipro hit $60m with back taxes

Though I have never worked for (or at) a “big” Indian software company <strong>this</strong> is interesting as more and more Indian companies are taking a shelter under various US tax schemes. I am no tax expert and am not sure the legality of this, but this could be a huge “profit” for the Indian companies if it is upheld in court. Does invite the question, do they pass this onto the average joe working their butts off?...

April 4, 2004 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

India's Shining Brains

I did not know this, but the dean of Kellogg School of business is of Indian origin. I think it’s pretty cool. Check out the story here .

April 2, 2004 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

The Singhsons

A good friend, pointed me to the “The Singhsons” found here who are right out hilarious! I just fell out of my chair laughing. There is sound so be careful if you are listening to this at work. The first person I could think of while seeing this is my dear friend Karan - and I think that is a compliment. *grin* You can read Karan’s blog here .

April 1, 2004 · 1 min · Amit Bahree