ISI Mark has lost its sheen

ISI Mark has lost its sheen?

As a kid, I remember seeing the ISI mark advertisement promoting the new standards. Government was very much active in propagating it, and soon even manufacturers started adding it to their adverts. It soon became the standard it intended out to be, thanks to the push from the Government to make it mandatory for everyone to comply with it.

In last two years I had purchased a few electrical goods that didn’t do great, but had the ISI mark on it intact. But I do know for sure that it’s quality was compromised by the components used to make them. This led me to believe that I should never buy goods that are marked with ISI without ignoring any other standards.

TMT-Thirty Meter Telescope

Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) may be setup in India

Ever since I have read that China is building a high altitude observatory, I was very jealous. Being built at Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China, it is designed to detect cosmic rays. I envy the pace at which China was developing its next generation of tools for scientific and space exploration. It only made me wonder why India has not much thought about it.

Given that we are already advanced in Space exploration, but China is catching up and fast. The little Indian heart that I have, does not let me believe that India should be left behind, by none other than China to say the least. So, when I read about the TMT eyeing a place in India – I want to say snap it up while it is available.

TMT or the Thirty Meter Telescope project is a not for Profit organization, which is working to get a giant, 30 meter telescope installed to observe the universe.

Airtel 4g, Jio 4G, Vodafone 4G

The new race to win the 4G race

After years of waiting, the 4G is finally here. Exactly, the Airtel girl has been yakking about it for ages now but the true arrival of 4G for me is now. It is when the competition starts off.

Airtel made the first move, and others followed as soon as they can implement their own version on to their networks as early as possible. And as you all may already know, the pace of the launches are all keeping an eye on the Jio bomb that Mr. Ambani has been readying.

The news of launch have been leaked quite a few months ago, and ever since this has been one race against the clock to gain advantage while Reliance is readying their arsenal. Airtel had a first mover advantage when they launched 4G, but how many new subscribers got added is something that is not very clear. Also, most of the additional connections have been the portable Wi-Fi devices – still a win for Airtel.

Analytics: 2013 In Blogging – A Year that didn’t change much

So JetPack sent me an email with a report that did impress me. It was good to see a different perspective of your blog using analytics. There were things that really did surprise me, which included the fact that all my blockbuster (if you can call them that) posts were published before 2013, and the best one was published in 2009. It has also recommended that I write on topics that have performed well in the past. Well, good advice I say. 🙂

Below is a snap shot of how Indianomics performed in the year 2013.

Crunchy numbers

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. In 2013, there were 35 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 78 posts.

The busiest day of the year was October 2nd with 209 views. The most popular post that day was A Place for Lovers & Couples in Mumbai.

This report only shows data since you connected Jetpack.


Some of the things mentioned here are a mismatch and the report still is not bug free though. For example, it said I added 35 new posts in 2013, totaling the archive of my blog to 78 posts – but in actuality, my blog has 287 Posts in all.

The 2013 JetPack report for Indianomics.

All new Chrome tab with Google Search integrated, and how it benefits Google?

Google released an all new version of Chrome which includes major changes on the tab design and interface for Chrome Apps. The new change also brings Google Doodles for that country ( doodle for India) to tab and you do not have to open the site to see.

With Ominibar, a lot of people (like me) missed the Doodle since they hardly access the search engine’s home page. This may be a good way to force them to see the Google Doodle. At the same time, I know people who do not use Ominibar for search. For them, a visit to or is a must. (more…)