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About Gopinath Narayanan

With over 30 years of experience in several roles in the IT Industry and having worked with leading companies like Wipro, SGI and Ramco systems, I embarked on a consulting role and as an entrepreneur some time back. My credentials include: 1. Eight years of nonstop consulting experience in world’s leading CRM solutions - Sage CRM, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Oracle CRM on Demand. a. Pre Sales b. Solution Configuration c. Scoping d. Implementation e. End User Training f. CRM Audit g. E-marketing 2. Wide experience of industries, across globe. - a. IT/ITES b. Manufacturing c. Hospitality d. Real Estate e. Professional Services f. Financial Services - Wealth Management, Insurance, Investment Banking, Capital Markets g. Non Profit 3. Sage CRM Certified Consultant 4. Oracle CRM on Demand Sales Champion 5. Microsoft Dynamics CRM sales and implementation experience 6. Microsoft Intune and Cloud Sales Specialist 7. Entrepreneur with a team of passionate functional and technical consultants. 8. Over 25 large and medium implementations. Over 100 small and professional class implementations.

No one will tell you these, but you got to know them before you start out.

No one will tell you these, but you got to know them before you start out.

I read “Failing to Succeed” by K. Vaitheeswaran in just two sittings. The Indiaplaza and E-commerce chapter is a masterclass which no MBA will teach you. The book related a lot to me personally for several reasons. Vaithee is an old colleague from Wipro and we transacted a lot during our tenure there. Secondly, I too have experienced the discrimination he mentions in the book- not coming from a premier institute. As an entrepreneur myself, I have felt the unpredictable behaviour investors exhibit. Honestly, my experience reinforces my belief that these high profile investors have very non-transparent behavior,

It is not easy to stay focused on a single goal for eleven years. Vaithee also encourages entrepreneurs to experiment, and that it is okay to fail.

One critical aspect that the book could have dwelt in a some more detail is the fact how difficult it is to close down a company. There are passing mentions, and a couple of anecdotes, but this is a huge problem we have in our business ecosystem. The book is a must read for everyone who wants to be an entrepreneur to absorb every one of his experiences and anticipate similar episodes in their journey too.

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Posted by on August 28, 2017 in Book Review

 

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Millets & Me

There is a great deal of interest in health foods for quite some time now. One of the major focus areas has been ‘organic food’. Among them millets have been talked about quite a bit. There has been detailed write ups about how rice and wheat are not native to India but millets are. India boasts of a wide range of millets, according to dietitians and agriculturists.

A range of millets from 24Mantra

  • So I set out to taste some of these. I started off with buying

‘Mixed Millet’ from 24 Mantra,

the right most one in the picture here.

  • Then, I tried Raggi Mudde from now closed Sree Krishna Chowki, on CMH Road, Indira Nagar.
  • Finally, I tried a North Karnataka Thali from the well renowned  ‘Nalpak’ in Rajaji Nagar. This included Jawar rotis, some thick Dal and a jet black preparation of Brinjal.

Here are my observations.

All millets are very bland to taste. And they are very dry. In fact, North Karnataka Thali is the only time I’ve eaten a meal with butter, ghee and curd in one go. We added Ghee while cooking Millet Upma at home. But anything added gets sucked up by the millet. Jawar roti is bland and no wonder you need a dollop of butter to chew it.  You need a gravy dish, not a semi liquid one to go with any millet dish. I need to soak mixed millet upma in rasam and find out how it tastes.

The flavour of any of the millets are no where near what one is used to with the range of rice we get in India or the wheat atta. I was hoping that millets would be close to oats, which we eat often. But disappointingly, I did not like any of the millet dishes I ate. Even from a healthy food fad perspective, they are a no go. Imagine something that tastes worse than sprouts.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Shivamogga – A tourist’s disappointment

Shivamogga – A tourist’s disappointment

For six months, I researched on Internet and asked people about what one can do for a week in Shivamogga District, Karnataka. I was surprised that nothing much was available on the net, and whatever was available like this one from the official district website was poorly described. In 2010, an incredibly detailed master plan was made. I couldn’t find any updates on the internet, but I can tell you that nothing has ever come out of it. Once I embarked on my journey, I realised how poor the tourism facilities are in Shivamogga. For starters, the map below shows the city is situated along the Tunga River. Believe it or not, there is not a single park on the riverfront for recreation.

shimoga town

Based on the research, I decided to do two routes. One starting from Shivamogga and going North West, marked in Red. The other, going South West marked in Violet. shimoga area The Red Route.

Road to Bhadra: 

Most part of this 8 KM road is untarred and potholed. The only source of food and shelter at Bhadra is the Jungle Lodges & Resort facility. There is no boating or any other facility for general public. We could not go on wildlife safari as it was possible only through JLR, where we were not staying.

bhadra

Sharavati Reservoir at Honnemaradu. Honnemaradu1

Road to Honnemaradu: 

Honnemaradu is a breathtakingly beautiful place, but with no access and any kind of tourism facilities. It is a crying shame.

The Violet Route: Sakrebyle Elephant camp. sakarebyle

Total value for money. Open only from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. The man is preparing a meal of rice grains packed inside hay. They have a lovely bath in the Tunga river and rest for the rest of the day.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary.

Total disappointment. A dilapidated building, a rusted watch tower, no boats, no birds.

There is another bird sanctuary in the area on the RED route named Gudavi. Did not go there- it is just .73 SqKM. How many birds can you fit in there?

Mandagadde

We did go to Jog Falls, but the flow was quite poor as it was past the monsoon season.

My final thoughts:-

All the places above has immense tourism potential. Excuses like ‘Forest Area’ etc does not cut ice. There are places like Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, Masinagudi/Avalanche in TN where there are well organised and conducted trips. But the fundamental needs like roads, food, water and safety have to be addressed first before this hugely untapped tourist area around the Tunga river can be a reality.

 

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Skype in the Classroom Teacher takes students on an inter-planetary field trip

Skype in the Classroom Teacher takes students on an inter-planetary field trip

Future of classroom is here. Envy today’s kids.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
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Works of art created with Microsoft Excel | The Straits Times Communities

How cool is this?

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life | Thought Catalog

I relate to this totally.

 

7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life | Thought Catalog.

 

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

A friend makes that move from the corporate to the social sector

That move from the corporate to the social sector.

via That move from the corporate to the social sector.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in Uncategorized