Yesterday we had the opportunity of listening to CEO of France Telecom at UoM, very bright guy (a juger par ses accomplissements) and brilliant businessman (a en juger par ses stratégies).
Well I believe he is a brilliant businessman mainly because he has a clear vision regarding the future of his organisation, he is sharp in his responses, his 'strategies d'intégration'...
Orange actually donated Rs 2 000 000 to UoM, which is a good initiative. Lets hope they CEO comes in and regularly repeats this deed. Regarding a question about when the iPhone would be available (and fully usable) in Mauritius, Didier Lombard explained the strategy of Apple which was that of a geographical deployment.
In Europe for instance, iPhones are fully usable only in UK, Germany and France. This clearly demonstrates the Apple's Strategy of exploiting markets where there are big mobile phone users. In Mauritius, though we are rather heavy mobile users, the market size is comparatively small....But as Didier Lombard mentionned...'Il y a de l'espoir'.
Another colleague enquired about how Orange intended to cater for the fact that on average, people in Mauritius pay less for mobile services a compared Europeans. He outlined the fact that there was a tension between Orange's QoS and the amount of money people were willing to pay.
In other words...would Orange decrease QoS parameters to match the amount of money locals are willing to pay.
The answer of the CEO of France Telecom was very diplomatic.
Today, i had a wicked time at Uni, though i know my students had a tough time understanding Tree operations like delete and insert....when they code it, i am sure that they will sort these out, and they will call the destructor for the class doubt:
Well someone made me ask myself a fundamental question today....
Quand devient-on vieux?
Well the obvious reflex action...was to see what did the word young mean, contrast it with the word old and then come up with an answer:
Wikipedia defines 'young' as: Young refers to the quality or state of youth.
It then defines 'old' as : Old may refer to Old age .
Unfortunately it related old as a state or a thing which may refer to age...
For once i tend to disagree.... being young or old has nothing to do with age! It is a subjective thing...rather a perception, or even a state of mind.
Can we be young at sixty and old at thirty? I am sure that many would simply laugh...others would just smile!!!
To me, a person starts growing old when he stops being young... :-)... funny you might say... Let me explain it differently:
Starting from the assumption that its relative state and that it is a state of mind... I would say that a person gets old when he sees 'the others' as being young.
Note that a simple change in mindset would make all the difference... What if i change the sentence to... when he sees 'the others' as being youngER. This would imply that the person sees himself as young too......
IMHO it is all about perception!
Anyways... a good friend of mine organised a little ice-cream party today to celebrate his promotion. The Ice-Cream was wicked and we all enjoyed it. He was very nice and he impressed us by the speed at which he would prepare them.
Enjoy the sight, and imagine how nice it tasted!!!!:
The flavours included Kulfi, Citron, Amande and Chocolate ...along with caramel syrup and other nice little things which enhanced the look as well as the taste.........
Well i would like to say a big thanks to him.Just after the party, some people stayed back for an informal chat and I must admit that it was worthwhile. A very wise person has shared his knowledge or should I say wisdom with us....
The discussion started rearding wedding love and....and then it gradually got into Theology and Hinduism, and we unanimously appreciated the discussion.
Well being quite passionnate about some 'little stories' about Gods, Saints, the 'Why's of rituals', and .... 'J'en ai eu pour mon compte!'
It ressembled a crash course in basic Hinduism! As i am used to saying...It was Wickedly COOL....What made it more interesting was the fact that constant reference was being made to the contemporary lifestyle, and what are the universal lessons which can be learnt from Holy Scriptures (Vedas, Bible, Quran, Gita, ....) irrespective of their origins!
As i have said before:
Religion is just a set of names.
Lets just have faith (irrespective of the name of the Entity in which we have faith)
Despite being an engineer, that person made it very clear of the lessons which we should learn.
Interesting parallels were being drawn between Science, Religion and our life.
I would like to voice out my apreciation and admiration to that person!!!
I know for fact that all those present share equal admiration reagrding the clarifications which that person brought ...though the appreciation of some might be more equal that others, G.Orwell in Animal Farm!!!)
I will let you guess who that person is!
Comments Welcome!!! (as always!)
OOH Lord........ It is now 23 00 and Google Mail is down!!!! How will I survive!!!