My Innovation Post Box 2

“How do you select items for posting to your Innovation Post Box?” asked Prasna**

“It is invariably the headine and sometimes the picture.”

“The award winning blue ribbon brewmaster‘s story. How did you pick that up?

“The words  ‘Secrets of a blue ribbon brewmaster’ caught my attention. I read it in a flight, tore the page and brought it home.

Secrets of a blue ribbon brewmaster
Microbrewing beer might be a male-dominated sport, but one of the industry’s biggest medal winners is a petite, 42-year-old redhead with a decidedly female attribute: She’s not afraid to ask for directions …

Taking boredom out of the classroom
Chennai: Chitra Ravi thought of harnessing the potential of the Internet in 2001 to launch an e-learning venture, an almost unheard of space at the time, abandoning a lucrative family business in furniture.

Internet could get 100 times faster
Two Nobel Prize winners have come up with a way to use graphene, a form of carbon that’s also the thinnest material in the world, to potentially boost net speeds

When email fails go back to basics
To break down this new barrier to communication, make face-to-face communications part of everyday life at your office. The Australian name for it is “going walkabout”; many business management consultants call it “management by walking around”

Sweat meter warns patients of low blood sugar
When the concentration of sugar in the blood drops, most patients have a hypoglycaemic attack. Symptoms may include palpitations, sweating, a tingling feeling in your face, altered sensory experiences and intense hunger. Some patients receive no warning before they pass out from low sugar, a sweat meter could alert patients in time.

Handwriting still thriving in digital age
It’s discussed a lot these days. “Are laptops, smart phones and the iPad going to kill off X, Y, or Z?” (Bound books, newspapers, the paper-based office… human interaction.) The latest new-vs.-the-old tidbit to hit our radar is a study by Forrester Research that concluded that 87 percent of business professionals still use handwritten notes in addition to technological aids. Obviously this goes against the conventional thinking that the smart-phone-&-computer-dominated world of the modern business professional might somehow be down on the pen and paper. The study also found that:

Dial a meal from train, get delivery in next station
MUMBAI: Commuters will soon be able order meals over the phone while travelling in long distance trains and have it delivered at the next station, under a “book a meal” scheme that the Railways plans to implement by the year-end.

You can buy a hotel room and rent it too
BANGALORE: If you are planning to buy a second home, you could consider buying a unit in a condo hotel.
Condo hotels, a relatively new concept in India, allow buyers to own a hotel room. The owner is entitled to 21 to 60 days of use of the room in a year, and the hotel management uses the rest of the time to generate revenues from tenants. The rental proceeds are split between the owner and the hotel chain.

CEOs Sing for their supper in Bangalore
Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’ used to be one of the favourites for Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and friends during her school days. Remembering those days in 1968 when she used to sing it, on Saturday, the chairman and managing director of Biocon India Ltd sang it again for her corporate friends for a cause as heart-warming as her voice – to fund the treatment of seven children in need of surgery for cardiac disorders, treatment for cancer and thalassemia. Cultural philanthropy has, indeed, arrived in Bangalore.

In UK, it’s the time to disco for the hearing-impaired
First there was Death Disco, now there is deaf disco. Or, more accurately, a ‘multi-sensory club night for both the hearing and hearing-impaired’.

The Man who gives you your voice
Avaaz in stands for sound and Gujarati-origin Ricken Patel, the group’s co-founder and president, sounds like an unlikely Gujarati. “This past week, my team and I made 30,000 calls to decision-makers of European Union countries to press for an oil embargo on Syria which is trampling on its people,” Patel says.

A working class hero and his labour of love
PUNE: A parked autorickshaw and three sacks of grain outside Baba Adhav’s office are sure signs that news of his being selected for TOI’s Lifetime Contribution Award has got out. The autorickshaw’s driver and the men who are transporting the sacks on their backs are inside, on a brief break from work, to congratulate him. Through the day, hawkers and rag-pickers will wish him. Even in his finest hour, Baba remains a true working-class hero

IIT Kharagpur, US varsity develop low-cost rapid blood test kit
Kharagpur (West Bengal): In partnership with the University of California–Irvine in the US, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp), has developed a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) device that will bring down to Rs. 20 the cost of blood tests to detect diseases such as malaria, dengue and tuberculosis.

**Prasna Rao is an unusual friend. He appears every time I start writing something. He is almost always there when I am writing my blog. He asks questions that are razor sharp and often makes me uncomfortable. He is relentless till I answer his questions in simple, clear terms. You might find that he is most of the times asking questions that you want to. Therefore he is on your side, while he is putting me in the dock. I call him my Uninvited Coach



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