The Startup Diaries Book Launched

Gagan Jain and Neeti Jain, authors cum entrepreneurs, launched their first book, The Start up Diaries”, a collection of real stories on ordinary entrepreneurs with extraordinary journey, on 25th September 2013 at Oxford Bookstore in Bangalore. The book was unveiled by Phanindra Sama, CEO,, one of the entrepreneurs featured in ‘The Start up Diaries’. The other entrepreneurs present at the event were Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder, One97; Abhinav Sinha, Founder, EKO and Ajit Andhare, Founder Colosceum Media, who are featured in the book as well. The book also features Yo! China and The Loot Store.  Many bloggers were invited to the launch event and it was pretty much interactive with the Authors and Entrepreneurs. It definitely gave some hopes for the budding entrepreneurs who attended the event.  The top people who were on dais were an ordinary people like you and me who has achieved their dreams through the passion and dedication towards their ideas and dreams.  I can’t wait to read the book completely.

The Start Up Diaries

From left  to right: Ajit Andhare, Founder Colosceum Media, Neeti Jain, co-author of the book, Gagan Jain, co-author of the book, Phanindra Sama, CEO of, Abhinav Sinha, Founder of EKO

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Interactive session with Bloggers

‘The Start up Diaries’ is a collection of the real life experiences of six of the most successful entrepreneurs operating in India.  The journeys of these entrepreneurs have been realistically laid down in the book, where the author-couple believes ’The Start up Diaries’ will influence the thoughts of budding entrepreneurs and aspirants. Each chapter is dedicated to one entrepreneur, capturing every incident of his journey to success, including his motivating, hilarious and thought provoking moments.

Unveiling the book, Phanindra Sama, CEO, said, “’Start up Diaries’ is the story of aspiring entrepreneurs who believed in their dreams and pursued them against all odds to give birth to innovative ventures. The realistic picture it has drawn on the journeys of each entrepreneur can educate and inspire readers. I appreciate the effort put by the Jains for the approach they have taken in conveying the message across in an effort to motivate young talent to believe ‘Entrepreneurship’ can be a great career option.”

It is evident that countries that do not support entrepreneurship have slower growth rates.  India, if it needs to grow at a faster pace should give rise to more entrepreneurs.  A changed-mindset to that of risk-taking should be adopted along with the acquisition of required skill sets in their areas of expertise.

Gagan Jain, Author cum Entrepreneur, commented, “Entrepreneurship is celebrated in India today and the country is slowly emerging as a ‘hub’ for entrepreneurs.   People dream of owning a company and establishing themselves, but many are unaware of the struggle and challenges they could possibly encounter on the journey. ‘The Start up Diaries’  aims to educate readers, revealing the true experiences of six successful start-ups highlighting the hurdles faced and how they overcame them to achieve their dreams.”

Neeti Jain, Co-author, adds, “It was truly an eye-opener for us, when we started to interview the entrepreneurs and listened to their struggles, which otherwise would have been unknown.  We are grateful to them as they took time off their busy schedules to narrate their success stories, challenging times and the solutions they implemented.  We hope ‘Start-up Diaries’ will become a motivation and a ready reference guide for young aspirants.”

The book is available on facebook store, e-commerce sites and at all the leading book stores priced at Rs. 249/-.


Traveling to UK via Dubai – important food import regulation

Traveling to UK via Dubai – important food import regulation

A forwarded email which I got. Not sure how true is this, but better be safe than sorry..

Email contents below.

Dear Friends,

I came to know of a case from a friend of mine which is very scary. One of his friends was traveling to UK via Dubai . Unfortunately he was carrying a packet of Khas Khas which is a commonly used spice in some Indian curries and sweets. Khas Khas is also known as poppy seed which can be sprouted to grow narcotics (afeem etc.).

This innocent person did not know that recently the laws in UAE and other Gulf countries have been revised and carrying Khas Khas is punishable with minimum 20 years of imprisonment or even worse with death penalty . Currently, the person is in a jail in Dubai for the last two weeks. His friends are frantically trying hard for his release but are finding that this has become a very very serious case. Lawyers are asking huge fees amounting to AED 100,000 even to appear in the court to plead for his innocence.

Please forward this email to all you know specially in India . They should know the seriousness of this matter and should never ever carry even minutest quantities of the following items when traveling to Gulf countries:

1. Khas Khas whether raw, roasted or cooked.
2. Paan
3. Beetle nut (supari and its products, e.g. Paan Parag etc.)

The penalties are very severe and it could destroy the life of an innocent person.

I appeal you to create the awareness by forwarding this email to all you know.

Br, Rajeev//

India says hello to 3G

12 Dec 2008, 0038 hrs IST, Shalini Singh, TNN

NEW DELHI: India entered the third generation mobile era on Thursday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launching the country's first 3G network by receiving an inaugural video call and viewing live television on a 3G-enabled mobile handset.

The call was made using the MTNL network at the inauguration of India Telecom 2008 ^ a global telecom conference organized by Ficci. “This marks a paradigm shift in the use of mobile phones. With up to 2 Mbps capacity, consumers can make video calls, view live television, get video surveillance of their homes or offices on their handsets and, of course, access email speedily on the move,'' R S P Sinha, MTNL's CMD said.

After the debut of 3G services in Delhi, India can look forward to a host of such enhanced and value added services across the country before the end of 2009. It is expected that 3G services will be available early next year in Mumbai and later in Chennai.

Telecom minister A Raja, minister of state Jyotiraditya Scindia, and Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP and Ficci president, were present when the inaugural 3G call was made.

According to department of telecom sources, information on auction of 3G spectrum to private players for up to four licences per circle will be released on Friday. However, in seven of the 22 telecom circles, spectrum shortage could reduce the number of 3G licences available for the auction which is scheduled to be held by the end of January 2009.

In the run up to the auctions, DoT will hold an investor conference before the end of December. Subsequently, in mid January, mock auctions will also be held a few days before the actual 3G auctions are conducted.
The government has allowed BSNL and MTNL an edge in 3G services by allocating 5 MHz of spectrum in the 2.1 GHz band to them ahead of private players. This may uniquely position BSNL and MTNL to lead the 3G launch across the nation as early as mid-2009.

At present, India has over 330 million mobile subscribers, projected to swell to 650 million by 2012. Spectrum is a vital input for ensuring such massive growth and 3G spectrum will play a critical role as India moves from the current subscriber base to nearly double this figure in the next four years.

It has taken 12 years to add roughly 330 million mobile users but will take only four more years to double this number with 8 to 10 million new subscribers added every month.

Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel

By Raj Posted in News