Its been six weeks I, along with my lovely wife Kanchana, have been running with a group called Runners High. We have been running three times a week ( although we have skipped many sessions). Running in the morning made me feel very energetic. I have noticed that my productivity is usually high on the day when I run. I’m also filled with lot of enthusiasm and optimism on those days.
Well the goal of joining runners high was to train for marathons. Right now planning to run for KTM (Kaveri Trail Marathon), which is 12.5 K run, a quarter marathon. Gradually upgrade it to a full marathon of 42.5 Kms.
It is been a year that I returned from US after 5 long years, completing Master’s and working for 3+ years. It is exciting back home close to family and spending time with, my Girlfriend turned Fiancee, Kanchana as we are gearing up for marriage in Feb 2012.
There are few things I still miss like
1) Sunflower Co-op. Its a wonderful cooperative living with such harmony that you get attached to them.
2) Austin Tango, vibrant and fun loving people to dance Argentinian Tango
3) Playing Squash and Austin Squash league. A good workout and intense game to burn all the calories
4) Texas Longhors Football. 100 thousand people packed American football with young, enthusiastic, adrenaline rushing games on Saturday to burn the time.
All these are sweet memories that I occasionally cherish and as 2011 rolls into to 2012, it completes a year since I came home.
Today I had the opportunity to office of MRO-TECH. Their office building is one of the most innovative buildings I have seen in Bangalore. Their building is built so that one doesn’t need any artificial lighting whole day. Natural lighting is light up all along the office. It is a feast for eyes along with vast greenery around the office. That building is architectural genius. unfortunately the person who built it no longer exists. If I even to build an office space, then it would definitely be on the lines of this office. There will be lot of positive energy that flows in when there is natural sunlight. It is too awesome to have such building, especially in Bangalore, which is filled with dirty looking square building hoarding thousands of engineers.
Secondly I was impressed with Mr Nandi, who is one of the founders of the company. he really needs to be acknowledged as a true entrepreneur who started a product based company and built it along the way, in a world of full of service company which make easy money by selling service, he really built a value chain. I salute him for inspiring young minds like me. Thats all I can say, thank you, Sir.
Working most of the time. One of the ideal opportunities I have in work experience is working in two startups and
My top reading blogs are
1. Both Sides of Table
Trying to attend the TIE events in Bangalore. It is amazing to see so many startups coming up in India, particularly in Bangalore. For last two decades, India has predominantly as service based economy which use to develop, mostly software services to MNC’s. But tables are turned now, India is seeing lot of product based companies for pan-indian economy.
companies like flipcart, inmobi has generated waves and inspiration across technology world by being so successful and raising boatloads of venture money. It proves the point that Indians can also develop great products. Even the company i’m working for, NavSemi, has been in the cutting edge of product development. All in all technology companies are gearing up towards products to cater enormous amount of demand in the indian consumer.
Reva as you might know is one of the earliest car maker which went the green route by entirely having battery powered cars. Still it is having lot of issues in main stream adoption. There are two things it matters most for Reva
1) Continuously improve on the efficiency and life cycle of the batteries
2) Don’t forget rule no.1
unfortunately Reva neglected both the rules. If you just look at the specification sheet of Revai, you can see that it has 200 Ah, 48V battery pack and its is Lead Acid. Lets take the issue one by one.
1) What wrong with 48 V Battery Bank ?
Peak power torque is around 13 KW, which translates into = 270 amps of peak current consumption, assuming 48V battery bank. As many of you know that power losses are square of the current, this is enormous power loss in the system itself. They have lost tremendous amount of electrical energy before even starting. Toyota Prius uses a voltage of greater than 300V. So REVAi, please learn from Toytota.
2) Lead Acid batteries
Give me a break, with so much advanced in battery technology REVA is still using age old lead acid technology. Moreover one of my close sources has said that they import batteries from CHINA and don’t manufacture it and never invested in any R&D of battery technology. A company which lives and dies on the strength of its batteries has never invested in it. That is funny and it is destined to fail.
REVA, it is high time that you start doing some R&D in battery technology.