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Amit Gupta needs a bone marrow transplant and you can help. I have taken up the task of organizing drives at a couple of venues in Bangalore on 26 and 27th November 2011. Stay tuned for more news!

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Amit Gupta is an entrepreneur of Indian origin, based in USA, and has recently been diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. When he went to see his doctor for his continued loss of weight and weariness, he was handed a diagnosis of Acute Leukemia. He has started with his chemotherapy regime and is now slated to get a bone marrow transplant.

And THAT is where the problem begins. South Asians are very poorly represented in bone marrow registries. So his chances of getting a match off the registries in the US are bleak, at the best. With Indians faring even worse, one of the websites actually reckons that he has a chance of something around 1 in 20,000 to 100,000. Not the best of odds, and you don’t have to be a betting man to say that. Hence, he decided to pack his bags and skip back home. And now he needs us. But the problem is, thanks to the bureaucratic behemoth in the Indian health system, we do not have a national donor registry yet. This makes it even more difficult for people of Indian origin anywhere in the world to get a bone marrow transplant when they need one… Read more

Related News Stuff from the Bigger News Joints:

IBN: Online campaign to help Indian-origin entrepreneur Amit Gupta fight cancer

NDTV: Wanted: Brown Bones [loved their take on it, loved their title!]

Huffington Post: Help Amit Gupta: $30,000 Reward Offered For Bone Marrow Match [now I know the secret to success of the HP! Look at the title! That says it all!]


Quoting Seth Godin from his blog 

My friend and colleague Amit Gupta is fighting off leukemia and the twittersphere is lighting up with expressions of support.But the support he really needs is for you to get a Q-tip, stick it in your cheek and mail it back. The process is free and you can sign up right here. How about if we gamify it? Here’s the deal: if you are a match for Amit and the marrow donation happens, I’ll profile you or the project of your choice on the blog and send you a check for $10,000 for you or the charity of your choice. Winner take all, no purchase necessary, void where prohibited… (Even if you don’t win, if you swab we all win). [Updated to reflect a statute I was unaware of: You win the prize if you’re the first certified match, but donating is completely up to you. It takes a year for records to be released, but I’m good for it. If this still doesn’t pass muster, the prize goes to charity. And of course, this is an offer from me, not endorsed by any agency or organization, etc.]

 Visit for more info.

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Its time for the biggest fashion event in India, the WLIFW spearheaded and organised twice every year by the Fashion Design Council of India.

WLIFW SS12 October 8th to 12th 2011.

This is an invite-only event so do not attempt to gate crash, to avoid any disappointment. This time, we are very excited about the large number of participants- 130 of the best talent in India in the fashion circuit. You can expect great surprises and some seriously good fashion statements.

Event Venue: Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), Hall No. 18, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 8-12 October, 2011.

Commenting on the participating designers, Mr. Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “Continuing our legacy of bringing the best names of the fashion fraternity to WIFW, an exceptional business of fashion event, we are once again proud to introduce a host of talented Indian designers. We look forward to five days of splendid fashion put together by an array of brilliant designers and wish them the best.”

The schedule for the event is:

08 Oct 2011

  • 04:30 PM Gauri & Nanika / Malini Ramani / Nandita Basu
  • 05:45 PM ‘my village’ by Rimzim Dadu / Rahul Reddy
  • 07:00 PM Nachiket Barve / Peró by Aneeth Arora
  • 08:15 PM Rina Dhaka
  • 09:30 PM Tata Manza presents Rajesh Pratap Singh
09 Oct 2011

  • 12:45 PM Hi-5 by Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma / Manoj Dubey / Shipra Gupta/ Surbhi Chawla / Taurus by Dhruv & Pallavi
  • 02:00 PM Manish Gupta / Preeti S Kapoor
  • 03:15 PM Samant Chauhan / Urvashi Kaur
  • 04:30 PM am:pm by Ankur & Priyanka Modi / Morphé by Amit Aggarwal
  • 05:45 PM Kavita Bhartia
  • 07:00 PM Sanchita
  • 08:15 PM Label – Ritu Kumar
  • 09:30 PM Namrata Joshipura
10 Oct 2011

  • 12:45 PM Divyam Mehta / Ela by Joyjit Talukdar / Tanvi Kedia
  • 02:00 PM Hemant & Nandit / Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan
  • 03:15 PM Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal / Nikasha Tawadey
  • 04:30 PM Charu Parashar / Nida Mahmood
  • 05:45 PM Raj Shroff / Raakesh Agarvwal
  • 07:00 PM Pankaj & Nidhi
  • 08:15 PM Onkar presents Shantanu Goenka
  • 09:30 PM Fiama Di Wills presents Wendell Rodricks
11 Oct 2011

  • 12:45 PM Hi-5 by Chandrani Siingh Fllora / Dolly J / Niket & Jainee /Rahul Singh / Saaj by Ankita
  • 02:00 PM Anand Bhushan / Dev r Nil
  • 03:15 PM Atsu by Atsu Sekhose / Alpana & Neeraj
  • 04:30 PM Mynah’s Reynu Taandon
  • 05:45 PM Rahul Mishra
  • 07:00 PM Savio Jon / Petanu by Pashma
  • 08:15 PM Anita Dongre
  • 09:30 PM James Ferreira
12 Oct 2011

  • 02:00 PM Joy Mitra / Rajdeep Ranawat
  • 03:15 PM Amit GT / Soltee by Sulakshana
  • 04:30 PM Vineet Bahl / Virtues by Ashish, Viral & Vikrant
  • 05:45 PM Geisha Design by Paras & Shalini / Rehane
  • 09:30 PM Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale by Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

A stunner by Amit GT

Looking forward to not only the already established designers showcasing their Spring-Summer 2012 trends but also ten new designers showcasing under the Hi-5 Category of the event and ten new models starting their bright careers thanks to this renowned platform.

The new designers selected under the Hi- 5 category are:

1.    Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma

2.   Chandrani Siingh Fllora

3.   Dolly J

4.   Manoj Dubey

5.    Niket & Jainee

6.   Rahul Singh

7.   Saaj by Ankita

8.   Shipra Gupta

9.   Surbhi Chawla

10. Taurus by Dhruv & Pallavi

There will be two dedicated slots in the shows schedule for the Hi-5 category which will give these upcoming, promising designers an opportunity to showcase their splendid collections.

Those who wish to catch the event LIVE go here to Fashion Fad- the official webcast partner.


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Generally speaking, a sweatshop is a factory where workers do piecework for poor pay and are prevented from forming unions; common in the clothing industry. With a lot of talk about these in the fashion industry, you have probably heard of enough already. However, have you ever been to or heard about the IT sweatshops emerging in every street of a developing country?

Every second street in Bangalore has an IT company working as an outsource for leading banks and telecom companies overseas. These IT companies charge the clients anywhere between $40-$120 per hour for each professional working for them, under a project. This can go higher if the work involves working in odd hour shifts or during weekends.

Many of the IT problems in the world are solved by checking a box, patching some computer code, or changing a setting on some program. The first time any IT professional debugs a problem, it may take them hours. The next time they see the same problem, the fix may take less than one minute. The best IT companies have their IT professionals store “how they fixed a problem” in a central database so that each professional is not “reinventing the wheel” every time a problem shows up.  An IT professional who scratches their head saying, “I saw this problem before – what did I do to fix it?” is an IT professional who will save his or her clients time and money by taking notes.

To save money outsourcing, most overseas companies find a source that has IT professionals that are both certified and experienced. Let me give you an idea of what these source companies are generally made of:

A top company in India working as an outsource for a top bank in developed nations like the US, UK, Europe and Australia:

  • Pays its employee roughly $2 per hour (yes, this is for real!) here in India.
  • Has limited desk space and hence the employees share computers and are asked to work in shifts to accommodate more resource.
  • Makes “optimal” use of space by arranging over 30 desks in a room with computers and these rooms do not have the air conditioners working most of the time!
  • Has a policy of making the employees work for a minimum of 9 hours a day (even at odd hours and public holidays) and there is no limit to the maximum number of hours they can ask one to work.
  • Sends their “deserving” (read: resources that can work for maximum hours without complaining) employees to work at the clients office overseas so that they can work for over 60 hours a week, including weekend support and also work on the public holidays both back home and abroad without taking any leaves whatsoever.

Now if this is NOT a sweatshop, what is? And to think of it, this is the state of a top company in India.

An IT professional spends all his life educating and equipping himself only dreaming of one day working in this India’s number one IT firm and what he faces when he wakes up is just another story!

On a lighter not, here’s a metaphor showing us the state of an IT professional in India and his employee:

Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”

“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.

“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”

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For a country where fashion is almost non-existent, to have a fashion week for Men’s wear alone is quite a brave move. FDCI has taken up this challenge for the 3rd year (and season) and this time around they have managed to get a whole list of interesting designers participating for them. While it is rather dampening to see that my favorite men’s wear designer Mr Samant Chauhan is missing from the list, it is a pleasure that many other commercially sucessful bridal wear designers are trying their hand on men’s wear too. The event will be opened by Arjun Khanna who until now was famous only for his interesting website, more than anything else; followed by Tarun Tahiliani who will be the highlight tonight (perhaps with men dressed in severely embroidered attire from head to toe).

Here is the schedule for the three-day gala event:

02 Sep 2011

  • 07:00 PM : Arjun Khanna
  • 09:30 PM : Tarun Tahiliani
03 Sep 2011

  • 02:30 PM : Rajvi Mohan / Zubair Kirmani
  • 04:15 PM : Krishna Mehta
  • 06:00 PM : Anky by Ankita & Anjana Bhargav / Sanchita
  • 07:45 PM : Abraham & Thakore / Abhishek Gupta / Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna / Rajesh Pratap Singh
  • 09:30 PM : Ashish N Soni
04 Sep 2011

  • 03:00 PM : Rohit & Abhishek / Troy Costa
  • 05:00 PM : Shantanu & Nikhil
  • 07:00 PM : Manoviraj Khosla
  • 09:30 PM : Karan Johar + Varun Bahl for Van Heusen

The best of the lot have all fallen under one slot (Abraham & Thakore / Abhishek Gupta / Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna / Rajesh Pratap Singh at 7.45 pm on 2nd September 2011) which is both good and bad for us. The good part is that we will not have to waste any time trying to catch the rest of the shows missing our favourite Indian festivities in this season of Eid, Ganesha and the St.Mary’s feast. The disappointing part however, is that each of these designers could have given us good-quality shows for the whole day instead of just one show!

Besides the usual bridal wear suspects covering most part of the schedule, for those of you who have the time and enthusiasm, do check out Troy Costa’s tuxedos and perfectly-tailored suits on the finale morning.

Oh! I have to mention this- expect a lot of Bollywood crazy folks thronging the venue for the crowd-puller Karan Johar+ Varun Bahl show where we get a glimpse of what fashion really means to the common man (or the Mango people, with love) in India.

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