Archive for the ‘History’ Category

November 19, 1982

October 5, 2006

TV Color Bars

Indian viewers saw life in color for the first time on broadcast television.

[Source: India Today magazine, Oct 2, 2006]


February 26, 1917

October 1, 2006

Original Dixieland Jazz Band1Original Dixieland Jazz Band2

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, five white guys from New Orleans cut the first jazz record, “Livery Stable Blues” in Victor’s New York Studios.

[Source: John Leland’s book ‘Hip: The History’]

Independence Day Special

August 15, 2006

Independence Day Special

It’s August 15th and India is celebrating its 59th birthday as a free nation. It’s been a long journey since then and now the Indians have more brands to choose from than ever before, more TV channels to while away time than ever before, more cinema multiplexes to watch the same old Bollywood flicks that we never get tired of watching, and, most importantly more drive and ambition in the people than ever thought possible.

For those of you who are outside India (be it NRIs or foreigners) interested in India and the state of things its in today, India Today magazine (subscription required to read online) has a special Independence Day Edition which is quite a steal as it has some commendable collection of stats, facts, and other opinion on the subcontinent. It’s a collector’s item.


August 3, 2006

Netscape 7.0

From the annals of dot-com history comes this great brand quote:
“Netscape was not a dot-com. We did not participate in the dot-com bubble. We started the dot-com bubble.” – Jim Barksdale (Former CEO of Netscape Communications)

[From Thomas Friedman’s book The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century]

Quote of the Day

June 28, 2006


“Throughout human history, in all politically complex human societies in which people encounter other individuals with whom they have no ties of family or clan relationship, government regulation has arisen precisely because it was found to be necessary for the enforcement of moral principles.” – Jared Diamond (Author, Professor, Bird-watcher)

[Source: From Jared Diamond’s best-seller ‘Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive]