Friday, September 29, 2006

An Idea for a Novel Political Experiment

To attract investment for a small state, how about organising a worldwide political lottery. The winner of the lottery will get to head the state for a whole year. Prize of the ticket: 100 dollars. The winner should declare faith in the constitution of the state, he heads. He will not have the power to declare war.If the experiment clicks, this lottery can be repeated every year.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

An Idea for Tackling Boredom at Work

Visit officediversions.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

An Idea for Mosquito Repellent Companies

Launch 'extra power' mats with the claim: From chicken guniya to chicken gone ya.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Idea for a religion

So many of the world's miseries are the result of irrational religious beliefs and evil that men do in the name of God. It's time to introduce rationality into our lives in a more tangible form. It's time for people to build temples of rationality. Although I'm not sure who will finance the building of these temples.

An Idea for a New Science

For lack of a better term, I shall label this as Vitagraphology. Vitagraphology is a science that shall deal with studying life graphs of people. A life graph is the curve you get when you plot a person's fortune over his/her span of life. For plotting, the life graph one needs a lot of information about the person. By studying many such life graphs, we can find out a) What kind of people share the same life graphs? b) Are life graphs repeated at all by the creator? c) Do life graphs follow an equation? d) If so what is the equation? e) If one arrives at such an equation, can we predict the future course of a person?

Friday, September 22, 2006

An Idea for ITBHU

Don't crave to be another me three IIT. Focus on your strengths. Tap into your alumni. Carve your own equity.

Idea for a marina lifestyle in Chennai

Create a life and a lifestyle along the banks of the Covum and Adyar rivers. Turn it into a Corporate Project. Put together a plan. Do an IPO to raise funds. Use the funds to clean up and unclog the water bodies and build economically viable waterside properties alogside them. As a publicly traded and answerable company it might stand a chance of happening.

Idea for a responsible legacy

Introduce a clause in all wills stating that children will have access to the deceased parent's fund only when they have a job of their own. The minute deposits cease in the heirs' salary accounts, the access to all funds of the parent is frozen.

Idea for a cricket telecast

Create a character called 'Bet Chod' and plug him as a sideshow for cricket match telecasts. His job will be to give a funny spin on the business of betting in cricket.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

An Idea for Low BP Patients

Support the Indian cricket team. Your BP will forever be high.

An Idea for Frustrating Frustrations

Just meditate.

An Idea for BCCI

Take rain insurance cover for the Champion's Trophy.

Idea for bickering lovers

For each fight you have, write a handwritten letter saying your sorry. You'll get so tired of fighting and writing handwritten letters or you'll so enjoy writing letters that you'll fall completely, crazily in love from fighting. Note: It has to be handwritten.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Idea for a ghostwriter

Pen a book on reverse swing and get the Pakistani swingmeisters to front it.

An Idea for Cancer Management

Not an original idea. Nevertheless, an idea that works. Buy yourself a copy of Louise Hay's 'Heal Your Body' and read up.

Monday, September 18, 2006

An Idea for rain-hit cricket matches

When it's clear that there's little hope for a full length one dayer, opt for a 11-over cricket match. Basically the idea is every player will have to bowl and bat one over. This is a simple way to determine the best team.

An Idea for Imran Khan

Try and form an informal alliance with Nawaz Sharif. A coalition is the only way you can hope to come to power.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Idea for ICC

Make the rainy season in countries such as Sri Lanka and Malaysia and other tropical countries, the 20/20 season.

An Idea for an Unusual Magazine

Launch a magazine called 'Black & White'. The magazine will have a split personality. Half of the magazine will carry positive, feel good, logical, rational, scientific stuff & news you can use. The other half will carry irrational, emotional, provocative, wild, bohemian, passionate and sometimes utterly useless stuff. There will be two covers. The front coverstory will have a New Yorker / Economist personality. The back cover will have a Playboyesque personality.

Trigger for the idea: Both Sides - a blog by Avi.

An Idea for the Indian Government

To create a buzz around India, announce a list of brand ambassadors for India from 20 odd fields. Fly them across the world to carry out a cultural offensive in foreign lands.

An Idea for Sanjay Gupta

Make a movie on the Kimveer Gill saga as seen from Anastasia's point of view. Cast Sanjay Dutt as her dad.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Idea for luxury car makers

Launch a budget car in India. It's a contrarian strategy worth thinking about.

Friday, September 15, 2006

An Idea for the IITs

Introduce B.Tech courses in Internet Engineering, Sound Engineering & Weaponry Engineering.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Idea for Kiran More

Say no more. Write a book. You were part of one of the more controversial times in Indian cricket.

An Idea for the ICC

Ammend the Duckworth-Lewis statute. And announce that D-L will come ino play only when both the teams have played at least 30 overs in a rain interrupted macth. If the teams have played lesser, then the match will be declared a draw.

Idea for India

Do away with linguistic states. Redraw the country into equal states that can then be governed as economic entities. Not regional vote banks.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

An Idea for Futuristic Mirrors

Digital mirrors with reflective LCD monitors that can photoshop your face and present various looks & style options at the click of a button. Also the digital mirror should be capable of recommending the optimal mix and match of colours for your skin tone and mood.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

An Idea for Advertisers

Try out a new form of advertising called Teethvertisements. Pay celebrities to get your brand name marked on their teeth. Every time they flash their pearls, you'll have no choice but to see the brand name. This medium is ideal for unknown brands that want that sudden burst of awareness.

Idea for a retail chain

Simply seconds. For second hand stuff. Well-washed and properly packaged.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Idea for a disaster movie

Do a movie on the River Saraswati.

An Idea for National Geographic

Do a documentary on Indian temples & churches with a thousand year vintage.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

An Idea for Earthquake Risk Management

Start a speculative stock exchange called Quakex. Countries, states, cities and towns can list themselves in this exchange. The listed stocks can use the exchange to raise funds for earthquake management. While investors can make money by speculating wildly on stocks that will get affected in case the earth quakes.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

An Idea for Pen Inventors

Invent a paper sensitive pen that will change its tip according to the writing surface.

Friday, September 08, 2006

An Idea for a Bollywood Comedy

Make a movie based on the life of Kaka Joginder Singh aka Dhartipakad. Cast Rajpal Yadav as Dhartipakad.

An Idea for Jet Airways

Make an audacious bid for the soon-to-be bankrupt Delta Air Lines. Even if you fail, people will sit up and take note of your existence.

An Idea for Abdul Kalam

Start lobbying for a re-election. The public is with you.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Idea for institutions

Remove the 'field' in all forms that asks you to state your religion. Over time, the benefits of this will show.

Idea for ITC

Teach farmers to work together. Look at a way to increase the size of agricultural land-holdings. One of the reasons our farming is not productive is the size of agricultural holdings. Create farmer co-operatives that will make it possible to farm in a more economical manner on a larger land mass. Admittedly, that will take us away from subsistence farming, but it will make agriculture more professional and more paying. Find a way to duplicate the Amul experience in agriculture.

An Idea for Rural India

The Government of India should work on creating a rural real estate boom. This can be done by creating a nodal agency (call it Dharthi)that will have the powers to a) Launch an ad campaign explaining how real estate in villages is far cheaper than metros. b) Create a web site for rural real estate deals to attract investment from NRIs. c) Cut the red tape to ensure rural real estate deals go through as quickly as possible. d) Educate the villager on the pros and cons of selling his land. e) Help the villager with investment ideas on what to do with the real estate money.

An Idea for Resizing Images

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

An Idea for a Pressure Cooker

How about a pressure cooker that whistles songs of your choice? The chip that powers this aspect could be activated by steam.

Idea for population control

Incentivise it in the form of tax breaks and subsidies for people who choose not to have babies. A lot of people tend to have babies for economic reasons and for the security of having someone who might take care of them when they get old and feeble.

Idea for big cities

Raise the limit for the height of buildings. India needs more skyscrapers. It'll reduce the outward spread of cities and set things up. There is more space in the air than on the ground.

An Idea for Development of Smaller Cities

The Government of India should unveil a new concept called 'Spotlight Cities'. Basically 'Spotlight Cities' are small cities chosen randomly for rapid development by the Central Government. A 'Spotlight City' will get a cheque of Rs. 1000 crores and all possible help from the Central Government. The smartest personnel from the Central Government will be made available for overseeing the utilisation of this amount. The thrust will be to create a sustainable economy in that city. Every 'Spotlight City' will be picked by lots by the President of India on Independence Day. Every year we'll have a new 'Spotlight City'. Since this project is bound to attract media attention, the government will be forced to deliver in these cities. No State Government will oppose this concept as the moneys are too good to refuse.

An Idea for Telco

Buy out Reva. Redesign the chasis. Lobby with the government to switch to electric cars. And launch the car at a 2.5 lakh price point. Also implement the suggestion by fellow ideator Avi.

Idea for an Intelligent Potty

Create a potty that can do a stool test while you're taking a crap. The results can be flashed instantly on a digital display wired to the cistern.

Idea for Reva

Consider launching a rent-an-electric-car fleet in a city, as a test case. Position it as an alternative to autorickshaws and other forms of bad public transportation. It also has green credentials.

Idea for Dabur India

Launch a Sanjeevani herb based Chyavanprash. Call it Hanuman Chalisa. Market it as something with 40 Ayurvedic herbs. And target the 40-plus users.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

An Idea for the Jewish Lobby

Rename all Jewish cemeteries as Hitler cemeteries. Lest we forget.

An Idea for a Photo Book

A massive photo tome that chronicles the cradle-to-grave potrait of a person. Every page of the book will capture the mood-of-the-month of the person chosen for study.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Idea for jewellery

Tastefully designed bling for India. Rings, necklaces, bracelets and the like that simply say 'Indian'.

Idea for a comic book

Munnabhai and Kkrish series. They could be like the Lothar and Mandrake the Magician of India.

An Idea for Hasbro Inc.

Launch a Hindi version of Scrabble. See how it goes. And then roll out the Tamil version.

An Idea for Blood Donation

To increase the base of blood donors, the Government of India must announce a tax concession of Rs. 2000 for every bag of blood donated.

Idea for the Middle Class

Let's rename it the 'Upwardly Mobile Class'. This might be an interesting way to push the people in this class out of their conservative mindset. Research has proved that positive naming cues can have implications on what a category of people do.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

An Idea for Andre Agassi

Milk your age-defier equity by writing self-improvement books, offering motivational lectures and endorsing wine, watch & sports brands.

An Idea for Channel V

The North East is full of gifted guitarists. Launch a Heavy Metal Talent Hunt there. Put together a metal band with the available talent. And promote them bigtime with roadshows & music videos. There is a fat chance that we might end up discovering our first world class metal band. The payoffs for Channel V - greater viewership in North East & high voltage brand ambassadors.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

An Idea for a Radio Channel

Start a radio channel that uses only syndicated podcasts from across the world. In essence this will be the radio version of Youtube. All that needs to be done is to give the radio some structure and templates.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Idea for upping sports consciousness in India

Make sports a credit subject at all levels of the educational ladder.

Idea for schools

Create intranets and eliminate the need for text-books, school bags and paper.

An Idea for Inventors

Build a 'Complimenting Machine' that can randomly shower a person with encomiums. This will be a huge hit with people as all they want to hear is good things about themselves.

An Idea for Malayalam Manorama

The Week magazine is going nowhere. It's hit a plateau. The problem - Northies see it as a Southern magazine. And the Southies don't think it's Southie enough. The solution - relaunch The Week as a national tabloid. Make it racy, spicy and dish out national masala. Basically occupy the territory vacated by yesterday's tabloids Blitz & Current. And don't carry any ideological baggage like Tehelka.

Idea for Anil Ambani

Launch India's first Mobilephone TV channel. You can call it CellTV or some such thing. Sahara could be a possible partner.