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Turned 48 yesterday August 19, 2013

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I rewrote my bio and friends contributed to “strengthen” it even more. So here it goes…

Ladies & Gentleman reintroducing Simarprit Singh – 48 years; male; Punjabi; Sikh; Indian; brother to Mr. Magnanimous Soul; more than 20 friends with friendship of more than 20 years; married for 18 + years; father to a sweet 16 teenager; happily & hopelessly obese; avid traveler; 48 years of domestic traveling; 20 years + of international traveling; 24 countries; 53 international cities + 100 Indian cities; loves camera; tech entrepreneur; loves history; lives maps; documenting life since 1979.

My fiends add: Inspiration & guide to a few; amateur humorist; hard-worker; grounded; fit for marathon sessions; possesses culinary skills; balances relationships;  crazy; visionary adventurer; no regrets; never looking back.

And…. I jumped December 7, 2010

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When I was all of 8 years old (1973) I jumped for the first time in my life all of 15 feet, all for Rs. 5 (a bet between brothers)

I never got my Rs. 5 as my elder brother told me that if I insisted he will tell our mother dear that i jumped, but with that one jump my dear brother made me fearless to a great extent.

I jumped from the sky and guess whose compliments made me smile the most, dear elder brother, of course. I loved it and look forward to writing a a full blog post on my experience.  Till then here is the link…

Simarprit – An Interview by Roomy Naqvy September 13, 2010

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On September 12, Roomy Naqvy interviewed me on twitter. I enjoyed the whole experience of a “Twitter Interview”

Roomy: Simar, how would you define yourself in a tweet?

Simar  : I always simmer but rarely boil

Roomy: So did you describe yourself as “Perfect”

Simar  : I try to be “least imperfect” in everything I do.  Perfection to me is an enigma

Roomy: “I always Simmer but never boil” – Great sense of fun and humor

Roomy: How many employees you have in your team today in all your Companies?

Simar  : We are 140.  We were 1100 at one point of time & then the US recession turned our business model & us upside down.  Many gave up on us, felt we can’t survive, we got up, started walking and are now picking up the pace again

Roomy: Simar has replied – he has 140 employees in all.  Check out:                                                          http://www.mapxlinc.com/aboutus.html –Simar’s company

Roomy: Simar, so were your parents Entrepreneur?

Simar  : They were not Entrepreneurs.  My Father and my late Mother worked for Central Government

Roomy: Simar, this is amazing.  1100 employees (and still 140 after recession) without Entrepreneur parents

Simar  : It is a team work, we have a great team and we all made it happen

Roomy: If this question is impolite, please pardon me.  How old are you?  In your mid 40s?

Simar  : I am 45

Roomy: Friends, have u seen his personal website: http://www.simar.in/ — really great hmepage.

Roomy: You first joined as Research Associate at NIIT. How old were you?

Simar  : I was 21 🙂 The youngest at that position & without a degree in Computers, I am a Statistics graduate.  At that time 1986 -87 you needed strong mathematics to be in computers, stats worked

Roomy: I found out that you hold a degree in Statistics, not computers. 🙂 So, I guess at 21, you got your 1st job. Ok

Roomy: Simar was 21 when he got his job as research associate at NIIT, he’s 45, an Entrepreneur.   I’ll be asking him the next question

Roomy: Simar, with middle class settings, when you started your company, did u feel you would fail?  Please feel free to give a long answer if you like. I think your reply to would be very inspiring

Simar  : I believe in “Nichchey Kar Apni Jeet Karon – Guru Gobind Singh” Which means Determine & the victory shall be yours

Roomy: Simar says he finds what the revered Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh said, be determined and u shall win. Wow!  This is so motivating. I was so ignorant. Never knew Guru Gobind Singh said something so great.

Roomy: Simar, did friends, relatives tell u that u were wasting your time in life when u started your company?

Simar  : Some did, but most have always supported me. Feedback works.  Some friends & relatives also proved to be opportunists – but then – it is all part of being an Entrepreneur.  I always need family & friends to believe in me, they are my belief

Roomy: What Simar has to say, It’s fascinating and an eye-opener.   Some friends & relatives also proved to be opportunists – but then – it is all part of being an entrepreneur

Roomy: How did you raise your seed capital when you first started? When was it? Which year?

Simar  : Savings, Family, Friends & Entrepreneurs in that order contributed to Seed & also sustenance money in tough times.  it is not only seed, it is equally about sustenance – Things do go wrong 😦

Roomy: This is really inspiring. Friends, did you see his reply to my last question…

Roomy: Let us change track a bit. When your employees fight, how do you resolve conflict?  (They are human, after all)

Simar  : Hmm.. When they fight amongst themselves, I use passive strategies to contain conflicts and to make them work together.  If they choose to fight against the company, it is a different matter

Roomy:           This question was a tough one, I guess, Simar answered it well.

Roomy: You don’t have an MBA or HR degree, so, how did u learn to manage people’s conflicts in your company?  Did you make some mistakes in managing people’s conflicts in the beginning?

Simar  : For me education is a daily routine, I may not have worked for my degrees, but I study for about 2 hours everyday.  One doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel, Management books, Conferences & Seminars are the right way to keep learning.  Yes, I did make mistakes in the beginning & I did make a big mistake even last year. Mistakes happen. Intent is important.

Roomy:  So, were u born in the US? How did you set up your US office?

Simar  : My parents went to Patiala from Delhi to give birth to me. They wanted me to be a true blood “Punjab Da Puttar”.  The US happened about 4 years back, we had gone to the US as part of Nasscom delegation, we liked San Jose :). We were doing business with US, but had no permanent presence there. Now I love San Jose & miss it

Roomy: How do you see yourself as an entrepreneur 5 yrs from now?

Simar  : My role has been changing, even now I do 60% mentoring & 40% Entrepreneurship – I am working to make it 90% mentoring.  I am slowly becoming an HR manager who would like to empower young Entrepreneurs. Compare believes in this.  Over 10 projects under incubation are independently run by young professionals in their early 20s

Roomy: What is your biggest satisfaction as an entrepreneur?

Simar  : I have never treated knowledge as a privilege, fact that I am always able to share everything I learn earns me my sleep.  When you share what you have learned, the cycle gets complete – you have contributed to perpetual wealth creation. the feeling is akin to Bliss – very satisfying, very fulfilling

Roomy: The interview with Simar ends now. I would like to thank Simar formally for his time. It was enjoyable. Inspiring for others too

Simar  : Thank you Roomy, I thoroughly enjoyed you interviewing me. You got me the  way I am & your research was just wow!!

My workstation at New Delhi, India Office February 23, 2010

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It is said that your place of work speaks about who you are. Your table, your chair, your clutter, your phones, your flowers and your books all have a tale to tell.

My office and my home workstation are identical, the are mid size rooms with lot of free space every where. I like it this way. Adding a glass top table added to the feel of large space which I needed very badly.

Day One – SBMBW February 2, 2010

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Day One – Some Battles Must Be Won

  1. What I am going to do is surely going to upset lot of people around me, some who love me a lot. Sorry. But be it.
  2. History is to be remembered and lessons need to be learned and lessons need to be taught.
  3. Focus with a long view brings its own perils, need to handle them.
  4. I need to admit mistakes and move on.
  5. I know I have to keep away from adding to the confusion and chaos and must work towards bringing in clarity. The first steps I took yesterday point in the same direction.
  6. Need to do away with all the distractions, it is easy said than done.
  7. Where is my war chest? A question to be addressed and the war chest needs a better me in all respects – Mentally, Physically and Financially. The day gets divided in three distinct regimes.
  8. Today the focus would be research, about four hours of it, and another four hours of serious money making.
  9. Few minutes to self every hour should help.
  10. The objective met is the ultimate bliss.

Twenty Most Useful Indian Sites November 5, 2009

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Total of 30 parameters and close to about 200 hours of my personal involvement has resulted in one list:

Here is “The Authoritative List of India’s Twenty Most Useful Websites”

The list with one parameter and Useful Ranking is being made public with this post. The complete study/report can be shared with anyone at a nominal cost of  $25,000.00.  Number of sites studied for this report are over 2000.

Your comments and specific questions would be welcome.

Important:

  1. Mapsofindia.com which made to this list is owned by Compare Infobase Limited
  2. IndiaMart.com & ClickIndia.com are founded/co-founded by Dinesh Agarwal, I know Dinesh
  3. MakeMyTrip.com founder is Deep Kalra who chairs NASSCOM SIG on Internet of which I am also a member
  4. I have considered only those websites which are Indian in origin and deed
  5. We had a tie between BigAdda and Ibibo – we included Ibibo
Website Google PR Google PR Rank Useful Rank
Rediff.com 7 3 1
IRCTC.co.in 8 1 2
Indiatimes.com 7 3 3
BSNL.in 8 1 4
Naukri.com 7 3 5
Cricinfo.com 7 3 6
BharatStudent.com 7 3 7
NDTV.com 7 3 8
MapsofIndia.com 7 3 9
IndiaMart.com 6 10 10
HDFCbank.com 6 10 11
BookMyShow.com 6 10 12
Magicbricks.com 6 10 13
Sulekha.com 5 15 14
ibibo.com 5 15 15
Shaadi.com 5 15 16
Clickindia.com 5 15 17
ICICIdirect.com 5 15 18
Makemytrip.com 5 15 19
Redbus.in 6 10 20

Do post a comment, it is important to us:

Restaurants Around San Pedro September 28, 2009

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I am a foodie and would love remaining one for rest of my life. My work place is just across San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose, this post is aimed at putting on a piece of paper on what I like most at that specific restaurant. It is not a detailed review but more like – I have been there and I have liked this.

  1. The Old spaghetti Factory – Shrimp, Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Quality and quantity both are fine 7/10 & Lasagna Vegitariano – 9/10 This is yummy Marinara sauce makes huge difference (Both have artichoke’s)
  2. The Old Wagon – Popcorn Shrimp – Yummy 8/10 & Been Fishing, there take on Fish & Chips – Chips were out of the world, fish was fine too, decent portion 8/10
  3. 71 Saint Peter’s – Pan Seared Crab Cakes 5/10 Not to my taste & Bruschetta 9/10 – the way it should be. Main course Seafood linguine – Prawns, Scallops, Mussels, Lobster, Tomatoes – this is my favorite and I give it 10/10 – very tasty, very juicy and filling
  4. Sonoma Chicken Coop – Crispy calamari – Its is flash fried and tastes awesome, good helping 9/10 & Grilled Salmon Risotto 10/10 – The Wow dish of the downtown – I’ve had it over 20 times and every time the experience is just out of the world
  5. 19 Market – The Vietnamese fine dining – Crab and Avocado Spring Rolls – a bit dry but very tasty 7/10 & Grilled Salmon with Spicy Green Beans 8/10 (2 points go the portion is slightly less at this price point) & Brown Rice 8/10
  6. La Vic’s – Best Tacos and Burritos town – Super Veggie Burrito – 9/10 – awesome taste too filling and a meal for the day and Veggie Tacos – 9/10 Wow taste – in Orange Sauce takes you there 101/10
  7. Amici’s – Artichoke Panzanella Salad – All the veggies with bread cubes thrown in – 8/10 Tastes best with some Olive oil and vinegar & Veggie Pizza – Green Pepper, Mushrooms, Onions, Black Olives 10/10 – There just can’t be any better Pizza in this category
  8. Peggy Sue’s Diner – Clam chowder in a Sourdough Bread Bowl – 9/10 tastes good, filling & Fish n Chips – 7/10 Chips are great, fish can be less oily, helping is generous.

The above are my best 8 out of about 20 and I have had food at them several times. San Jose is a foodies delight and the San Pedro neighborhood is a jewel in the crown.

Top Indian Websites in The US June-2009 June 26, 2009

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The October Top 50 is at this link –

http://uurl.in/5OvvT

The September Top 50 is at this link –

http://simarprit.com/2009/09/02/top-indian-websites-in-the-us-3/

Hi Folks –

Sorry for the delay in posting my monthly report on the Top Indian Websites in the US. It gives me pleasure to share that MapsofWorld.com continues to top the charts. The site is doing well and improving its positioning. As always all the highlighted sites are either owned or managed by Compare Infobase Limited or MapXL Inc.

Rank Top 50 Indian websites in US Quantcast Rank 6/17
1 mapsofworld.com 1,636
2 rediff.com 1,890
3 indiatimes.com 2,317
4 bollywoodsargam.com 2,765
5 sulekha.com 4,682
6 ibibo.com 6,243
7 indiamart.com 6,407
8 sify.com 6,467
9 cricinfo.com 6,719
10 hindustantimes.com 7,031
11 mydearvalentine.com 8,510
12 hindu.com 8,603
13 chakpak.com 9,542
14 tradeindia.com 9,778
15 guruji.com 9,848
16 ndtv.com 9,874
17 bharatstudent.com 10,374
18 shaadi.com 11,032
19 webindia123.com 11,162
20 bharatmatrimony.com 12,337
21 tribuneindia.com 12,710
22 expressindia.com 13,485
23 mapsofindia.com 15,121
24 in.com 15,163
25 samachar.com 15,379
26 icicibank.com 15,476
27 dgreetings.com 17,006
28 bollywoodhungama.com 19,780
29 makemytrip.com 20,609
30 rajshri.com 23,954
31 raaga.com 25,083
32 naukri.com 29,322
33 bseindia.com 30,693
34 indiainfo.com 34,146
35 zapak.com 37,661
36 jeevansathi.com 38,619
37 timesofindia.com 40,778
38 rediffmail.com 41,031
39 carwale.com 42,004
40 indiaedu.com 51,209
41 indiahousing.com 61,654
42 naukrihub.com 62,699
43 timesjobs.com 66,054
44 yatra.com 72,826
45 indiaglitz.com 78,792
46 magicbricks.com 81,194
47 ibnlive.com 85,269
48 realbollywood.com 87,213
49 liveindia.com 94,823
50 indya.com 96,705

This is Simarprit January 1, 2009

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On the first day of 2009 I challenge myself to define – who am I?

Am I the moon? Everyone looks at
or am I a spoon? Everyone just uses it

Am I fire? Fire can be creator or a destroyer
or am I an ire? Ire is a bad-wish

Am I simple? Everyone can see through
or am I crinkle? No one can make out

Am I day? Everyone looks forward to
or am I hay? What good is it anyway

Am I a hero? Hero leads the way
or am I a zero? Zeros just fall away

Am I fresh? Freshness is always in the air
or am I crushed? Crushed are just walked over

Am I hope? Hope is life
or am I Mr. Nope? nope is death

Am I action? Where all just happens
or I am reflection? Nothing on its own

Am I a song? Anyone can sing
or am i a dong? Would be noisy if hit

Am I lion? Fearsome and a leader
or am I loin? best had with little spice

I don’t know who I am
I may never know who I am

Kumaoni Language December 16, 2008

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I was just looking at a post by my dear colleague Hitesh on how he is saddened with the lack of speakers of his native language Kumaoni. There are hundreds of Hitesh who feel the same. My suggestion to Hiesh and to all others who feel so is to go ahead and do something tangible to keep the language or any other inheritance which is not monetary alive.