Asia-Pacific Open Innovation Platform

It’s been a fascinating couple of days listening to discussions about the challenges that APEC faces in promoting the future development of the region.

One particular interest of mine is how the dissemination of new digital technologies and open innovation practices can help stimulate the growth of SMMEs (Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises) by boosting their competitiveness in both domestic and global markets. This is a particularly critical issue for economies such as Malaysia and Thailand, where the development of SMMEs is seen as vital not just for driving economic development but also for creating employment opportunities for their young urban and rural populations. Continue reading Asia-Pacific Open Innovation Platform

Visiting Tirumakudalu Narasipur


There are a number of other temples in T Narasipur, the most important of which is the Gunja Narasimhaswamy Temple on the right bank of the River Kapila. Dedicated to Narasimha, the man-lion avatar of Vishnu, this is a large structure built in Dravidian style and features a tall entrance tower (gopura) and four-pillared main hall. Continue reading Visiting Tirumakudalu Narasipur

Tirumakudalu Narasipur


Almost half-way between Talakad and Somanathapur is the small rustic village of Tirumakudalu Narasipur, which draws on its legendary associations with the main religious centers of northern India to make some rather grandiose claims to being “Dakshina Kashi” or the Varanasi of the South. (Nanjangud, another town featured in my eBook, is also a contender for this title.) Continue reading Tirumakudalu Narasipur