What does your brand say??

Hugh MacLeod, Gaping Void, puts forth what Stormhoek thinks their brand represents. Most of the points would be coherent for any start up company which believes in itself. Here are some points which I felt are very interesting.

3. We believe that even a small company like ours can change the world, even in a small way. Why shouldn’t a small wine company in South Africa see large international companies like Google and Microsoft as their competition? Why should the battle only be confined to other small South African vineyards? It makes no sense.

8. It’s just wine, People. Sure, we make excellent product. But let’s not get too carried away. At the end of the day, even the best Bordeaux is just fermented grape juice. What’s more interesting to us is the conversations people have over a bottle of wine. There’s a human element to all this we find utterly mysterious and fascinating.

9. You only live once, and not for very long. Try to make a difference while you’re here. It isn’t just about the money, and it sure as heck isn’t about making “a good product at a good price”. It’s about doing something that matters. It’s about doing something that resonates with both yourself and the people you care about.

10. We humans are incredible beings. Doing something that continually reminds us of this simple, basic truth is where the real fun is.

Books Quotes

To all dog lovers!

A friend of mine is a dog person and not a cat lover. Here is a quote I came across this morning. Dedicated to my friend.

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.

Also reminds me of Babel-fish in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Blogging Quotes

Some lines

Was just reading a few blogs and came across a few lines that I liked or had some connection.

Dextrous Doings – Comment by Sunrise:

Haven’t we all been there… the only thing good about life is that there is a new day waiting for you at the end of each terrible one… and that is why, I guess, I have a thing for sunrises…

The intimate ramblings of a lost hearty soul:

I still love him. I am still angry with him but I still love him.

I remember having said the first line, or something very close, to a friend once. And have watched a sunrise whenever I have felt down.


Return of the Prince

The Nagpur ODI signalled the return of our very own Dada to international cricket and a return that was not supposed to be. Go and read GreatBong’s thoughts on it.

True. However, this fairy tale has come true.

And really, how could it not?

It had a prince in it.



Oscar Predictions

The Oscar nominations are out and I am sticking my neck out to guess who would win.

  1. Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio
  2. Best Supporting Actor – Mark Whalberg
  3. Best Supporting Actress – Adriana Barazza
  4. Best Animated Film – Cars
  5. Best Direction – United 93
  6. Film Editing – Babel
  7. Best Picture – The Departed

Other categories, I have no idea. Now wait and watch to see how many come true.