When I was in college (a billion years ago) I saw the film Gandhi about 5-6 times, perhaps more (I was a poor student but it was only $1 on campus). I was inspired by the story and the sights and sounds of India. (Partly because of the film, and my growing interest in the East in general at that time, I changed my major to philosophy so that I could study more deeply the history of the region and the philosophies of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism in China, etc. This is when I first encountered Zen. Zen has its origins in India, but developed in China, and then finally made its way to Japan where it took root and is really at the heart of Japanese culture.) But although I have long been fascinated with India — its dynamic culture, long history, its food, people, languages, etc.—I am rather ashamed to say I have not yet visited the country. As I said before, it looks like I should be in India in the latter half of August for some presentations. I hope it's just the start of many trips to India.
Nancy Duarte on the future of presentation design
And speaking of India, in this presentation that Nancy Duarte gave at the last PowerPoint Live she talks quite a bit about her recent trip to India with a group of American female executives. A life-changing experience for her she told me. I think you'll enjoy this presentation. The visuals were designed to augment her live talk. The narration and visuals work online, but if you could see Nancy as well it would be even better. The lucky people who attended the conference got to experience both Nancy's charm and engaging narrative along with the visuals that augmented her talk. Below you can see part one of Nancy's talk.
Go here to see the rest of Nancy's presentation
Slideshare's India connection
Slideshare is based in Mountain View (where I'll be for a few days) and they also have an office in New Delhi. Checkout these pics below from Slideshare's CEO Rashmi Sinha. Rashmi took these during a recent Slideshare team retreat.