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Punit Soni
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Chief Product Officer, Flipkart
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I have the fortune to be married to the most amazing, beautiful woman in the world. I love running, playing soccer, and reading. Part time, I also love building products. I work in Flipkart as Chief Product Officer.

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Found Talvi, Climbed 20+ Peaks, Launched Google+, Build tons of Mobile Apps, Built Moto X/G/E
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+Punit Soni the link requires download of the flipkart app. Upon further digging found that the company has moved to an app-only model shutting down the mobile website. The livemint article further suggested that the desktop website will also be shutdown over a period of time. This is a bold decision. Do you see India leading the way here with an app-only model? In the US (where I am based) it is still hard to imagine not being able to transact on the mobile web. As a founder and leader of a Google for Work partner and tech consulting company I am curious to hear your thoughts on this.
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Elon Musk is amazing. Space, Electric Cars and now Energy. This guy is fixing our world.
Tesla's Elon Musk has revealed his plan to sell huge batteries for homes and businesses, and it could change how we consume energy.
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Yes, and he was born in South Africa!
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Yesterday was interesting.

I had told someone I would meet them for a drink post work, and so we (Niket and I) headed out of work around 7pm. Got to the lobby and saw that it was raining cats and dogs outside. Typically tropical torrential rains. Called the driver, no signal. Waited for a few minutes and then decided to head to the main gate and see if he was parked there. The main gate was about a hundred meters away and in that time we were fully drenched. Got to the gate, looked for the driver, no dice. Now we were faced with an interesting choice. Should we stand here and keep getting soaked or walk to the hotel which was slightly less than a kilometer away? Men of action that we are, we decided on the latter option!

Now the fun began. The road to the hotel was completely blocked with cars end to end. Almost nothing was moving. The sidewalk disappeared in a block and so now we were weaving through the cars. The road sort of disappeared in a bit too, water started seeping through our shoes. We were soaked by now. And my laptop bag was more like a water bottle. Jump, weave, side shuffle, wipe water off glasses, repeat. Swerve, avoid that car, hold on to the lamppost, jump, we shuffled along like ballet dancers on a hot tin roof. And then instinct took over.

I remembered growing up in Bombay when the monsoon would hit. It would be like a wall of water hit the city and the rain would keep going on for days. My mother would pack our school bag in a large plastic bag and we would forge bravely into what felt like an unending lake to walk to school. The first hour of school would involve drying various things — Boots, clothes, books, bag, you name it. There used to be a slightly musty air around things. Everything was slightly wet all the time. Lights would be on all day since the cloud cover would make it so dark. We would skip rocks in puddles on the way back home, play with earthworms, jump from rock to rock trying to cross an inundated road. Sometimes, the area around my house would be so waterlogged, we would wade through it with bags on our heads. I remember sitting at the window in the evenings, praying, hoping that the rain would abate so I could go play soccer in the water sloshed fields. More often than not, I would be denied.

I guess carrying a laptop bag on my head and weaving through traffic in a muddy Bangalore road is nothing. I have done this for years when I was growing up. Perhaps this is what they mean by going back to where you come from…

Week in. And it all feels different.

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Yesterday was interesting.
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+Punit Soni Very well written. Reminds me of my childhood days in Punjab. Especially eating Paneer Pakoras on a rainy day. 
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So I am going to quickly type this out while I wait for a meeting to start. This past Sunday evening, I decided to go out for a drive to an area called the “Beverly Hills of Bangalore”. I looked up Google maps and found a route that was totally unconventional (from my point of view), went over some bumpy broken roads and then a beautiful road next to Bellandur Lake through some slums to the upscale community.

By the time we got there, my driver was in ecstacy at having found an alternate, shorter route to this community. It is a different matter that because we had no reason to get in, there was no way the security was going to open the doors for us. So we sort of peered in from outside and then turned back. We decided to take the same route back which ran right behind this place. Looking into the community, it was obvious it was acres of beautiful gardens and wonderful houses. So off we went, after having spent some poking around this place.

On the way back on the road next to the beautiful lake, there were a couple of mosquitoes who had sneaked into the car, and so we decided to roll down the windows. What happened next was almost unreal.

The area had an almost mind numbing stench. It was so intolerable that I do not remember anything like it in my life (and I was born in Bombay). Even my driver looked like he was going to throw up! It seems that the entire sewage of that part of the city just goes into this lake as-is. Beyond the fact, that Bangalore is doing such a good job of destroying its lakes, it got me thinking about the people in the slum who live next to this lake. They live amidst this stench 24/7.

So for all the nice communities, beautiful gardens, slick cars, 5 star hotels that we were cruising around in, this was the reality of life. Beyond the community is where the hoi polloi stays, in a slum in incredibly unhygienic conditions.

I have always believed that the solution of many problems in this world is knowledge and access to Internet through all platforms like Mobile and Ecommerce. This has to be a part of the larger mission of Flipkart. Its not about just enabling commerce, its about enabling a large swathe of the disenfranchised and raising them into the middle class and beyond. Flipkart and companies like this in India have a much bigger mission than just winning the market. We will do well to not lose sight of that as we build a great company.

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So excited +Niket Desai​​​ is joining Flipkart as Product Manager and as my Chief of staff. With his verve, product skills and amazing emotional intelligence, I expect a very big impact!
My next adventure with Flipkart.
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Woohoo! Congrats Niket!
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First Day in India
Just a handful of random observations before I crash because of jet lag:

- Bangalore Airport was surprisingly smooth. Faster than getting out of most airports in US

- There is construction everywhere and it is seriously built up.

- The weather is just glorious. Cool Breeze, wonderful drizzle and mild sun

- The energy at Flipkart is infectious. Spent the day in a zillion intro meetings and answering a ton of questions

- The company is running at breakneck speed. Coming from Google, this feels a whole new world in terms of speed

- The cafes have free food and the food is quite yummy. The Chai is pretty nice too!

-The traffic is miserable. I am put up in a hotel ~650metres from my office, and we were halfway there in about 10 mins. Finally gave up and walked

-The 5 star hotels in India are such a contradiction to everything around them. But boy, are they comfortable.

- Found out you need a beer license to stock alcohol in the office. There goes my dream of an office bar..

End of Day 1. It validated my idea of what to expect out here. Onwards we go… the new adventure has kicked off. Still cannot believe I am working in a new job out here in India now.

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Just a handful of random observations before I crash because of jet lag:
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+Punit Soni​ Welcome to Bangalore ☺ 
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I sit in my window looking out at a patch of green that is the Intel campus amidst a landscape of concrete. This is my third week in Bangalore and depending on when I am working or not, I miss the Bay Area. The people are super nice here, and there is tons of interesting work to do. But it is a country in the middle of constructing itself and there is little organic space for introspection here. Most folks with means compensate for this by living in small bubbles - gated communities that make you feel like you stepped into a different country.

Lest you think this is about US versus India, developed versus developing, happened versus happening, and all the other memes we like to quickly lean upon, let me disavow those notions. It has merely to do with that home versus this home. About newness and the rough edges it brings with it. Over time, the edges smooth and the newness wears off, to be replaced by a warm comfort of being home again.

One thing that does hit you a lot while living in Bangalore (and perhaps many mega-cities) is the lack of space for thoughtfulness. I think its key for people to have the ability to walk outside and just look at trees, or sit on a bench and watch the world go by, to be able to listen to the birds in small parks. Perhaps I have not lived in a real city for a long time and the suburban lifestyle has spoilt me, but I want to be able to step outside of my bubbles — the five star hotels, the car and the office, and just sit outside and listen to the sounds. I suspect some of those places exist in the older part of the town on the other side of the city, but here in Outer Ring Road area, its all very glass and concrete with no space for green.

So I sit at my window in my hotel room listening to a piano piece called Goldberg Variations. It is a seminal keyboard music set published by Bach and though I suspect I know very little about music, it does give me a sense of peace every time I listen to it. Its my way of going home whenever I wish to, regardless of where I am. To be able to really listen to it, you need to find a quiet place somewhere where you can watch the world go by and just listen. For me, it is an exercise in thoughtfulness. And thoughtfulness has the potential to influence what we build, how we treat others, and how we live our lives.

I wish there was a place in every city, around every home regardless of how much you make and how much influence you have, to listen to Goldberg Variations.

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Hey! Welcome to bangalore. And welcome to a new life. I agree that space is a problem here. Space, not only in the physical, but in the psychological as well. All the places people have mentioned above are awesome places to spend a Sunday all by ourselves. But mind you. You will be overwhelmed by how animated a society we can be though. Guess I'll prepare a chill-out-checklist and send it across. Till then, I would agree with +Vivek Sahasranaman​'s suggestion of lalbhag and cubbon Park. They're the biggest lung spaces in the dense of the city. 
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Ran into an old friend today!
+Hugo Barra​ :)
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Hanging out with Mukesh (Our CEO) at the coolest office space in India - Myntra Headquarters
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So it is mid-day Sunday of my first weekend in Bangalore. Given the chaos that will erupt tomorrow morning at work, I suspect this is the best time to write a post on how things have been going.

Saturday was a Bandh (Strike) in Bangalore. For most folks this was probably very inconvenient, but from my perspective, all I saw were empty streets and zero traffic. Getting anywhere was super easy. Bangalore is a small city that feels big because of the crazy traffic situation. Traffic btw is the biggest topic of conversation in Bangalore. Discussions on traffic pervade everything. Schedules are arranged around traffic patterns and life here can be heaven or hell depending on how well you can deal with the traffic. Some part of this situation is a travesty because Bangalore started off as an urban heaven, a small, quaint, green city full of beautiful lakes and parks.

Read more at https://medium.com/@punitsoni/a-weekend-in-bangalore-5837a980dad3
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Today we had our first leadership at the Taj West End in the city center of Bangalore. I was out there around 7:45am in the morning. I have quickly come to realize that the trick to traveling around Bangalore is to leave very early in the mornings. The weather here is absolutely gorgeous. There are tropical showers throughout the day and the temperature is basically Bay Area weather (except with rain!).

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Today we had our first leadership at the Taj West End in the city center of Bangalore. I was out there around 7:45am in …
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+Punit Soni​ unfortunately i work at my client location which can be anywhere in Bangalore hence I stay at a central place so that i can access either of the IT Hubs, electronic city or Whitefield.. I wish I had that choice though 
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Hanging out in the backyard before flying out to India to kick off my new adventure! Last couple of hours..
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Best of luck +Punit Soni​​. Have a safe trip and enjoy. 
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