Wednesday May 06, 2009

A visit to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

I was in Ahmedabad yesterday (May 5th, 2009) for an Architecture review meeting at a partner yesterday. Surprisingly, the meeting ended a bit earlier, and we had a couple of hours to spend, before our flights. We decided to visit, Mahatma Gandhiji's Ashram. It is a serene place, on the banks of the river Sabarmati. It took some time to digest the fact, that Gandhiji lived and worked here, strategised his non-violent freedom movement against the colonial powers !! Its a very simple and spartan place. I took a few snaps and have uploaded it to flickr !!

P.S. There seems to be an effort to create a promenade, along the banks of Sabarmati. But sadly, like most rivers, the Sabarmati seems to be heavily polluted :-(

Thursday Apr 30, 2009

Bangalore best Indian city to live in, says Mercer survey !!!!!!!!

Bangalore best Indian city to live in, says Mercer survey April 28, 2009

As per rediff.com, "Bangalore has emerged as the best Indian city among New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai in terms of better quality of living for expatriates, according to a latest worldwide survey of cities by global HR consultancy Mercer.

According to Mercer survey, '2009 Quality of Living global city rankings' for 215 cities, Bangalore has topped the list among Indian cities, while the country's financial hub Mumbai has witnessed a drop in rankings this year mainly due to a decline in stability and security conditions.

For a hard-core Bangalorean like me, this is a reaffirmation of Bangalore's lovely weather, friendly people, mix of Indian and western culture, cosmopolitan nature, that appeals to a lot of Indians and others ...

Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

India’s open source future - Scott McNealy

Our boss, Scott's column on Open Source and its relevance to India and the world , appeared in today's Livemint.com (a tabloid style business news paper, in a JV with WSJ) . Excerpts from the website:

Powering India’s economic growth requires a mix of software rights solutions, not proprietary ones alone - Scott McNealy

Today, nearly every corner of the world faces the challenge of a stagnant or shrinking economy. Bleak economic forecasts, shrinking budgets and increasing pressure on businesses and governments to meet the needs of their customers and constituents—often with less resources to do so—are becoming commonplace. While I’m not naïve enough to suggest a “one-size-fits-all” cure for these problems or that the solutions will be driven by only one industry or region, I do believe that, because technology and innovation drive global economic progress, the remedy for many of these challenges is in our hands.

India is, of course, not immune to these challenges. But the country is very well positioned to meet them. India is one of the world’s fastest growing tech economies and one of the leading participants in the global shift towards free and open source technologies—those eschewing the dependencies of cost and barriers to access that often “come standard” with proprietary technologies. As such, I believe India can play a central role in fostering and adopting the innovations driving its own economic and social growth as well as positioning itself for a larger role on the global economic and technological stage.

India’s use of open source technology and its part in the development and deployment of open standards is not new. Sun Microsystems estimates more than three-quarters of a million Indian developers are members of the Sun Developer Network, actively contributing to communities built around MySQL, OpenSolaris, OpenOffice.org and Java. Indian companies such as Life Insurance Corp. of India, Axis Bank, Canara Bank and Tata Communications use open source technologies as a core part of their business. State governments are also embracing open source. Kerala took the lead in open source when it became the first state in the country to completely banish proprietary software in the mandatory IT test administered to half a million students every year. Even the voting systems for popular TV shows such as Kaun Banega Crorepati and Indian Idol run on open technology. In fact, a recent report from the India Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, seeking to quantify the economic impact of open source Java in India, estimates that the value of the “Java economy” in India is approximately 2.1% of the Indian GDP.

More at http://www.livemint.com/2009/02/17231746/India8217s-open-source-futu.html.

Sunday Feb 15, 2009

"Genpact Enhances Security, Compliance with IDM" - One of Sun's Identity Manager customers in India

From CxoToday.com (http://www.cxotoday.com/Events/India/CXOToday_Plus/Genpact_Enhances_Security_Compliance_with_IDM/551-98596-483.html) :

Sun Identity Manager provides Genpact with role- and rules-based provisioning of policies for users, organizations, resources, roles, or services, which ensures that its security requirements are automatically enforced.

In addition, the Sun solution helps provide Genpact with the ability to easily review the status of access services at any time, which both improves audit performance and helps achieve compliance with governmental mandates. "Sun Java System Identity Manager gives us an exceptional platform for managing identity profiles and permissions, which enhances our overall enterprise security while allowing us to reduce operation costs," said Tom Sheffield, manager, identity & access management at Genpact.

"Sun's Identity Management solution greatly reduces the time it takes to get users up and running productively, change user access privileges and to instantly and securely revoke accounts when their relationship with our company ends." Over the next 2 years, all IT access authorizations for the Genpact global workforce as well as 1700 contractors and partners, located across India, Mexico, US, Hungary, Romania and China, will be integrated into the system, which utilizes identity management technology provided by Sun Microsystems.

Read the complete story at Cxotoday.com.

Sunday Jan 25, 2009

Happy Republic Day


Image linked from the india.gov.in website.
Happy Indian Republic Day !! I hope to wake up early tomorrow (Monday, Jan 26th) and watch the glorious republic day celebrations. This has been a part and parcel of my life, ever since we have had access to television.

Wednesday Dec 24, 2008

Bangalore Citizens Rally for Change

Got an email on the IIMB alumni mailing list, about a peaceful rally and candle light vigil against the recent Mumbai Terrorist attacks, being held in Bangalore on 27th Dec. The details are :

And Saturday, the 27th is when all of Bangalore will demonstrate peacefully. We will show our solidarity as a people, we will show the rest of the world that we stand united. There are simultaneous marches planned in multiple cities at the same time.
We plan to congregate at 5.30pm sharp at Cubbon Road BRV junction, walk towards Gandhi Statue and observe a few minutes of silence and light our candles and place them at the Gandhi Statue.
Please bring candles, the Tri color, your own banners with your messages. This is a movement for the people, by the people and from the people.
SMS START CHANGE TO 575758 . PLEASE FORWARD THIS MAIL and SMS THE DETAILS TO ALL YOU KNOW IN BANGALORE

Saturday Jul 26, 2008

Terrorists target Bangalore

Terrorists targeted Bangalore yesterday (Friday afternoon) , with multiple bombs in several places. I was, in a team offsite with our team in North bangalore (near the new airport), when the news tickled in. All of them turned out to be crude low intensity blasts, seemed to create panic and terror. We were a little concerned in the initial hours, but resumed our offsite after an hour or so.
My prayers go out to the people, affected by the blasts. As a person born and brought up in Bangalore, Bangalore never had these kinds of events, and was never a haven for terrorists until the last few years. I am a conservative in matters of security, and believe we need to deal with these activities firmly and with a iron fist. We should learn from Israel, on how to deal with Terrorism with an iron hand. Also, Bangaloreans should be on the lookout, for suspicious activities, and we should increase electronic surveillance, in all public areas. No organisation or country, can shake a country like ours, with a billion plus people, a culture millions of years old and having survived invaders for so many centuries. Go Bangalore!!

Monday Jun 16, 2008

Sun Microsystems India enters Bollywood !!!!

Image Linked from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Story_2050

From the "The Hindu":

Sun Micro provides special effects tech platform for ‘Love Story 2050’ :

Bangalore, June 13 Sun Microsystems has announced that it is the technology partner for the sci-fi Hindi movie Love Story – 2050.
Sun has provided the technical platform to create special effects for this movie directed by Mr Harry Baweja, starring his son Harman Baweja, along with actors Priyanka Chopra and Boman Irani.
The post-production and visual effects have been done at studios such as WETA (behind movies like Lord of the Rings and King Kong), John Cox, Rising Sun Pictures (Harry Potter and Superman Returns) and Prime Focus India.
The Sun brand also appears in Love Story through some in-film placements. The movie releases on July 4.
Mr K.P. Unnikrishnan, Director – Marketing, Alliances and Teleweb Sales, said, “Technology forms the foundation of sci-fi films. Hence, the need to get the technology right is of utmost importance for the creators of special effects and animation for these films.
“Today, technological advancements are allowing filmmakers not just in Hollywood but also back home to experiment by opening up and enabling a world of possibilities for story-telling in cinema.”
Sun has worked with Hollywood on animation movies such as Barnyard and Big Buck Bunny. Love Story – 2050 is Sun’s first association with an Indian movie.

Tuesday Jun 03, 2008

Rains in Bangalore

It was a fantastic weekend, it poured like crazy in Bangalore. A couple of shots on June 1st 2008, Sunday night on Brigade road. Lots of rain last week, and more predicted in June !!


Tuesday Jun 05, 2007

A new portal to get live traffic and directions in Bangalore

The Bangalore traffic police has launched a live traffic portal, http://www.btis.in. This seems like a good start, I hope they start showing live pictures of the traffic conditions, as many portals in the US do. This is a good start, as always Bangalore seems to be the pioneer !! Digging, a little deeper into the technology and the people behind it, seems to use Google maps extensively and looks like the website is being run by a startup from Indian Institutue of Management, Bangalore incubator.

Now, if they only were to add road dividers to all lanes, paint traffic signs and markings on roads, widen the roads ;-)
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