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    LIFCO’s Religious Book Fair in the 1980s

    My father (Late) Sri T.N.C.Varadan had headed our (then) family publishing business for over five decades from the 1960s to 2013. Founded by Grandfather (Late) Sri V. Krishnaswamy Sarma, The Little Flower Co (1929) aka LIFCO and later managed by his five sons, the book house was famous for its English-English-Tamil Dictionaries. In the initial decades, it was known for its impeccable grammar and quality guide books for Madras (now Tamil Nadu state) School students.  Later, once the state government took over the publishing of textbooks, the dynamics of the business changed and the focus moved on to publishing Dictionaries, error-free Stotra (hymns of praise) books on various Hindu Gods…

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    A Vision for a developed nation by House of Kalam

    Today evening was well spent listening to two eminent men talk – Dr Raj Reddy (Carnegie Mellon University) and Mr N R Narayana Murthy – on the topic of “AI for India – A vision for a developed nation” organized by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation, House of Kalam. The Youtube recording is here. Professor Dr Raj Reddy, Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University delivered a guest lecture on the topic of “AI in Service of PURA” explaining the relevance and importance of Dr Kalam’s vision of Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas. I had the honour of participating in the interaction session with Mr…

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    His Holiness Dalai Lama on Dr Kalam’s 89th Birthday

    I am blessed to have participated in a virtual program where His Holiness Dalai Lama addressed the students from around the world and the members of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation on the event of the 89th Birthday celebrations of the former President of India. His Holiness spoke from his holy abode in Dharamshala, on the topic of “Liveable Planet Earth, Working Together for a Peaceful World”. The event was live broadcasted on YouTube in over fourteen languages. Below are from the notes I took from His Holiness speech. You can watch the full video above. Physical brain vs the sixth mind. Much attention is being by scientist and doctors…

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    TIECON Chennai 2020

    Earlier this year, TiECON Silicon Valley 2020 happened online, giving me a chance to attend it virtually. There were talks by Mr Deepak Chopra, Ms Indra Nooyi, Ms Shellye Archambeau and many others. Coming to my city, Chennai, every year, TiE Chennai organizes their annual mega-event celebrating entrepreneurship called TiECON (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2008). This year the entire conference had moved to a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The content of the conference was great, with stellar speakers and fine arrangement. I liked the timings, it was spread over 5 days, every day 3 hours in the evening: this suits better for a virtual platform…

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    TIECON 2020 – Keynote by Ms Indra Nooyi

    Like all the events around the world, this year’s TIECON 2020 global organized by TIE Silicon Valley has become virtual. For me, it was a blessing, as I could attend the event for free (as a TiE Chennai member) and not spend the thousands of dollars travelling to the USA and also the entry ticket fee. Earlier there were talks by Mr Deepak Chopra, Mr Vinod Khosla and Ms Shellye Archambeaua. Today, the grand keynote was by Ms Indra Nooyi, Former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of PepsiCo, who happens to be from my city (Chennai, India). Below are from the notes (in random order) I took during the talk:…