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“Diwali” is celebrated by Indians all over the world today. It is an important Indian festival celebrated with pomp and gaiety across linguistic boundaries. In the Hindu calendar, which is a lunar one, it falls on amavasya, or the new moon, about twenty days after the festival of Dussehra, in the month of Kartik. Diwali/Deepavali symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. In the South, Deepavali is celebrated to mark the triumph of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakasura. In North India, Diwali is celebrated as Rama’s homecoming to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his coronation as…

Last month , we had Connect 2004 – an annual Enterprise ICT conference & exhibition in Chennai. The event is organized by CII with the support of Government of Tamilnadu aimed at promoting IT companies of Tamilnadu. From Vishwak, we…

Earlier this month, all five of us – Microsoft Regional Directors in India met up. The event was a dinner before Tech Ed 2004 in Bangalore. The dinner was hosted by Eileen Crian; Eileen manages the Microsoft Regional Director programme worldwide. The next photo (below) was taken in the Speakers Lounge during Tech Ed 2004 in Bangalore. To read more about how I feel about Tech Ed, read this entry. Sheila Gulati manages the Developer Evangelism group in Microsoft India.  You can read about Indian RDs here and about the Microsoft Regional Director Programme itself here.

Microsoft Tech Ed 2004 is happening this month across four cities – Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai & Delhi. The first two cities are completed, there is only Mumbai for me to go. After which I am traveling to Redmond, USA so…