• Articles,  Economy

    Ecommerce in India between 2004 and 2022

    🛒In 2004, I made a presentation titled eCommerce reality and myths in India. It was interesting to compare how many of the points that I covered then have remained or changed in the last two decades. One thing is unmistakable and that is the scale, which has now grown to a level unimaginable then. In this post, let me use the data points from 2004 and 2022 to discuss how online shopping & digital payments have changed & remained the same in the two decades. 🛤️In 2004, IRCTC (Indian Railways ) sold 100,000 tickets per day, today they do more than 500,000 (half a million). In 2021, Swiggy delivered 🚚1.5…

  • Articles,  Microsoft

    It is not your parents Windows anymore!

    The below article was written for the IEEE Computer Society Region 10’s quarterly magazine, thanks to Mr H R Mohan for the invitation. Windows 11 What does a designer of children’s books and biscuit tins, or a psychology major got to do with Windows, the operating system from Microsoft? The two, Priya Chauhan and Dorothy Feng are from the team that designed the new, signature feature for Windows 11 – the widgets, available next to the start button widgets provide you with a quick glance to information you need to know and care about, without you opening individual apps. Unlike the infamous business metrics like KPI, Chauhan and Feng are…

  • Articles,  Gadgets,  Homepage

    Light, Camera and Mic

    The below article was written for the Professional Speakers Association of India’s ProSpeak magazine, thanks to Mr Narendra Brahmankar, Editor of PSAI NEWSLETTER for the invitation. The mantra for a successful virtual speaking session will be “Content, Camera and Microphone”. Your audience can hear and see you only as good as what your camera and microphone can capture. Based on my experience, here are a few tips. BASICS: Ensure there is enough lighting on your face. Unless you are facing a window and it is daytime you will require a (tube) light or a ring light facing you. Sit in a quiet space, ensure there is no visual clutter behind…

  • Articles,  Coding,  Rostrum,  Technology

    Software design, little has changed in the last 70 years

    On 19 February 1946 Alan Turing designed the first well-known software for a stored-program computer.  Seventy years later, each of us is carrying numerous apps (software) in our pockets and wrists. Software today can be incredibly powerful, they contain millions of lines of code, can guide nuclear missiles to their target, and even recognize the human voice and translate them on the fly. Today’s mobile apps like Microsoft Word or Facebook are more complex than the entire software stack that powered Apollo 11 spaceflight. The technology powering Apple’s Siri, Google Now or Microsoft’s Halolens were impossible even ten years before. The growth in areas like Cloud Computing, Big Data, Machine…

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    Common Man’s Aspirational needs are the new growth engine

    In this month (April 2012) issue of Think Aloud magazine published by Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) my article has been published. This issue is a Mobile VAS in India, and my article is titled  “Aam Aadmi’s Aspirational needs are the new growth engine”. I have talked about how Indian Mobile Industry is in a cusp of change and it is time they got to move from offerings basics to start addressing consumers’ aspirational needs. In the article I had outlined various offerings that can increase nearly double the revenue to over Rs. 55,000 crore by FY ‘15. The listings are in FIFO (First In, First Out) order…

  • Articles,  Technology,  தமிழ்

    My article on China’s Supercomputer published in Theekkathir

    இன்று வெளிவந்த தீக்கதிர் நாளிதழில் நான் எழுதிய கட்டுரையொன்று பிரசுரமாகியிருக்கிறது. இந்தக் கட்டுரையை எழுத  என்னை ஊக்குவித்த திரு.டி.கெ.ரங்கராஜன், எம்.பி. அவர்களுக்கு என் மனமார்ந்த நன்றி. கட்டுரை முழுவதுமாகவும், நாளிதழில் இருந்து வருடிய PDF பிரதியும் இங்கே. கணினி உலகிலும் இன்று சீனா தான் “சூப்பர்”! சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் என்றால் நமக்கெல்லாம் தெரியும், அது என்னது சூப்பர்-கம்ப்யூட்டர்? எந்திரன் படத்தில் ‘சிட்டி’ ரோபோ அதன் பல அடிமை ரோபோக்களை எல்லாம் ஒருங்கிணைத்து கட்டுப்படுத்த அதற்குத் தேவையாகயிருந்த கணினியைப் போல பல ஆயிரம் மடங்கு கணிக்கும் திறன் கொண்டது தான் “சூப்பர்-கம்ப்யூட்டர்”. இது நம் மடிகணினியைப் போன்று சிறியது அல்ல, மிகப் பெரியது, குளிர்படுத்தப்பட்ட பல ஆயிரம் சதுர அடி இடத்தில் பல நூறு நபர்கள் இயக்கும் ஒன்று. பொதுவாக மிகக்கடினமான அறிவியல், வானவியல், அணுவியல் ஆராய்ச்சிகளுக்கு ஒரு நொடியில் பல கோடான கோடி கணக்குகளுக்கு விடையறியும் திறன் வேண்டும், இதை செய்வது தான் ஒரு சூப்பர்-கம்ப்யூட்டர். சூப்பர்-கம்ப்யூட்டர்களை நம் தெருக்கோடியில் இருக்கும் மின்-சாதன கடையில் போய்,…

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    My Quote in Mint Newspaper

    Today in Hindustan Times Mint business paper there was an article on recently concluded Tamil Internet Conference 2010 and it included a quote and information from me. The article titled “Mixing Tamil and tech to book computing” was done by Ms Niranjana Ramesh, who interviewed me some time back and we had a good discussion stretching for few hours. You can see more of the past press coverage of TI2010 in my earlier post here. A case in point is the word computer. For some time now, it’s been called kanipori in Tamil. “But somewhere along the way, we Net enthusiasts felt it didn’t quite capture the essence of an…

  • Articles,  தமிழ்

    Press coverage of Tamil Internet Conference 2010

    I appreciate doing informative interviews with the press, it is even more important to do it as a “Chair” of an international organization like INFITT. Press interactions and the publicity as a result really helps an organization and in reaching its message to a wider audience. At the same time, I am not a person who likes to be covered in the press for any reason and so I am quite measured in my interactions with Media. Few things I have learned over the years are that: In general there may not be anything called “off the record” in Press interactions; Media covers what they like and what will interest…