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I am not used to this kind of service from a public utility in Tamil Nadu. I can’t take the shock! Background: Electricity in my house went off at 4:45 PM, then within a few minutes I got an SMS informing about the power cut (let us ignore the start time mentioned, that’s a minor issue). Then at 5:15 PM, the power was restored. WOW! Not only was it done before the window mentioned, but it was restored well ahead of the time. Good job by Tangedco (the Tamil Nadu state’s electricity board). Our bureaucrats and politicians should realize that it…

//14th May 2019: San Francisco, long at the heart of the technology revolution, took a stand against potential abuse on Tuesday by banning the use of facial recognition software by the police and other agencies.// The word that came to my mind when I read about the above law (ordinance) was “Hypocrisy”. Silicon Valley is where most of the technology used in surveillance gets invented by tech giants and exported worldwide – now the elected officials of the same community are saying it may be harmful and are enacting a ban for it – I am confused to say the…

Every year, post Pongal festival, it is almost a tradition for me to visit the Chennai Trade Fair (இந்திய சுற்றுலா தொழிற் பொருட்காட்சி, சென்னை) that happens for the last 45 years at the Island Grounds in Chennai. In the past, I have covered my visits made on: 2007, 2009, 2012, 2016 & 2018. This time, I am being late, visited the Chennai Trade Fair 2019 only this week, a few days before it’s close for the year. Most of the shops have been pulled down and all the Government department booths are looking bare without the pictures of elected representatives (CM…

Thank you Mr Ar Rm Arun (Chairman, Valingro Group) for inviting me today for your inauguration as Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Chennai (Facebook page). I had an interesting evening and a fine dinner. I also had the opportunity to take pictures with the Hon’ble dignitaries, friends and my teacher. Before the evening, I had known little about the Czech Republic, like the ubiquitous footwear brand in India, the “Bata shoes” having its origin in Czech and about the famous writer Franz Kafka.  But after the brief talks by the dignitaries on stage and by a sharp presentation…

This is getting tiresome! Time and again, the two largest political parties in India, the Congress and the BJP (along with the numerous regional parties) have accused the winners of Electronic Voting Machines (#EVM) frauds. As an Electronics Engineer and a practising Software Engineer, I haven’t seen till now any convincing proof of a mass-scale hacking or technology holes in the EVMs made in #India. A truly transparent and fraud-proof method of electing leaders will be to have a fight till the death between the candidates, like wild animals – but that is not an option that is available in…