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The Government of India recently introduced a dedicated symbol for its currency (Rupee). Rupee (Rs.) is being used by several other countries including our neighbours Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & others. So having a dedicated symbol for India becomes necessitated for it to be differentiated from others. Initially I was sceptical about this symbol, considered this to be a publicity effort by the central government and that the symbol has to be accepted by all language speakers in the country. In the last few weeks as I see the growing usage of this in Media and elsewhere, I am convinced…

When Dr Santosh Babu (IAS), Managing Director of ELCOT invited me to present in this year CETIT Conference, I had not known much about the event. Then searching on the Internet, I learned that “CETIT 2010 is the second year of the conference-cum-exhibition on e-Governance organized by FICCI in association with ELCOT. CeTIT claims to provide an opportunity to take stock of the practice and the promise of digital technologies on e-Governance”. This certainly sounded interesting, so here I am. This year program happened yesterday and today in Chennai Trade Centre. I presented on the topic of “Relevance of Unicode…

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…

(I am doing this post in English for benefit of a wider audience. Please treat the below post as indicative and as my personal take, for official coverage please contact TI2010 secretariat or INFITT’s secretariat) Phew! (taking a deep breath). The last two weeks of working for Tamil Internet Conference 2010 (TI2010) was really tough for me. It was not at all easy, but personally, I found it to be a great learning experience for me, worth every drop of my sweat. I have a lot to say in this post and I don’t know where to begin – anyway…

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…