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    1950களில் நடமாடும் புத்தக விற்பனை வண்டிகள்

    இப்போது கொரோனா ஊரடங்கினால் காய்கறி, பழங்களோடு மளிகை சாமான்களும் வீட்டின் வாசலிலேயேக் கிடைக்கிறது. கூடிய விரைவில் செல்பேசிகளும், மடிக் கணினிகளும் கூடக் கிடைக்கலாம்! இதையெல்லாம் எதிர்ப்பார்த்ததுப் போல், என் தாத்தா (லிப்கோ பதிப்பக நிறுவனர்) திரு கிருஷ்ணசாமி சர்மா அவர்கள் 1950களில் நடமாடும் புத்தக விற்பனை வண்டிகளைத் தொடங்கினார் – LIFCO Books on wheels. இந்த முயற்சியை, அப்போதைய சுதேசமித்திரன் (மகாகவி பாரதியார் இங்கே உதவி ஆசிரியராகப் பணிபுரிந்துள்ளார்) ஆசிரியர் சி.ஆர்.ஸ்ரீனிவாசன் மற்றும் இந்தியாவின் கடைசித் தலைமை ஆளுநராக இருந்த திரு ராஜாஜி அவர்களும் தொடங்கிவைத்தது எங்களுக்கு என்றென்றும் பெருமை. தொடங்கிய சில ஆண்டுகளுக்குப் பிறகு இந்த நடமாடும் கடைகள் வணிகரீதியாக இலாபமாகப் போகவில்லை, அதனால் சிறிய மூன்று சக்கர வண்டியைத் தவிர பெரிய கூடுந்துகள் (வேன்கள்) மூடப்பட்டதாக என் தந்தைச் சொல்லி எனக்கு நினைவு. மூன்று சக்கர வண்டியும் 1980களில் நிறுத்தப்பட்டது.

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    CBSE Class-12 board exams cancelled for 2021

    The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by Government of India. According to Wikipedia, there are over twenty-thousand schools in India and two-hundred schools in several countries outside India affiliated to the CBSE. The Class-12, or the senior secondary school leaving examination conducted by CBSE, and various states are the most important event in the life of students. It is the qualification for university education in the country, marks scored in this exam determine the college you get an admission to. There are 1.2 million students across India who are registered to sit…

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    Career Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence during the pandemic

    Last year in March 2020, I had presented on campus of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Ramapuram, Chennai for their computer science students on Career Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence. This year around, they invited me again for the same topic (!) but for their MCA (Master of Computer Applications) students. Since a year has passed where the job market, the technology industry and the entire world has changed irreversibly due to the ongoing pandemic, I decided to rework the talk in entirety. Today in the online talk I was expecting about 40-50 students, instead I was pleasantly surprised to see over 150 students attending the Zoom call. The topic…

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    Launch of 100 Femto Satellites in Rameswaram, India

    I feel privileged to be part of the program today organized by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation to launch 100 Femto satellites in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. These tiny satellites weigh around 14 to 50 grams and were launched using balloons to study various elements in the atmosphere and its impact on seeds and other materials sent. The satellites were assembled by students of government and private schools around the country. The technology for the program was made possible by Space Zone India. About four records were made in the day and are due to be recognized by Asia Book of Records and World Book of Records, London including for…

  • Lounge,  Microsoft,  Social Media,  Speeches

    Maintain your social media san(ct)ity

    Today it has become fashionable to hate social media and talk in length about its bad influence. I have been using social media [Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on] from 2007. I consider myself to be active, I have been posting almost every single day most of the weeks and I respond with comments on other(s) posts too. I have benefited from social media, seen and experienced its goodness. In the last few years, the way I see has changed. In this talk, I will share with you what I have learned, my own experience, which will be useful to you in charting your own course. Trust me, I am…