• Chennai,  Events

    Madras Week 2009 – The British left-behind show by Indeco

    I read in The Hindu a few days back about an exhibition with a display of British era items in Lalit Kala Academy, Greams Road Chennai – this place is near the Greams Road-Pantheon Road traffic signal, few hundred metres away from Apollo Hospital. The exhibition (free entry) which runs till tomorrow (August 30) features a collection of what the British have left behind – furniture, personalities and their ideas. The items on display are from the private collection of Mr Steve Borgia (chairman and managing director of INDeco Hotels), who is a history enthusiast and an ardent collector of British India artefacts and antiques. In connection with this year’s Madras Week, he has…

  • Technology,  Travel Review

    Intel Museum in Santa Clara, CA

    I am in Bay Area, USA for 2 weeks which will take me to Silicon Valley, Redmond (WA) and Los Angeles (for Microsoft PDC ’08). Sunday evening I went along with my cousin who lives here to Fremont Temple. This is a well maintained and spacious (considering it is outside India) temple and I was impressed by the newly build area for the South Indian gods. On Monday morning I went to the Intel Museum in their campus in Santa Clara (CA). The museum covers about the history of Intel from memory chips, 4004 to the latest chips; chip fabrication process and basics of silicon, etc. The self-visit doesn’t take…

  • Travel Review

    Notes on my Udaipur trip

    After Jaipur for the last 3 days, we were in Udaipur seeing around the city. Day 1: In the morning we took it easy spending our time inside our resort compound; we were staying at Trident Hotel and had access to visit the famous Oberoi Udaivillas – the super luxury resort, which was in the same compound. Inside the compound is Bara Mahal, built by Shri Maharana Fateh Singh Ji around the 1860s by the side of Lake Pichola. For the past 36 years the Mahal is under the care of Mr Roop Singh Ji, we were lucky to catch him in duty when we went and were able to take…

  • San Jose Tech Museum
    Travel Review

    San Jose Tech Museum

    I was in San Jose area and had the whole day to spend before my return flight (Jet Airways from SFO to BOM) in the evening. So I started the day with my friend dropping me at San Jose Tech Museum. Then I went to see the exhibits, which included a Silicon IC (Chip) manufacturing, Gene therapy, inventions, solar energy and many more. It is a must see museum for today’s students. I wish we had something like this in India – may be in Bangalore Indian IT giants can take a clue from their Silicon Valley counterparts to fund one. What impressed me was the web page creation kit…

  • Microsoft,  Travel Review

    Microsoft Museum

    During my trips to Redmond (WA) – the hometown of Microsoft, every few years once I make it a point to visit Microsoft Visitor Center (Microsoft Museum). It has on display the various computers that Microsoft wrote software for, their first software, their incorporation certificate from 1975 in New Mexico, early photographs of Bill Gates and futuristic technologies that Microsoft is working on and made public. Its quite an interesting visit every time. During my visit today they had a Kiosk which can send myself an e-card with my own picture.