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Over the years, I have attended many of the premium events of Microsoft like TechEd in the USA and I have myself spoken in quite a few of Microsoft Tech Ed’s that happened in India and Sri Lanka. The first Microsoft Teched USA that I attended was in 2000 and that was in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Over the last two decades, I have travelled quite a few times to the USA. My first trip was in 1999 when I got invited by Microsoft Corporation, USA for one of their premier event that was happening in downtown Seattle and that was obviously the memorable one. I was excited to be travelling to the United States and that too to the headquarters of my idol Mr Bill Gates. Then, I never imagined I…

Last Sunday I drove by car to Bengaluru from Chennai, and, returned today. Yes, I know I am stupid to be self-driving (in India it means you are not having a driver, it is NOT autonomous driving) to Bangalore and back. Indeed it is tiring, travelling by train is a convenient, economical and faster way between the cities. Driving, I realized: 1) That the rupees you pay for the highway tolls rise up faster than…

In the decades past, out of station travel on road, used to be an ordeal. You need to carry enough water pots, food to eat (there will hardly be any hygienic restaurants en route), floor mats to lay down under a tree for a picnic like setting to eat the food, and, paper maps – either from AASI (Automobile Association of South India) if you were a member with them, which I am, or, from…

In the past, I have written about a few of the parks in Chennai like Amma Park in Saidapet,  Ashok Nagar Park, Sivan Park KK Nagar, Panagal Park, Jeeva Park T.Nagar, Haddows Road Park and how they are now being maintained well and are enjoyable places to go for a walk. Being a Chennai’ite I was feeling proud and have boasted about the bigger parks like Anna Nagar Tower Park and Chetpet Eco Park too…