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California is the latest and largest jurisdiction to ban employers from asking job applicants about their salary history, a move designed to combat wage gaps based on sex and race. As an entrepreneur for two decades, I have been guilty of this – asking for salary history of applicants before making an offer. As for me, the reason was never about discrimination. It was to save money for the company, which was always short for a small business. The other reasons, as generally believed in India, was that a large percentage increase in salary from an earlier job will set…

I don’t normally get gifts, so I was pleasantly surprised to get one today from a colleague of mine at my firm – Vishwak Solutions. Phani Kumar who works in our SharePoint team had been to USA for few weeks and returned early this week. He was the one who gifted me this – a corporate decision maker gadget. May be he felt I make poor decisions & needed help in future :-). Thoughtful of him. The way it works is, you ask a question in your mind that needs a decision then spin the top, once the top stops…

I am not lazy and I am not a fitness freak. I do Yoga practice twice a week, walk to places that are near-by, take the stairs daily in my office; at the same time I do enjoy eating (especially multi-cuisine). Right from my school days I was not into any sports regularly, other than a year when I took Tennis classes. So I was surprised myself when I joined in to play a brief innings of cricket during my company’s annual offsite today at Mamallapuram. My batting and bowling (one over each) was just about acceptable I think; my…

The first time I had the privilege to meet Former President of India Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam was in May 2010 at his official residence in New Delhi. At that time I never thought I will get the opportunity to invite him to our office function or share the dais with him, both of which happened to me yesterday. So much for the saying, you can’t get lucky twice! The venue was Le Royal Méridien, Chennai, time was 3:30 PM, the date was 8th December 2014 (yesterday) is when Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam graced us with his presence by being the Chief Guest for…

I have written earlier about Windows Phone 8 (~Nokia Lumia phones) supporting display of “Tamil” language texts. The support is not 100%, though you could read Tamil texts, you couldn’t type in Tamil (Tamil IME/Keyboard was missing). I am expecting Microsoft to release an IME for Tamil in their future updates (I am not privy to any release plans or dates). In the meanwhile I was finding it difficult to correspond in Tamil with friends using my Nokia Lumia 925. Tired of waiting, I had our mobile team at Vishwak Solutions write a basic app that allows Tamil text typing.…