Disruptive Technologies and its effect on Society

[Keynote Address at the Seminar on “Disruptive Technologies and The Impact on the Society” organized by Madras Institute of Technology, 16/02/2018] Thank you for the opportunity to speak. When I was asked to present the keynote address on this topic, the technical evangelist in me was overjoyed. Telling you all …

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The hand that rocks the cradle…

One of the best insights that man has left for humanity is that, “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”. Of the high ideals that we claim we have for women – the benevolent mother goddess, the primordial female deity, Meenakshi, Annapoorna, Lakshmi, Durga the Destroyer of Evil – it’s not only unfortunate

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The futility of LinkedIn – Or is it just me?

Till about a couple of years ago, LinkedIn profiles with 500+ connections impressed me immensely. With that humongous network/reach at their disposal, they’d have a world of opportunities on a platter. I checked their profile to see what made them popular or ‘connection-worthy’. I secretly emulated their style, their profiles, …

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Learn to live with reality…

Learn to live with reality; otherwise one day, reality will come and live with you. This is the opening line and central advice of a book called “The Law of Karma”. To me, it comes across more like a warning than an advice. Advices are easy to forget or brush …

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तेरी दुनिया से उठ गयी खुदाई है, सब आया बस कयामत ही नहीं आयी है

तेरी दुनिया से उठ गयी खुदाई है, सब आया बस कयामत ही नहीं आयी है जहाँ से चलेथे वहीँ आज पहुंचे, शहर-शहर गली-गली रुसवाई ही रुसवाई है है भीड़ में अकेले, अकेले में एकाकी, हर तरफ बस तनहाई ही तनहाई है तेरी दुनिया से उठ गयी खुदाई है, सब आया बस कयामत …

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My Way…

I am not a star. There is no halo around my head. Fate does not like the color of my eyes. Struggle and strife are good friends of mine. Who am I? I am survival. I am guts. I am pride. I like odds. Especially when they are stacked against …

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स्वप्न स्थान (Dreamscape)

एक ऐसी जगह पर जाता है मन जो दूर नहीं पर पास भी ना हो जहाँ आग सी तपती रेत पर एक शीतलता सी भिछ्ती हो जहाँ दूर दूर तक तरु नहीं पर छाव हमेशा मिलती हो जहाँ प्यास बुझाने को नीर नहीं पर दरिया गहरी बहती हो एक ऐसी जगह …

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Please queue-up – Aapki ankhon ki photo leni hai

My chauffeur, Surinder, is not too familiar with the ways of the modern world. Early one morning he came to my house and excitedly told my better half: सरकार नया राशन कार्ड बना रही है। साहब को लेकर चलिये  (The government is making new ration cards, wake-up sahib, let’s go). My …

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Gems of Wisdom

This is an on-going collection of seashells, shiny pebbles, and beautiful trinkets – of which most i have realized, few that i have collected, and some that i discovered – as i walked along the beach of life. But first… Wisdom exists as 4 types – True Gyan (that which is born out of pure …

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The Five Estates of Technology

“…work is no longer a place to go and come back from… it’s a state, a state which is no longer hinged to locations or to premises…” My daughter is in third grade but, she is already conversant with computers. When I got her an iPad, she mastered its use in a …

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