India

Google Indic Hackathon

Submitted by hpn on February 23, 2014 - 03:55
Google Indic Hackathon

When a friend from Google had messaged me several weeks back that there’s going to be an Indic hackathon at Google and that I should try and be part of it, I was quite excited about it. It is not quite often that an “Indic” event is organised by tech giants like Google.

The rich and poor of Wikipedia in India

Submitted by hpn on November 24, 2013 - 16:03

An anonymous parcel arrived the other day by courier and the security downstairs had kept it aside.
I opened it late in the evening to find a parcel with no note whatsoever in it. A T-Shirt and a memento was thrust into a box. Turns out that it was the stuff distributed at the “Kannada Wikipedia 10th anniversary” event to which I was not invited officially.  It was as though someone knew I wouldn’t accept it and kept it anonymous.

Just another sketch after quite a long time

Submitted by hpn on July 20, 2013 - 10:23

It has been such a long time since I tried my hand at this. Not too happy with the lines, but hey, something for a change.

The Mid-day meals programme has hit a tragedy in the state of Bihar and students have died. Apparently, someone thought it was okay to cook in utensils used for insecticide. Elsewhere in India, this might be happening:

Sketch by Hari Prasad Nadig

Maiya's and the iPods

Submitted by hpn on June 14, 2011 - 08:43

After more than ten years spent in Bengaluru, we've learned as much to avoid food outside. Eating food outside hasn't been the same in Bengaluru as it was several years back. However, there are few exceptions. Maiya's is one such restaurant. At Maiya's you get the traditional flavors of Udupi, Mangalore. The food is of better quality. If the South Indian food gets boring, there are always pastries, some bakery stuff and Gujarathi style restaurant for a change.

Wikimedia India

Submitted by hpn on March 8, 2010 - 11:20

Back in 2004, we used to have discussions on how to improve Indian language projects on Wikipedia and related projects. It was then that the discussions had also channeled towards a probable Indian Chapter that could provide support and backing for the local community and the local projects. At that time, there were just a few chapters worldwide.

Tata Internet Services disrupted

Submitted by hpn on December 20, 2008 - 17:18
People using Tata Indicom Broadband (and several other services here in India) seem to be affected by heavy packet loss in their Internet connections. When I called up the Tata Indicom Customer Care almost in what seemed to be the umpteenth time I was calling them in last two days, I was told about some "submarine cable damage", "main server issue" and few other such things.

An old soap

Submitted by hpn on December 17, 2008 - 18:24
I don't know how many of us would remember the 501, Nirma and similar soap bars that had become so much a part of life back in those days when Rin, Surf Excel or the fancy German detergents had still not entered the market. I remember people taking those detergent bars with them to nearby water source to wash their clothes. Much has changed now, but I still remember the fragrance of 501 or even Nirma. It has been years since I last saw one, though. Today, I stopped by a grocery store in a village on the way home. An auto driver was unloading his stock of "N S" bar.