Indic Language Input

If you have tried inputting Indian languages in Windows you know itโ€™s a major pain. That is particularly sad because Windows comes with very good support of Indian languages. I had almost given up using my native language Bengali on a computer due to this. Even when I was creating the About Page for this…


Cell phone assault

Last two weeks my cell phone got assaulted thrice. First it was someone sending me a virus over bluetooth (a sis file actually). This happened when I was taking a photograph of my daughter with the cell phone camera in a restaurant (Aromas of China, City Center mall in Hyderabad). The next one was bluetooth…


International Mother Language Day is back and being celebrated with a lunar eclipse

For starters it doesn’t include C++ or C#, even though your mom codes in it ๐Ÿ™‚ … A lot of people speaking English natively forget the importance of mother language due to its predominance. They take their language for granted. However, each year a bunch of languages become extinct, the latest being Eyak, which got…


Choose your company name well

Sometime back Hutch phone in India got bought over by the international phone giant vodafone. They re-branded Hutch in India to Vodafone. Now when I call up home and the phone is busy I get a recorded message in Bengali which means “The Vodafone number you’re trying to call is busy”. All that is good but the…


Ravenous Bugblatter beast on Indian roads

From the HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. “The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is a creature that hails from the planet of Traal, and will eat anything. If you are to encounter one, the Guide tells you that it’s impossible to slay, so you should wrap a towel around your head. This creature is so…


A classic Daily WTF find

If you visit the Indian Railway site and press any of Ctrl/Alt keys it pops a message “Sorry, you do not have permission to press the key”. Hey, it’s my keyboard and I have all the permission in the world to press whatever I want. This is exactly like one of those WTF finds.


Build 24 – The 24 hour non-stop coding competition

Last week at Microsoft India we had a 24 hour non-stop coding competition named Build 24. It was one of the most amazing things I had seen in a long time. Initially we got luke-warm response and a very few teams signed-up. However, in the morning when the competition started we soon had 36 teams…


International mother language day

Today is the International mother language day. I’m sure a lot of people will not get to figure this out as Google didn’t change its banner ๐Ÿ™‚ I was chatting with a British friend and we were discussing that the relevance of mother language is not so much apparent to most natively English speaking people…


Filling income tax

The Indian income tax law allows certain expenditure and investments to be tax-exempt. The law also demands various proofs if you want to claim exemptions for this. This include original medical bills, rent-receipts, investments proofs. The list goes on. As you can guess this results in standing in a long queue and a lot of…