The Great Trigonometrical Survey

The Great Arc

In history, regimes can’t be classified in binary. Their activities, actions and achievements have to be summed contextually. Even then, without accounting for multiple perspectives, judging a regime as good or bad should not ensue. The British rule of India is one such regime which evoke extreme opinions. The Brits, from most accounts, did run…

The day when I practised “Mentalism”

  The other day I was watching a show on mentalism on National Geographic. Though sceptical about such shows most of which seem to be staged nowadays, I couldn’t help but remember my own tryst with accidental telepathy, way back in high school. It was the Doordarshan era and interesting shows were only a handful. “Turning Point”…

Solstice at Panipat

Reading the book “Solstice at Panipat” made me reflect upon the fact about how history takes a bird’s eye view of one’s lifetime. And how most of how details of the events that shape up are lost either in the humongous amount of din or in the lack of. A veritable time machine, the book…

TaaS

Rethinking the Indian Telecom Sector

I have been observing the Telecom/Internet Infastructure in India both as a former vendor to service providers and also as a customer. I am of the firm opinion that in its current state, the sector will not grow and also shall hinder the progress of the rest of the country by not fulfilling its role…

Open Source

Comments on the Government’s Draft Open Source Policy

It is heartening to note that the new Government is trying hard to involve people in more and more of their policy initiatives[1]. One such initiative is their “Policy on Collaborative Application development by Opening the source code of Applications“.[2] Since I have extensive experience working with Government Organizations to deploy various solutions, I take…

Frugal Innovation and Android One

Android One looks to be the perfect example for global companies pondering overFrugal Innovation. The project seems to have got quite a few things absolutely right. The consumer price point seems to be just right to target the lower and the middle income population which is a significant chunk of India’s whole. The assembly is…

Amazon Apple

Apple should buy Amazon. Here’s why!

Well, not the whole, but their entire technology division – including cloud and hardware. ‘Apple is a great hardware company, but are clueless when it comes to software’ – is an opinion that is shared across the industry and has almost become a cliché. This may not be really true as they were the ones…

When the chickens come home to roost!

14 March 2025 Hi, I’m Gyanesh Harindra – a 36 year old investigative journalist with The Hindustan Dak. Of late, my efforts at digging for the truth are throwing up a lot of uncomfortable facts and questions. Let me take you through the journey that has left my brain think it is at the wheels…