Desi Email Addresses to be the new #Trend

American tech giants Google, Microsoft and homegrown providers like Rediff could soon be signing you up for email addresses in the desi language of your choice. At a meeting convened last month, the government asked email service providers to enable users to sign up for addresses in local languages, starting with Hindi. This is in … Continue reading “Desi Email Addresses to be the new #Trend”

Indian Languages must for Mobile Phones

Government will soon make Indian languages mandatory for mobiles sold in India. According to a government notification accessed by The Sunday Standard, the phones will have facility for inputting text in English, Hindi and at least one additional Indian language. The third language to be supported by mobiles will be decided by the phone manufacturer … Continue reading “Indian Languages must for Mobile Phones”

Smartphone Shipments In India Crossed The 100 Million Mark in year 2015 – IDC

According to IDC, Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, 25.6 million smartphones were shipped in India in CY 2015 Q4 up by 15.4 percent from 22.2 million units for the same period last year. But, similar to last year, smartphone shipments saw a sequential decline in the last quarter of the year. The full calendar year 2015 grew 28.8 percent … Continue reading “Smartphone Shipments In India Crossed The 100 Million Mark in year 2015 – IDC”

ऑफिस और रजिस्टर

रात की नींद खोते हैं, भोर के ख्वाब खोते हैं घर में सब लोग सोते हैं, अकेले हम ही उठते हैं. हरारत और थकावट है मगर इस आपाधापी में, हमारे पांव बढ़ते हैं मिसालें रोज गढ़ते हैं. कभी शरबत मचलता था, मगर अब चाय इठलाती सुबह ऑफिस की हड़बड़ में, नहीं कम्बख्त पी जाती. है … Continue reading “ऑफिस और रजिस्टर”

Let Indian languages be the languages of Commerce in India

Our PM Shri Modi recently made a very significant statement that “Hindi should become the language of the markets”. The same should be true for other Indian languages such as Tamil, Marathi and a dozen others. This can have far reaching consequences. In a country of 1.3 billion, a mere 15% are English literate, yet … Continue reading “Let Indian languages be the languages of Commerce in India”

Relearning Hindi

Most of us study Hindi at school, the क ख ग ,  संज्ञा, विशेषण, विलोम  and मुहावरे , which are mugged up just before an exam and forgotten the second we hand in our answer sheets. When we came to designing the MOX Keypad, not only did we have to revisit all the forgotten lessons, … Continue reading “Relearning Hindi”

Scaling Up to Add 1 Billion New Customers

Over 85% people in India do not speak English. That adds up to 1 billion people. Whatever product or service that you may be selling, you need to communicate to your customers in their language. Without localization or globalization whatever you may call it, you cannot scale up your reach beyond English literate customers. No … Continue reading “Scaling Up to Add 1 Billion New Customers”

The Mystery of the Internet

Last Sunday, an aged relative who lives in a remote area in Delhi called out of the blue. While I was pleasantly surprised to hear his voice, he called with a request that was both amusing and appalling. He said that he had asked his granddaughter to pay his electricity bill for the month ‘on … Continue reading “The Mystery of the Internet”

Financing The New Age Infrastructure

Last weekend, during my morning walk, a smart gentleman, in fact an entrepreneur, was talking to me about the role of Banks and FIs in creating infrastructure in India. I said that VCs and angel investors are performing the same role today. They’re in fact doing a better job by participating in the risk unlike … Continue reading “Financing The New Age Infrastructure”