The 7th Sense and the Indian origin of Kung Fu

I love movies, I love the fact that we can be lost in the movie forgetting all the woes for a while. But then there are movies that make you think, and we would all agree that these type of movies seem to be the best.  I am not a person that usually enjoys movies in languages that I don’t understand. Yes, subtitles are a must but I always believe that Sub titles do not completely translate the dialog exactly.So, well when a close friend recommended a movie that too Tamil movie, I was initially a bit skeptical.

Anyway back to the movie in question, the name of the Movie is 7am arivu, literally translated it means the 7th sense. The movie is loosely based on facts and added fiction to come up with a decently gripping storyline. The movie follows the exploits of Bodhidharma. If you don’t know who that is, well like most Indians you would not. But according to history books, he was the third son to a South Indian King and is the founder of the Zen form of Buddhism along with wait for it, Kung Fu. Here is a trailer of the movie.

Yes, you read that right, Kung Fu. It is believed that Bodhidharma trained the monks at the Shaolin Temple seeing their bad state of health and the martial arts took shape. Interestingly most Indians are unaware of this, but this could be our biggest contribution to the Chinese world. Now well like usual the Inquisitive Mind went in to do some research about Bodhidharma and the truth of the situations, here are the findings.

Bodhidharma was born in Kanchipuram,Tamil Nadu.His original name was Bodhitara.He was born as a prince in pallava dynasty around 440 AD. Some accounts shows that he would’ve been came from Persia , but there was no manuscript evidence to prove it. He was the third child of King Pallava. Being a follower of Buddhism , be was religioussly became a buddisht monk during the 5th/6th century and also credited for zen arts. Hence starting the Zen form of Buddhism. He arrived to china during the Liu Song Dynasty founded by King Liu Yu.

In one legend, Bodhidharma refused to resume teaching until his would-be student, Dazu Huike, who had kept vigil for weeks in the deep snow outside of the monastery, cut off his own left arm to demonstrate sincerity. Shaolin monks and disciples follow a unique practice among Buddhists in that they greet each other using only their right hand.

There is a complete and interesting history and life of Bodhidharma put together at this link which will give more insights and a very fairy tale or storybook type line to Bodhidharma’s life. Interested people should check it out.

The movie however just touches on some highlights of his life, as well as tries to bring into the future the personality of Bodhidharma in the quest of relevance. Although the song and dance, provide the indian movie factor, the movie all in all does a fair job at keeping you interested in the plotline although it is a fairly anticipated ending. The movie also boldly enters into territories of Genetic Memory and such to provide some scientific touch in the movie, the interfaces on the computers etc provide some geek eye candy with Sruthi Hasan providing just the Eye candy.

The first section of the film detailing Bodhidharma’s exploits in China is definitely the best part of the film. There is very little dialogue and Surya makes the most of his very expressive eyes to convey the various trials Bodhidharma has to undergo. While copious amounts of research appear to have gone into the making of the film, in this section it has paid off and it makes for a strong opening. Sadly though this isn’t maintained. The story has a lot of potential as it mixes science fiction with a disaster movie theme and a dash of Indian masala romance but it doesn’t quite gel. The most overused part of the movie however is Hypnosis, and I am not too sure about it. Does make for an interesting movie plot though, oh enough with the spoilers, I can see some of you already not wanting to read the rest.

In my suggestion if you have not seen the movie, you probably should. If not for the movie itself, but for the attempt of the indian movie industry to move forward than just, boy meets girl fends off the world to get married. South Indian movies, especially Tamil and Telugu movies seem to provide the audience the mental stimulation along with entertainment, unlike a Akshay Kumar starred no brainer. Dashavataram (10 avatars) was another such attempt toying with the idea of Chaos Theory and such, but very badly executed. However, 7am arivu provides enough mental fodder for even the most critical cinema buffs.

India Innovation – Android Love from India, including a Siri Clone

Its been a while since I wrote about India and the technological innovation there but here is something that is hard to be missed. Being an Indian and an Android fan it is one of those moments that you will be surely proud of, Apps. Indian Software developers are not the foremost to come up with products, yes there are quite a few there, but in comparison to the number of apps used worldwide the apps from India don’t come to the forefront. Indian Software industry has always played a service role for most companies, where we have developed products for others. Not many products that are home-grown. I guess its changing, and here are the first signs that we can be good at it too.

When Apple introduced Siri, every Android user wanted to hear about the version for Android. And there were few but all lacked complete functionality. An Indian Startup is trying to change all that, from the notion that Indian Software companies dont do products to Siri App for Android. Enter Dexetra, A startup from Cochin that is planning to change the world of Android and India.

Iris 

Like the Siri clone, Iris is a speech recognition and interpretation engine aimed solely at the tech savvy always connected Android user. Like the iPhone 4s the Iris requires the internet to be connected at all times to be able to process the information and spit out the results. With over a Million  installs and with tremendous response from the global Android community this app seems to be the one to see in 2012. Along with the company.

Check out Iris for yourself here on Android Market. Oh yes that’s not it, they also have more software like the Speed Sense and Secure Keys that are as helpful as the Iris You can check them out on their developer page on Android Market. Check out decent App Intro Videos as well for their upcoming Android App, Friday. Does this not look like an international App company now ?? Proud to have crossed paths with these guys.

I just hope that these guys find all the support they need and also move along and produce some brilliant Android Apps. Now waiting for some hackable intelligence of connecting the Arduino with the Iris to get a proper solution to the Voice Activated Home. Dexedra Are you listening ??

Namma Metro – A geek train for a high tech city

Bangalore was the Garden City of India and IS the Silicon valley of India now. Yes, there will be some debate over this statement, but Bangalore is and always will be for me the IT hub or IT Capital of India. So when a new Metro started operation in the city it had to keep up with that image. Having used the Metro in Dubai, I was not very impressed with having the Metro manned with a driver, as opposed to the metro in Dubai which is completely automatic. But thinking as a project Manager I realized that the Capex of introducing an unmanned system was far greater than having the Opex of a Manned system, and in India there is no shortage of labor or rather inexpensive labor so it made sense.

So without having a train that was automatic, it would have to be impressive in terms of technology for me to be able to be impressed with it. On my last trip to India, I did go and see the train in Bangalore, the coach placed at MG Road was a non working display sample but still did not fail to impress. I did a bit of research on the technology used on Namma Metro and I was pleasantly surprised. Here are some things I found out :

The track system

The Bangalore Metro is standard gauge, a system used by most metros worldwide. Narrower than the broad gauge, it allows for greater manoeuvrability, easy ride along curves, laying of tracks even on narrow stretches and control. The standard gauge has a track width of 4ft, 8.5inches, or 1,435mm, while the Indian broad gauge is 5ft, 6inches, or 1,676mm.

Bangalore Metro runs on the ballastless track system used by 70% of the world’s metros. In layman’s language, this means the track does not require stones used on traditional broad gauge track systems to build the track and run the train, as the load is lower than that of a conventional train. The tracks are laid on a concrete slab after assessing the engineering factors. Stones on the conventional track help in balanced construction, while in metro systems concrete slabs are enough.

The Rolling Stock (Coaches)

The rolling stock (coaches/cars) are three stainless steel-bodied wagons. The train will be under the driver’s control, but they are equipped with some Automatic Controls to assist the driver. The seating capacity per train is approximately 1,000, giving more floor area to standing passengers.


The coaches are manufactured by Hyundai Rotem Korea and Mitsubishi Electric Company. BEML has the licence to manufacture the coaches in Bangalore. While Mitsubishi supplied the traction for the coaches, Hyundai Rotem supplied the rolling stock and BEML the coaches.

Power in Third Rail

Electricity for the train will run on a third rail next to the main track. It has an opening at the bottom at certain points from where the train draws its power. The third rail is covered with a yellow shroud, and a person falling on the track won’t be electrocuted. ABB designed, supplied, installed and commissioned four substations to receive and distribute electricity at 66/33 kV, as well as auxiliary and traction substations. ABB will also provide an integrated network management, or SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system to monitor and control the installations.

Consumer tech in the Coaches

Apart from the technology of the trains themselves, of course something that will not be very visible the trains feature a host of features that are visible and form an important part of the coaches. Guess here are some of the interesting consumer or close to consumer technologies in the metro.

Wi-Fi : Ironically the first thing I am listing is not visible at all, but is increasingly becoming one of the basic requirements especially in a city like Bangalore. Passengers can use their laptops, tablets and the mobile internet to be connected while on transit.

Emergency Voice Comms : Passengers will have emergency voice communication with train staff through a speaker system. Passengers can press a call button to communicate anything urgent to the driver or control centre. Help will be at hand at the next station. The integrated control centre will have direct communication with trains and stations which will be CCTV-fitted with visual and audio service information.

Collision Detection : Bangalore Metro also has automatic train supervision, protection and operation systems — if there’s a train on the same track ahead, the approaching train will sense it and come to a halt at a safe distance.

CCTV Monitoring : Cameras will be installed inside the train as well as stations, and people’s movements will be monitored by an operations control centre at Byappanahalli. In case of any help or emergency, the control room will be able to see what went wrong.

Ticketing : Ticketing, too, is completely automated with just a swipe of the ticket, token or card at a particular point near the entry and exit, enabling the gates to open and close. Recharge of metro cards through mobiles and SMS, a first in the world. What I am waiting for Google India to introduce the features of Google Wallet into the Metro, it will be really interesting. Are you listening Google?

Anna Hazare – the New Gandhi ?

The biggest deterrent factor for small and medium businesses as well as larger companies in India is the prevalent corruption in the country. Wonderful technological innovations are coming out of the country and in the mean time, corruption is stemming the growth. It’s been a long time that someone in India has taken a strong initiative to battle corruption, Last week was the week of Anna Hazare. On Saturday morning (9th April 2010), Veteran social activist Anna Hazare broke his fast after over 90 hours of spearheading the campaign against corruption after government issued a gazette notification constituting a 10-member joint committee of ministers and civil society activists, including him, to draft an effective Lokpal Bill. But most of do not know who is this Man and What are the details of the bill, here is my attempt to provide some clarity.

1. Who is Anna Hazare?

An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War

2. What’s so special about him?

He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra

3. A village, its not great right ?

This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills. In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

4. Oh really,…?

This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.

5. What is he fighting for?

He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.

6. How that can be possible?

He is advocating for a Bill, The LokPal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.

7. It’s an entirely new thing right..?

In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit their theft (corruption).

8. Oh.. He went on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such a short span of time?

The first thing he is asking for is: the government should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed. Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the LOK PAL BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public participation. Because you can’t trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.

9. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?

A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result.

10. Is he alone? Whoelse is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?

Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more. Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his cause. He needs more support. Here is a letter from Aamir Khan providing support for the movement.

Mumbai,
6th April, 2011.

Dear Mr. Hazare,

Over the last few days I have been following, through the media coverage,
news about your struggle against corruption and the fast that you have
undertaken.

I have been through your appeal.

I have been through the draft provided by the media of the government proposed Lokpal bill, which is under consideration of the government, which you are opposing.

Through the internet, I have also been through the draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill as drafted by the members of the Civil Society, which you are supporting.

I would like you to know that I am amongst thousands who are fully supportive of your efforts. The crusade that you have begun is an extremely important one, and I would like to extend my support to you.

For your information, I have written to our Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh requesting him to pay heed to your appeal. I am attaching my letter to him for you to read.

You are an inspiration for the youth of this country and my prayers are with you.

Like the country has supported the Indian Cricket team in their struggle to win the World Cup, I hope and pray that your struggle, which is infinitely more important, and affects each and every one of us, will get an even greater support.

Jai Hind.

Yours sincerely,
Aamir Khan

For people in Karnataka, the Lokayukta is not really a new concept. Karnataka introduced a Lokayukta about 10 year ago, but the effectiveness of the gesture was reduced due to the powerlessness of the Lokayukta. On the other hand, some people within the Lokayukta began blackmailing politicians for personal gains, based on the position that they held. However, for lack of action, taking no action is even worse, Just to give a better idea on the Bill, here are some details of the bill noteworthy. This Bill is pending for over 42 years. The old bill needs to be amended and a stronger bill must be passed. some of the key points are mentioned below:

Existing System System Proposed by civil society
No politician or senior officer ever goes to jail despite huge evidence because Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) and CBI directly come under the government. Before starting investigation or initiating prosecution in any case, they have to take permission from the same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated. Lokpal at centre and Lokayukta at state level will be independent bodies. ACB and CBI will be merged into these bodies. They will have power to initiate investigations and prosecution against any officer or politician without needing anyone’s permission. Investigation should be completed within 1 year and trial to get over in next 1 year. Within two years, the corrupt should go to jail.
No corrupt officer is dismissed from the job because Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body. Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented. Lokpal and Lokayukta will have complete powers to order dismissal of a corrupt officer. CVC and all departmental vigilance will be merged into Lokpal and state vigilance will be merged into Lokayukta.
No action is taken against corrupt judges because permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an FIR against corrupt judges. Lokpal & Lokayukta shall have powers to investigate and prosecute any judge without needing anyone’s permission.
Nowhere to go – People expose corruption but no action is taken on their complaints. Lokpal & Lokayukta will have to enquire into and hear every complaint.
There is so much corruption within CBI and vigilance departments. Their functioning is so secret that it encourages corruption within these agencies. All investigations in Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be transparent. After completion of investigation, all case records shall be open to public.  Complaint against any staff of Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be enquired and punishment announced within two months.
Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of anti-corruption agencies. Politicians will have absolutely no say in selections of Chairperson and members of Lokpal & Lokayukta. Selections will take place through a transparent and public participatory process.
Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut. Lokpal & Lokayukta will get public grievances resolved in time bound manner, impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay to be deducted from the salary of guilty officer and award that amount as compensation to the aggrieved citizen.
Nothing in law to recover ill gotten wealth. A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money. Loss caused to the government due to corruption will be recovered from all accused.
Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years. Enhanced punishment – The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.

More details on teh bill can be seen here : http://indiaagainstcorruption.org/

When you look at it, this Bill is really long overdue, and needs to be bought into action. What it also brings into notice is the Indian system which does not have a review system, no cause and effect analysis done, and not even internal scrutiny from senior members in the Government. All the politicians are hand in glove when it comes to corruption. Adopting a Gandhian model of Hunger Strike, Anna Hazare has shown the Mahatma’s ways are still applicable in a ever changing world.

Like the video says, “Be the Change you want to see” and for this we as Indians need to change, we should not give bribes and take them. Although small and insignificant, gestures like spreading awareness about this bill, providing support to Mr. Hazare, through status messages on FB, sharing links and videos to help him in this cause will only benefit from all of us. There is one among us who has decided that it’s time to take matters of cleaning up the house, in our own hands. He needs help, and we need to give it. I know this post is kinda off topic, but seriously the need of the hour for India to progress is to address Corruption, like a disease.

 

Free Indian Tool to create PDF Files

For a long time I kept arguing with my friends in the software industry in India that Indian Software industry is just a services industry and it will become big only when Products start coming out of the companies in  India. Although we have the largest force in the world in the software industry the number of products coming out of India are the least when compared to smaller countries. However, the Indian Software Industry is coming of age and what better way than to have products spilling out which can compete at other international products.

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This week I am featuring a FREE Software for creating PDF Files, MADE IN INDIA. Unfortunately when I started using it, the UI felt a little childish than professional. But the functionality is good. Here is an excerpt from the website describing the PDF tool called PDF Cube. I think they should run a spell and grammar check.

Free PDF Cube is a tool to create PDF files from all  printable files and all images. PDF Cube  install as a  virtual printer. It convert word to pdf, convert excel to  PDF, convert ppt to pdf,  convert image to pdf, convert  xml to pdf etc without using Adobe Acrobat Software or  other  third party tool. This works a Printer so you can make PDF from more than 500 formats. Supposedly, Works well with Doc, Docx, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, Gif, Jpg, Cdr, Indd, Exif, Png, Pub, Html, Xml, and more than 500+ format. Additional support for all Indian and Foreign languages makes it a good tool especially in the Indian Market.

There is a pro version as well that sells for $39.95 (Strange how they have marketed the software in dollars, maybe to allow people to compare pricing, but that could have been achieved otherwise as well) Here are some of the features of the free and pro versions.

  • Create PDF from any printable file.
  • Encrypt PDF.
  • Set PDF File Information.
  • Supports All Languages and Unicode.
  • Merge and split PDF Files. (Pro Version)
  • Encrypt/ Decrypt PDF file in Batch. (Pro Version)
  • Merge and split PDF File.  (Pro Version) {Yes its mentioned twice on the website)
  • Change PDF Page Size. (Pro Version)
  • Convert PDF to Image. (Pro Version)

My advice would be to try it out, to give it a shot, if it fits your purpose then it’s a very good tool to have. However, to the developers I would really suggest to have a cross look at the website (Basics like grammar and spellings) so you can attract more customers.

You can directly download from
http://pdfcube.com/download/pdf-cube-free.zip Or visit http://pdfcube.com for more details and products.

Virtual Wire – Indian Technology for well going wireless

While Indian Outsourcing was turning from a boon to a curse in the west considering the public outcry over it; the focus of the world was on the call centers and the BPO industries in India that they believed were taking over a lot of the jobs from the west. And in the mean time India turned into a powerful R&D machine. This somewhat has caught the west unaware, and is bringing these sparks of genius that are making us Indians proud. Today, I would like to bring ahead another such an innovation that is sprouting out of India.

After phones and laptops, it’s time for plasma television, video game consoles and DVD players to learn to link up without wires. Vishal Chandra, the 29-year-old chief executive of Virtual Wire Technologies and his colleagues from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, (IIT-D) say they are two years away from developing a new generation of chips that will provide a wireless link from the sleek television set mounted on your drawing room wall to the desktop computer in your study, all within Rs2,000 or <AED 200.

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After Kindle and Pi, now Wink’s from India

While the world holds its collective breath for India to actually mass produce the $35 tablet, the country’s own electronics Industry is not holding its breath and is coming up with loads of electronics for the Indian and International market. After the luke warm response that the Pi has received in India, another e-reader has just been launched in India by EC Media International. The face that it is from Bangalore makes me more happy just to share this news.

This eBook reader will support 15 languages and offer over 2 Lakh, (200,000) book titles when it starts shipping. Infibeam who has already an online bookstore and is really pushing forward with the Pi, just like Kindle, might find it easier to provide more book titles. But the likes of EC media have to come up with many more book publishers as their partners to be able to actually successful, and that is exactly what they have done. The Kindle look alike will offer books from publishers like Penguin, Roli, Oxford University, Harper Collins and Permanent Black.

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India Report Card for Technology 2010

First things first, A very Happy Independence Day to all the Indians, and to our neighbors Pakistan as well. It’s the Independence Day today, and really all the focus seems to be in all the wrong areas, like every year, the media is picking up the bad in the country to highlight on this day. From Terrorism, corruption, Maoists, Bandhs, CWG Vs Food, Bollywood, IPL Scandals, Babus, all the flaws of India are being highlighted. I am sure as a child, if you were to point out his/her faults on his/her birthday, I am sure the child would not be really happy, and would be damaged for life. Then why is it that we are doing it to our country  ?? Anyway, for this Independence Day, like the Republic Day in January, I would like to prepare a report card for the technology sector in the country. Of course it is the most shining one and the one sector where it does look India is shining and moving ahead.

First of all If you did not manage to read the report card during the Republic Day, here are the links :

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Forget 3D its time for 5D

Middle east and new innovation is rarely something that goes in the same statement without the use of the word NOT, but off late there have been some changes especially in the field of sustainability and construction (duh .. ) that are fuelled out of Masdar and the construction industry. Interestingly I have been finding titbits of new technology resources that are built around the middle east, like Spark Mobiles, a mobile phone manufacturer in Deira or Merlin, the company that is really pushing alternative innovative technologies in Dubai.

But I found my most interesting innovation yet. arcade goers in the UAE will be able to play 5D games within a year.

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Bangalore’s shiniest new toy, “Namma Metro”

Bangalore is known for its software companies, pubs, dogs, bikes and of course women; but not really for trains, and that my friends is going to change very soon. The Bamgalore Metro also dubbed Namma Metro is nearing completion. And with the announcement and display of the Bangalore Metro Coach, the people of the city are excited as well. Today’s post is a tribute to the newest and shiniest toy of bangalore techies, the Metro.


The route of the metro shown above has already gone changes and is now longer by close to 30 % from its initial design. Making it a really challenging project in a city where the infrastructure is already very bad even in comparison to many Indian cities. So work is going on, but at an agonizingly painful pace. Agonizing for the residents who have to bear the brunt of the traffic on a day to day basis, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Indian Rupee has a new Symbol

Its was being discussed for quite a while now, the Indian Rupee having a new symbol of its own, like the Dollar, the Euro and the sorts. The Indian Government had asked citizens to submit designs that could be submitted scrutinised and selected for the Indian Rupee, well it is done. The Indian Rupee Symbol has been picked out of all the designs that were submitted to the government today. Lo and behold you are looking at the new symbol of the Indian Rupee. Ministers made their final decision at a cabinet meeting after examining a shortlist of five designs based around the letter “R” as drawn in the Roman alphabet and the ancient Devanagari script used in Hindi.

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India Innovates – Nano Ganesh

No its not the name of the new car from TATA motors, although the name resembles the name of the car, it is not any lesser innovative than the TATA nano. Be it the application space or the price competitiveness. On February 17 2009, Santosh Ostwal, the son of a farmer, took to the stage at Nokia’s ‘Call Innovators Challenge’ in Barcelona. He was showcasing his invention, Termed Nano Ganesh, this application enables farmers to check availability of power to their irrigation systems.

A modem, which coupled with a mobile phone, is connected to the starter mechanism of the ubiquitous water pump, making the long march of the farmers to their water pumps in remote locations unnecessary. The modem interfaces a 440 volt system, is attached to the starter panel of the pump set. The device helps a farmer to switch on/off the pumpset through a call made by a mobile or a land line phone or even a PCO phone from anywhere in the world. The remote access eliminates the need to travel, sometimes long distances in inclement weather, to check the power and turn on/off the pumps.

On the deployment of the system, a pre-set code is given to the farmer to switch on/off the pumpset. In order to switch on the set a farmer has to call up the number of the mobile phone attached in the starter panel. One can confirm the availability of the power in the pumpset by a long beep sound, which will be signaled from the receiving end during the call Followed by the confirmation of availability of the power, the caller has to dial a preset code provided for the user to switch on the pump set. Once the code is dialed the user has to confirm his function by a feedback tone and then cut the call. For switching off the pump set, the same process has to be repeated and a different preset code is entered to switch off the pumpset.

To make the phones easily accessible to the farmer community, Santosh deployed basic phones like Nokia 1100. The modem is also available with a theft proof inbuilt device called ‘Nano Ganesh Hanuman’, whereby its installation will also ensure alert in case of theft attempt near the pump area related to pumpset cable, panel or pump itself.

Tata Indicom is the first operator in the country to partner Ossian Agro to offer remote access to irrigation pumps using a mobile phone Nano Ganesh – a radical move to save electricity, time, money and resources like water. At the moment available only in Gujrat this innovation will soon make its way into the rest of the country. Priced between Rs.560 and Rs.1700, about 5,000 farmers are using the application.

Suddenly, the landscape seems to be changing as dozens of homegrown incubators across the country’s many technology institutes are churning out international talent. Tech schools across the country are waking up from Fabian fatalism to can-do optimism. This cannot be wrong for the country that has been termed historically as the sleeping tiger.

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