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Month: December 2015

2015 Year in Review

January: Started year by joining as contract employee at Google through HCL Technologies where I have directly worked with YouTube and oversee a few other projects including Hangouts. January also saw much awaited wedding of our Uncle Shri. Dattatreya Sharma and we have welcomed our aunt Smt. Vasundara to our family. Next in the same month, we have witnessed engagement of my sister Chi. Sow. Rama with Chi. Pavan. Both works at Tata Consultancy Services. February: No significant events March: We have witnessed wedding of Chi. Sow. Rama and Chi. Pavan May We have visited Pandaripur, Akkalkot and Sajjan ghadh…

Disability and terms used

I have been following a hot discussion on social networks about terms used to mention “disability” of a person. In the recent speech of Mann Ki beat by Shri. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, he has appealed country to call people with disabilities as “DIVYANG”; which means a person with divine abilities and this has triggered community of people with disabilities to think through. For several years there are words used like Blind, Visually Handicapped, Physically Handicapped, Deaf and Dumb, Mentally rEtarded, Mentally Handicapped etc., and there wasn’t much of a problem though term sounds a bit rude.…

Indian Railways launches Portal to register and track complaints and suggestions

It was always a difficult task to report a suggestion or complaint to Indian Railways as there would be no personnel available in time during journey and quite often we forget about it when we get off from the train. We feel who would go all the way to station master and report. If passenger is a person with disability, it is far more difficult to find the office of concerned authorities. I have situations in the past where even if we go to a station Master, either they say, “OK, we will take care of it” or “What is…