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Nominations Open: 18th NCPEDP – Mindtree Helen Keller Awards – 2017

NCPEDP is one of the pioneer organization that encourages inclusion through recognizing role models. While it’s pride for individual to get recognized, purpose of such awards is actually to motivate others around awardees. Here is an announcement from NCPEDP for upcoming 18thNCPEDP Mindtree Helen Keller Awards 2017. As you are aware, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is a non-profit voluntary organisation founded in 1996 working as an interface between various stakeholders – Government, Industry and Civil Society Organisations (both national and international) for the empowerment of persons with disabilities. NCPEDP has long believed that inclusion…

Our grand father Shri. Ganti Narasimham is no more

He was the one, who showed me taste of tender coconut; He was the one who made me play in the well; He was the one who made my childhood much more entertaining (I used to spend most of summer holidays at his house); He was the one who introduced spirituality to me; Because of him, I got to know about a socio-religious organization; Shri. Manik Prabhu Samsthan; He was the one, who loves children most; That was our grand father (my mother’s father) Shri. Ganti Narasimham (known as “Dattudu”). it is shocking to learn that he is no more…

Last couple of weeks…

On 28th July, 2016, Hema was admitted at Manipal Hospital; on 29th July, 2016 early hours surgery was performed by Dr. Gayathri Karthik and at 8:47 am, by the grace of almighty, blessings of our Guruji, we were blessed with a baby boy. It was yet another memorable moment for all of us; awesomeness got bigger by seeing excitment on our daughter’s face. She has welcomed her brother with a great smile, claps and in midst of a lot of fun. On 1st of August, we got discharged but in about a couple of days, we have noticed new born…

See you later, Hyderabad!

It was September 2014, we have relocated to Hyderabad with my job at HCL Technologies and then to Deque. Now it’s time for us to bid farewell to Hyderabad as we are moving back to Bangalore and I’m joining Informatics starting April, 2016. It was a wonderful experience at both HCL Technologies and Deque. Though I have some opinions about HCL Technologies, it gave me an opportunity to work with some of the popular customers including Google. Deque is an amazing person to work with and at Deque I found people who are very knowledgable people and Deque’s India office…

Miss you, Mamma (grand mother) – Smt. Chakravarthula Suramma passed away on 2nd February, 2016

She was the one, who gave me taste of food in childhood; She was the one who took me to a lot of movies; She was the one who told me a lot of stories; She was the one, who though did not knew to write, she used a red a lot of books with limited eye sight; She was the one who loves Classical music and used to sing a lot of songs for us; She was the one, who have visited many devotional places; That’s our grand mother Smt. Chakravarthula Suramma who born approximately on 12th October, 1919…

My shortest job comes to an end… I wish I could have stayed longer but Good bye HCL

This is perhaps first time in my career where I’m announcing me joining yet another organization in a very short while. It was September last year, I have chosen to join HCL Technologies with a vision that I could create impact to more businesses and would have an opportunity to work with across domains to promote accessibility. But soon enough, I realized, to promote accessibility either work with a service company that’s specialized in accessibility domain or take up freelance work or work at a product company. I would not like to say much but one message I would like…

#GAAD – also celebrating my 10th year of accessibility life!

Hello everyone, Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day and already a lot of energetic events including Inclusive Design Talks – #ID24 are happening across the world. Thanks to good friends, Jennison and Joe Devon who thought of creating such a platform to raise awareness in the community. The good part of this event is that it’s not essential to host a huge event. Everyone can mark this day by just raising awareness to as many as they can including just to a co-worker sitting at next desk! Some of the events that I’m attending / participating are: Inclusive Design Talks…

Good bye PayPal…

It was 2012 when I was laid off from Yahoo!, my good friend Dennis Lembree referred me PayPal; I joined them to lead Accessibility initiatives for it’s Customer Quality and Engineering Services and that has forced me to relocate to Chennai. A couple of months later, excitement doubled as Bill Scott hired my good friend and former Yahoo!, Victor Tsaran to lead accessibility initiatives across PayPal! At PayPal, we probably have been able to build a small but very talented accessibility team wherein each member has an unique skill. The team consist of a design expert (Cathy), two rock star…

Three years at Yahoo!

My journey at Yahoo! came to an end last week as part of layoffs. So I thought, let me pen few of memories for three years. Honestly, it was an amazing, fun filled and encouraging experience for me. Thanks to Sandeep Datar, who found me on LinkedIn and offered me a challenging assignment to build Yahoo!’s second Accessibility lab in their Bangalore office. It took about three months for me get the lab ready to be inaugurated and I have used that chance to not just coordinate to bring up the accessibility lab, but to educate several personnel about what…