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Greetings on the eve of India’s independence day!

I extend warm greetings to all my fellow Indian and non-resident Indians on the auspicious occasion of India’s independence day! As we know India got its freedom in the year 1947 and thus far we have made a tremendous progress but we are a long way to go! While we celebrate the Independence day and pay our tributes to everyone who were part of the freedom movement, let’s also pledge to put in best efforts towards growth of our country and neighbors. Remember we, Indians, are responsible for our own growth. As Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India says…

Railway Budget 2014 – a better and futuristic one – my thoughts!

It was nice listening to Shri. Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister for Railways, Government of India as he presented his Railway budget for 2014-15. It is great to see that due importance has given to Passenger amenities, safety and cleanliness. Some of the points I liked from this budget are: Increasing qualities of passenger amenities including cleanliness of bed rolls Introducing bullet trains, high speed trains (specially between Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai, Vijayawada-New Delhi etc., Next generation of e-ticketing including provision to purchase unreserved and platform tickets Appointment of 17000 RPF personnel plus 4000 women RPF personnel All ladies coaches will be escorted by…

Indian Elections – a few thoughts

This is for the first time, I have been carefully watching Indian Elections (Thanks to Kiran Kaja) and I’m really excited for the new government under the leadership of Narendra Modi. A big Congratulations to Mr. Mode and team. Also, congratulations to Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu and team of Telugu Desam Party for their victory in Andhra Pradesh.. Mr. Modi Ji, people across the country have been very hopeful and built a huge trust on your leadership so please keep up good efforts and bring in a massive change in the country. Do the right thing and have “people first”…

A quick note of appreciation to Election Commission of India

As we know, currently Elections are being held for Lok Sabha of India and Assembly of a few states. I have been following election news through different media channels. Unfortunately I was unable to cast my vote because non-receipt of my voter registration card. Hope to cast next time! There were always several complaints during elections by people with disabilities that polling booths are not accessible to people who are blind or wheel chair users. This time experience for several people with disabilities are quite pleasant and they were able to cast their vote independently. It appears that most of…

Thank you 2013 for making us the happiest – a look back!

Disclaimer: This post would get updated later in a few days with more details. Year started with all excitement and heat at Chennai plus with a lot of travel! On Bhoghi festival day, we have visited Shri. Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivendrum; wow, that is a historical place and we were told having Darshan on Bhoghi festival day is very auspicious. Then spent a day at Kochi attending an event organized by Society for Rehabilitation of the Visually Challenged; it was good to meet Asif, Kanchan, M C Roy, Sunil and several other old friends plus made some new friends.…

Indian Railways – a few things that you can make us more happy!

Needless to mention train is one of the most affordable and convenient way to travel. There are a lot of things that we are happy about Railways but fixing a few tiny issues would enhance much more! Schedule Alerts: It’s quite often we see delay in departure and some times, it’s more than an hour or so. I’m sure railways would anticipate this delay a bit in advance and would be nice if passengers are alerted through an automated text message or a message call. Specially this would help for stations which may not enough facilities like seating. Indeed helpful…

Innovation at Government – some ideas to improve

I felt really happy when I was able to do most of the application process to get modifications done on my wife and my passportsand also to get enrolled in the electoral role. This is great to see these processes are now online and have ability to apply online and even attach proof of documents. That’s great; but the problem is that even after submitting proofs online, applicant still need to visit office in person and submit proofs in paper. I have no complaint about visiting office in person and in fact, I was very happy when I was asked…

Accessibility is not just for blind, agreed… but we don’t have to blame!

When Google announced it’s course on Introduction to Web Accessibility for developers, I keep seeing tweets saying “Hey Google! Accessibility is not just for blind” etc., and I thought I should write my opinion here Please note that this blog is my personal and views expressed here are my own and does not represent my employer (PayPal, eBay Inc) or my past employers in anyway. Yes, I completely agree that Accessibility is not just about blind or screen readers and I advocate this too. Also, I do think from prospective of every disability and in fact, beyond disabilities as well…

Thank you note – NCPEDP – MphasiS Universal Design Awards 2013

It’s a great honor and privilege to be one among the recipients of NCPEDP MphasiS Universal Design Awards 2013 supported by AccessAbility and BarrierBreak. . I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Ms. Rama Chari of Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre for having nominated my name for this prestigious award and thanks to the Jury for their gesture. I would thank Ms. Shilpi Kapoor of BarrierBreak, who was my mentor and who encouraged me to start my career in the area of Accessibility back in 2005 and all my colleagues at BarrierBreak for their support and encouragement during my stint at…

A Tribute to Shri. (Padmabhushan) Nookala China Sathyanarayana

Saddened to hear about the demise of Shri. (Padma Bhushan) Nookala China Sathya Narayana. He passed away yesterday (11th July, 2013) at the age of 90. May his soul be rest in peace. I was not lucky enough to meet him in person but heard a lot about him and that he was another Guru in Carnatic Classical Music. More about Shri. NCS Mahamahopadhyaya Dr. Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana(Telugu:???? ????? ??????????) (4 August 1923 – 11 July 2013) was a Carnatic musician,[1] a classical vocalist, musicologist, author and teacher, a great administrator and motivator. He was a performer on All India…