Bangalore's "Eureka" moment

But suddenly in the year 1985, a relatively unknown company in this part of the word called Texas Instruments decided to setup what was called as “Software Design Centre”. The above image was a Eureka moment for Bangalore as the satellite dish of TI was got in a plain old bullock cart to its centre at Millers Road, Bangalore.

Satellite Dish at the TI's office in bangalore

Not so long ago Bangalore was a silent town with lots of greens and a fantastic weather.       Information Technology was a word which wasn’t heard and was confined to the boundaries of IISC. But suddenly in the year 1985, a relatively unknown company in this part of the word called Texas Instruments decided to setup what was called as “Software Design Centre”. The above image was a Eureka moment for Bangalore as the satellite dish of TI was got in a plain old bullock cart to its centre at Millers Road, Bangalore. This piece of instrument helped them stay connected 24/7.  This also opened the floodgates to the rest of the MNCs to set up its shop in Bangalore and the rest as they say is history…

The death of Netscape Navigator

Long long time ago there was a browser war. The whole world watched with gasping breath as Netscape Navigator kept releasing newer and better versions of the browser compared to the Internet Explorer of Microsoft

Attending Shakeel Ali’s class is a unique experience apart from the “geek stuff” he teaches. He is a repository of many interesting & authentic facts about computer languages. I was lucky to have heard one of those interesting trivia on the rise and fall of Netscape Navigator.

Long long time ago there was a browser war. The whole world watched with gasping breath as Netscape Navigator kept releasing newer and better versions of the browser compared to the Internet Explorer of Microsoft. As years passed by Netscape invested heavily into the browser technology and had by then made it a paid software. Many multinational companies were its clients and the best minds in the browser industry worked with it.

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Andromeda darshini and Milkyway milkshake

So came the idea of a fusion between the food and astronomy. Eventhough it looks being miles apart yet it has a common ground in getting youngesters attracted to it. So the end product was an ” Astronomy Themed Restaurant”

I’ve been passionate about astronomy and always been attracted to the 3 stars of the Orion constellation. Even though astronomy is a pure science and a hybrid of many fundamental subjects such as Physics, Maths and chemistry yet it has always attracted more youngesters than anyother science subjects.

Parallely i’ve been interested in my culture and wide variety of food it comes with. Let it be the Punjabi thalis or the south Indian dosas, i always get excited whenever i’m gorging it. Without any doubt it is a crowd puller and more so youngesters who are willing to experiment in trying different dishes than the ones they have daily.

Kanva Reservoir

Perched in a small valley at a distance of around 55Kms from Bangalore, it is an ideal one-day joy ride from the city. It has an interesting history of its own, being planned by by none other than the Dewan of the Princely state of Mysore Sir M.Visvesvaraya in the year 1946

Perched in a small valley at a distance of around 55Kms from Bangalore, it is an ideal one-day joy ride from the city.Once we reach Janapada Loka after Channapattana, there is a deviation of 8kms from the highway. This road leads into a small mountain terrain and a suddenly there is a huge water body at our view. Kanva reservoir is a nice get-away spot from the hectic life of the city.

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Prof M V Gopalaswamy – Passion for transmission

The first Radio Sangeet Sammelan on All India Radio was held in 1957. Over 20 years before that a professor of psychology was trying to get his then nine-year-old son to sing something into the microphone to inaugurate the professor’s private radio station in Mysore.

The first Radio Sangeet Sammelan on All India Radio was held in 1957. Over 20 years before that a professor of psychology was trying to get his then nine-year-old son to sing something into the microphone to inaugurate the professor’s private radio station in Mysore.

The boy forgot his lines and started crying. That particular sammelan may not have taken off but Professor M V Gopalaswamy nurtured his passion for radio transmission and achieved something immortal – he set up India’s first private radio station, in Mysore.

He is recognised as the first person to have used the work ‘Akashvani’ for a radio transmission. Akashvani was adopted as the official name of All India Radio in 1957, exactly 50 years ago.
The professor was caught by the romance of airwaves when he came across an unused 50 watt transmitter.

Prof Gopalaswamy set to work on it and in September 1935, his room in ‘Vithala Vihar’ in Mysore’s Vontikoppal area became a radio station. He called the station ‘Akashvani’. He invited singers to come to his house and in return for music rendered the artistes were sent off with tambula and respect.

Gopalaswamy, then serving under the Maharaja of Mysore, also invited his brother-in-law to give a talk on radio.The young man used this opportunity to vent his discontent against the Maharaja.

So levid was the professor that he threw the  relative out of the house! And it took six-months of conciliatary efforts on the part of the family to get the speaker back into the house.

Gopalaswamy soon imported a  250-watt transmitter.The station continued with support from the public and the Mysore Municipality till it was taken over by the Mysore State in 1941.

The enterprising Dr Gopalaswamy had also established the department of Psychology at the University of Mysore in 1924 after obtaining his Ph D in London under psychologist Dr Charles Spearman. The department is recognised as being the second oldest department of psychology in the country.
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