February 14, 2001

chembur, down memory lane

another year when i would miss being around on my sister’s birthday.

i offered to buy deepu a gift of her choice, since i am leaving for bangalore this afternoon.

so prachi and i picked her up from her office last evening. i was happy to meet venky, and we talked about how far the original express computer team had travelled…

valentine d’souza
the silent editor with the unforgettable mischievious
twinkle-in-the-eye smile. i was interviewed by him and
venky, although i never really got to work under val.
living computers > times computing > freelance > tringtring (aptech)

venkatesh hariharan
my first boss, and an ‘editor’ in every sense on the term.
a digital news venture (which never took off)
> a scholarship and nine-month education at massachussetts
institute of technology > professor at indian institute
of information technology at itpl, bangalore >

sriram ramaswamy
the panini of our office, and the only person who still
prefers to remain unreachable (yes we do exchange an occassional
email). not many of us know where he works today, and i do hope
he got to complete that phd in mathematics…

deepak kumar
my mamu. no we are not related, but deepak and i share
a special relationship. he loves to talk about what he learns,
and i am a good listener. i watched as malini and deepak grew
closer, and how much they tried to keep it a secret. of course
i knew it all along, but i also kept it to myself 😉
itspace.com > softwaredioxide.com

s p malini
my (first) senior colleague and friend. ever-willing to be
on the right side of any argument, mal was always fair, and
very diplomatic. i learnt a lot from her. and yes, she and
deepak are very ‘happily’ married today.
marriage > siri karya systems > housewife > content specialist for ibm

brian periera
a very very simple man. a genuine teacher, who always hid
his insecurities behind such a serious profile that no one
really understood him. i worked with brian at chip again,
and there i saw chip work like therapy on him. brian is
a changed person now, though he’s still single.
he laughs more freely, cracks jokes, and yes, in his
spare time (every evening), he also teaches.
chip > times computing > tringtring

radhika j nair
i was the youngest employee at express computer.
every one of these colleagues listed here…they still think i’m a ‘bachcha’.
chip > itspace.com > zdnet india

dhaval valia
there can be only one original, and that has to be my dear chachu
dhaval. the eternal romantic, dhav never figured out why girls
wanted to make him their bhaiya, and he (still) has the
gift to strike an interesting conversation with anyone, anywhere.
heck! he almost convinced the canteen to strike a deal with the
then-popular drink, crush. dhaval’s desk has always been a huge
pile of papers, scribbled notes, magazines and pens, you’ll
always find him chatting with his girlfriends, but he’s a
grown man now, the editor of computer reseller news.
dataquest > computer reseller news

george eby mathew
“rads, you are the link between all of us, don’t
lose contact…or we’ll all lose touch with each other”
its only now that i’m beginning to understand what he meant
by that. but eby and i shared great times. he was ‘appointed’
as my local guardian by my mother when i was in bangalore
(so were deepak and malini and venky and rakesh krishna),
and sure enough, eby was very caring. he also introduced me
to his church, bought a pot that i painted for him, and
treated me to yummy pizza 🙂
yes ebs, i’ll remember to keep in touch.
gartner group > itspace.com

ganesh ramamoorthy
sitting simply, doing nothing
spring comes and the grass grows by itself

not every aspiring zen monk comes across an aspiring joker.
it is a relationship only the two can understand.
both carry the same message, one searches for the meaning of life,
the other celebrates it.
ganesh taught me a lot. about technology, about the internet,
about shell, about buddhism and zen.
he also told me that it was not practical. very zen-like.
gartner group > business times > times computing > zee interactive > netscribes

(phew! i could write pages about all of them,
but i guess i’ll just stick to the names now,
or else i’ll never be able to complete this blog…)

prakash advani
web vision > freelance > network computing > freeos.com

sanjay (siy-doc) yalavetti
living computers > times computing

yogesh ‘kardi’ katekar
stock broking company > sharekhan.com

shiva priya
indian express > myiris.com

abhijit basu
chip > express computer > netscribes

arun kumar

ivor soans
times computing > itiq > india.cnet.com

anil nair
living computers > india.cnet.com > mtvasia

anand govindarajan
business times > computer reseller news

george nelson micheals
living computers > a magazine in the gulf > computer reseller news > itnation.com

sudhir narasimhan

vijay ramachandran

at deepak and mal’s wedding party at gazebo in bandra one evening, when almost all of these ex-express computer-colleagues met, val jokingly remarked, “if this place were to be bombed right now, it would mean the end of IT journalism!!”

yes venky, all of us have come a long way, and we are also doing very well. perhaps we all shared a first-time-at-a-job sentiment…which is why everyone of us is still connected, and proud to be part of the “original” express computer group.

cheers to that 🙂

1 Comment »

  • ??? said:

    Dear friend,
    Nice to hear about MALINI after 10 years. HAPPINESS is a state of mind. Nobody can see it. It can be felt only by your own self and may be by someone who is a part of you without seeing you or without being with you.
    Love is not what you interpret. Its something to be felt. May be chemistry.
    My intuition says you like color GREEN. Why???Nobody can answer.
    I want her happiness. But I feel something is WRONG????????? I only feel it daily but I don’t know….!!! Only time will tell atleast to her …..What was my LOVE.

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