Column: Only Indian Language content can bring majority of Indians online

Offline or online - life needs to be colorful. From a shop in Antebes, France

Offline or online – life needs to be colorful. Photo location: Market in Antibes, France

I was invited by Bangalore’s leading newspaper Deccan Herald to write about the current status, successes, failures of Indian languages on the internet. Yesterday (June 29, 2011) it was published with the title “Growth pangs of Indian languages” [PDF scan of print]

Languages are like colors, it brings beauty and life to the Indian internet arena.

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The neglected side of growth: Beyond English

I recently wrote on exchange4media about Indian languages on the internet.

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Column: Ecommerce – save on group buying sites

My 14th column in “Vijay Next” newspaper (Kannada) was about Group Buying in India. Main points were,

  • The year 2010 has seen very good ecommerce activity in India. We saw one of the leading ecommerce companies, Makemytrip.com, got listed in the US stock exchange successfully.
  • Bulk buying is nothing new. In Bangalore the rates in city market are cheaper because a lot more people buy from them. Retail users (families) get vegetables at almost whole sale rate.
  • Group buying has become very popular in the US. Sites in India have been inspired by US major Groupon.com
  • Group buying sites promote just one deal for each city every day. For e.g. if a Pizza costs Rs 200, it will be available for Rs 100 on their site provided a certain number of Pizzas are sold.
  • The famous ones are Taggle.com, DealsAndYou.com, Mydala.com.
  • There are sites that don’t insist on group buying but yet offer products at great discounts. One such site is snapdeal.com.
  • At times you save 60% on MRP! What more do you want? And when you buy a product you don’t have to use it the very same day. For e.g. if you buy a coupon for a restaurant, you don’t have to go the very same day.
  • You can save anywhere from 20-60% on some products.

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Column: Contribute to Kannada Wikipedia to strengthen namma Kannada

My thirteenth column in “Vijaya Next” (Kannada) was about writing in Kannada Wikipedia. Main points were, Read more on Column: Contribute to Kannada Wikipedia to strengthen namma Kannada…

Column: Want to type in Kannada on the internet?

My twelfth column in “Vijaya Next” (Kannada) was about writing in Kannada script on PCs/internet. Main points were,

  • In what language do most of us speak at home? In our ‘mother tongue’. When it comes to the internet, why should we communicate in English only? Luckily you don’t have to. You can write in ‘namma Kannada’.
  • There are many people who can understand Kannada but cannot read/write Kannada. But their love for Kannada doesn’t stop them for writing Kannada in English, this is known as “Roman script”. You can write “Ee Sunday ninadu yenu planu? Nanu picturege hogethini”.
  • There are two basic options for keyboards – inscript & transliteration.
  • Popular Kannada fonts: Baraha, Nudi, Lohit
  • Now-a-days ‘Pada‘ software is very popular.
  • To read and write in Kannada on mobile phones, your handset maker should have shipped Kannada font with the phone.

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