Atanu Dey On India's Development

Back to Blogging

Why the long hiatus in blogging, you may ask. Don’t really know. I guess that I was ready for a break. For the last couple of weeks, I have been on the road. After leaving Pune, I spent a few days in Mumbai. On the 24th of May, I was briefly interviewed on BBC World TV for their live program “China and India: Emerging Giants.” The interview was at the Taj Palace Hotel with the Gateway of India in the background.

From Mumbai, I went to Chennai. I spent time meeting principals of a couple of schools, including the Krishnamurthy Foundation of India school. I spent some quality time with Yuvaraj and his family, who were the most gracious of hosts. It is no secret that I think that Chennai is as much fun as sitting in a bathtub full of sharp knives. What made it bearable is the attention and care that Yuvaraj and Richa took of me, and the fun of being with Dhruv (6) and Sarang (3). Both were thrilled to bits that they had seen “Uncle Atanu” on TV.

After 3 days of awfully hot and humid weather of Chennai, my next stop–Bangalore–was a sheer delight. It was cool and comfortable enough that you did not even need a fan, never mind an airconditioner. My stay in Bangalore was a wonderful mix of business and pleasure. I spent time at two schools which had been recommended: Vidya Niketan and Vidya Shilpa. Discussions with those running the schools was very gratifying: I not only learnt a lot, I got some validation for some of my ideas from people who have been in the eduation business for a while.

The joy of being in Bangalore is in spending time with Vijay and Sudha, and their children Anupama (15) and Abhishek (10). I know Vijay for donkey’s years, since IITK days. Vijay is a prof of EE at Univ of Southern California, LA, and for the last few years is a visiting faculty at IISc Bangalore. Over the years, Vijay, Sudha, and I have spent many vacations traveling around in the US, and I have seen Anu and Abhi grow up.

In both places I got to meet my blogger friends. I had dinner with Prashant Kothari in Chennai. Prashant is a fellow blogger at the Indian Economy Blog. The Bangalore impromptu bloggers meet was at Madhu Menon’s restaurant, Shiok. I met Jagadish, Madhu Menon and Sandeep for the first time; Nitin (of Acorn) I had had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times before in Singapore. Excellent company, all thanks to the power of blogging.

Truth be told, I did not entirely not blog during this time. I had the rare honor of guest authoring Rajesh Jain’s Tech Talk on Emergic.org. The subject was on Indian education and the recent reservation issue. They appear in five parts, each about 600 words long. I had to exercise a great deal of restraint and not ramble on as I am wont to do on my blog. I am pretty happy with the results (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5.)

Well, so that is all for now. I am in Nagpur for a few days. Next stop may be Delhi or Mumbai. Or perhaps it will be Nashik. Who knows where the winds will carry me to next.

  • http://www.lifeandsomething.blogspot.com Gaurav

    Atanu,

    Most of your readers have collasped due to post deprivation and currently under intensive medical care.Only if you resume posting in an urgent manner there remains any hope.

    Debating about reservation for the most part is a useless exercise (pardon for being so dismissive)for the reason that it is a political decision, its solution has to be arrived by political maneuvering.Regardless of the outcome this will leave India even more fragmented.

    this post (and this also)explains one of the major reasons behind pro – reservationists which is revenge.Also not the irony that the diasporic site has blogger(s) who go extra mile (and then some) for “a certain misunderstood community”, none of the commentators on the post bothered to point out that the post bordered on hatred.

    Chennai is ,well uncomfortable (having lived there for one year I can vouch for that) Its only redeeming point is greenery (as compared to Mumbai). Luckily I have moved to Seat of Peshavas

    Regards

  • Raj

    Mr.Dey ,

    I saw you on that BBC interview…I never read your blog before that, but somehow your name was familiar – maybe I came across it in some other blogs. I thought it was a great interview (though I vaguely recollect it right now), your points were well made and original. I think you made a point about rapid urbanisation being the best solution for India’s poverty.

    Now I look forward to reading your blog.

  • Venkat Ramanan

    Hey Atanu!
    Came to your blog after a long time, and found out that you had come to Chennai! How I wish I could have met you!!!

    BTB, You have visited the best of the schools. Their system will definitely be the best. Wish such systems are present across all educational institutions!!

    And Chennai heat has subsided. No more knives :-)

  • Subrat Mishra

    what a pity, I missed ur interview on bbc!

  • http://jagadish.blogspot.com/ S Jagadish

    Hi Atanu

    This is Jagadish. I also run a cricket blog @ http://cricket24x7.blogspot.com/

  • http://madmanweb.com Madhu

    Atanu Uncle, why am I the only one to get a hyperlink from you? :)

  • http://broadbandblog.in Abhishek

    Atanu, to my devilish mind comes a simple question. Were you able to meet the “all loving, divine” “Sri Sri” Shankar in Bangalore? By all accounts, he is angling for a nobel peace prize nomination.