I was born in a wet mountainous town of Guwahati in tropical east India, a place where conquering Mount Everest represents the supreme challenge to young and old alike, and where a centuries old barter system used to give the government
monetary system a run for its money. To anyone here, formal technology studies would have been as insignificant as owning a bullock cart. But not to me. The keen observer that I am, the inefficiencies of the then prevalent socio-economic system were too obvious. I saw technology as the saviour and the bridge between the great divide. The first time I saw a computer was when I was in under-graduate school way back in the late 1980's. The way it churned out realms of data astonished me. I was amazed -- thinking that this must be the most complex machine the world has ever seen. To understand and master such a complex system appeared to be a challenge to me -- and I took up the challenge with glee.
Software technologies has been my passion for the last two decades. I have worked on digital telecom switcing systems, distributed file systems, storage and servers, and distributed computing systems.
I sometimes dream of subjects that vary from the outrageous to the preposterous -- how commercially viable will be a car that can be folded to occupy less parking space? can we design a hand-held communication device that gets powered from the body heat of the person using it? are the science-fiction-like days of having a metal implant in your body to identity youself really coming to pass? what are the ethics associated with a venture that makes human genes commercially available?