Great love and great achievements involve great risks.
I enjoy creative work and am fascinated by technology and its applications. I have an infinite capacity to produce results in a challenging, creative and open environment with projects that ignite my interest. A new and unfamiliar field has never been a constraint and I have broken new ground often and with a great deal of personal satisfaction and success.
presently working on creating a privately funded internet based
resource that helps people stay connected with things Indian, by
sharing information and creating opportunities for exchange of art,
culture, education, trade and business.
Apart from the regular features of an internet portal, this site has guides to 6 Indian metro cities, GIS based products and information for the local and international market, a framework for e-commerce and marketing opportunities for online courses, goods and services.
I am passionate
about issues relating to women and their inherent power and am involved
in a project to help bridge the digital divide especially among the
I am a volunteer
wikipedian and am helping with promoting Indian language wikipedia
editing and have special interest in
AREAS OF INTEREST:
Database Creation and Management. New Product Development:
Media and Communication: Publishing—Print and Audio Visual.
of the special assignments for which I have handled video
Management and Internet Based Consulting:
I also have substantial experience as an entrepreneur in creating, producing and successfully marketing a monthly publication from the concept stage to the drawing board, and on to building an established Brand Equity. I co-founded the city guide Channel 6 in Hyderabad in 1989. It has since been acquired by a business house and has undergone a complete makeover.
In the field of internet based marketing, I have developed a niche area of expertise in marketing to the NRI: Indians abroad. My clients' products have included, art, banking products, online education, films and real-estate investments.
I helped set up
the first Trade office in India for the State of Maryland in
Knowledge Manager by The International Knowledge Management
Institute. Washington DC.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
I promote SUGAR the free and open source software in education in India as a volunteer See www.sugarlabs.org
I created the vision document and framework for the setting up of a Centre for
Excellence in Elementary Education in Goa in collaboration with the
Nirmala Institute of Education. A related project that grew out of
it was RAINTREE KIDS
On going Projects:
Usha R. Balakrishna of Cartha of Iowa City USA
Nilima Devi of Sutradhar MD.
Member: Digital Bridge Foundation (DBF)
March 2008 - August 2010
began as a volunteer involvement in addition to my day job but it
soon became all consuming and extended beyond the
I created the document for the mission and vision of the Digital
Bridge Foundation and identified 5 Pillars of
I have created a road map for the organisation which I had hoped
continue to grow.
Consultant: Reliance Communications:
Country Head India:The
International Knowledge Management Institute
Knowledge Manager (CKM)Training
programmes in India for KM Institute. USA.
Country Head Maryland India Center Assignment to
hand-hold and facilitate the
contractor representative of the state of MD to set up the Maryland India Center in
Bangalore in (2006)
This was the first ever trade office set up on behalf of a US
State Govt. in India.
Consultant Strategic Counsel: NEF
Cyberlearning USA: (2000 - 2004)
Consultant Strategic Counsel: EuroAmer Garuda Resorts
Pvt. Ltd. 2002-2003
Founder and Managing Editor: Out of India 1999
Imagemaker: IAOL (Indians Abroad on Line:
Communication and Management Consultant (1998)
Curated an International art
exhibition of water-colours from India
Executive Director Omam Consultants. Bangalore
Published a Book of Hyderabadi Limericks to celebrate 400 years of the City of Hyderabad in India. (1994)
Editorial Planning and Co-ordination: concept, design, production
and implementation of the project.
Co-Founder and Publisher of Channel 6—The Twin City Spotlight. (1990)
Channel 6 is a monthly city magazine guide to the Twin cities of
Hyderabad and Secunderabad (72 pages), designed and published by our
partnership firm 'Samhita'. Channel 6 is registered with the
Registrar of Newspapers and Publications, New Delhi. India. Apart
from concept, design, business planning, production and
marketing, my contribution included all hands-on computer related
desktop layout /publishing work.
a book of Christmas Carols and Songs.
Managing Partner of SAMHITA: Multi Media Communications. (1989)
Set up a partnership firm in Hyderabad. The firm handled assignments related to design and production of material in print and audiovisual communication and films. Registered as a Publisher with individual ISBN ID.
Director of Video Film : on "Seed Processing" for EMRC (Educational
Media Research Centre.) Hyderabad. (1990)
Consultant: Personnel Information Systems—ITC Ltd. Calcutta (1986-88)
Designed and developed a PC based Management Personnel Information
System for a multi-locational and multi-divisional company: PERUSE.
Implemented the system by creating and installing a database for
over 450 Managers, as the pilot group. The System provided for a
comprehensive and sophisticated, yet user friendly system of
multi-condition query. Developed a Terminal Operator's Guide and
System User Manuals for the System.
Management Consultant: Retainer—Videopan India Private Ltd. Calcutta (1985-86)
up of all personnel and administration systems for the company and
assisted in the setting up of the U-matic Video studio facility.
Assistance in recruitment and selection for sister concern
Graphitech India Private Ltd.
Management Consultant on Project—ITC Ltd. Welcomgroup Hotel Chola Madras (1977-78)
Assignment in the area of Career Planning. Developed a Career
Progression Model indicating clear career paths available to each
employee. Developed a catalogue of Job Profile Cards for each
non-managerial job in the Hotel. A project I enjoyed thoroughly and
learnt a great deal from.: especially the view of the
back-of-the-house operations in a Five star facility.
Jr. Training Officer—HMT Ltd Watch Factory Bangalore. (1974-77)
my career as a Training Officer responsible for creating the
function at the factory and all management and supervisory training
and development activities at the company. In addition I handled
Recruitment Selection, Induction and Appraisal of all categories of
SELECTED VIDEO ASSIGNMENTS
Photography coverage of the ceremony held at the White House Rose Garden where President Clinton received a recognition award from the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans.
Documentary Video on the Marionettes of Nadia District of West
Bengal, performing on an outdoor stage in suburban Calcutta. This
document has special significance as this was the first time ever
that this group of performing artists were filmed.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR INTERESTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Recognised by the Awards committee for International History Week at The Rayburn Bldg Washington DC.
Curated a 2 month long art exhibition titled: Confluence: Where Two Worlds Meet: at the Gandhi Memorial Center in Washington DC.
Organised a fund raiser concert by St Andrew's Episcopal School Jazz Band for a community Service/Concert Tour of South Africa.
Organised in DC, a performance by
Deboo: Celebrated Indian dancer
Organised the book launch in DC of Tanuja Desai Hidier's debut novel: Born Confused. (link needs correction!) 6th-7th October 2002.
Organised a book reading and discussion by Ismail Merchant and James
Ivory at the World Bank India Club
October 2012 Turkey Cappadocia
July 2012 Jamaica