Kamla Bhatt Show
Summary: Connecting the Indian diaspora across the world. It is all about life, people and ideas. Every week we speak to an interesting mix of people about business, technology, films, food, books and a host of other subjects. This is the place to come to listen to a stimulating conversation on India.
This is a 2-part candid interview with venture capitalist Kittu Kolluri (http://www.nea.com/NEATeam/TeamMemberDisplay/index.cfm?IDP=48) of NEA. Earlier today, Teracent, one of Kittu's portfolio company was acquired (http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_acquires_teracent_wants_to_make_display_ads.php) by Google for an undisclosed amount. I met with Kittu at NEA’s Sand Hill Road Office in Menlo Park to find out how he made this transition from being an engineer to an investor. Who were his mentors? How did he decide to become an engineer? What led him to become an investor? And, he share his thoughts on failure and success. Kittu (http://kamlabhattshow.com/pdcst/?s=kittu) started his engineering career at SGI, and while there got to know Jim Clarke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_H._Clark), who co-founded Netscape and Healtheon.Michael Lewis’ bestseller book published in 1999 The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story (http://www.salon.com/tech/books/1999/10/22/new_new_thing/index.html) evolved around the legendary Jim Clark and Kittu was featured quite a bit in the book. Kittu was one of the co-founders of Healtheon, a company that was founded to change the healthcare industry. Eventually Healtheon was acquired by WebMD. After Healtheon, he went to lead a networking startup called Neoteris that was acquired by Netscreen, which in turn was acquired by Juniper Networks. In January 2006 Kittu joined NEA and now and sits on the boards of Nevis Networks, PortAuthority, RingThree Technologies (http://kamlabhattshow.com/blog/2006/11/06/podcast-post-mojopacs-shan-appajodu/), and SnapTell. He co-leads the NEA IndoUS Fund along with Vinod Dham and Vani Kola. Kittu is a graduate of IIT, Madras and State University of New York, Buffalo. Here is a link to Part-2 (http://kamlashow.com/content/900500/maincontent/mp3/broadband/KittuKolluri_Part2_KamlaShow)of the interview with Kittu. This interview was originally recorded in 2006.
(http://www.pbs.org/newshour/images/religion/july-dec05/804islamnomani2.jpg)American journalist Daniel Pearl (http://www.danielpearl.org/about_us/danielpearl_bio.html) was killed in Pakistan in 2002. How did Dannny Pearl die has been a subject of investigation by his friend and colleague Asra Nomani (http://www.asranomani.com/). Called the Pearl Project (http://pearlproject.georgetown.edu/), the goal of the investigation is to find out what really happened to Danny when he left Asra's house in Karachi on January 23rd 2002. Danny was working on a story on the Ameican shoe bomber case Richard Reed and was in Pakistan to follow on some leads. For 5 weeks Asra and Mariane (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/terrorism/jan-june02/pearl_3-18.html), Danny's wife had no idea what happened to Danny. Supporters of Sheikh Omar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Omar_Saeed_Sheikh) claimed to have kidnapped Danny. After 5 weeks of holding out hope tt finally came as a shock when Mariane and Asra discovered the brutal way in which Danny had been killed. The movie A Mighty Heart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Mighty_Heart_(film)) captures those tense 5 weeks that Mariane and Asra spent searching for Danny (http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB111634569601635866.html?mod=2_1150_1). The film was adapted from Mariane's book that chronicled how US and Pakistan authorities tried to track Danny's kidnappers. Danny (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Pearl) was the South Asia bureau cheif of The Wall Street Journal and was based in Mumbai, India. Asra has worked with The Wall Street Journal and her work has been published in Time and The Washington Post. She currently writes a column for The Daily Beast (http://www.thedailybeast.com/author/asra-q-nomani/). This interview was originally broadcast at Stanford's radio station in October 2009.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5166B8RS4FL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)London-based journalist and author Jules Stewart's second book titled, Spying For The Raj: The Pundits And The Mapping of the Himalayas was released in 2006. Sir Ranulph Fiennes (http://www.waitrose.com/food_drink/wfi/notesandmiscellany/profilesandinterviews/0011084.asp), who is listed as the world's greatest living explorer by the Guinness Book of Records, has written the forward for the book. I caught up with Jules in London in 2006 just before his book was launched. We spoke about the book, and why and how this difficult task of mapping the Himalayas (http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/5112/kumaon.html) was undertaken by the British. What were the geopolitical reasons that propelled the British to undertake this trans-himalayan survey? This fascinating book traces a 30-year (1864-1894) effort that was led by British Captain Thomas Montgomerie (http://www.mundi.net/cartography/Wheel/) to map the Himalayas. The official name of the project was The Great Trignometrical Survey of India (http://www.thegreatarc.net/). The trans-himalayan region was an unknown territory and the British had huge gaps in their knowledge about the contours of the mountain range, Tibet, and the rivers that originated in Mount Kailash. Captain Montgomerie recruited local people from various regions of the Himalayas, trained them and established standardized ways of measuring their steps. The recruits were not pundits (http://www.win.tue.nl/~engels/discovery/pundit.html) by caste, but were a small group of eclectic group. There was Kinthup (http://www.answers.com/topic/kinthup), the Tibetan tailor's assistant from Darjeeling, and then there was Nain Singh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nain_Singh) from the Kumaon region among others. A major geopolitical reason that propelled the British to undertake the survey was Russia's ambitions in the Northwest frontier region. This was the Great Game of the 19th century (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Game), when the Russians were almost there at the gates of India says Jules. The Russian search for a warm water port led them to this part of the world, and the British wanted to contain the Russian threat. In order to do that they needed to have a better idea of the terrain of the trans-himalayan region for military planning and logistics purposes. Jules suspects that Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim had quite a few characters drawn from the survey. He thinks that Colonel Creighton in Kim was modeled after Captain Montgomerie (http://dsr.nii.ac.jp/toyobunko/III-2-F-b-2/V-1/page/0248.html.en). Jules is a journalist based in London. In 2005 he wrote his first book called The Khyber Rifles. President Musharraf (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/472997.stm) of Pakistan arranged for Jules to tour the Northwest frontier area.. Jules is already busy putting the finishing touches for his third book, which is a history of the Northwest frontier province. He is already thinking about his fourth book and is interested in writing about the Siachen glacier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siachen_glacier) conflict. This interview was originally recorded in May 2006 in London. India (http://technorati.com/tag/India) Himalayas (http://technorati.com/tag/Himalayas) British Raj (http://technorati.com/tag/British+Raj) The Great Game (http://technorati.com/tag/The+Great+Game) Jules Stewart (http://technorati.com/tag/Jules+Stewart) Indian Podcast (http://technorati.com/tag/indian+podcast)
(http://www.vodafone.com/etc/medialib/content_images/board_members/board_member_previews.Par.68366.Image.120.0.1.gif) Mr. Arun Sarin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arun_Sarin), who heads Vodafone was a keynote speaker at the Pan IIT-Global Conference in Santa Clara, California. Mr. Sarin (http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/telecoms/article2412846.ece) is a charismatic speaker and knows how to hold the attention of his audience. He had the rapt attention of hundreds of IIT alumni and others during his 30 minute speech where he spoke about convergence, doing business in India and leadership. A key theme of his speech was leadership and how does one become a leader? The key is to get out of your comfort zone he pointed out. I wanted to find out about Mr. Sarin's connections to Bangalore (http://kamlabhattshow.com/blog/2007/02/12/arun-sarin/) and the Bangalore Military School (http://www.georgians.in/print.asp?aid=185), as well as who were his role models for inspiration. Tune in to find out what he has to say about Bangalore, brand India and leadership. This interview was recorded in 2007. Technorati tags: Arun Sarin (http://technorati.com/tags/Arun%20Sarin), Bangalore (http://technorati.com/tags/Bangalore), Bangalore Military School (http://technorati.com/tags/Bangalore%20Military%20School), Pan IIT Global Conference (http://technorati.com/tags/Pan%20IIT%20Global%20Conference), leadership (http://technorati.com/tags/leadership)
(http://kamlashow.com/podcast/wp-content/uploads/ninj_000221.jpg) Ninja Srinivasan heads Yahoo's (http://www.yahoo.com)editorial team in Sunnyvale, CA talks. In Part-2 we pick up our thread of conversation from Part-1 (http://kamlashow.com/content/900360/maincontent/mp3/broadband/NinjaSrinivasan_Yahoo_KamlaShow_Part1.mp3) where NInja shared what it takes to create and aggregate news on a 24/7 basis. In this episode she talks about her role at Yahoo!, her days at Stanford and working at her first job, which was an artificial intelligence project. NInja divides her time between New York and Sunnyvale. This interview was originally recorded in early 2009 at Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale and was first published in Mint, a leading business newspaper in India.
(http://kamlashow.com/podcast/wp-content/uploads/aasif-mandvi1-150x150.jpg)Actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi has done it all: one-act plays, Hollywood films and Emmy award winning TV shows (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-august-19-2009/shah-rukh-khan-detained-at-newark). In this interview we cover a wide range of topics including how Aasif got his break in Jon Stewart's The Daily Show (http://www.thedailyshow.com/), his new movie project, the 2008 Mumbai blasts and Bollywood. Aasif was born in Mumbai, grew up in the UK and USA. His family relocated from Bedford, UK to Florida, US when Aasif was a teenager. He studied theater and acting and moved to New York, which is where he is based. This interview was recorded in early 2009.
(http://kamlashow.com/podcast/wp-content/uploads/images.jpeg) In Part-2 of our interview Shantanu Narayen, who heads Adobe System (http://www.adobe.com) talks about his company's strategy in India, especially in mobile. Shantanu was born and bought up in Hyderabad, India. In the early 1980s he left for the USA for higher studies. After completing his graduate studies he worked for various Silicon Valley-based companies like Apple and Silicon Graphics's and was the co-founder of Pictara, a photo-sharing start-up before he joined Adobe. You can listen to Part-1 (http://kamlashow.com/podcast/2009/09/23/shantanu-narayen-of-adobe/) of the interview with Shantanu. Note: Two weeks after the interview was recorded, Shantanu was named as the CEO and board member of Adobe, which is headquartered in San Jose, California. Related Links: Video clips of Shantanu talking about Adobe and Rich Internet Applications: Part-1 and Part-2 Technorati tags: shantanu narayen (http://technorati.com/tags/shantanu%20narayen), adobe (http://technorati.com/tags/adobe), bangalore (http://technorati.com/tags/bangalore), san jose (http://technorati.com/tags/san%20jose), india (http://technorati.com/tags/india), adobe's strategy in india (http://technorati.com/tags/adobe's%20strategy%20in%20india)
(http://kamlashow.com/podcast/wp-content/uploads/images.jpeg)Helping people engage with ideas and information is how Shantanu Narayen of Adobe Systems (http://www.adobe.com/) describes what his company does best. Described as a leading desktop publisher Adobe makes Acrobat Reader, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver among others. In 2007 Adobe completed 25 year. Recently Adobe announced its plans to acquire (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125304615573813275.html?mod=googlenews_wsj) Omniture, a web analytics company for $1.8 billion. I caught up with Shantanu (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/19/business/19corner.html) in 2007 while he was on a whistle-stop tour of Bangalore (http://kamlabhattshow.com/blog/2007/10/26/shantanu-narayen-of-adobe-on-ria-air-etc). In this interview Shantanu talks about innovation, and how Adobe nurtures innovation through its Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program and working with open source community. At the time of this interview Shantanu was the President and COO of Adobe Systems. A couple of weeks after the interview Shantanu was named as the CEO and of Adobe Systems. Prior to Adobe Shantanu co-founded Pictra, a digital photo-sharing startup in the late 1990s. Before that he worked with Apple (http://www.apple.com) and Silicon Graphics. You can listen to Part-2 (http://kamlashow.com/podcast/2009/09/23/shantanu-narayen-of-adobe-part-2/)where Shantanu talks about Adobe's mobile strategy and about Adobe India. Related Links: Video clips of Shantanu talking about Adobe and Rich Internet Applications- Part-1 and Part-2. Technorati tags: Shantanu Narayen (http://technorati.com/tags/Shantanu%20Narayen), Adobe (http://technorati.com/tags/Adobe), RIA (http://technorati.com/tags/RIA), AIR (http://technorati.com/tags/AIR), Flash (http://technorati.com/tags/Flash), Pictra (http://technorati.com/tags/Pictra), Bangalore (http://technorati.com/tags/Bangalore)
(http://kamlashow.com/podcast/wp-content/uploads/neerukhosla_ck-12_1.jpg)Neeru Khosla has firmly remained under the radar for many years and has instead focused her attention on her family, children and their education. For many years Neeru was involved in volunteering for her children's school. During this period she also went back to school and got her second master's degree in education from Stanford University. Inspired to do something in the area of education Neeru's husband Vinod Khosla (http://sterlingpr.typepad.com/blog/2008/05/predicting-the.html) suggested looking into textbooks for high school students. And that suggestion sparked off Neeru's interest although she initially resisted the thought since she believes in providing personalized content for school kids. However, Neeru discovered that there is a gap and a need to provide contextual content for high school students and teachers especially in the areas of science and math. And thus was born the idea for CK-12, her non-profit organization. Through CK-12 Neeru has combined her passion for education with purpose. Over the past couple of years Neeru and her co-founder Murugan Pal have been working behind the scenes to create open-source, collaborative text books called textbooks. Flexbooks and their technology will be made available in August 2008. In this interview Neeru shares how CK-12 is developing the technology and seeding content to create flexbooks that will are free to be used by high school students and teachers. She also shares on where and how she gets help from her husband, the in-house expert, who helps her with her questions. Doing a start-up is consuming as Neeru has discovered. So, I asked her if she has a better understanding of what her husband's work in running his companies and being a venture capitalist. Tune in to find out what Neeru has to say on this subject. Related Links: Knowledge Unlocked (http://kamlashow.com/blog/2008/04/27/techlife-knowledge-unlocked/), Video Demo of Flexbooks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibnWdQXuBPQ&feature=related) and Video Interview with Neeru Khosla and Murugan Pal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aQkFPd87O4&feature=related). Technorati Tags: neeru khosla (http://technorati.com/tags/neeru%20khosla),vinod khosla (http://technorati.com/tags/vinod%20khosla),murugan pal (http://technorati.com/tags/murugan%20pal),ck-12 (http://technorati.com/tags/ck-12),flexbooks (http://technorati.com/tags/flexbooks),education (http://technorati.com/tags/education),startups (http://technorati.com/tags/startups),silicon valley (http://technorati.com/tags/silicon%20valley),open-source (http://technorati.com/tags/open-source),ideas. flexbooks video demo (http://technorati.com/tags/ideas.%20flexbooks%20video%20demo),video interview ck-12 (http://technorati.com/tags/video%20interview%20ck-12)
(http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/authphoto_110/14177_iyer_pico.gif) March 9, 2009 marks the 50th anniversary (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b6e602b2-0ca3-11de-a555-0000779fd2ac.html) since the Dalai Lam (http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13184714&source=most_commented)a left China and came to India. After a failed uprising against the Chinese Government the young Dalai Lama along with his followers left Lhasa in 1959 and travelled to India and settled down in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, India. Pico Iyer is a well-known author and essayist. His book about the 14th Dalai Lama The Open Road: The Global Journey of the 14th Dalai Lama published in 2008 has received excellent reviews (http://www.gadling.com/2008/04/06/pico-iyer-open-road-the-global-journey-of-the-fourteenth-dalai/). "In The Open Road, Pico Iyer (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89109552) transcends his celebrated excellence as a travel writer," comments Peter Matthiessen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Matthiessen), while the Economist (http://www.economist.com/books/PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=10875549) writes that Pico has "an access and insight into the Dalai Lama that lifts his writing above the clichÃ©s that normally surround him." Pico has been in constant touch with the Dalai Lama for about 30 years. Pico first met the Dalai Lama through his father Prof. Raghavan N. Iyer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raghavan_Iyer), who taught at Oxford and University of California in Santa Barbara. In 1960 Prof. Iyer sailed from England to India to meet with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. In the midst of his hectic book tour schedule Pico (http://www.indiacurrents.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=5f102712bab5e1bf1aa8a5a215714bfc&from=rss) graciously made time to do an hour-long interview where he spoke about his new book (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/books/review/Morris-t.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss), writing process, travels and growing up in England and California and about life in Japan. Pico has been living in Japan for the past several years. In Part-1 of the conversation Pico (http://kamlashow.com/blog/2008/05/09/in-conversation-withwith-pico-iyer/)talks about his new book about the Dalai Lama, his perceptions of Buddhism and Communism, and how this book is a homage to the memory of his father. How did Pico come up with the idea of writing a book on the Dalai Lama? What does the Dalai Lama have to say about Tibet and Tibet's future? Is there a happy ending to the Tibet question? Tune in to find out what Pico has to say. This interview was recorded in 2008. Photo: Courtesy Knopf Publishing Technorati Tags: Pico Iyer (http://technorati.com/tags/Pico%20Iyer),Dalai Lama (http://technorati.com/tags/Dalai%20Lama),The Open Road (http://technorati.com/tags/The%20Open%20Road),The Gloabl Journey of the 14th Dalai Lama (http://technorati.com/tags/The%20Gloabl%20Journey%20of%20the%2014th%20Dalai%20Lama),Tibet (http://technorati.com/tags/Tibet),Dharamsala (http://technorati.com/tags/Dharamsala),Raghavan N. Iyer (http://technorati.com/tags/Raghavan%20N.%20Iyer),Buddhism (http://technorati.com/tags/Buddhism),Communism (http://technorati.com/tags/Communism),China (http://technorati.com/tags/China)
(http://kamlashow.com/podcast/wp-content/uploads/rajesh1.thumbnail.jpg)Prof. Rajesh Rajagopalan talks about the events leading up to the India-China war of 1962. What were the perceptions and misperceptions that led to the war? What is the current status of the relationship between India and China (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6157364.stm)? In this interview Rajesh talks about the background that led to the outbreak of the 1962 war. The 1950s and 1960s was a period of cold war when China and USSR were pitted against the USA and its allies. India under Prime Minister Nehru professed a policy of Non-Alignment. According to Rajesh during the 1950s India was riding high at the international level, and the Chinese perceived India as a threat to its ambitions in Asia. And, after the war India he points out India had no voice at the international level. The war broke out right around the time when the US-USSR were in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_Missile_Crisis) Rajesh deconstructs the reasons leading to the 1962 war and the limited objective that the Chinese government had for the war. How has the war impacted India? What is the current status of the border issue between the two countries? Can the border issue, which is a political problem be solved? What will it take to solve the border issue? Prof. Rajagopalan teaches at the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. His areas of research interest are international relations theory, military doctrines, and nuclear weapons and disarmament. His book, Second Strike: Arguments about Nuclear War in South Asia (http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20060101fabook85126a/rajesh-rajagopalan/second-strike-arguments-about-nuclear-war-in-south-asia.html), (http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20060101fabook85126a/rajesh-rajagopalan/second-strike-arguments-about-nuclear-war-in-south-asia.html) was published by Penguin (India) in 2005. He is currently working on a manuscript on the Indian Armyâ€™s counterinsurgency doctrine. India China War 1962 (http://technorati.com/tag/India+China+war+1962) Rajesh Rajagopalan (http://technorati.com/tag/Rajesh+Rajagopalan) India China Relations (http://technorati.com/tag/India+China+Relations) podcast (http://technorati.com/tag/podcast) India China Border (http://technorati.com/tag/India+China+Border) India (http://technorati.com/tag/India) Indian Podcast (http://technorati.com/tag/indian+podcast)
(http://kamlashow.com/podcast/wp-content/uploads/wisdom-tree-ftii.jpg)Bollywood, or the Hindi film industry. has entered US schools. You read that right. Bollywood is currenly taught in a smattering of US universities as an under gradate course, and New York's Syracuse University offers a Bollywood internship program in India. Syracuse is the first American University to offer a Bollywood internship that is headed by Tula Goenka (http://newhouse.syr.edu/bio.cfm?id=48), who teaches at the television, radio and film department of the university. Tula started her media career in India and moved to the USA 20 years ago and worked for Mira Nair's early production and for Spike Lee's production of Malcom X. She has just finished writing her first book titled "Bollywood and Beyond." Tula started the Bollywood internship program at Syracuse two years ago, when she took her first batch of American students to India' entertainment capital: Mumbai. Her students have worked for various production houses in India including Subash Ghai's Mukta Arts (http://www.muktaarts.com/newsite/), Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment (http://www.redchillies.com/home/index.asp) and Karan Johar's Dharma Productions. (http://www3.dharma-production.com/) But, how did it all begin? How was this idea for a Bollywood internship born? What does it take to run such an innovative program? Tune in to listen to Tula. This interview was originally published on NDTV.com (http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/Ndtv-Show-Special.aspx?ID=5)
(http://kamlashow.com/podcast/wp-content/uploads/3455-small_kapur.jpg)South Asia has emerged as a top foreign policy agenda under President Obama's administration. Within the first 100 days of President Obama's administration there were significant policy announcements and developments in USA's South Asian, and a new term AFPak (http://www.opendemocracy.net/article/the-afpak-war-washington-s-three-options) (Afghanistan (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/03/27/A-New-Strategy-for-Afghanistan-and-Pakistan/)and Pakistan (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/stevecoll/2008/09/the-problem-of.html)) quickly gained currency. Earlier this year (March 2009) I spoke with Prof. Paul Kapur (http://cisac.stanford.edu/people/paulkapur/) about Obama's South Asian policy (http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/15/obama-india-hillary-opinions-columnists_0216_tunku_varadarajan.html) and his assessment of Pakistan, Kashmir, and the nuclear issue in South Asia. Where does India fit into President Obama's South Asian policy? Under the former President George W. Bush the US-India relationship achieved a lot of milestones. Could the same be said of President Obama's administration? Tune in to see if there is a difference when it comes to foreign policy issues between the Democrats and Republicans. Paul is an associate professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Paul’s research focus is on international security environment in South Asia. He is the author of “Dangerous Deterrent:Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and Conflict in South Asia.” In the June issue of Foreign Affairs (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/) journal has an article "The End of An Affair (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/65141/sumit-ganguly-and-s-paul-kapur/the-end-of-the-affair)," that Paul co-authored with Prof. Sumit Ganguly about Washington's cooling passion towards India.
(http://kamlashow.com/content/5006/featurephotos/lowres/profdyson.jpg)Professor Freeman Dyson (http://www.sns.ias.edu/%7Edyson/) talks about Srinvasa Iyengar Ramanujan (http://www.usna.edu/Users/math/meh/ramanujan.html), the well-known Indian, who studied and worked with Prof. Hardy at Cambridge University during the early part of the 20th century. Ramanujan was only 32 years old when he supposedly died of tuberculosis. Prof. Dyson points out this might not be the case; Ramanujan may have instead died of amebiasis of liver, a common and treatable ailment. Prof. Dyson (http://www.salon.com/people/feature/1999/10/09/dyson/) studied under Prof. GH Hardy (http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/history/Biographies/Hardy.html) in Cambridge University, and worked on Ramanujan's partition of numbers (http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20050618/bob9.asp). Prof. Dyson first discovered Ramanujan from ET Bell's book "Men of Mathematics," while he was a student at Winchester (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_College). Incidentally this was the same school where Prof. Hardy studied. An English-born physicist, Professor Dyson (http://www.wired.com/wired/6.02/dyson.html) is Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Studies' School of Natural Sciences in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a fellow of the Royal Society (just as Ramanujan was) and member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. In 2000 Prof. Dyson was awarded the Templeton Prize (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_Prize). A prolific thinker and writer, Prof. Dyson has written many books including Disturbing the Universe, Weapons and Hope, Infinite in all Directions, Origins of Life, From Eros to Gaia, Selected Papers of Freeman Dyson, Imagined Worlds, The Sun, and The Genome and The Internet. He also is part of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Prof. Dyson has six children. His daughter Esther Dyson (http://www.release1-0.com/), an influential expert in emerging digital technology, is editor at large at C|Net. She was also the founding chairperson of ICANN (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICANN). This interview was recorded at Columbia University, New York and was originally published on October 2, 2006.
(http://kamlashow.com/podcast/wp-content/uploads/india-arts-yxe-anurag.jpg)What is the social media landscape in India like? India has millions of users on Orkut, Facebook and other social media sites, but is there a disconnect between the users and corporations, marketing and media planning people? Anurag Batra (SocialMedia_India_KamlaShow.mp3), CEO and editor-in-chief of Exchange4Media and Rajesh Lalwani (http://blogworks.in/blog/) of Blogworks discuss the landscape, challenges and future of social media in India. Photo credit: British Council India