Books that I love

Books  that I love

Reading currently

A People’s History of the World – Chris Harman (Target February 29 , 2016) –

a  world to win – Essays on Communist Manifesto – Aijaz Ahamed , Irfan Habib , Prabhat Patnaik . Edited by Prakash Karat



1)Books of Bad Arguments :

Accidentally stumbled upon it while reading the

Commons Transition: Policy Proposals
for an Open Knowledge Society .


Planning to read




Wish List – Feel free to buy and give them 🙂


Wish list – Finished reading a soft copy . Love to have a hard copy

The Cathedral and the Bazaar –



Engagements with Tamil Virtual Academy

Please note that the  TVA engagements or any others which I have made here are part and parcel of my activism in FSFTN . Its not in my personal capacity .

TVA invitation  with myself participating in Commns Propogation discussion
1.TVA invitation with myself participating in Commns Propogation discussion
TVA invitation  with myself anchoring and guiding the discussion
2.TVA invitation with myself anchoring and guiding the discussion

The invitations and other stuffs are attached below .







The collation of ideas and the final presentation which I gave is present here .

The outcomes of the event are present  here .  In specific the outreach plan can be found here .


Subsequent to these discussions and inputs from various fora , the government in its 2015-16 IT policy explanation , has stated that


படைப்பாக்க பொதும உரிமங்கள்
தமிழ் இணைய கல்விக்கழகத்தால் உருவாக்கப்பட்ட மற்றும் அதன் மூலம் வெளியிடப்பட்ட படைப்பாக்கம், கல்வி மற்றும் அறிவியல் உள்ளடக்கங்கள், பல்வேறு மென்பொருட்கள் மற்றும் அவற்றின் வழிமுறைகள் அனைவருக்கும் தடையின்றிச் சென்று சேரும் விதமாக, அவையனைத்தும் படைப்பாக்க பொதும உரிமங்களின் கீழ் வெளியிட உரிய நடவடிக்கைகள் மேற்கொள்ளப்படும்.


i.e the softwares created by Tamil Virtual Academy , would be realeased under suitable Commons License .

Though myself / FSFTN  cannot claim entire success for the same , we have played our bit in it . Happy to be part of it . Hope other State Governments follow the same .

2010 – 14 , August OSCO event in Madurai

2010 – 14 , August OSCO event in Madurai

Original call for participation / Call for speakers – Here

– Licensing concerns in reuse of Free/Open Source Software

14 , August 2010 . Probably the first event outside Chennai for FSFTN . (Check again with Kalasalingam Event)

Explain about :

1)Travel from Coimbatore/ Bangalore to Madurai
2)The excellent crowd – The hall was full .!
3)Though it was a paid event neither FSFTN nor myself got any amount from the organisers except to and fro sleeper class ticket and a nice Lunch + Dinner

4)Subsequent to this FSFTN got opportunity to conduct event in KLN engineering college . (Will be updated subsequently)
5)Mention the background – I am in notice period . Have to start preparing for my civil service exams .

Photos here

Community Computing Initiatives

I have been part of the following Community Computing Initiatives . General introduction about What CCC is and how its different from NGO type activity . Travels and voluntary involvement in these .

1)AC3 Bangalore – Ambedkar Community Computing centre – Photos

What is special about AC3 ?

How I used to travel to AC3 after my office hours ?

Links to watch :


<<Write a seperate post>>

2) THeerthamalai COmputing centre – In hill area

<<Write a seperate post>> The links to photos also
3) Community computing centre @ Mylapore

Photos @ flickr

<<Write a seperate post>> answering these questions

1)How the idea was brought about within FSFTN ? Experience from FSMK AC3 model ..

2)Sucess of Subramaniya Barathi Study circle in IIT Madras .

3)Bringing in new active members .

4)What was the funding model ? Who all contributed ? Mention Anupama’s teacher who contributed monthly

5)Why did the experiment fail ?

6)What was my personal learnings ?

7)What was the learning for the movement ?

8)Explain under what circumastances I would come to the class :
Starting from ACL , coming and teaching students here , returning back to home

9)Mention notable contributions – Like local area DYFI people , the house owner , kids who drew paintings for , the pivot was Thilaka . How she came into the movement and how she later went off .

10)There was a stall and pamplets were given during Stallman event for CCC (Try to get a copy of it

Is a Grassroot level Free Software movement possible in India ?

<Not to be read > — Will formulate my questions and then slowly start to answer them from my perspective
What is intellecutal movement ?

What is Grass root level movement ?

Is Free software merely a technical superiority ?

What is the need for a “movement” within a technical “community” or “communities”


Is it unnecessary or unviable to bring a social angle to the technology ?

Is the idea of “Free Knowledge” and “Free Culture” viable in a  feudal Khap-Panchayat  era ?

Is the number of events a parameter to measure success or no of people brought into the organisation / community  a parameter of success or is it a immeasurale factor which is a mix of both  ?

Is code contribution the only kind of contribution ? Why are there less code contributors in India and more “evangalists”?


2015 August 29 – Tamil Wikipedia Training event in Tamil Virtual Academy

2015 August 29 – Tamil Wikipedia Training event in Tamil Virtual Academy

Event report –
//பதிப்புரிமை தொடர்பாகப் பேசிய க.சிபி, “அமெரிக்காவில் அரசு தொடர்பான ஏராளமான தகவல்கள், பொதுவெளியில் கிடைக்கக்கூடியவையாகவே இருக்கின்றன. ஆனால் இங்கு பதிப்புரிமை தொடர்பான தயக்கம் அதிக அளவில் இருக்கிறது.  இதனால் எவ்வளவோ தரவுகள், பொதுப் பயன்பாட்டுக்கு வரமுடியாத நிலையில் இருக்கின்றன. பொதுவாக ஒரு படைப்பாளியின் எழுத்துகள், குறிப்பிட்ட எழுத்தாளர் இறந்து 60 ஆண்டுகள் கழித்துதான், அந்த எழுத்துகள் பொதுப்பயன்பாட்டுக்கு வருகின்றன. பாரதியார் இறந்து அவரின் நூல்கள் நாட்டுடைமை ஆனபிறகு, அதாவது அவர் இறந்த பின்னர் பல பத்தாண்டுகளுக்குப் பிறகுதான், அவருடைய பாடல்களை ஆங்காங்கே எல்லாரும் வெளியிட்டு, ஏராளம் பேர் வாசிக்க முடிகிறது” என்று குறிப்பிட்டார். //