Aakash Tablet – More Than Just the $35 Price Tag


It was a revelation for me to read the background story about Aakash ($35 tablet) in this FastCompany write-up.

Firstly, its impressive to know that the design for this potential-commercial-success is coming from an academic campus (IIT). The design is then sold to a commercial manufacturer (DataWind) with a challenging price target to meet. The challenge for the manufacturer is sweetened with access to a large protected market (subsidized purchases by the government).  This sounds like a good example of the value chain making the best of the strengths of the individual players (IIT / design – DataWind / commercial manufacturing – Indian government / distribution with a cause). The understanding of this definitely increases the credibility of the project for me.

Secondly, the fact that the IIT students (& professors) are getting involved in a live product development experience is amazing. And that too a ground breaking product (price point) of a worthy impact (distribution across government schools). Kudos to the people involved.

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Photo Feature – Fall in Geneva

While fall is a grim reminder of the impending winter for some & the inevitability of death to others, it is a fantastic opportunity to get your creative juices flowing if you are interested in photography. Geneva provided the backdrop when I capture some images of the season recently.

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

– Steve Jobs

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The lawns & gardens that surround the United Nations building in Geneva is a beautiful place to walk around & enjoy a beautiful day.

The early morning sun & shadows cast by the tree made for a wonderful photo opportunity.

Zooming into the details of this wonderful place was a breeze with my nifty-fifty (Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens).

One could spend hours with a camera here. Unfortunately, I had but a few minutes at the location.

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