More than Hobby

One of the good things about Unicode that it makes it possible to have other languages in the computing and Internet environemnt as easy as English was. Personally, for me, however, the use of Unicode to type in Devnagri had more been about pursuing a hobby, for personal satisfaction and entertainment I would say. Almost for the first time I put it to use at a place where it was required when I prepared the document given here.

Of course, this is not to be credited to the document, but the Panel Discussion for the purpose was very successful and I am feeling so happy. Only if we are able to take it further and also expand its reach.

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Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe ( with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: Twitter: @jayajha Facebook:

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    AHMEDABAD: Think about an Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad alumnus and you conjure up the image of a corporate warrior engaged in boardroom battles.

    That’s till you meet people like Bhushan Punani, director of city-based Blind People’s Association, or social entrepreneur Vijay Mahajan.

    “Money offers pseudo comfort which never attracted me,” says Punani. And Mahajan wishes that “more IIM-A alumni would move away from the beaten path”.

    The latest issue of IIM-A’s inhouse magazine ‘Alumnus’ features 20 IIM-A alumni who took the road less travelled. These “intrepid souls”, says the magazine, put their cause above themselves by promoting livelihood for the poor, supporting the visually challenged, contributing to performing arts, sports, eco-restoration etc.

    It features the likes of Pavan Kapoor (1985 batch) who made a career in the Indian Foreign Service. “It is particularly satisfying when we are able to defend our nation’s interests against others,” he writes

    Kapoor’s job involves negotiation on behalf of the Indian government in specific WTO committees. Then there is the more famous Harsha Bhogle who lived out of his wife and batchmate Anita’s income before making it big in the world of cricket.

    “It is important to realise,” says Punani, “that the concept of management is relevant to any activity which concerns people and money.”

    It was while working on dairy development in Punjab, that Punani decided to pursue an alternative career and has established a leading disability development organisation.

    There are a few odd students who do think differently. Vardan Kabra (2004 batch) made headlines when he chucked an offer from P&G and started Fountainhead Education Foundation.

    But what about status and money? Kabra is candid, “At times, I do wonder whether I have made the wrong choice but that’s a temporary phase.”…

    Punani’s words probably reflect the overall sentiments of many others of his kind, “My batchmates earn tonnes, while I earn pennies; most people have sleepless nights, I go to sleep content.”

    There are some unconventional souls in the present batch too, like Gaurav Dagaonkar, a guitarist and vocalist who wants to start a music company. This soon-to-be IIM-A grad calls money “a by-product of talent.

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