Jon, Nish, and the accident of geography

Jon and Nish

Jon Nish

Contrary to what this post implies, I am not Nish (though you might say we look not too dissimilar). The fact that his picture appeared in place of mine is, however, poignant. My family lived in New Delhi for a year when I was young. I have ever since felt an affinity for India. Many years later, in 1993, traveling for BYTE, I had the opportunity to visit India again. In Bombay and New Delhi, thanks to some extremely generous hosts -- including Pradeep Gupta and Vijay Mukhi -- I was able to dip my toe into the deep reservoir of software talent that exists in that country.

What made me different from so many of the people I met on that memorable trip was, I realized afterward, only the accident of geography. The Internet hasn't yet erased geography, but I could then foresee, and now even more clearly, that it will. And I hope it's sooner rather than later. There is a lot of work to be done, and we need all the talent we can get, whether it happens to be here or there 1.

1. Oops. No aerial view yet available for Trivandrum (76.59E 08.29N). I wonder when that will change?

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