17 AUGUST 2014 SUNDAY PAGES 12 B U FFET VO ICES SOCIETY THOUGHT RELIGION BOOKS ART & CULTURE FOOD MIND GAMES ASTROLOGY ENTERTAINMENT PUSHPESH PANT G PARTHASARATHY TSR SUBRAMANIAN C P JOHN SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV TISHANI DOSHI MUKUL SHARMA YOGI ASHWINI 5 CHANGING ONE VILLAGE AT A TIME MAKING MODI-SH STATEMENTS 8 THE MAN OF MANY SCRIPTS YOUNG IDIOM FROM THE OLD SCHOOL 9 HEAL WITH THE MIND IT’S ALL HER GRACE 10 THE MONK WHO MOVED THE CHEESE STREET FOOD GUIDE TO AHMEDABAD 11 SHOTS OF URBAN PAIN THAT LACK PUNCH ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI AGAIN Children of a GREATER GOD N ecessity could be the mother of invention, but prodigies turn inventors and innovators not out of necessity but out of inspiration. Rapid strides in technology show youth new possibilities. India being a mosaic of cultures and sensibilities, the traditional finds expression too through the creative forms of expression. So, while teenage bothers, 14-yearold Shravan and 12-year-old Sanjay have developed a series of popular apps as probably the country’s youngest programmers as well as the youngest entrepreneurs who are aiming at capturing half of India’s telephone app market there is 15-year-old Preetisha Mohapatra who, critics say could be India’s next big thing in Odissi. The sweet young thing is the granddaughter of the late legendary Odissi Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, and daughter of Sujata and Ratikant Mohapatra, the two of the most prominent personalities in Odissi dance. Technology indeed drives many of the young innovators: Ajay Puri, now 18 was the world’s youngest web designer when he was less than three years old. Jyoti Ranjan Sahoo could be the ultimate science fiction hero, with his reality bending forays into interactive cyber machines. Imagination is the frontier without frontiers and children are the pioneers of social causes. Class 7 student Aditya Parashar from Madhya Pradesh invented a microphone for the side mirror of a car to record the horn of an approaching car and alert the driver who may be distracted by music playing. Class 8 student from As- 12 IN CONVERSATION WITH AJAY DEVGN BREAKING THE CHASTITY BARRIER Prodigies whose achievements are more advanced than their age are a sign of the times to come in tech and culture. sam, Archana Konwar has invented a crutch for disabled people which had a shock absorber to protect the knees. Class 1 student from Tamil Nadu, Chris Ananth thought up a shoe that would suck up dust like a vacuum cleaner when the wearer walks. Rashmi Maruvada from West Bengal wants to create a tricycle for the blind which has in built navigation capabilities. The waste water processing system built by Class 12 Indore student Parth Vaidya has caught the attention of the Indore Municipal Corporation and GlaxoSmithKline has implemented it in their premises. Some of them find place in these pages, others are for the future. The future is not out there. It’s already here. Young and vibrant. A RAJA CHIDAMBARAM ❉ MOUSEMAN Ajay Puri, 18, W O R L D ’ S YOUNGEST WEB DESIGNER C yberkid Ajay Puri, when he was less than three years old, had already designed his own website, becoming the youngest web designer in the world. “He incorporated features that were popular then, such as marquees, animated hover buttons, DHTML, submission forms with data collection components and more,” says his proud father, Ravi Puri. Ajay started his virtual career when he was around 18 months—using the keyboard and mouse and could even format text. Today he develops websites within minutes, and became the youngest Microsoft Office Specialist at age five, the youngest Microsoft Office Specialist Expert at age six, a Microsoft certified professional at age 10 and a certified programmer and graphic designer at age 12. Ajay’s interests lie in Economics and Finance apart from IT. “In computers I am fascinated by the infinite possibilities. With the device, we can also transform imagination into reality,” says the now 18-year-old Ajay who is deeply inspired by Microsoft cofounder, Bill Gates. “ Car Racing is so cool it got Ayesha Singh 2,000 dollars in its ﬁrst year, With computers we can transform imagination into reality T hey’ve got software dancing to their iTunes. Teenage brothers, 14-year-old Shravan and 12-year-old Sanjay have developed a series of popular apps for Apple iPhone & Apple iPad, as to probably be the youngest programmers in the world! Shravan was six when he first started to tickle the keyboard, with Sanjay not far behind. They would surprise teachers and friends in school with meticulous power point presentations and even animation. Their mother would remind them of the Wright Brothers as an example of family team work. They had created over 150 test apps before releasing the first app, Catch Me Cop. Four years later Shravan still has a soft spot for his first app. Sanjay’s is Car Racing. “Car Racing is so cool it got $2,000 in its first year,” says its maker. They are perhaps India’s youngest entrepreneurs, having founded their app development company from their bedroom in their Chennai home—Godimensions (www.godimensions.com) of which Shravan is the president and Sanjay is the CEO. In all, they have developed seven applications that are available in Apple’s App Store, besides creating 3 apps for Google’s Android Play store. These have got more than 40,000 downloads all together from more than 48 different countries. So, how does it feel when they release an app? “Feels good,” says Shravan adding, “Dad gets us a cake each time we do that.” Next step? Paid apps if they can manage to get their apps on 50 per cent of mobile users in India. App they like it. Sunita Raghu “ “ “ Shravan Kumaran and Sanjay Kumaran, INDIA’S YOUNGEST ENTREPRENEURS Car Racing is so cool it got 2,000 dollars in its ﬁrst year “ ““ ❉TECHBROTHERS “
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