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FRIDAY, May 15, 2015

Indo-American Community Services hosts Leadership and Technology Conference in Dallas


Neel Mukherjee wins £10,000 UK literary award

ndo American Community Services organized a leadership and technology conference in Dallas Texas at Renaissance Richardson. The conference was packed with attendees ranging from experienced mid carrier professionals to corporate leaders, Entrepreneurs and students. IACS is one of the pioneering not for profit organization supporting South Asian American community through various initiatives such as diversity job fairs, women empowerment forum, professional, leadership and Technology and entrepreneurial conferences. IACS executive committee member and technology, digital assets in-charge Ramesh Garapaty delivered the opening remarks and welcomed the audience and the speakers. Honorable Consul General of Houston Harish Parvathaneni delivered the keynote address. Mr.Parvathaneni talked about the rapid developments in India as it relates to these emerging technologies and explained to the audience various initiatives launched by government of India to promote entrepreneurship in the technology space. The conference had two panel discussions with the first one introducing emerging technologies IoT, Big data to audience and articulating how these emerging technologies are out to transform how we live and work few years from now. The second panel discussion focused on the information security challenges presented by IoT and Big data. IoT panel was moderated by Dr.Rama venkata subramanian of Texas Instruments who is also an adjunct faculty at UT Dallas. The panelists included Shiraz Hasan Area Vice President Industrial IoT at AT&T, Nageswaran Vaidyanathan Senior Director connected car at Allstate, Swami Chandrasekaran Executive Architect for Watson at IBM CTO office.

Neel Mukherjee (Image courtesy: Flickr)


olkata-born writer Neel Mukherjee’s “The Lives of Others” has won the UK’s Encore Award for the best second novel.

IACS executive team, students and sponsors at the Conference. Information security panel was moderated by Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingam Distinguished Professor of UT Dallas. Dr.Venkata Majeti CEO of Loment and Girish Cheruvolu Vice President at Citibank discussed the various security challenges confronted by the corporations in the new digital age.

provided him by allowing him to connect with several working professionals. Together with the IACS executive team and sponsor Sritek CEO Chandra and Sreenivas

Katragadda president of IACS felicitated all the speakers. The event concluded with delicious dinner and Thank you from Jagan Bukkaraju secretary of IACS. The executive

team commended the efforts of Murali Tummala, Sumanth Yarra, Teja Vemulapalli, Satyan KalyanDurg, Anil Saldhana, Kavya Priya, Kalyan Medikundam in making the event a very grand success.

“Ranging from the mass hunger of the Second World War to independence and the emergence of the Maoist Naxalbari movement, Mukherjee chronicles these extraordinary years in Indian history through the piercingly observed story of one family,” he said. Commenting on his win, Mukherjee said, “The Encore Award is the coolest and the most original literary prize in town.

“Extremely Informative, Intensely thought provoking” is how one of the conference attendees Mohan Alladi put it when asked about his input on the conference. “I have attended several single or multi-day long conferences sponsored by my employer paying thousands. But this is one of the great conference where I learned about IoT, Big Data and Security just in just couple hours and met and connected with many professionals” is how one other attendee put it when she was asked about her view point. One of the students from UTD Karthik who attended was impressed with the immense value the conference

The 10,000 pounds prize, first awarded in 1990, fills a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes by celebrating the achievement of outstanding second novels, often neglected in comparison to the attention given to promising first books. “We were immensely impressed by the ambition and depth of Neel Mukherjee’s second novel, in which a suburban house in 1960s Calcutta comes to reflect the political and social convulsions of an entire society,” Alex Clark, chair of the Encore Judges, said.

Left to right :- Anil Saldhana, Murali Tummala, Ramesh Garapaty, Sreenivas Katragadda, Harish Parvathaneni, and Jagan Bukkaraju.

It is a burst of light in what is usually considered to be dark, damp, bleak territory the dreaded second novel. I’m thrilled by my good fortune and, looking at the list of past winners, both humbled and deeply honoured.”Mukherjee’s first novel “A Life Apart” was published in 2010. “The Lives of Others” was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the Costa Novel Award.

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Voice of Asia 15 May 2015  

Voice of Asia Newspaper is based in Houston since 1987. We reach South Asian and Asian American families in Houston and surrounding cities i...