Saurabh Srivastava, Chairman of CA Tech (India)
Saurabh Srivastava has been watching and participating closely in the evolution of the information technology industry. One of the founders of the IT-BPO industry association NASSCOM, Saurabh speaks plain on the state of the industry. At CA Tech's centre last week, he spoke to Weekend Life about his rendezvous with technology.
What gadget/s do you use?
A BlackBerry, an iPhone, an iPad, a Dell Ultrabook, cameras, the movie player in my car, iPod, dictaphone and a pen that doubles as a memory stick
What is your latest gadget possession?
Itis a horse shoe shaped device from ‘Sharper Image’ that fits around your neck and blows cool air upwards. It’s like your small, personal AC when you are out in the open in a warm place.
What is the dream machine that you would like to own one day?
My dream machine is a unique exercise machine that I read about recently. It is claimed that just 7–10 minutes on it gives you all the exercise you need and that it works on every part of the body that needs exercise .
What do you not like about technology?
It tends to make you lazy. Before we could store phone numbers on our phones, we had to remember them and I still remember the phone number that I had 40 years ago but I don’t remember most numbers that I call these days.
What is the biggest tech disaster according to you?
The nuclear disaster in Japan.
Which the most successful tech according to you?
I can’t decide between the Internet and the mobile phone.
One instance when technology solved your problem.
Driving back from Nainital in the Himalayas, I hit a massive traffic jam at Garh Mukteshwar on the Ganges. When nothing moved for half an hour, I decided to go to Google Maps. Lo and behold, it showed me some possible roads going through the villages that could connect me back to the highway. I did that, went through farmlands, small villages and unpaved roads but eventually got back to the highway and bypassed the jam. I was amazed that all those roads showed up on Google Maps.
What apps or tools do you use personally and for what?
I use Google Maps, maps on my iPhone, ebooks on my iPad, docs to go on my iPad, the Navita Translator on BlackBerry, BlackBerry Travel, flight tracker on iPad, hand writing on iPad, Zomato and currency exchange and speech translator on my BlackBerry.
As told to K.V.Kurmanath