My India experience

In the the last three months I have been traveling a lot. This has been put me away of many of my pet projects and contributions to Mono and GNOME. In top of my business trips to Pamplona every three weeks, my personal trips to Reus, now I'm going to India every few weeks. I'm leading a project for Openbravo there. We are also in the process of opening a development center there.

For me that I work most of my time from home, India is always overstimulating during the first days. Many people, smells that you are not use to, a higher level of noise in the streets, and traffic that is mad. They are supposed to follow left hand side driving, but they actually drive all over the place. You have more chances to get into a car accident that been pick-pocketed, just the way around that in Barcelona.

What is India like? asked my parents after my first trip. If you want to see poverty you will see lots of it, if you want spiritually you will see spiritually, and if you want to see beauty you will see beauty. For me India is many things. What is for sure is that they are great folks, have a great heritage and cultures (notice the plural), and that the country is facing a huge development. If you are ever going to the Chennai area, let me recommend you Pondicherry (a former French colony) and Mamallapuram. I'm actually looking forward to take some days off in my next trip and go to Kerala.

In the first trip to India I stayed in a top-noch Taj hotel. I was overcome by their luxury. I actually moved to a 4 hotel stars in this travel, and as I feel more comfortable with the country I expect to move to a standard three stars hotel. The Taj for a middle working class boy from Clot like me was actually too much.

Yesterday I was invited to give a talk about open source and Openbravo at the IEEE chapter in Mandras. The Hindu Times did cover the event. It was cool to meet some of the local free software community. Today I'm leaving and heading to Barcelona. I'll probably will back in India again during the first weeks of January, I'm looking forward to it. Even if it is only to meet the folks here and see the pretty Indian women wearing sarees again.

If you like the brain teasers in general, you should have a look to Shakuntala Devi's work. I'm really enjoying her More Puzzle book. I'm getting a few ideas for the next major gbrainy release.

jordi Thursday 18 December 2008 - 08:23 am | | Default

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My home town is in TamilNadu. I am not looking for a job or anything, so I wont send my resume. but if you want any help in any OSS activities in and around Chennai , let me know :-)

I am happy to see someone writing about Mamallapuram – a place I like a lot.

Sankar, (Email ) (URL) - 18-12-’08 09:46
Jordi Mas

Ok, thanks. I will do so. Jordi.

Jordi Mas, - 18-12-’08 09:50

In 2006, while working for a software company I lived in Chennai (aka Madras) for 6 months. Office was in T. Nagar (, good restaurants, lots of trees etc. Summer time it really hot there, I had to make effort to adapt myself.

I not aware any particular active group of free software developers, but you might be interested check with computer science department of IIT Madras (, in case you are looking to hire fresh graduates.
"India is many things"

That sums it pretty well. I won’t say it’s perfect/best, if you love humanity. history. diversity, you will love it :).

gnome_fan, (Email ) - 18-12-’08 14:44

Hola Jordi,
Olga Cuevas nos ha enviado el link a tu página, ya que nosotras vivimos en Varkala, Kerala. Hemos leído que tienes pensado hacer un viaje por Kerala, te mandamos nuestra página web por si buscas un lugar idílico para descansar. La página es

Disponemos de mucha información sobre Kerala, si tienes cualquier consulta no dudes en contactar con nosotras a través de nuestro mail

Un saludo,
Esther Cuevas

Kerala_Konnections, (Email ) (URL) - 19-12-’08 09:04

“The Hindu Times” — It’s just “The Hindu”. :)

Sabari, (Email ) - 01-03-’09 18:56
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