I can't recall the precise date, but I know it was somewhere towards end October. The weather was so typical of Bangalore. A touch nippy but nevertheless, extremely pleasant. The Koramangala Club was as usual abuzz with activity. Members and their guests huddled together at various tables eating, drinking and making the best of the evening. It would be a shame to waste it staying indoors.
J.R.K. Rao and Geeta Vishwanath of Rage Communications were in Bangalore, feeling rather upbeat. They'd just got the nod to develop a website for the Karnataka Cricket Association. I was upbeat too, but for other reasons. My mind had been churning with a desire to do something and I needed to share my thoughts with someone who understood me well. What a coincidence JRK and Geeta were in town. Who best to talk it out with than my friends of some 17 years? They knew me better than I did myself.
I had toyed around with many things. I attended a short course in Stained Glass Craft, worked on it for a few weeks and found it unsuitable for my temperament. As a kid, I was always interested in painting - you know, oils and canvas, that sort of thing. But then, as has happened umpteen times painting got boring. "Nah! Not painting," I said to myself. Not that after thirty years in Printing and Packaging, I suddenly discovered my job was uninteresting. That's the only profession I knew. On the other hand, I liked action and excitement. Something creative. And the juices weren't flowing enough.
The Internet weighed heavily on my mind. In the last few months I had read all that I could lay my hands on the Internet, Websites, Technology, spent hours surfing the Net. Frankly, hard as I tried, at the end of it I didn't understand much. No Comprehendo! With JRK and Geeta in town, it was like manna from Heaven. They were in this business and hopefully I could get to know more. And maybe, just maybe, I could find answers to various questions that were turning me into a zombie these last few months.
"So, what's so special about Koramangala," asked JRK and Geeta. Amrit (that's my lovely wife whom I affectionately call 'Mona') and I looked at each other. It was like a quiz-question suddenly being popped up at you and with just 15 seconds to answer. "Perhaps, no other locality in Bangalore had as many IT companies as did Koramangala?" I was quick to reply.
That's when the idea struck. Why not a website on Koramangala?
Koramangala Club, where it all started!