FOSS.IN/2012 Early Bird Discounts End On Sunday!

Have you checked out the latest on FOSS.IN? The speaker list is up (check out, and delegates are registering in droves.

Currently, you can save Rs.1000 if you register by Sunday night – just Rs.1500/head. From Monday, full rates apply. So hurry – go to and book your place at the FOSS & hacker event of the year.

See you at FOSS.IN!

p.s. If you want to know how FOSS.IN is different from other tech events, read this old post of mine.

What About FOSS.IN?

During last Saturday’s Team FOSS.IN meeting, we were reviewing some of the mail we had received, and found a number of mails asking a question that went something like this:

Since Atul is ill, and since FOSS.IN is basically his baby, is the event happening at all?”

The answer to this is simple, and most long term FOSS.IN fans already know it, but for the benefit of those new to the event:

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Public Statement About My Health

I am releasing this statement in order to address the rumours and questions floating around about my health.

In August, I was diagnosed with advanced intestinal cancer, that had affected my liver as well.

This, of course, came as a great shock to my family and me, and we needed time to get to terms with the situation, and begin my treatment. I deliberately chose to withdraw from the online world during this time, while my “inner circle” (my family and closest friends) protected my privacy.

I have lived much of my life in the public eye, and it is understandable that people will want to know more details, and when there is something to report, I will.

But what I need from you now is an understanding of my situation, and your support. And respect for my privacy and that of my family.

Cancer is a terrible disease, and it will take a lot to fight it – physically, emotionally, financially – but it is a battle that I am going to fight – and fight to win.

I am lucky to have the support of my wonderful family and friends who have been part of so many adventures of mine – and I am confident that, along with your good wishes and prayers, we will win this battle as well.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Things don’t always work out…

I regret to announce that for various reasons, we have had to cancel the workshop on the 25th of August.

We have already initiated full refund of workshop fees to all registered attendees, and it will be processed within the next 48 hours.

The reason for the cancellation is both bad timing and technical:

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RIP, Kenneth “lawgon” Gonsalves

Kenneth "lawgon" Gonsalves

From the FOSS.IN website

Kenneth Gonsalves, known to the FOSS world as “lawgon”, passed away on 03-Aug-2012.

This is a huge loss to the Indian FOSS community, a cause he had always championed. And it is a particularly great loss to the python development community, where he played a role both as a champion and as a developer and teacher.

He, and his never-tiring voice that rose above everything else and was always heard, will be missed greatly.

Goodbye, lawgon. Wherever you are now – I am sure that you are keeping people on their toes, the way you did with me for the decade that I knew you. — Atul