I am Iranian, but I live in Exeter, UK. (Update Nov 2009: I now live in London!) I travel a lot, mostly to our offices in Trivandrum, India, but also to conferences in Europe and US, and to Iran.
I studied at Imperial College, London (Optics section of Physics dept). I ended my research with a PhD in Display Holography. I still hold a strong interest in the field, hence my website, The Holographer.
I think my friends would rightly call me a big-mouth! I feel I often give people a headache by passionately airing my views, and they are too polite to complain. My hope is by writing my thoughts down, I might calm down a bit, knowing friends and colleagues can read up on my thoughts if they have a vague interest.
For years I have had the urge to be a “blogger”, but I lacked the courage. It’s easier to blend with the silent majority. But now I feel the time has come.
I started my company (originally called Focal Image Ltd) exactly 20 years ago, in the dawn of the desktop publishing revolution. I started by creating simple graphics for technical books (Using Adobe Illustrator version 1.1 ). Soon after, I went into typesetting mathematical journals and books, using the amazing software called TeX, which I had used to write my PhD. (I was the first TeX user in Imperial College!)
In 1996 I travelled to India and met with several companies who were interested in having a partnership with Focal Image. I ended up becoming a partner with the smallest of the lot, River Valley Technologies in Kerala, a decision that changed my life. TeX remains at the core of our work and will for the foreseeable future.
We are proud of what we have achieved in our company with the help of our staff, who are more like our family. We are blessed with a beautiful environment, away from the corporate IT world. We value the traditional simple life in Kerala, combined with our work which we think is the best anywhere.
September 2008, Trivandrum, India