Mahindra group chairman Anand Mahindra and Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani focused on ‘TecHalli’ as a new title for Bengaluru, days after the former asked Twitterati to suggest a new title for the city technological, instead of calling it “silicon”. Valley of India ‘.
Speaking to Twitter on Saturday, Anand Mahindra said: “We have a result @NandanNilekani who agreed to be co-judge shortlisted four nominations and then we both converged on one nomination that we thought was the more appropriate. And the winner is (drum roll please) ‘TecHalli’ submitted by @SrinivasPReddy. “
What is TecHalli?
Explaining why he thinks “TecHalli” is the perfect name for Bangalore, Anand Mahindra said the entry cleverly puts the “H” in Dual-Use Tech.
“By capitalizing the ‘H’ he drew attention to ‘Halli’ which means village / place in Kannada. So now we move from Silcon Valley to TecHalli!” Said Mahindra.
He also responded to Twitterati who said many would not know the meaning of ‘TecHalli’.
One user tweeted: “Good and congratulations to the winner. But Silicon Valley is a metaphor and when you say TecHalli of India internationally, no one will understand what that means unless you know Kannada.”
To this, Anand Mahindra replied, “Well, it’s about time they tried to figure out what it means. Much of the world doesn’t speak English and didn’t initially understand what Silicon Valley meant. no more.”
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Welcoming the new name, another user said that Bengaluru was once a ‘Halli’ (village) before turning into Silicon Valley.
“So TecHalli reminds us all that we must not forget our roots,” he said.
On Tuesday, Anand Mahindra launched the challenge on Twitter by asking the Twitterati to give Bengaluru a new title, instead of calling it “India’s Silicon Valley”.
In a series of tweets, Anand Mahindra said he was not “delighted” that the city (Bengaluru) was called the “Silicon Valley of India”.
The speech began after Mahindra tweeted a news article indicating that the nonstop Bengaluru-San Francisco flight is scheduled to resume from June 10.
How he started to suggest the name of the high-tech city of India
“A high-tech shuttle between 2 valleys! Like many, I’m not thrilled that Bengaluru is called ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Too derivative and ‘wannabe’. Tech capital? I haven’t had a sub contest. titles for a while, ”he said in a tweet.
“The person who gives the best title to Bengaluru will win a special prize chosen by him,” he said.
In another tweet announcing the Best Legend award, Anand Mahindra posted a photo of a scale replica of Pininfarina’s H2 Speed car and wrote: “So here is a variation on legendary competitions. This is the gift for the person sending what. I think this is the best suggested new title for Bangalore instead of Silicon Valley in India. “
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