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October last year, I wrote about the problems one faces trying to develop a 'Game' product in India that can compete at a global level. [Development Log].

Well, in January this year, the product broke into a top grossing list on Google Play Market for US. And it has stayed there since.




All it needed was six months and a team of three guys - one Developer, one Designer and one Game Designer.

Android is the thing for small developer. For us, between Android and IOS for Installs and Revenue, the ration is almost 4:1. And that too without relying on any major Ad Spending.


I guess I just wanted to prove, it can be done.



In other News:

In December last year, I found identically out that a popular kitsch store down south in Chennai made a bag out of my blog's header. Of course, they didn't ask me! The way internet works here!



What else...

In December last year, Bart Plantenga wrote in to inform that his book 'Yodel in Hi Fi: From Kitsch Folk to Contemporary Electronica' (The University of Wisconsin Press) was finally out. It was a thank you mail. He had found an old post on Kishore Kumar's  Yodeling helpful. Back in 2010, even though I don't know Tamil, in an email, I had helped him decipher words ALR, LRE, TMS, SBP, IR, SJ and MSV.


What else...

In January, Rahul Pandita's book on Kashmiri Pandit Exodus, 'Our Moon Has Blood Clots' came out. The author acknowledged my Kashmir blog for reminding him of home.

My experiments with information are still on.
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  1. Kudos. I'm not sure I've entirely understood the first bit in your post, but I take it that you did something great.
    Feels wonderful when good things happen to talented people.

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