"I will get you a HEC-2M," he said.
So it was that a youngish Rajiv brought the first computer to India.
So, they approached Rajiv again in 1958, 14 years old.
He brought them a URAL-1 from Russia, with the manuals in Russian.
No worries, though, as he taught the scientists Russian so they could use the machine.
In 1962, an 18-year old Rajiv made it possible to install TIFRAC, an indigenous full computer at TIFR.
It stood for TIFR Automatic Computer, as suggested by Rajiv to Nehru.
In 1963, therefore, he brought an IBM 1620 to IIT, Kanpur, a computer that was then used in US universities.
Rajiv also taught students and professor Fortran programming on that.
"US is the place to be," he said, but it was unclear if he was professing or prophesying.
Anyway, he then brought them a CDC 3600-160A in 1964.
In 1970, just 26, he pushed for setting up a Department of Electronics and a separate Computer division at ECIL under this new department.
In 1971, Nixon placed embargo on import of computers.
In 1972, Dandekar Committee on Auomation controlled the use of computers.
In 1974, Buddha smiled but Uncle Sam frowned, once again.
Just 30 years old. Sigh.
He went to the US and convinced his friend, some Gates, to start a company.
"What shall I name it?" asked Gates.
"Microcomputer Software. Micro-Soft."
The rest, like Microsoft, is history.
1975. Just 30 years old.
"Who is it?" he asked, as he was handed the phone.
The man shrugged his shoulders, and said, "Some Emergency. It's your mother."
So, he was busy the rest of 1975.
"It's April Fool's Day, the best day to fool people."
"What do we call it?"
"Give it the name of a fruit to fool them. It's like multilevel fooling."
So, Apple was born.
In 1983, Apple launched Lisa without fully listening to Rajiv, and it was little wonder that it failed.
"USD 9995?" taunted Rajiv. "I told you."
"Here is what you do," said Rajiv.
In 1984, Apple launched Macintosh and, as Rajiv said, got it right.
Rajiv was just 39, and he had helped launch two of the biggest companies then, besides others, of course.
Also, an interesting link:
I am not an eminent historian to make up *every* damn thing.