Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blue Elephant and the Translation Industry - my two cents

A full fledged interview not talking about my singing at all.

It came in the online versions of The Hindu and the Hindu Businessline yesterday. Figured out I tweeted but didn't blog about it.

11 comments:

Karthikeyan said...

You accepted my Linkedin request too...Thanks a lot.

Ganpy said...

Yes..that's the first thing I noticed as well. Am sure it must feel good..
Well expressed thoughts - Even though I have no experience in the translation service industry, have to say that the potential is simply large for a company like yours. And I learned something about the unique challenges for someone wanting to do this from India.
Good Luck!

Imagination said...

Hi Chinmayi,
What is the reason behind the name "Blue Elephant"? Just curious.

Deepak said...

Read your interview!

Weird to read a interview not labeling you as a singer!

Your company had worked on 118 languages eh? - Amazing stat!

Well I have always had this doubt...

Is it necessary to have manual translators or interpreters?

Wouldn't it be better to invest on giants like Google or Microsoft to come up with translator software?

Or, have you already incorporated such translator software?

Chinmayi Sripada /Chinmayee said...

Imagination: Simple imagination and recall value :)
Deepak: Yes it is. Its just like even though you have samples around the world, you need a singer in to record the song live. Language and translation is as much a talent like everything else. Its not a simple word by word conversion process. There is a lot that is perceived, read between the lines, humour, irony and satire and so many other things that cannot be comprehended by a software.
Especially on reading up literature on the web it makes sense to use such software because when we read we don't go over every word. We sometimes glance through lines, skip some, omit some paras totally and get the gist of what is being said as a whole. But if you are having a product or a service that you want a community speaking a language other than your own to know of, then professional localization and translation is necessary.

vtheFortune500 said...

Howdy chinmayi , of course what u said was right ,i wonder how much hidden secrets and knowledge ancient Japaneses people kept with themself secretly ,actually i realized this when i read Stevenison's Japaneses candlestick book ,This book author, in late 1980's ;his interest to spend thousands of dollars to translated Japaneses candlestick book to English learned this hidden treasure,he is a good humor Professor he explained many amazing funny Japanese proverbs ,one Japanese word " Traquera " or " Traqula" i dont know im spelling it rightly or not but this word meaning he explained as "a man standing in middle of free flowing river and he turn down his hand in the river and searching for sand bed of the river this concept represent the core concept of a candlestick technique ,i am amazed how sharp they [Japaneses] are ! , i think i have get away from what i thought to say . Human Translation is precious way to learn the many Treasures of Japaneses technology

Then chinmayi i am asking you a favor , i like piano musics & piano background music songs , with a melody voice and slow humming songs , for ex In Hey Ram movie ,the song "nee partha paravaikoru nadri , i love that song , in 1st part of the song wonderfull piano music then in the middle part a nice slow humming ,really nice , Then In Jhony rajini old flim a cute song " En Vanile orae vennila " in that song also a wonderful paino music in 1st part of the song ,actually i am searching for piano music songs, This wonderful search gave me lot of beautiful piano musics & songs ,so i am asking you a favor if you like or know any wonderful piano music or songs in tamil or english or any language if its awesome tell in your next comment actually what im asking is also a kind of translation asking a person who knows about music & songs for nice songs & music

This is another full piano music , this kind of full piano music also welcomed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94HYEe1bOFU



waiting for reply

Jayamurugan said...

Hi Chinmayi,

Great going...:) It feels good when namma Chennai girl is doing achievements in Translation industry. I am following you up in ur blog and mail for the past 1 year.. I am happy to see your growth as if one of my friend is achieving and doing wonders...

Keep Rocking.....

Chinmayi Sripada /Chinmayee said...

Fortune: I think there should be more informed people who would be able to help you with that. As for me, I think two of the songs I have sung *might* be what you are looking for. Kangalaal Kaidhi Sei and Nala Damayanti. And there is a song by GV Prakash, its perhaps in this movie called Vellithirai, sung by Naresh Iyer/Chitra ji. They have their solo versions. I shall keep you posted if I can remember/come across something. But am sure other commenters here will definitely be able to suggest something

vtheFortune500 said...

Thanks Chinmayi really wonderfull songs , i am asking myself how i have forgotten such a mind-blowing song from Nala thayamanthi "Ena Ethu Ena Ethu Ennai kolvathu "song ,in the 1st part of the song itself a cute piano music with wonderfull humming , today after many months, i heard this nala thamayanthi song , like this way if you came across any piano
musics or songs in the coming months or years please updated in comment of any upcoming posts

Today I have uploaded two images in my Picasa web album to thank you ,here is the link

http://picasaweb.google.co.in/vtheFortune500/ThanksChinmayi#

Lahari said...

Hey,
wanted to ask this question for a long time. Why did u name ur firm Blue Elephant? And from where did u get this idea of translation as one of ur Career interest..

Deepak said...

Ok Ma'am...
Got the point!