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Technical Writing in India — Interview with Sandeep Balakrishna

by Tom Johnson on Oct 30, 2006 •
categories: podcasts

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Duration: 32 min.

In this podcast, I talk with Sandeep Balakrishna, a seasoned technical writer based in Bangalore, India. He has been a technical writer for 10 years, and has observed the explosive growth of technical writing in India. According to Google Trends, seven of the top ten cities where the term "technical writing" is searched is India. What does that mean? Is outsourcing growing or shrinking? What is the Indian perspective on technical writing?

Topics in this podcast include:

  • Growth rate of technical writing in India
  • Techniques Indian technical writers use to interact with outsourcing companies
  • Resources Indian technical writers use to learn about technical writing
  • Technical writing curriculums in India
  • STC India and Technical Writers of India (TWIN)
  • The future of technical writing in India
  • Salaries of technical writers and the respect of the technical writing profession
  • Cultural factors in the workplace
  • Common tools used by Indian technical writers
  • Descriptions of Bangalore

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You can contact Sandeep at [email protected].

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