Customizable reading on the web and mobile

11 months ago, we launched Agastya 3, with the promise of a privacy-first accessibility widget. Today, we bring the next major version of Agastya with a focus on user customization, along with an entirely new app. Like the last update, Agastya 4 is currently available to our Pro 1M customers, and will be available to everyone this summer.

The Road to Agastya 4

The first version of Agastya was launched in 2016 when Nishant, Mahendra, and I founded Oswald Labs (we called it Oswald Foundation back then).

I found old some screenshots to tell the story.

Agastya on Justice Adda, August 2016

Since I was working with Justice Adda in back…


Blind-friendly read aloud

Read aloud was one of Agastya’s signature features when it first launched, and our beta partners like Nayee Disha — a collaboration between the UNDP and large corporates to skill and employ women in rural India — extensively made use of it. It was the easiest way to have a blind- and illiterate-friendly mode which automatically reads aloud the content of a webpage.

My co-founder Nishant even wrote an entire article about the different ways to detect relevant content on a webpage almost two years ago (Reading the Right Way on Oswald Labs Blog), because it’s not very easy to…


Privacy-first and universal

Since we launched Agastya in late 2016, we’ve come a long way. Today, we’re announcing the biggest update to our end-to-end web accessibility platform. This update is currently available only to our Pro 1M customers, and will be available to everyone this summer.

Privacy-first

With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation last month, people are familiar with getting tens of emails with updated privacy policies. We’ve been GDPR-compliant from the start, but we’ve radically changed our approach towards users’ data in this release.

Export and Delete

Since the first time we introduced analytics as part of our suite, we made sure you remain in…


At Oswald Foundation, we’re currently building a user interface for the blind, a smartphone UI that works entirely on vibrational and speech feedback. While reengineering the Phone app, the app you use to make calls, we decided to incorporate some machine learning.

If you call your Doctor in the morning every day and your parents in the evening on weekends, the app should be able to analyse that pattern and pre-populate the list of contacts relevant to the current time and location. …


I’m making a list of my all-time favorite songs (in no particular order.)

Link to Spotify playlist


Say Hello to Baymax

The idea is pretty simple — like in the movie, we need a personal healthcare companion, someone who can help us medically when we need it to, both by providing the right information to us and helping us get in touch with the right medical professionals.

If you’ve stubbed your toe a little, Baymax will tell you how to make the swelling go away and will help you get well by providing a treatment. If that doesn’t work, Baymax will connect you to your doctor and schedule an appointment with her. He’s a companion who’s always there.


Thinking outside the (food container)

Note: I wrote this post on March 15, 2016, for Zomato’s Android team (it was unlisted then.) The changes I designed were published by April last year, so I’m publishing this post for the world on April 11, 2017. See “Update” at the bottom.

I had a great opportunity to interact with Aditya Kushwaha (head of the Android team) and others at the Zomato HQ this morning. I’ve been looking at the user experience of the app, and have come up with some things that we could improve.

The current Zomato for Android app

First, let’s give credit where it’s due. It’s clear that the Zomato…


Rethinking the Class Rebels business model

When I posted Study, but with a Difference two years back, my friends and I had an incredible idea that was going to change the way students think of education in India. We wanted to create a platform where students and teachers can find each other. We soon moved to a platform where students can access good-quality study material for free.

I am about to take my 12th grade board examinations next week, so over the past few weeks, I have been re-thinking the Class Rebels business model.

Coming from a Science stream, I took tuitions for Physics, Chemistry, and…


Music has always been an integral part of our lives. Ever since people started using the internet, they’ve been downloading music and movies. The process became relatively simple with the introduction of Napster in 1999, which led to the development of many such tools. I remember growing up with Limewire and Bearshare. After the discontinuation of these services in after ten long years, downloading music became really complicated again.

In the 2010s, people stream music on YouTube or Spotify or SoundCloud and use conversion tools to download MP3 files, or use services such as BeeMP3 or MP3Skull which are full…


You see this meticulously made handicraft item which would be the perfect addition to brighten up any living room. You pick it up, admiring the attention to detail when suddenly you spot the Made in India label at the bottom, instantly making the product you were admiring seconds ago feel as cheap as dirt.

Why is it that a Made in Italy label makes people feel as if the product had been made in heaven itself?

Why does it give the product a sense a class regardless of its quality?

Now, imagine yourself with the beautifully made handicraft once again…

Anand Chowdhary

Creative technologist & entrepreneur · Oswald Labs CEO · Forbes 30 Under 30 · FD 50 Under 35

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