pretty much the only serious jyotishi on some of those forums back then. Though I was amember on Compuserve, I used it reluctantly (most expensive of these services). When I movedat the very beginning of the 90's to a city where there was a local node (no more DATAPAC!),the cost factor became a lot more manageable and I began to frequent Compuserve which had justopened a New Age Forum (spawned from the Religion Forum) by entrepreneur Neil Shapiro andRilla Moulden. The forum soon got so large that it had to be divided into two forums (fora!). Onone of these was the Astrology Section. I became a fixture on that Section! There were a wholebunch of very friendly, very enthusiastic individuals who were very much into astrology (of allkinds). I uploaded my messages, readings, articles I wrote to the libraries, conducted conferencesto teach and introduce jyotish for several years. The Compuserve New Age Forum is still there,accessible through internet but a ghost town compared to those days. It was essentially killed byinternet! While on Compuserve, I served as the librarian and then as a co-leader for the AstrologySection and the Vedic Astrology Section that was formed next.The forum provided a venue for interactions, serious discussions and plethora of researchmaterial. Most people were extremely forthcoming about their lives and details and that I sawwas the biggest advantage of the interactive forums. Most jyotishis, particularly the amateur jyotishis read a lot of books and articles but do not have the test bed to examine what they haveread and learned. Recently, good quality birth data by the thousands has become available oncommercial databases which contain both celebrities and regular people. Databases such asTaegers, IDEA (Rodden’s database now sold as Astrodatabank, probably one of the bestavailable) etc did not exist, and still remain very expensive for many. The collection of data, theopportunity to actually interact with the nativities, hold online readings in real time and to verifyinformation was an incredible resource in my path as a jyotishi. For that I shall always remaingrateful to Compuserve and then to Internet.As Internet became firmly installed by mid nineties, and Jyotish found a home therein, in factmany homes (!), it was natural for people to move there. At first there were jyotish newsgroupswhich were the precursors for what we know now as Jyotish lists or jyotish webgroups. Messagethreads were delivered to your email and you responded to the group. It was not verysophisticated and did not really hold a flame to the much more sophisticated message threadsystem on services like Compuserve. As web-programming and the WWW (world wide web)itself developed with the addition of more graphic and capable web-browsers (Mozilla and all theway to its son Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer) , the internet phenomenon went intohyperdrive! Webspaces sprang all over the domain, many of these were commercial sitesprimarily for advertisement, while a few like mine primarily for providing information. Ieventually was invited to participate in a web-experiment named Astro-Expert. This was anambitious site with astrocalculators, articles, reading areas and technical areas for askingquestions etc. I manned the ‘Please Explain’ area on it. It must have been very popular and I didput in a lot of time and energy into it. So much that people thought the Astro-Expert site wasmine. That it was not. Due to a variety of reasons, the site-owner had to focus elsewhere andAstro-Expert ceased to exist. Before I forget, I must give my thanks to Sri Rajender Krishan of New York who had created a site devoted to writings by and for Indians. The site waswww.boloji.comand it is still growing stronger and more popular. It is a very estheticallypleasing site. In the astro section I used to contribute my writings and he was the individual whointroduced me to the owner of Astro-Expert.