Mitra, chief scientist at NIIT Limited, a software and education company in New Delhi, first tested the idea in 1999. He installed a computer with a high-speed Internet connection in the wall outside NIIT's offices. Within hours, local children, mostly from nearby slums, figured out how to drag and drop icons and open files. Soon they were downloading their favorite Hindi music and learning how to use Microsoft Paint. The kids made up their own computer terminology, calling the cursor a sui (Hindi for needle) and the hourglass a damru (after the Hindu god Shiva's hourglass-shaped drum). Some have even amassed a small vocabulary of English words such as "open," "save," and "file," though they may mispronounce them and understand the words only in the context of computing.