08 September 2006

Aur yeh hamaara khet hai, aur yeh hamaara ghar

What is atounding about technology in India is not the almost everywhere. It is the almost everyone.

V stands right at the digital divide, one leg on either side. He is from hilly Gharwal in Uttaranchal and arrived in Delhi a year back, with practically no knowledge of computers or modern telecommunications. He now has an Orkut profile and a Gmail account. Monday last, he pointed out to me his house in the village, where his parents live, on Wikimapia. It proudly bears the tag, V's house.

V knows such little English. He is twenty and yet to clear his tenth standard exams. Truly a revolution.