ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Personal Journey and Evolution of Technology

The Wave Rider: A Chronicle of the Information Age by Ajit Balakrishnan (London: MacMillan), 2012; pp 213, Rs 599.

It is my uneducated guess that in the next 10 years, we would see at least 15 (auto)biographies of former tech-entrepreneurs and other adventurers in the tech world with the common theme of “how technology could make India a superpower”.

Ajit Balakrishnan tries nothing of this sort in this slim and smartly produced monograph. Happily, there is no overbearing theme of a changing India or the world in the book. Instead, Balakrishnan attempts to understand the world especially the world of technology, and how it leads to paradigmatic shifts in economy, society and polity. In parallel, the invisible subtext of the book also tells us something about what kind of social mores, economic structures, political decisions and entrepreneurial spirit allow for harnessing an emerging technology to be on the winning side.

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