July 12, 2010

"I want to see the real India"

"I want to see the real India"

Saraswati, Goddess of Knowledge      

Hammers bang a lot in Bangalore. Cocks crow outside my window. India feels a construction site, a powerhouse taking shape in red dust.

Four decades ago I glimpsed India (and we named our first daughter India) at the end of the Nehru era. First impression in Open Source conversations is that India has its ancient pre-British groove back — has somehow met the digital culture and economy like an old friend from its own past. Who’s ready for the Indian Century? With ROS recordist Paul McCarthy, we’re scrambling from Bangalore’s gated Beverly Hills to cafes to slums; then to Trivandrum in Communist Kerala, then to New and Old Delhi. With blessings from Saraswati, Goddess of knowledge (pictured here), we’ll share all we learn with you.

July is Open Source India. Drop a line, please. Send a nudge. The real India? As the school master Fielding says in Forsters “Passage to India” — “Try seeing Indians.” And so to work.

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