I bet you would have heard of the book ‘The World is Flat’… Ya, the one written by Thomas Friedman… I got the opportunity to read this book. And yes, it did make me happy (actually any Indian/Chinese would be).

The introduction part would be enough for one to predict how beautifully the book is written.  Friedman contrasts his journey to India and the journey of Columbus. Freidman says that Columbus proved that the world is round, but when he(Freidman) himself got to travel to India, he realised that the world is shrinking and has indeed gone flat. Flat world according to him is place where distance is not an issue… jobs can be done by anyone, anywhere and this leads to the development of all.. In short, a flat world is a connected world…!!

He has carefully chosen ten causes that have led to the flattening of the world and elaborates each in very simple language. All in all, the 10 flateners were impressive. It’s a breathtaking list. The first flattener is about walls (fall of Berlin wall) and windows (our own operating system). Simply brilliant, isn’t it!  While explaining each flattener, Freidman gives examples of various technology companies, their rise, in some cases fall & more importantly what changes they have brought to the world. As any expert would do, he explains how these flatteners acted together in benefitting the world.

And hey…he has written very good things for India 😀 Nice! But if you compare this book with Nandan Nilekani’s ‘Imagining India’, you would find that the latter is a much more balanced book. Nilekani has predicted the future of India based on some conditions….He does not just look at areas where we are excelling. His India, is much more closer to the real one…!

Though the book is a bit lengthy, anyone who works in a field like IT, or has interest in it, should pick this book up. This book can also act as a supporting evidence of why globalisation should be admired and also that India & China have much more than just low cost manufacturing 🙂

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