I just got back to Bangalore after spending a coupe of months in Bay Area. This time around I could see and feel excitement and energy in the air there. An entirely new set of companies, businesses and people had moved in to occupy the old buildings left vacant by the Sun’s and Yahoos. San Francisco had been re-discovered by the younger, hipper crowd working for the likes of Twitter and Four Square. The old geek haunts like Frys were empty as Amazon had become the default option to buy everything from Tooth Paste to Tablets. The landing of Spotify( popular music streaming service from Sweden) in the US was more of an event than Atlantis last take off. Of course Pandora with its online radio service that can magically gauge your music taste based on an algorithm was already there. It even has a wonderful collection of Bollywood songs, Hindustani classical and what not! Electric cars have become a reality with Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt dotting the freeways. The talent war is back again with everybody wanting to hire the all important User Interface folks who are the uncrowned Kings of this tech boom. The world atleast on that side of the globe had moved on to web3.0 decisively. Twitter is the source of all news PERIOD. Newspapers have become relics of the past. Perhaps by the time I visit next even laptops would have met the same fate!! Teachers are telling students to download lessons posted on the internet so that they can do “homework” in the class. It is simply amazing how internet has altogether changed life as we knew in every possible manner.
But ofcourse nothing has changed in Bangalore except perhaps the Chief Minister now. The internet is spotty. The “still under construction” flyovers and roads make me wonder if I had really been away for 60+days. Time has stood still and whole mass of humanity(1.25b+) are left behind even as the rest of the world is moving at internet speed.
Oh!Please somebody, anybody give us a SHOVE!!!