Just when I was thinking through the content for this post, I got the link to the following article through e-mail
Its an interesting read in a world where the drum of globalization is beated a bit too often.
But now to the small, little point of this post.What will make Internet in India take off? What will make my father or even my brother buy a computer and get an Internet connection? Its not just about affordability. If my father can replace his old bike and buy a new car within a few month of each other, he can certainly spend 30,000 bucks for a computer. My brother has been talking about buying computers for a while now, and more expensive things have been bought since then, but not a computer.
So, what is the key? News, Entertainment, Cricket scores? I’m afraid investing at least 30k in the computer and then paying monthly for Internet is too much for those. We get those more easily offline. TV is so convenient and effortless, better than any always on connection. Newspapers are cheap and available in all kinds of flavour to suit individual’s inclination. So the key would be in useful things that can be enabled only by Internet and not by other things available offline, the things that can’t be done offline. And what are those? e-mail? With phone calls becoming so cheap, I doubt that’s an attraction unless you have an offpring settled outside India.
Well – many people have interesting ideas, and so do I. Stay tuned 🙂