Sunday, June 07, 2009

What's changed in ten years ?

In 1999, the stock market was behaving as though gravity did not exist, people were trying to sell dogfood on the Internet, Google was not much more than a thought experiment and India had 1.2 million mobile subscribers (it's 400 million now).

On the personal front, I'm back in Bangalore after ten years, and the city has become a bloated caricature of it's previous self.

NASA's Earth observatory has a great set of images cataloging these changes. Urbanization has increased and so has the deforestation of the Amazon rain forests and the ozone hole. Arctic ice has declined, many water bodies have shrunk.

Where will be be in 2019 ?
In Bangalore, I expect we will have better public transport, more disputes about water, children demanding better education, more private enterprise and lesser government in daily life.

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