Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The World is Flat


------A Brief History OF-------
THE GLOBALIZED WORLD
IN THE 21 ST CENTURY

- Thomas Friedman

Download : The World is Flat(E-book)

Straight out from the New York Times BestSeller's List in the Non Fiction category, The World is Flat is a brilliantly conceived book by the famous New York Times columnist Thomas L.Friedman.

With the world being subjected to rapid technological change , one must really push to their limits to keep in constant pace to compete against others.
The competition back then was with a neighbourhood guy.
Now as the World is becoming flatter than ever before, a guy in the US now faces competition with a guy in China, India or the Soviet Empire

The days of the postal system is gone far back, while technologies like instant message communication, wiresless netoworks, broadband internet communications at cheap prices,
is driving more and more people to join the software sector for further innovations.
The author notes at this stage , that Bangalore (or any other city in India) is becoming a suburb of New York and Boston.

With cheap costs (almost 1/5 th of the price) , highly educated people available for a far lesser salary(compared to the US) , India and China is becoming major outsourced countries providing
various services right from reading an X Ray of a patient in the US, to providing technical solutions to the multinational companies in the US like Microsoft,Cisco,IBM and HP.

But do countries like India can really become flat?
The answer to the question, says the author , is no.
With less or almost no Infrastructure, poor health care systems,poverty,illeteracy and ignorance,communal riots and caste based segregation(The Backward classes gets more preference), India can never attain to become a flat world , unless all of the above conditions are satisfied.

The Book provides various thought provoking, and arguable issues which makes it a more better read. Though at some places it gets too lengthy , it certainly is termed as one of my
must-reads..
So u better start reading it .......(I have also provided u the ebook, where u can download it from here)
Download : The World is Flat(E-book)
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