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April 14, 2004

Nowhere Men

Long time back during college days I read Pritish Nandy's poem Nowhere Man (isn't this an amazing fact that an average Joe does most of the right things only during college-days, once out of college its just about injecting slow reality in the imagination factory !)

I have travelled all the lonely highways in the autumn and watched all the lonesome cities pale at dust. I have held all those tired strangers in my waves, and whispered stranger secrets now forgotten. This gypsy satchel carries all my sorrows, this fatigued evening carries all my songs.

This thought about Nowhere Man came from a post by Om Malik. I love his posts on Broadband industry, his research and news on industry movers/shakers are worth reading. Om is nowadays in India doing his job, which is mostly reporting on the new India. His post on outsourcing has invoked some strong emotions from readers. This led me to think about the different perspective all displaced Indians have about India's growth. By displaced I mean those who left India for better future - in economic and social sense. Their loyalty and aspirations are as foggy as their Friedman's lense through which they see new India.

There were many Nowhere Men before as well - Nirad C Choudhary and V.S. Naipaul stand out from that crowd. Whatever they wrote Indians never liked , it was too obvious to their taste and too painful as well. Its an ironic and painful fact that Indians in India dont like any Non-resident Indian picking on them, now if its Thomas Friedmann or somebody from Economist then its fine. It gets front page attention and all the desi blogger's attention as well.

Expat Indians are not allowed to pick on anything Indian - Om Malik broke that rule. I guess its fine by him as well, his audience is different.

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hey. came across this while surfing for stuff on the Net for indian techies lifestyle in 2020 for a story. interesting. cover techies for economictimes.com

Posted by: Lopamudra | Jun 23, 2004 3:32:40 AM

Thanks for your comment Pankaj. If my knowledge of history serves me right then you can trace this pattern in each of the major waves. I wish I could quote the leading intellectual voices of all previous eras - going all the way back to sugar cane plantation and Komagatamaru times. That classical movie-family story analogy might explain this better. Where one person leaves the family and goes independent against the wishes of the other family members. Later when this person comments on the family matters he gets shutdown with the comment like - "you keep quiet 'cause you dont belong here anymore". By the way mea-culpa too, I belong to go-go era.

Posted by: Brij | Apr 15, 2004 10:16:16 PM

Brij When you say "Their loyalty and aspirations are as foggy as their Friedman's lense through which they see new India" which batch of displaced Indians you are talking about. There was a batch of doctor's in 60s. Pre-Boom Indian Techies. Indian who came during the go go ninties i.e. between 1996-2001. You would find every one using different lenses as all of them have seen a different India.

Posted by: Pankaj Narula | Apr 15, 2004 8:09:14 PM

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