By Robin Jeffrey, Assa Doron
In 2001, India had four million cellular phone subscribers. Ten years later, that quantity had exploded to greater than 750 million. Over only a decade, the cell phone used to be reworked from an extraordinary and unwieldy device to a palm-sized, cheap staple, taken with no consideration by way of negative fishermen in Kerala and prosperous marketers in Mumbai alike. The nice Indian cell Book investigates the social revolution ignited through what could be the most important communications gadget in historical past, one that has disrupted extra humans and relationships than the printing press, wristwatch, vehicle, or railways, although it has characteristics of all four.
In this fast moving learn, Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey discover the complete atmosphere of the inexpensive cell phone. mixing journalistic immediacy with years of field-research adventure in India, they painting the capitalists and bureaucrats who regulate the mobile infrastructure and strive against over bandwidth rights, the sellers and technicians who convey cell phones to the hundreds, and the usually terrible, village-bound clients who adapt those addictive and occasionally not easy units to their day-by-day lives. interpreting the demanding situations mobile phones pose to a hierarchy-bound state, the authors argue that during India, the place caste and gender regulations have outlined strength for generations, the disruptive power of cell phones is even more than elsewhere.
The nice Indian cellphone Book is a carefully researched, multidimensional story of what can take place whilst a strong and on hand expertise is positioned within the fingers of a big, nonetheless predominantly bad inhabitants.