I just came back from a trip to India after 3.5 years. The media keeps talking about “New India”, home to expressways and malls, where the select few can enjoy everything available in the West as well as luxuries of the East such as house hold help. Now the really sad and disheartening part is that on a website frequented by these “select tech sayv few” you still see them organising themselves along caste lines. For me India has really not changed at all. All the things I dislike about it are still just as strong. The only difference is that now just like in the US where I am the only guy wearing slippers in a mall, I stand out like a sore thumb in an Indian mall too ;-).