Delhi Snapshot: Family of Four — Plus a Goat — on a Motorbike

Spotted this here in New Delhi a while back and meant to share here. Yes, this appears to be a dad driving a motorbike, with his son in front and his daughter behind him. Then on the back is the mom. With a goat on her lap. Fun for the whole family (including pet and/or […]

Delhi Snapshot: Transporting Eggs

Think your job is tough? Spotted recently on a major New Delhi thoroughfare. This guy must have nerves of steel given the city’s chaotic traffic and crazy drivers. Much respect.

Think American Elections Are Bad? Indian Voters Get 1,000 Texts a Day

That’s the headline of my most recent story, out yesterday, which I wrote with a few colleagues. It begins: For Gurupad Kolli, a 40-year-old lawyer who lives in a remote Indian village, the torrent of WhatsApp messages surging to his phone a few weeks ago meant one thing: election day was near. They’re at turns […]

Book Notes: ‘The Other One Percent: Indians in America,’ by Sanjoy Chakravorty, Devesh Kapur and Nirvikar Singh

From time to time I share notes about the books I’ve been reading, or have revisited recently after many years. These posts are meant to help me remember what I’ve learned, and to point out titles I think are worth consulting. They’re neither formal book reviews nor comprehensive book summaries, but simply my notes from […]

Walmart Looks to Scale Back in U.K. and Brazil, With an Eye on India

That’s the headline of a story just out with my colleagues Sarah Nassauer and Luciana Magalhães: It begins: The world’s biggest retailer has concluded it can’t take on the whole world by itself. Walmart Inc. is in discussions to give up control over hundreds of stores in the U.K. and Brazil, two big markets where […]

Introducing our Desi Dog, Ginger

TLDR: Say hello to the newest member of our family: the beautiful Ginger! The backstory: Last year, about six months after our beloved dog Ashley died, we found ourselves really missing having a pooch in our lives. But we weren’t quite ready to adopt a new one. ICUC Anasuya started asking around about organizations here […]

The Internet Is Filling Up Because Indians Are Sending Millions of ‘Good Morning!’ Texts

That’s the headline of my newest story, an A-hed out yesterday. It begins: Google researchers in Silicon Valley were trying to figure out why so many smartphones were freezing up half a world away. One in three smartphone users in India run out of space on their phones daily. The answer? Two words. “Good Morning!” […]

A Browser You’ve Never Heard of Is Dethroning Google in Asia

That’s the headline of my newest story, out today. It begins: JAKARTA, Indonesia—A mobile browser rarely used in the West has outflanked Google’s Chrome in some of Asia’s fastest-growing markets, giving owner Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. an advantage in the race among technology giants to capture the next generation of internet users. Hundreds of millions […]

Google, India and Next Billion Users Follow up: More Data

Following my story Tuesday about Google, India, and the future of the web, I wanted to share the text of some tweets, slightly edited for presentation here, that I posted after Google’s launch event. These are some stats Google revealed at the gathering, along with a obvservaiton of two of mine: –…India now has 400 […]

By Me Yesterday: Google, India, and the Future of the Web

The story begins: NEW DELHI—An explosion of smartphone usage in India is changing the way Alphabet Inc.’s Google sees the future of the internet. As a mobile price war in the South Asian nation has slashed data rates to less than $5 a month for unlimited high-speed access, hundreds of millions of people are getting […]