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 […]

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 […]

Proof of the Commodification of Fidget Spinners

Spotted today at a roadside stall here in New Delhi. Yes, this bag of snacks comes with a free fidget spinner. This raises a few questions. First, how inexpensive must these toys be that they’re included with such low cost items? Second, how many consumers do you think will unwittingly munch on the toys?