This is, quite simply, the best book about India today. It recounts the hard data but also captures the mood of a rising, sprawling, dynamic society. It is centered on the smartphone, which is indeed transforming the world's largest democracy. But the nature of that transformation is complex and nuanced. And Agrawal describes this reality with a novelist's eye and pen. A triumph."
-Fareed Zakaria, Host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS and author of The Post American World
"India Connected is a fascinating - and very well-written - account of the ways in which the smartphone is transforming every aspect of Indian life, from marriage to politics, and not always for the better. It is a remarkable work of non-fiction ... a must-read for everyone who is interested in contemporary India."
-Amitav Ghosh, author of The Great Derangement
"In this delightfully readable book, Ravi Agrawal blends the experiences of an assortment of interesting characters with his own insightful reflections, succinctly capturing an India riding on the wave of the internet-enabled smartphone revolution, while always conscious of its challenges and limitations. His India Connected: How Smartphones are Transforming the World's Biggest Democracy is illuminating, eye-opening, and like the phones it describes, smart. An engaging read!"
-Shashi Tharoor, author of Inglorious Empire
"The story of how India has gotten Wired is one of the most important in the world, and you'll find no better guide than Ravi Agrawal. He's dug in to give us a story of optimism, intrigue, and profound change. And he does it with grace: chasing down stories and introducing us to people whose stories are revealing and riveting. I read it straight through and I suspect you will too."
-Nicholas Thompson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired
"The smartphone may well rank among fire and electricity in terms of sheer impact on humanity. And as Ravi Agrawal argues in this book, there are few places in the world that have experienced that revolution as forcefully as India. Like no one else, Agrawal highlights just how far India has come with the smartphone, and how much further it can go. A read as entertaining as it is informative."
-Ian Bremmer, author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism
"The automobile unleashed American freedom and energy. The smartphone is doing the same for India. To understand why India will succeed, read this fascinating book. Modern India leaps out of its pages."
-Kishore Mahbubani, author of Has the West Lost It?
"An engaging storyteller, Ravi Agrawal charts the extraordinary changes and the new hopes cheap smart phones and digital technology are bringing to the day-to-day lives of ordinary Indians."
-Mira Kamdar, author of Planet India and India in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know