Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Tom Flatman!

Do check out Siddharth Varadarajan's review of Thomas Friedman's book -- 'The World is Flat'. This appeared in today's Hindu Book Review. Perhaps a better place to read this review is Siddharth Varadarajan's blog as the links he has enabled there are extremely useful and informative. Here's the permalink to the blog post. An excellent piece.

In a lighter vein, I found the following sentence from the review pretty hilarious: "And workers in Indian call centres have names like Jerry and get to pretend they're from Kansas." Can you guess why?

Update (August 3): Veena has a post on the same topic which has a few more interesting links:

    A couple of months ago, I picked up 'The World is flat' at the neighborhood Borders and attempted to read it. The book soon earned the distinction of being the only book that I have returned to any store ever.


At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Vishnu said...

I've read Tom Friedman's article about the flat world and all that, and thought that it was not good. My advisor read the book, and thought that it was too repetitive. Even the article was repetitive.

Incidentally, there was a thread on iitb.discuss about this, where one of the professors commented wonderfully on the article. Alas! it seems that they have now ended alumni access to iitb.* :-((

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Anand said...

Occasionally I read Friedman's columns in the NY Times. I can't offhand think of a shallower columnist.

At the launch of his flat book, Manishankar Aiyar had some fun. Check this link.

Here's a previous post of mine on Friedman.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Atanu Dey said...

Tom Flatman -- that's really good.

See the item called "Flathead" from NY Press by Tiabbi. There is a link in my post The World is Mad.

At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anand said...

Thanks Atanu. I just read your post. I had read Taibbi's article via Veena's blog. Very very funny.

At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Adolfo Watlington said...

Excellent, that was really well explained and helpful


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