Go Green

March 22, 2009
When I initially came to the US in Fall 2007, I came across a very interesting documentary on YouTube describing the effect that outsourcing was having on the Indian (yes, Indian) economy. And guess what, the narrator was an American journalist named Thomas Friedman.

Intrigued, I later found that this guy had actually written a book called The World Is Flat: A Brief History of The Twenty-first Century (2005; expanded edition 2006; revised edition 2007) and in one of his interviews he was asked how did he come to think of the mentioned title. And he goes on to describe a discussion he had with Nandan Nilekani while making the said documentary, which triggered off a thought process and the consequence was the book mentioned. Below is a brief overview of what the book is about, straight from the horse’s mouth.

A few days ago, I ventured to find out what Mr. Friedman was writing these days. His latest book is called Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—And How It Can Renew America (2008)

This sounded interesting. I needed more information. Once again YouTube to the rescue. As I watched this brilliant presentation yesterday, my mind trotted back to my visit back to India last December. It was a short visit, after a gap of 16 months. And as I roamed around in the city where I had spent most of my life, I slowly began to have this scary notion that if and when I plan to come back to Pune, there may be no place left for me.

For, the city seemed like it was going to burst any minute. Malls at every nook and corner. Traffic sense that dint seem to have any sense at all. Where was my green Pune that I left a few years ago? In 2006, I remember on my trips back from Hyderabad, I used to complain about the condition of the roads in Pune. There used to be more craters than roads. Well, the roads have definitely improved, but there seems to be no place on those roads to walk, let alone drive.

This presentation drives home that very point, that a whole new class of people is slowly emerging, all who can afford to live the same lifestyle that normal Americans do. And its about time we start worrying about the burden that we are imposing on this planet.

I was so glad when I came across this campaign this morning and I hope that we all slowly but surely move towards a green revolution. In Mr. Friedman’s own words, “We have exactly enough time, starting now.”

Go Green !!!



  1. Nice article alongwith some good links to youtube…Can i download these videos from youtube or some other site?

  2. Hi Sidharth,Excellent Documentary!!

  3. Thanks Arun

  4. i have heard abt friedman, but not pursued with google or youtube as much. perhaps i should.. also, i think this post will interest you :http://sangatizuzay.blogspot.com/2009/03/no-no-to-nano-shun-nano.htmland you might want to add to the ensuing heated discussion…

  5. Hey Gauri.. thanks for the link… the nano topic does lead to a pretty interesting debate…

  6. Friedman is one brilliant writer. In his book.”world if Flat’ He mentions playing golf with with someone in Bangalore.That someone happens to be a good friend. (we were living in Blr when the book came out) This book is one of my husband’s fav reads too.Nice compilation of the videos.Thanks for sharingcheerspreeti

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