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Thank God For Google, Journalist Dakshina Murthy Remembers The 'Dark Ages' Of Sourcing Information

'One had to hunt out information like a Rottweiler, swallow and regurgitate the material as analysis, perspective or narrative. Now Google that if I am wrong.'

Thank God For Google, Journalist Dakshina Murthy Remembers The 'Dark Ages' Of Sourcing Information
Thank God For Google, Journalist Dakshina Murthy Remembers The 'Dark Ages' Of Sourcing Information Illustration by Saahil

The musty smell, typical of books stored in ill-lit spaces, hit my nose. I peered through the dim light in the JNU library, trying to locate a book for an urgent assignment. I pulled out some books, disturbing the dust. Coughed and sneezed before I dusted them carefully and set them on a table.

I was doing my MPhil in international studies and not many places offered information on an esoteric subject like Latin America. This was just 32 years ago. 1987.  Yet, looking back, it seems like the Dark Ages.

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