To visualise the future in these fast changing times is a trifle pretentious. Where will India be ten years on? And what trends will emerge? Answers to such questions will be nothing more than guesswork. Nevertheless, here is my humble take on the shape of things to come when India turns 73 in 2020. Of course, any resemblance to events that actually unfold in the future is purely coincidental. So here goes:
In all likelihood the cellphone revolution which began in the ’90s will gather further momentum. Mobiles with several value additions will make the instrument virtually indispensable. Among other things, the cellphone of 2020 will have a shaver, massager, hair-dryer, tweezer, lawn-mower, nail-clipper and an encyclopaedia on insect behaviour in the time of shortages. And at the touch of a key your cell will play you lullabies to help you sleep, or, alternatively, a scratchy recording of government of India gazette notifications read in slow motion.