India is an intriguing country. It is an ancient land, with great cultural richness and a fascinating history. It is also a young country, struggling to form an egalitarian and democratic society. Both ancient and modern India coexist. Passions and turmoil of great antiquity are intertwined with the challenges and pleasures of modern technology. The resulting images are confusing, both to the outsider looking in and to Indians themselves.
Outsiders feel they are barely penetrating the surface, but even among Indians there are few experiences every person shares. The country and cultures within it are too diverse. Each person knows his or her own reality well, but much of the rest of the Indian experience is seen less clearly or, sometimes, not at all. India is many things to many people, and no one can claim to define its whole essence.
It is possible that the Internet can offer a more comprehensive perspective on the many faces of India. For now, of course, it reflects the more exotic, the commercial, the touristy elements. The Internet in India, as elsewhere, is the domain of the privileged and technologically adept. But this will change.
This site is a work in progress, and we deeply regret we have so little time left to develop this site after our day job (making other people's web sites) is done. Your comments and contributions are welcome.