I just wanted to understand why the Indians I met were taking
our work, why they had become such an important pool for the outsourcing of
service and information technology work from America and other industrialized
countries. Columbus had more than one hundred men on his three ships; I had a
small crew from the Discovery Times channel that fit comfortably into two
banged-up vans, with Indian drivers who drove barefoot. When I set sail, so to
speak, I too assumed that the world was round, but what I encountered in the
real India profoundly shook my faith in that notion. Columbus accidentally ran
into America but thought he had discovered part of India. I actually found India
and thought many of the people I met there were Americans. Some had actually
taken American names, and others were doing great imitations of American accents
at call centers and American business techniques at software labs.
Columbus reported to his king and queen that the world was
round, and he went down in history as the man who first made this discovery. I
returned home and shared my discovery only with my wife, and only in a whisper.
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