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Family Cruise: Joe on Appreciation

MUMBAI, India – After reading "The World Is Flat," I expected India to be a technological juggernaut, to be moving forward like a China, a Korea, or even a Vietnam, to see a population that was wired and coming on strong. But I should have recognized the deceit of generalization. The bulk of India is still so poor, so crowded, so illiterate, so filthy, so hopeless, so seemingly heartless that it grabs you by the ankles, turns you upside-down, and shakes every last nickel and dime of presumption out of your pockets. No one is ever the same after visiting India, which I guess is why so many people go there. … Back to Article

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