“I believe India will grow up to being recognized as the capital of innovation as the country has a history of science and math” – John Keay, Historian and Author during an interview with the Times of India, Bangalore.
I read this in our local Bangalore newspaper while sipping my morning tea.
John Keay has no family connection with India. But this historian and author has seen the country, followed its history and the minute details, and understood its cultural threads.
Here are some interesting excerpts from the interview which i thought was worth sharing:
“Like there are various stages of an affair, it is hard to tell when i fell in love with India and the people here. It’s been extremely delightful, and i have enjoyed the company of society. In fact, I married in India too. It is very interesting that in India, history has more relevance than any other country.”
“The shock of new India has been tempered by the frequent visits i have made to the country. But this is a very urban phenomenon; most Indian cities are becoming like any other city in the world.”
“There is no doubt about the country’s bright future. Growth will be tempered by social policies. But the growth pattern will be different from China – slower, and, hopefully, sustainable.”
“Over the past two decades, there has been an emergence of Indian fiction writers. We’ve welcomed them… I can’t imagine any other country that has made such an impact in the literary world as India has.”
“According to me, it’s the language that India has inherited from the East India Company”
hmmmm….. i finished my tea excited about what India is able to offer the world today!