|What will India be like in 25 to 35 years time? What will be
the state of that forgotten Asian tiger, with its vast middle class, forecast to be bigger
than the population of the United States in 25 years, and even larger peasant underbelly
in the year 2045?
In seven related stories Cyberabad Days
presents a vision of that future. Failed monsoons giving rise to a new aristocracy of
water merchants; fractious Indian states fighting for scarce resources thereby giving rise
to telecommuting cyber-warriors; a bride crash as sons are selected ahead of daughters
seriously imbalancing the population these scenarios and more are all explored in
how they impact on the people who have to live through it as a part of everyday life.
Although it is a collection of stories this book can be read as one large novel with
India as the central character. I enjoyed it and the visions of the future it gave, with
despair and joy in equal measure. Possibly one of Ian McDonalds finest works.