Book Review – Smart Phones, Dumb People? – Parthajeet Sarma

9789380619569Parthajeet Sarma’s debut book has an interesting title for sure and I somehow agree with the title. Phones are getting smarter by the day and people, well I would like to reserve my comments on that. The book’s blurb was interesting and I thought I should give it a try. There are very less people who look at the root cause of a problem and the blurb of the book had a mention of some of the current challenges that our country is facing.

In almost 170 pages, the author has tried to cover five different areas in the simplest possible way, Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Priorities and Corruption. In the first chapter of the book which is dedicated to Innovation and futuristic thinking, the author has given several examples of how technology is controlling our lives and why it shouldn’t be so. The author stresses on the points that any gadget is there to aid our decision making and life easier for us. They are not here to take decisions for us.

Technology, the author talks about core product development here and process innovation. Also comes into the picture the roles of start ups in reducing the band gap between people and technology. With examples like Delhi Metro, various online portals, the author has proved his point logically.

Entrepreneurship, this was my favourite part of the book. Entrepreneurs fascinate me and I like to interact with them. They have so many stories to tell about the wrongs and rights they did and there is so much one can learn from their experience. In this section, the author focusses on the types of entrepreneurs and their role in nation building.

Priorities, as the book’s primary focus is India, Parthajeet has focusses on the areas where India needs to focus with all its might. Healthcare, Education, Infrastructure, Water & Power and Housing, each of these topics have been covered by the author with various examples and what should be done to improve the situations in the respective fields.

Corruption, the biggest challenge our country is facing at the moment. With a new scam coming into the picture almost every other day, corruption is eating up our country like termites. Corruption in public bodies and type C business houses is something almost each one of us is aware of and we surrender to it because at the end of the day, it is all about getting your job done. The author explains everything logically and forces you to think about the points that he has raised.

Overall, Smart Phones Dumb People is a nice and breezy read and pacy too. It took me close to 3 hours to finish it up and in the end I am left with too much food for thought. I will surely return to this book some other day.

Book Source : Author
Publisher : Good Times Books
Genre : Non-Fiction
Price : Rs. 195/-

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