July 24, 2021

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The Great Indian Phone Book

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TheGreatIndianPhoneBookSwati Pandey reviews The Great Indian Phone Book : How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life in LARB

A MAN IN A TURBAN holding a tiny cell phone graces the cover of Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey’s The Great Indian Phone Book: How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life. Also bearing the image of a man in a turban holding a tiny cell phone is the cover of a 2007 book: Edward Luce’s In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India. The only difference in this begging-to-be iconic image? The Luce cover includes a dopey-looking camel; the Doron/Jeffrey man wears clear-rimmed, vintage-inspired glasses.

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