Smartphones and India's new magico-mythical age

"On or about December 1910, human character changed," the English novelist Virginia Woolf once wrote.

It's no exaggeration to say that human character in India changed equally dramatically between 2014 and 2019 as the number of active smartphones in the country quadrupled from 100 million to 400 million.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2019, with the headline 'Smartphones and India's new magico-mythical age'. Print Edition | Subscribe