I had received this emailer last year:
In 1995 Narasimha Rao was the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi was a reclusive figure
For Saurav Ganguly, playing test cricket seemed a pipe dream
Very few people in India had ever used email or logged onto the internet
We were not a nuclear-armed nation
India had 25 states. Kolkata was Calcutta. Mumbai was Bombay. Chennai was Madras.
Aishwarya Rai had acted in only film, in Telugu
There was only one life insurance company
There were no cellphones. No one had heard of call centres or Kargil
And till October 11, 1995, there was no Outlook
It has been along journey, these ten years. And an exciting journey, in a world transforming itself more rapidly than perhaps any other decade in human history.
To celebrate this journey, Outlook presents a series of 10th Anniversary Special Issues, looking back over the last ten years and looking forward to the next ten. Because we know, and you know, that the next ten years will be even more exciting.
And come to think of it, even in the last one year, a lot has changed indeed.
- For Saurav Ganguly playing international cricket is yet again a pipe dream
- We are on the verge of climbing down on our nuclear status
- Aishwarya Rai hasn’t given a hit since Devadas (if you were to ignore Kajra re)