Come home to the Coromandel (author profile)

Journalist-writer Carlo Pizzati on his memoir Mappillai — An Italian son-in-law in India , his work around the globe and how he came to love and live in a fishing village south of Chennai When we meet at the house with the green gate, Carlo Pizzati, 52, has just arrived from a refreshing walk atContinue reading “Come home to the Coromandel (author profile)”

Carlo Pizzati confronts the challenges of writing an ‘India book’ in his memoir ‘Mappillai’ (Mint Lounge)

For centuries, travellers from the West have written tomes about India—but no one’s had the last word Oh, no,’ my wife says, ‘you are NOT going to write an India book, are you?’ ‘No, I’m not, I promise.’ This book will not attempt to explain something that cannot be dissected, as it is ever changing.Continue reading “Carlo Pizzati confronts the challenges of writing an ‘India book’ in his memoir ‘Mappillai’ (Mint Lounge)”

Social media as virtual temple

There are at least 30 million dead people on Facebook right now. Every day, 8,000 Facebook members die. By 2060, there could be more deceased people on Facebook than those who are alive. By then, we may be communicating in completely new ways and social networks might exist only as anachronistic testaments of a bygone technological phase — a digital graveyard of a forgotten past.

Is the Internet our next God?

Promises of anti-globalisation, realities of fiscal revenge

Today’s so-called crisis of globalisation is nothing more than a new variable of the old battle between protectionism and free trade. On the one hand it is the tribalists while on the other it is the globalists. On one side there are the anti-Amazon, pro-retailers, losers of a global challenge, while on the other, there are theContinue reading “Promises of anti-globalisation, realities of fiscal revenge”

Madness and being human (from The Hindu)

As the archetypes of myth make a comeback to books, they seem to capture a world that has changed little since the days of Zeus The gods of Mount Olympus are still with us. Their tales, myths and tragedies are intertwined with our days. When we gaze in the mirror for too long and seeContinue reading “Madness and being human (from The Hindu)”

What robotisation can offer to the future of work in India  (op ed The Hindu)

As we ask ourselves how employment is threatened by technology, we should look at how labour has changed in recent decades. Before we get so attached to the current job market, and feel we must defend it from an eventual robot takeover, we should examine how unfair the labour system has become and how roboticsContinue reading “What robotisation can offer to the future of work in India  (op ed The Hindu)”

“The spiritual android within us” chapter 27 of “Technoshamans” (2010)

Will we download our conscience into a server? Is this nirvana, the next step of evolution or a dystopian trap that will allow artificial intelligence to take our place? I was writing about these very contemporary themes in my non-fiction book first published in 2010.

‘I hate the internet’ by Carlo Pizzati (from “The Hindu”‘s Literary Review)

Ephemeral, jagged, tailored to the mind of a 15-year-old, is the digital network pushing humanity into cretinism? Writing a good novel about the Internet is almost as difficult as shooting a good film about the effects of drugs. You may try all the available fireworks, and you’ll still fail. Blurred images, out-of-focus edges, tweaked sitarContinue reading “‘I hate the internet’ by Carlo Pizzati (from “The Hindu”‘s Literary Review)”

Carlo Pizzati torna a Criminàl, sulle tracce delle Anguane

In occasione dell’uscita della nuova edizione digitale del romanzo “Criminàl”, Carlo Pizzati, che attualmente vive in India, è tornato alle origini. E’ tornato nei luoghi che la mappa “Transpadana Venetorum Ditio” conservata nei Musei Vaticani definisce con il nome Criminàl.  Ma questa volta Pizzati non è tornato con l’intento di continuare la ricerca su quella parola della mappa dei Musei Vaticani.Continue reading “Carlo Pizzati torna a Criminàl, sulle tracce delle Anguane”