“Hot, Flat and Crowded” is the title of Thomas Friedman’s new book which was published a couple weeks ago. I bought a copy last Sunday at one of the local bookstores and have just started reading it. The first chapter reminds me of a lot of what we need to do in India — Nation-building. Much of what Friedman talks about is in the US context on the imperatives, but they could be equally applicable for us in India. We need big, bold thinking — which unfortunately has not been associated with our political leadership. We need innovation across many fronts — especially education, energy, the way we urbanise and create new cities, transportation solutions for moving people, and the right, smart use of the mobile broadband world that can emerge. On many fronts, we are getting it wrong in India. And for that, perhaps what Friedman advocates for the US can also be applied to India.