The grant of a New India Fellowship to Dinesh Sharma in 2006 resulted in his first book, The Long Revolution: the Birth and Growth of India’s IT industry (HarperCollins India, 2009). The book received critical acclaim in India and abroad. India’s IT revolution is often seen as a ‘miracle’ of the new millennium. There are myths and there is hype. There are claims and counter-claims on who fathered India’s transformation from a country known for exports of spices and gems to a front-runner in technology business. This book is an attempt to set the record straight. It is an account of computing and information technology industry spanning half a century. Sam Pitroda, in his foreword, described the book as “a pioneering work with no parallel”.
An international, updated edition of the book was published by the MIT Press (USA) in 2015 as The Outsourcer: The Story of India’s IT Revolution, under its celebrated ‘History of Computing’ series edited by William Aspray and Thomas J Misa. Science described the book as “[as a] magnificent study that addresses the dearth of scholarship on the history of computing outside the Euro-American context, Sharma's monograph shows the entangled histories of computing in India and America.” Vinod Dham, known as father of the Pentium chip, called the book “a must-read for understanding how Indians became strong in IT and software despite all odds and the role they will play in the digital world of the twenty-first century.” In 2016, The Outsourcer won the prestigious Computer History Museum Book Prize instituted by the Society for the History of Technology.
A translated version of the book in Hindi is slated for publication in 2017.