So far, I haven’t been *that* interested in Second Life. I’ve followed some discussions surrounding Second Life but I’ve never bothered checking it out for myself. But this morning, I read a story which said New Delhi is India’s First City on Second Life. Given how little I know about Second Life, I assumed this meant a group of people had created a New Delhi-like environment within Second Life. But no, that’s not it. All it means is, of the 12,000 or so active users of Second Life in India, 9000 are from Delhi (article here).
Here’s the interesting part though -
About 90 per cent of the accounts registered from Delhi are engaged in some serious financial investments…One of the more common ways of investing in Second Life is to buy virtual real estate. Then, like in the real world, the user can wait for property prices to escalate, before selling at a profit. The entire transaction is carried out in Linden Dollars, which can be converted into real world currencies on the exchange.
When I read this, I immediately thought about Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006), the brilliant film about land politics in contemporary urban India. I couldn’t help thinking about Khurana, the land-shark in the film, and if the Delhi-ites buying and selling real estate on Second Life are anything like Khurana. Perhaps there are folks like Khosla, the hard-working middle-class man who has to deal with the likes of Khurana and struggle to own a piece of land on the outskirts of Delhi. Is it possible for a drama like Khosla Ka Ghosla to unfold within Second Life?