Google may not have intended this, but its search suggestions system, which was originally intended to shave off search time, paint a disturbing picture of the search patterns of an average Indian. As you may have already noticed, entering text in the Google search field throws up suggestions based upon the most popular searches for those keywords. With a cold induced stupour on a boring Sunday, I came across a startling discovery whilst entering random keywords in Google's India specific search.
Entering an innocuous "I want to sell" search string in Google India throws up suggestions based upon Indians wishing to sell stuff like their cars, kidneys, bikes and cellphones in that particular order of popularity. Yes, you read it right. There is a larger market for second hand kidneys in Indian than there is for used mobile phones or motorcycles. This isn't surprising because almost all the high ranking web pages (news articles, support pages) dealing with kidney sales had Indians hawking their kidneys in the comments section.
It's saddening to see a staggeringly large percentage of Indians resorting to selling off body parts to make ends meet, which is even more disturbing because these are educated people who have access to Internet and can speak English. One wonders the plight of the vast majority of Indians living below the poverty line, who're even less privileged than these people. That pretty much explains the search suggestion above. Google's international search suggestions, however, border around a disturbing theme of altogether different kind.