Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Review: India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking

I recently completed reading India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking by Anand Giridharadas. Giridharadas writes the "Currents" column for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times online. A child of immigrant parents, he worked in Mumbai as a management consultant until 2005, when he began reporting from that city for the Herald Tribune and the Times. 

The book traces the new found freedom and ambition among the people of India. Giridharadas contrasts the current Indian society with the time when his parents moved from India to US for better prospects. At that time Giridharadas notes, the move from India to the US was a necessity unlike now. He provides a bewildered foreigner's perspective on the rapidly developing, fast paced, increasingly westernized India and he finds it difficult to reconcile the Indian story that he heard from his parents when he was young.

Watch his interview with Jon Stewart about his book here : 

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