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Author : Patrick French
ISBN : 9780141041575
Genre : India
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'Patrick French brings one of the globe's most dynamic nations springing to life ... he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the country, sensitivity to its subtler nuances and a wealth of research. He also arrives with a mischievous sense of humour and a keen eye for the absurd and the bizarre' Stanley Stewart, Sunday Times India is the biggest democracy on earth, a country of dynamic change, huge divisions and countless identities. Is there any way to discover the 'real' India? In his acclaimed book Patrick French travels all over the country talking to everyone from political leaders to mafia dons, from chained quarry workers to self-made billionaire entrepreneurs, to tell the story of post-independence India as never before. 'It's gripping . . . If you're Indian, reading the book is like learning the history of your country in four days' Nandini Krishnan, New Indian Express 'Fizzing with wit, insight and infectious curiosity . . . a thoroughly enjoyable romp through six momentous decades' Sadanand Dhume, Wall Street Journal Asia 'Wide-ranging, clear-sighted, warm-hearted and immensely readable . . . The human tales that French finds are engrossing' Nirpal Dhaliwal, Evening Standard 'A rich colouring of contemporary characters and events, many of them sharply observed at first hand. Crammed with elegant portraits' Economist


Author : Patrick French
ISBN : 9781846142147
Genre : History
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One of this century's greatest surprises has been the economic and social revolution in India. A country long characterized by such adjectives as 'timeless', 'spiritual' and 'backward' is now viewed through a new set of clichés: 'hi-tech', 'materialistic', 'go-getting'. But what is the real nature of this rapid change, and what are its roots? Patrick French has spent much of his life engaged with India, and his landmark new book is filled with the qualities that have won his writing exceptional praise: his love of narrative, sympathy for the individual's experience, scepticism about official claims, and relish for the mayhem of political life. His account of Indian independence, Liberty or Death, is an acclaimed bestseller. Now he gives us an encompassing social, political and economic history of India from partition to the present day. Examining the cultural foundations that made India's accelerated transformation from socialist economy to capitalist powerhouse possible, French creates a vivid, surprising picture of what it is like to live at a time when millions have pulled themselves free of poverty - with fortunes made almost overnight - but where violence, corruption and caste prejudice have equally been given new outlets. He delves into Indian society and politics, including the personal story of one of the most powerful women in the world, Sonia Gandhi. And he travels the country's regions to show how Nehru's vision of a democratic, secular India has continued to attempt - in the face of conflict and setbacks - to hold this vast, implacably diverse nation together. French has spoken to everyone from the nation's political leadership to Maoist revolutionaries and mafia dons, from chained quarry workers to self-made billionaire entrepreneurs and technological innovators. The result is a richly detailed, wide-ranging and hugely rewarding portrait of India.

India Becoming

Author : Akash Kapur
ISBN : 1594486530
Genre : Business & Economics
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Evaluates the impact of rapid economic growth and modernization on the country's rural and urban population, describing the transformations of the twenty-first century that have profoundly changed the country.

The Beautiful The Damned

Author : Siddhartha Deb
ISBN : 9788184757859
Genre : Literary Collections
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When he returned to India in 2004 after six years in New York, Siddhartha Deb discovered that a sweeping change had overtaken the country. Deb undertook an exploration of this vast, complex and bewildering nation, trying to make sense of what was underway. The Beautiful and the Damned is the triumphant outcome. From the worker at the call centre remaking herself from her provincial moorings to the migrant sweatshop worker trying to make his way in the city, Deb tells the story of India through its people: aspiring and deluded, desperate and hopeful, beautiful and damned.

Reimagining India

Author : McKinsey & Company, Inc.
ISBN : 9781476735320
Genre : Business & Economics
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Reimagining India brings together leading thinkers from around the world to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by one of the most important and least understood nations on earth. India’s abundance of life—vibrant, chaotic, and tumultuous—has long been its foremost asset. The nation’s rising economy and burgeoning middle class have earned India a place alongside China as one of the world’s two indispensable emerging markets. At the same time, India’s tech-savvy entrepreneurs and rapidly globalizing firms are upending key sectors of the world econ­omy. But what is India’s true potential? And what can be done to unlock it? McKinsey & Company has pulled in wisdom from many corners—social and cultural as well as eco­nomic and political—to launch a feisty debate about the future of Asia’s “other superpower.” Reimagining India features an all-star cast of contributors, including CNN’s Fareed Zakaria; Mukesh Ambani, CEO of India’s largest private conglomerate; Microsoft founder Bill Gates; Google chairman Eric Schmidt; Harvard Business School dean Nitin Nohria; award-winning authors Suketu Mehta (Maximum City), Edward Luce (In Spite of the Gods), and Patrick French (India: A Portrait); Nandan Nilekani, Infosys cofounder and chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India; and a host of other leading executives, entrepreneurs, economists, foreign policy experts, jour­nalists, historians, and cultural luminaries. These essays explore topics like the strengths and weaknesses of India’s political system, growth prospects for India’s economy, the competitiveness of Indian firms, India’s rising international profile, and the rapid evolution of India’s culture. Over the next decade India has the opportunity to show the rest of the develop­ing world how open, democratic societies can achieve high growth and shared prosperity. Contributors offer creative strategies for seizing that opportunity. But they also offer a frank assessment of the risks that India’s social and political fractures will instead thwart progress, condemning hundreds of millions of people to enduring poverty. Reimagining India is a critical resource for read­ers seeking to understand how this vast and vital nation is changing—and how it promises to change the world around us.

Pre Colonial Northeast India

Author : Fuz̤ail Aḥmad Qādrī
ISBN : UOM:39015069162496
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Revised version of paper presented at the Seminar on Pre-colonial Northeast India : a Portrait from Persian Accounts, held at Guwahati on 19th April 2004.

A Passage To India

Author : E.M. Forster
ISBN : 9781472536891
Genre : Drama
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First major theatrical adaptation of EM Forster's classic novel for a contemporary audience Before deciding whether to marry Chandrapore's local magistrate, Adela Quested wants to discover the "real India" for herself. Newly arrived from England, she agrees to see the Marabar Caves with the charming Dr Aziz.Through this one harmless event Forster exposes the absurdity, hysteria and depth of cultural ignorance that existed in British India in the twenties. E.M. Forster's classic novel is here adapted in this highly theatrical, humorous and faithful version for the stage by the author of BENT, Martin Sherman.Published to tie in with a major new production of A PASSAGE TO INDIA produced by Shared Experience Theatre company.

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