India Calling

India Calling

An Intimate Portrait of A Nation's Remaking

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Reversing his parents' immigrant path, a young American-born writer returns to India and discovers an old country making itself new

Anand Giridharadas sensed something was afoot as his plane from America prepared to land in Bombay. An elderly passenger looked at him and said, "We're all trying to go that way," pointing to the rear. "You, you're going this way?"

Giridharadas was returning to the land of his ancestors, amid an unlikely economic boom. But he was interested less in its gold rush than in its cultural upheaval, as a new generation has sought to reconcile old traditions and customs with new ambitions and dreams.

In India Calling , Giridharadas brings to life the people and the dilemmas of India today, through the prism of his émigré family history and his childhood memories of India. He introduces us to entrepreneurs, radicals, industrialists, and religious seekers, but, most of all, to Indian families. He shows how parents and children, husbands and wives, cousins and siblings are reinventing relationships, bending the meaning of Indianness, and enduring the pangs of the old birthing the new.

Through their stories, and his own, he paints an intimate portrait of a country becoming modern while striving to remain itself.

Publisher: New York : Times Books/Henry Holt and Co., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805091779
0805091777
Branch Call Number: 954.053 GIR 2011 22
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 25 cm

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garee
Feb 28, 2013

I really identified with this book. I think it's a must read for all indian transplants especially those born and/or raised in a western society. Even for non-indians, it's a good book about India and its "ways"

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patentneer
Dec 27, 2011

Stongly recommended for an complex, bridging and intellectual insight into the emerging Global powerhouse that is modern India. Recommended reading for business.- Pavan Joshi

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faridaiyer
Mar 09, 2011

Excellent book. Gives an insight into what makes modern India tick.
A must read for Indophiles

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