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In his critically acclaimed previous work, India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond, Shashi Tharoor, one of India's most respected writers and diplomats, traced the country's history from late colonial times through its first fifty years of independence. Interest in the subcontinent has never been greater, and this new work offers precious insights into this complex, multifaceted land, which despite its dazzling diversity of languages, customs, and cultures remains more than sixty years after its ...
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In his critically acclaimed previous work, India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond, Shashi Tharoor, one of India's most respected writers and diplomats, traced the country's history from late colonial times through its first fifty years of independence. Interest in the subcontinent has never been greater, and this new work offers precious insights into this complex, multifaceted land, which despite its dazzling diversity of languages, customs, and cultures remains more than sixty years after its founding the world's largest democracy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781559708944
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface: Why India Matters xi Introduction: The Elephant Who Became a Tiger 1 Part 1 Ideas of Indianness
1 The Invention of India 7
2 Hinduism and Hindutva: Creed and Credo 19
3 The Politics of Identity 27
4 Of Secularism and Conversions 37
5 On the Importance of Being Muslim and Indian 55
6 Making Bollywood's India a Reality 69
7 Epic Interpretations 73 Part 2 India at Work and at Play
8 Hooray for Bollywood 79
9 Democracy and Demockery 83
10 The Bond That Threatens? 89
11 Cricket's True Spiritual Home 95
12 Good Sports, Bad Sports 105
13 Bad Sports, Bad Spots 111
14 Salad Daze 115
15 Wholly Holidays 119
16 Memories of a Bombay Childhood 123
17 Nothing to Laugh About 127
18 The Sari Saga 131
19 The Challenge of Literacy 137
20 Reconstructing Nalanda 145
21 Cops and Jobbers 149
22 Becoming Bengaloorued 153
23 India's Lost Urban Heritage 159 Part 3 Indians Who Made My India
24 The Legacy of Gandhi and Nehru 165
25 The Man Who Saved India 173
26 The Man Who Stayed Behind 185
27 The Man Who Wanted More 191
28 Anchored in Himself 195
29 Tea and Antipathy 201
30 Smother India 205
31 The Spy Who Came In Through the Heat 211
32 The Genius Lost to Infinity 215
33 The Other Saint Teresa 219
34 A Polymath's Politics 223
35 Art from the Heart 233
36 Carrying His Bat 239
37 The Dear Departed 249 Part 4 Experiences of India
38 Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames 265
39 Southern Comfort 269
40 God's Own Country 273
41 Oh, Calcutta! 289
42 Urbs Maxima in Indis 293
43 Of Cows Sacred and Profane 297
44 Of Vows and Vowels 301
45 Indian Realities, Virtual andSpiritual 305
46 The Prehistory of Indian Science 309
47 The Anatomy of Civil Conflict 315
48 Stephanians in the House 319
49 Ayurveda Takes Off 325
50 In Defense of Delhi 333
51 NRIs - The "Now Required Indians" 337
52 Ajanta and Ellora in the Monsoon 353 Part 5 The Transformation of India
53 The Davos Economy 369
54 The Myth of the Indian Middle Class 373
55 Connecting to the Future 377
56 The Strange Rise of Planet India 381
57 Calls from the Center 387
58 Looking to the Future with Brand IIT 391
59 India and Soft Power 395
60 The Thrilling Face of a Bold New India 405
61 The Branding of India 409
62 India, Jones, and the Template of Dhoom 413
63 Heroines of Rural Development 417
64 Kerala: Open for Business 421
65 Shaking Hands 425
66 Trade for Peace 429
67 The Dangers to India's Future 433 Part 6 An A to Z of Being Indian
68 An A to Z of Being Indian 441
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

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    B n N kindly offer more books on india..update pax indica by tharoor and india after gandhi by ramachandra guha..apologies if the post is irrelevant for the context but i am ignorant to communicate u through my new device in the right forum..also kindly suggest more books like discovery of india etc

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    If you already know something about India (and about cricket!) this book is a good one.

    I liked this book well enough, though the author is an inveterate India-booster. (But hey, I like India too). There are just three main defects of this book, the first and most important one of which is that it requires a fair amount of background knowledge on the part of the reader. I failed almost completely to understand the parts about cricket, unfortunately, and these comprise a not insignificant part of the book. Second, as said before, one of the book's main purposes seems to be to say how great India is. This gets a little tiring after awhile. Third, and also fairly unproblematic for me, was that Mr. Tharoor seems a bit conceited. He refers to his own works time after time, which of course is not necessarily bad, but he seems to regard them as models for everyone to follow. I could be wrong, of course, and if I am, I apologize abjectly to him. But as I tried to say earlier, these last two things shouldn't be much of a problem for the reader. Anyone with a reasonable amount of previous knowledge of India will enjoy this book.

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