Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing the World

Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing the World

by Snigdha Poonam


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What do India’s millennials want and how are they transforming one of the youngest, most populous nations in the world?

More than half of India is under the age of twenty-five, but India’s millennials are nothing like their counterparts in the West. In a country that is increasingly characterized by ambition and crushing limitations, this is a generation that cannot—and will not—be defined on anything but their own terms. They are wealth-chasers, hucksters, and fame-hunters, desperate to escape their narrow prospects. They are the dreamers.

Award-winning journalist Snigdha Poonam traveled through the small towns of northern India to investigate the phenomenon that is India’s Generation Y. From dubious entrepreneurs to political aspirants, from starstruck strivers to masterly swindlers, these are the clickbaiters who create viral content for Facebook and the internet scammers who stalk you at home, but they are also defiant student union leaders determined to transform campus life. Poonam made her way—on carts and buses, in cars and trucks—through India’s badlands to uncover a theater of toxic masculinity, a spirited brew of ambition, and a hunger for change that is bound to drive the future of the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674988170
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 08/13/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 809,953
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Snigdha Poonam is a journalist based in New Delhi. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, and Granta. She currently reports on national affairs at the Hindustan Times. She won the 2017 Journalist of Change award for a work of reportage that appeared on Huffington Post. Dreamers is her first book.

Table of Contents

Part I 'There Is No Plan B'

1 The Click-Baiter 3

2 The English Man 36

3 The Fixer 79

Part II 'I Am Ready For A Fight'

4 The Angry Young Men 117

5 The Angry Young Woman 149

Part III 'Nothing Is What It Looks Like'

6 The Star 192

7 The Scammer 225

Epilogue 247

Acknowledgements 255

References 257

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