India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India

India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India

by Akash Kapur
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India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India by Akash Kapur

A New Republic Editors' and Writers' Pick 2012

A New Yorker Contributors' Pick 2012
A Newsweek "Must Read on Modern India"

“For people who savored Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers.”—Evan Osnos,

A portrait of the incredible change and economic development of modern India, and of social and national transformation there told through individual lives

Raised in India, and educated in the U.S., Akash Kapur returned to India in 2003 to raise a family. What he found was an ancient country in transition. In search of the life that he and his wife want to lead, he meets an array of Indians who teach him much about the realities of this changed country: an old landowner sees his rural village destroyed by real estate developments, and crime and corruption breaking down the feudal authority; a 21-year-old single woman and a 35-year-old divorcee exploring the new cultural allowances for women; and a young gay man coming to terms with his sexual identity – something never allowed him a generation ago.

As Akash and his wife struggle to find the right balance between growth and modernity and the simplicity and purity they had known from the Indian countryside a decade ago, they ultimately find a country that “has begun to dream.” But also one that may be moving away too quickly from the valuable ways in which it is different.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594486531
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 867,936
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Akash Kapur is the former writer of the “Letter from India” column for the International Herald Tribune, which has been picked up in the Week in Review section of The New York Times on occasion. He has also written for The AtlanticThe EconomistThe New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review. He holds a BA in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, and a doctorate in Law from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He consults on development and media law for a number of organizations, including the United Nations. He lives outside Pondicherry in Southern India.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i will meet the author tonight at a lecture on the subject of his new book. from the little i've read so far of the book and the video clip here on B&N, i can say my first impression is one of deep empathy. as an indian-american myself, my main attitude towards india is ambivalence towards the dichotomy mr. kapur talks about. the author seems to "get it" and mirror my own unsure sentiment. but i shall reserve (full) judgement) til when i've completed the book and met the author.