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India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking
Anand Giridharadas.
Publisher Times Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780805091779
Pages/Publication Date 273/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30555
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Reversing his parents' immigrant path, a young American-born writer returned to India and discovered an old country making itself new, in this book from International Herald Tribune and New York Times online columnist Anand Giridharadas. As the plane 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?" Describing how a new generation has sought to reconcile old traditions and customs with new ambitions and dreams, Giridharadas brings to life the people and the dilemmas of India today, through the prism of his émigré family history and his childhood memories. 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.

"India Calling is a fine book, elegant, self-aware and unafraid of contradictions and complexity. Giridharadas captures fundamental changes in the nature of family and class relationships and the very idea of what it means to be an Indian."—NYTBR

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