India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India (Google eBook)
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, newyorker.com
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.
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Review: India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern IndiaUser Review - Andy - Goodreads
India's dizzying economic growth is one of the stories of the first decade of the 21st century. But what is “India Becoming”? In this thought-provoking book Akash Kapur avoids the trap of coming up ... Read full review
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A young Indian with all the right connections (see the endorsements on the back), with a Harvard BA and a PhD in law earned at Oxford following a Rhodes scholarship, goes back to his native rural ... Read full review
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