India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond

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Arcade Publishing, Apr 1, 2012 - History - 424 pages
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At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, a new nation was born. It has seventeen major languages and 22,000 distinct dialects. It has over a billion individuals of every ethnic extraction known to humanity. It has a population that is 32 percent illiterate, but also one of the world’s largest pools of trained scientists and engineers. Its ageless civilization is the birthplace of four major religions, a dozen different traditions of classical dance, and three hundred ways of cooking a potato. Shashi Tharoor’s India is a fascinating portrait of one of the world’s most interesting countries—its politics, its mentality, and its cultural riches. An eloquent argument for the importance of India to the future of America and the industrialized world, the book flows with the energy and erudition that distinguished his prize-winning novels. A New York Times Notable Book, this work of remarkable depth and startling originality combines elements of political scholarship, personal reflection, memoir, fiction, and polemic, all illuminated in vivid and compelling prose.

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Review: India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond

User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

This book is a readable introduction to India, from its independence to the end of the 20th century. The author hits all of the main points, but the second half becomes more proscriptive and is less interesting. Read full review

Review: India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond

User Review  - Sujeet - Goodreads

Pongalswamy said, "When I was a kid, I used to hear my father and his friends discussing two topics - cricket and politics. I liked cricket. But I could never make head or tail of politics. Now, that ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Shashi Tharoor was born in London and brought up in Bombay and Calcutta. He has written for the New York Times , the Washington Post , the International Herald Tribune , the Times of India , and Foreign Affairs . A human rights activist and winner of a Commonwealth Writers Prize, he is currently a member of the Indian Parliament and lives in New Dehli, India.

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