Elephant, Tiger & Cellphone

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Penguin Books India, 2007 - India - 404 pages
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For More Than Four Decades After Gaining Independence, India, With Its Massive Size And Population, Staggering Poverty And Slow Rate Of Growth, Was Associated With The Plodding, Somnolent Elephant, Comfortably Resting On Its Achievements Of Centuries Gone By. Then In The Early 1990S The Elephant Seemed To Wake Up From Its Slumber And Slowly Begin To Change Until Today, In The First Decade Of The Twenty-First Century, Some Have Begun To See It Morphing Into A Tiger. As India Turns Sixty, Shashi Tharoor, Novelist And Essayist, Reminds Us Of The Paradox That Is India, The Elephant That Is Becoming A Tiger: With The Highest Number Of Billionaires In Asia, It Still Has The Largest Number Of People Living Amid Poverty And Neglect, And More Children Who Have Not Seen The Inside Of A Schoolroom Than Any Other Country.

So What Does The Twenty-First Century Hold For India? Will It Bring The Strength Of The Tiger And The Size Of An Elephant To Bear Upon The World? Or Will It Remain An Elephant At Heart? In More Than Sixty Essays Organized Thematically Into Six Parts, Shashi Tharoor Analyses The Forces That Have Made Twenty-First Century India And Could Yet Unmake It. He Discusses The Country S Transformation In His Characteristic Lucid Prose, Writing With Passion And Engagement On A Broad Range Of Subjects, From The Very Notion Of Indianness In A Pluralist Society To The Evolution Of The Once Sleeping Giant Into A World Leader In The Realms Of Science And Technology; From The Men And Women Who Make Up His India Gandhi And Nehru And The Less Obvious Ramanujan And Krishna Menon To An Eclectic Array Of Indian Experiences And Realities, Virtual And Spiritual, Political And Filmi. The Book Is Leavened With Whimsical And Witty Pieces On Cricket, Bollywood And The National Penchant For Holidays, And Topped Off With An A To Z Glossary On Indianness, Written With Tongue Firmly In Cheek.

Diverting And Instructive As Ever, Artfully Combining Hard Facts And Statistics With Personal Opinions And Observations, Tharoor Offers A Fresh, Insightful Look At This Timeless And Fast-Changing Society, Emphasizing That India Must Rise Above The Past If It Is To Conquer The Future.

 

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Review: The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India, the Emerging 21st-Century Power

User Review  - Sabil Ali - Goodreads

memoirs of sashi taroor. poorly edited. Contents repeated at many parts of the book. Good read though. World from sashi taroors view. Read full review

Review: The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India - the Emerging 21st-Century Power

User Review  - Abijita - Goodreads

This is very insightful, witty and sensible book. I felt the opinions of the author was not clouded by his political party association and all topics were very unbiased. It covers varieties of topic and so one never feels dull or bored. I immensely enjoyed reading it. Read full review

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Contents

THE ELEPHANT
3
THE THRILLING FACE OF A BOLD NEW INDIA
32
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
39
THE DANGERS TO INDIAS FUTURE
47
THE INVENTION OF INDIA
55
CREED AND CREDO
65
THE POLITICS OF IDENTITY I
73
OF SECULARISM AND CONVERSIONS
81
THE MAN WHO STAYED BEHIND
198
THE MAN WHO WANTED MORE
203
ANCHORED IN HIMSELF
206
TEA AND ANTIPATHY
209
SMOTHER INDIA 2 1 2
212
THE SPY WHO CAME IN THROUGH THE HEAT
216
THE GENIUS LOST TO INFINITY
219
THE OTHER SAINT TERESA
222

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING MUSLIM AND INDIAN
98
MAKING BOLLYWOODS INDIA A REALITY
110
EPIC INTERPRETATIONS
114
THREE INDIA AT WORK AND AT PLAY
117
XORSHIPPING FILMI HEROES 1 19
119
DEMOCRACY AND DEMOCKERY
122
THE BOND THAT THREATENS?
126
CRICIETS TRUE SPIRITUAL HOME
130
GOOD SPORTS BAD SPORTS
138
BAD SPORTS BAD SPOTS
142
SALAD DAZE
144
WHOLLY HOLIDAYS
147
MEMORIES OF A BOMBAY CHILDHOOD
149
NOTHING TO LAUGH ABOUT
152
THE SARI SAGA
156
THE CHALLENGE OF LITERACY
161
RECONSTRUCTING NALANDA
167
COPS AND JOBBERS
169
BECOMING BENGALOORUED
172
INDIAS LOST URBAN HERITAGE
176
FOUR INDIANS WHO HELPED MAKE MY INDIA
181
THE LEGACY OP GANDHI AND NEHRU
183
THE MAN WHO SAVED INDIA
188
A POLYMATHS POLITICS
225
ART FROM THE HEART
233
CARRYING HIS BAT
237
THE DEAR DEPARTED
246
FIVE EXPERIENCES OF INDIA
259
JEWISH PORTRAITS INDIAN FRAMES
261
SOUTHERN COMFORT
263
GODS OWN COUNTRY
266
on CALCUTTA
281
URBS MAXIMA IN INDIS
283
IN DEFENCE or DELHI
286
OF cows SACRED AND PROPANE
288
or vows AND VOWELS
291
INDIAN REALITIES VIRTUAL AND SPIRITUAL
294
THE PREHISTORY OF INDIAN SCIENCE
297
THE ANATOMY OF CIVIL CONFLICT
302
TIPPING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE
305
STEPHANIANS IN THE HOUSE
307
AYURVEDA TAKES OFF
315
THE NOW REQUIRED INDIANS
321
AJANTA AND ELLORA IN THE MONSOON
335
SIX THE A TO Z OF BEING INDIAN 70 THE A TO Z OF BEING INDIAN
349
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