India

India At The Stroke Of Midnight On August 15, 1947, A New Nation Was Born It Has 17 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 Worlds 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 300 Ways Of Cooking A Potato Shashi Tharoors INDIA Is A Fascinating Portrait Of One Of The Worlds Most Interesting Countriesits Politics, Its Mentality, And Its Cultural Riches But It Is Also An Eloquent Argument For The Importance Of India To The Future Of America And The Industrialized World With The Energy And Erudition That Distinguished His Prize Winning Novels, Tharoor Points Out That Indians Account For A Sixth Of The Worlds Population And Their Choices Will Resonate Throughout The Globe He Deals With This Vast Theme In A Work Of Remarkable Depth And Startling Originality, Combining Elements Of Political Scholarship, Personal Reflection, Memoir, Fiction, And Polemic, All Illuminated In Vivid And Compelling Prose. If you like non fiction and can read about India and its political history from a 400 pages book then this book is for you Its largely written from the view point of an expatriate Indian, a Keralite and that of a Hindu It was quite surprising for me as I never thought of Shashi Tharoor having such a patriotic inside view of India as he had spent most of the time outside it Even when he speaks about Kerala its as if he has first hand experience of it But the truth is that he was an expatriate If you like non fiction and can read about India and its political history from a 400 pages book then this book is for you Its largely written from the view point of an expatriate Indian, a Keralit
India from Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond by Shashi Tharoor was, in many ways, disappointing It is not the overall readability of the book, or of the topics covered or of the beauty of the language used but it is the lack of expected depth of the book which gives that impression And especially when its title makes one assume that it must cover the whole of Independent India s history.No one can deny that Mr Tharoor remains a narrator without much parallel among the modern political o India from Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond by Shashi Tharoor was, in many ways, disappointing It is not the overall readability of the book, or of the topics covered or of the beauty of the language used but it is the lack of expected depth of the book which gives that impression And especially when its title makes one assume that it must cover the whole of Independent India s history.No one can deny that Mr Tharoor remains a narrator wit
If India would ve been a living lady, this book would ve been her personal diary I gave 5 stars to this book I only do this with those books which change my life Forget about all the information and knowledge that you would derive out of this masterpiece, the real gist of it lies in the astute observational inferences which goes a mile further by not only giving a realistic picture of India and its evolution, but also by explaining the reason behin
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 I have attained my father s then age, I find myself talking with my friends two topics cricket and politics Ah Politics India s biggest timepass Switch to any news channel It will be the politicians and their archaic views will be the talking points In order to have a wholesome understanding 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 ne
It has been over a decade since Shashi Tharoor had written this book, the book seems to work in bits and pieces, Hard hitting in places but does not sustain the flow.Divided Pluralism is the backbone of the novel rather than pluralism a degree of modern day cynicism is also added, he makes a vivid account of some of the problems concerning the country and is very apprehensive about the Indian Parliamentry structure of which he is a part More has been stressed on the Emergency era
I ve mixed feelings about this book Shashi Tharoor definitely has a great flair for the English language But his wordiness verbosity in this book can sometimes be just annoying While I did note down some of the anecdotes or authors that Shashi Tharoor pointed out, I didn t really find any original ideas It felt like a hodgepodge of liberal and patriotic ideas written in a sophisticated manner Don t get me wrong, I do agree with his sentiments But I just feel a little let down since the b I ve mixed feelings about this book Shashi Tharoor definitely has a great flair for the English language But his wordiness verbosity in this book can sometimes be just annoying While I did note down some of the anecdotes or authors that Shashi Tharoor pointed out, I didn t really find any original ideas It felt like a hodgepodge of liberal and pat
Tharoor, a gifted writer, takes us on tour of India s economy, politics, caste system and religious beliefs in the post Gandhi period.He conveys the message of India s harmonious pluralism while simultaneously expressing his understandable cynicism towards Hinduism and Indira Gandhi Most of his insights are very accurate for this vibrant country with multiple dichotomies However, certain chapters are presented as an auto biography personal beliefs versus an objective analysis of India s futur Tharoor, a gifted writer, takes us on tour of India s economy, politics, caste system and religious beliefs in the post Gandhi period.He conveys the message of India s harmonious pluralism while simultaneously expressing his understandabl
Never read books from Shashi Tharoor before but once I started to read this one, it seems like I can t put it down The questions he had raised made me think of my concepts and ideologies about India The dogmas he questioned against like whether Democracy is at all necessary for economic development and whether India is really secular are hard to answer India has solved the problem of communalism but it failed to bring the feeling of belongingness or Indianess among its citizens He mingled fa Never read books from Shashi Tharoor before but once I started to read this one, it seems like I can t put it down The questions he had raised made me think of my concepts and ideologies about India The dogmas he questioned against like whether Democracy is at all necessary for economic development and whether India is really secular are hard to answer India has solved the problem of communalism but it failed to bring the feeling of belongingness or Indianess among its citizens He mingled facts about India and his personal stories so well which makes you turn pages The correlation he sought between literacy and riots is shocking that proves with increase in literacypoor and illeterate people vote than the educated ones The poor are of the idea that they can change the system whereas the graduates think that there votes would hardly matter He discussed the same yet preached as differe
A well written book which gives insights in to lot of interesting things in India, however not as comprehensive like India after Gandhi by Mr.Guha Mr Tharoor s disagreement with the socialistic approach of Nehru is well known and he has every right to be disappointed as the economic indicators were pointing in the negative direction However he should have also considered Nehru s herculean effort in uniting the country against communal forces He might well be the single person responsible fo A well written book which gives insights in to lot of interesting things in India, however not as comprehensive like India after Gand
A good book Tharoor has written this book sitting at his desk with mostly bookish research I personally liked Ed Luce s book Inspite of the Gods better For ain depth research read India after Gandhi by R Guha

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  • Paperback
  • 389 pages
  • India
  • Shashi Tharoor
  • English
  • 25 December 2018
  • 0143103245