Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: INDIA CALLING by Anand Giridharadas

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ISBN: 978-0-8050-9177-9
ISBN10: 0-8050-9177-7
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches
288 pages

Description (from the publisher):
Reversing his parents' immigrant path, a young American-born writer returns to India and discovers an old country making itself new.

Anand Giridharadas sensed something was afoot as his plane from America 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?"

Giridharadas was returning to the land of his ancestors, amid an unlikely economic boom. But he was interested less in its gold rush than in its cultural upheaval, as a new generation has sought to reconcile old traditions and customs with new ambitions and dreams.

In India Calling, Giridharadas brings to life the people and the dilemmas of India today, through the prism of his émigré family history and his childhood memories of India. 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.

Through their stories, and his own, he paints an intimate portrait of a country becoming modern while striving to remain itself.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Click here to visit the author's website.

About the author (from the publisher):
Anand Giridharadas writes the “Currents” column for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times online. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, he worked in Bombay as a management consultant until 2005, when he began reporting from that city for the Herald Tribune and the Times. He now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Joy said...

I have no idea how you would pronounce that authors name but the book sounds really good. Enjoy your reads and Happy Thanksgiving!
Joy at Books and Life

Zibilee said...

Oh, this one sounds like it's definitely for me! I love Indian fiction, and have not read much of it lately.

BLHmistress said...

This is new for me , I am always looking for new stuff to read.


bermudaonion said...

Boy, does that look good!

TheBookGirl said...

This looks like a wonderful read. I have not read much set in India, but I am definitely going to look out for this one. Thanks!

librarypat said...

Few people realize what a change westernization makes in a country. It is really a sham that so much of what makes the culture and country special.

Rebecca :) said...

I am so glad I saw this post! This is a book after my own heart! Thanks for sharing about it.