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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476749744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476749747
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"["Reimagining India"] gives global business leaders, once silent on the subject, a chance to voice their opinions about India."--Harvard Business Review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm. They are a trusted advisor to the world's leading businesses, governments and institutions. Conributors to this volume include some of the world's most brilliant thinkers from fields as diverse as business, politics, academia, science and technology, journalism and art and design. Authors have been selected for their prominence, but also for their knowledge of Japan and distinctiveness of their point of view. Many essays seek to identify, assess and prioritize Japan's major challenges for the next decade, while also suggesting solutions. But the collection also includes more literary, reflective essays, intened to provoke discussion and new ideas. This is a rare blend of truly global commentary and insight unlike anything ever published about Japan.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AlineDobbie on 1 Dec. 2014
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I was given this book by the Global CEO of McKinsey & Company after meeting him, but I am a delighted recipient and have enjoyed the individual essays by distinguished Indians reviewing their own land. I had written a small book, Quicklook at India my fourth on India to try and help business people understand and respect the land to which they come and with which they aspire to do business. This book gives the businessperson a greater insight and should be hugely helpful to them. If nothing else the reader would understand that there are hugely influential Indians who seek to power up their own country. India has been held back from her natural place in the world by some serious challenges like corruption, inertia and bad governance and unless these are addressed India will not take her place as a twenty first century leader. I do hope that progress is now made under a new determined leader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chetan Ojha on 29 Mar. 2014
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This is an excellent collection of thoughts from real life leaders from India. Book is a nice read especially when you can read chapters in any orders. They are all equally enjoyable reading.
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By lucy on 9 Sept. 2014
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Excellent introduction to india's cultural and social ways
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dimitar Kavaldzhiev on 30 Mar. 2015
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good book
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Instant Gratification in Small Bites 26 Jan. 2014
By Ratna Dalal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 1991 economic reforms were introduced in India and since then many books have been written, that tried to capture the dynamics of a changing nation. Among these I have read and reviewed three books, namely:

•The Elephant and the Dragon by Robyn Meredith
•Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation by Nandan Nilekani
•India Calling by Anand Giridharadas

And now comes 'Reimagining India'. Without any hesitation, I can say that this has been the most enjoyable to read. In concept it is very well tailored for the new age reader. There are 6 chapters with small and brief essays (no more than 2-3 pages), written on different topics by different writers. The diversity of essays that are not related to each other, give the reader the flexibility to read them in any random order, to suit his/her mood and inclination. Hence reading this book gives the reader instant gratification in small bites.

A glance at the table of contents reveals the topics and the names of the writers. They are all 'movers and shakers' in their respective niches. Many among them are not even writers, but what makes the book enjoyable to read is their knowledge and passion for the subject, a thorough understanding of the nuts and bolts of the industry and a super-polished insider's perspective.

My favorite chapter was on business and technology. Nitin Nohria (Dean of HBS) says, "If the 20th century was an American century, the 21st century will be the Global century - an era in which businesses and executives from many countries and regions shape the growth of the world economy." Reading the essays in this chapter is already proof of this:

•Howard Schultz tells us about how Starbucks and Tata are working together or shall I say brewing coffee together in India and giving back to the community.
•Miles White writes about the symbiosis of Abbott Laboratories and PHS (Piramal Healthcare Solutions) in India to create a commercial, scientific and manufacturing presence together.
•Muhtar Kent tells us about how Coke is in India not just to sell but also:

1.To make human investment in schools and training.
2.To make social investment in women entrepreneurs (‘5 by 20' initiative: 5 million women entrepreneurs across the globe chain by 2020).
3.To make tech. investment in innovations like solar carts that can power a cooler or a lantern by which a child can study in an Indian village.

Some of the outstanding essays in other chapters were:

•‘Five Ideas for Inclusive Growth’ by McKinsey insiders. This clearly had the most visionary perspective.
•‘In Search of the Indian Dream’ by A.Giridharadas. He says, "It is the dream of self-invention: of having the freedom and the means of authoring yourself into being ......It is the dream of becoming yourself, free of history and judgement and guilt." Great words!
•‘What I Learned in the War (on Polio)’ by Bill Gates is a very positive story.
•‘From Statecraft to Soulcraft’ by Vishakha N. Desai sheds light on the importance of our cultural and intellectual inheritance, to create a modern vision that combines the material and spiritual.
•‘The Way of the Antevasin’ by Nisaba Godrej had a cool global appeal with Sanskrit and quotes by Elizabeth Gilbert and Michael Pollan. It was interesting to learn how ‘Godrej India Culture Lab’ promotes cross-pollination of best Indian minds with leading global thinkers.

In the documentary series 'The Story of India', Michael Wood tells us that among all the ancient civilizations that existed long time back, India is one of the very few that still survives and thrives. It is due to the ability of the Indians to assimilate in the culture of visitors, traders, invaders, foreigners etc. With globalization in full swing, it is this assimilation that one witnesses in India once again. All in all the book clearly succeeds in capturing many positive changes in India today and is definitely a 'feel good book' of the year! As I wrap up, a few verses from an old Raj Kapoor song come to my mind:

Mera joota hai Japani, Yeh patloon Englishtaani
(My shoe is Japanese, this pant is from England)
Sir pay laal topi roosi, phir bhi dil hai Hindustani!
(The head bears a red cap from Russia but the heart is still Indian)

Ratna
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not a usual book 26 Nov. 2013
By Nirupam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A must read if you want to shape your thinking on India, its potential and challenges.

It is not a usual one author's view book, but 60 odd different views which make this book almost an intellectual debate and idea generation platform.

Great contributions, some essays just can't be missed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Falls short of expectations. 25 Jan. 2014
By Kewal P. Datta - Published on Amazon.com
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While quite a few of the high fliers have contributed essays on the subject, I find that a very few have come up with some innovative and out of the run suggestions. The majority of the contributors harp on the need for the Government to do this or that. I would have thought that the kind of governance we have in India, these resourceful personalities would have come out with something out of the box and not lament the weaknesses of the government .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The most comprehensive collection of ideas and visions of where India has been and where it's going 18 Dec. 2013
By R. Roy - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book during a two-week trip to Mumbai and Delhi. As an Indian-American, I've visited India (mostly Calcutta) to see family my entire life and could always only muster up an arms-length view of the real political and economic issues the nation has always grappled with. During this last trip, I feel I learned more about the political, historic, and economic climate of India and the challenges and opportunities it faces.

It was almost like the ultimate guidebook for a business traveler. It brought context to the numerous conversations I had around the contentious election taking place in Delhi while I was there, it gave me a background on the way business works as I sat in meetins in Mumbai, and it pushed me to think about what Bollywood truly signifies or how Indian cuisine still hasn't taken it's place next to Japanese and French on the world stage.

Strong, strong recommendation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Unparalleled overview of India 26 Dec. 2013
By Ravishankar Iyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent collection of articles that give an unparalleled overview of the state of India today. A must read for anyone who wants to know more about the world's largest democracy.
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