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This review is from: ELEPHANT, THE TIGER AND THE CELL PHONE (Hardcover)This is a real let-down. It feels like a reheated collection of articles and other previously published pieces, cobbled together to make a few bucks. Did an editor ever set eyes on the manuscript? There are a huge number of repetitions, some of them only pages apart. Check out, for example, the number of times Mr Tharoor makes the point about India's multi-faith political leadership. Or his point about Hinduism not having a Pope or "Book". Each reappears almost verbatim several times within the first 100 pages. A large part of this book consists of the author commenting on the writing of other people or - worse still - his own.
There are plenty of other "feel-good" books about India around at the moment. In "Midnight to the Millennium" Sashi Tharoor wrote one of the better ones. Read that one, rather than this.