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Being Indian: Inside the Real India Hardcover – 3 Mar 2005
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"Pavan Varma is one of India's most admired and widely-read writers of non-fiction, and in Being Indian he has excelled himself . . . Brilliant . . . Varma shows how India's self-image has been distorted by simplistic myth-making, and sets out to find instead what it really means to be Indian" (William Dalrymple)
"A well-researched and urgent inquiry that is informed as much by allusions to Hindu mythological texts as it is by a knowledge of current affairs and popular culture" (New Statesman)
"A stimulating and readable polemic" (Sunday Times)
"Elegantly written . . . Being Indian is one of the most subtle recent attempts to analyze the continent-sized mosaic of India" (The Economist) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A compelling journey through the paradoxes, myths and realities of India, by 'one of the country's most perceptive writers.' (Guardian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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The writer is a little verbose but he writes about the Indian psyche and with examples from my own experience to draw from I found a new understanding of the sub text of many encounters. Thoroughly recommended for anyone wanting to liaise, do business, cross the divide or simply understand the people in this amazing county.
Mr. Varma's account of the Pan-Indian is ok but that of Indian's being good at technology left a little to be desired. But his assessment of their penchant for wealth and power is brilliantly written and substantiated through a historical process of evolution.
Highly recommended for Indians living abroad and Non-Indian nationals that want an interesting perspective on the Indian physche
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