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India Rising: Tales from a Changing Nation by [Balch, Oliver]
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'Oliver Balch beautifully captures the spirit and rhythm of a nation. Balch foregoes analysis and history-book fact-feeding for a collection of lively anecdotes gathered from across the subcontinent ... The stories are illuminating, and Balch s writing is just plain excellent.' --Irish Times

'Oliver Balch brings a zestful, youthful approach to a sub-continent as ancient as history but young in the perpetual reinvention of itself ... Energised and excited by India, Balch's set pieces add up to a well-made drama of lives in a complex, colourful, competitive landscape where extremes, often to their mutual dismay and distress, collude and collide.' --Iain Finlayson, The Times

The first thing to recommend is how well written it is. The second is that as well as talking to tycoons, Balch also asks ordinary folk about the bewildering pace of change.' --Conde Nast Traveller

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In India Rising, Oliver Balch travels around India telling true stories from the front line of an emerging economy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1041 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007N3WGOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #310,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
Themed under the headings of Enterprise, Aspiration and Change, the ten chapters of interviews with a wide range of Indians can be picked and mixed in any order. With the stated “overarching goal..to gain a flavour of the place… the approach is unapologetically subjective” and anecdotal. In this, the author succeeds, but is it enough? I admire Balch’s enthusiasm and confidence, but found myself crying out for more context and analysis, as I searched for nuggets of information in the often banal padding and attempts to showcase Balch’s budding skills as a journalist.

Some of the least likely chapters are the best, as in “Actor Prepares” where the author tracks down Naval, the wannabee Bollywood director who has broken with tradition by giving up the course financed by his father, without telling him. In the process, Balch describes the urban tragedy of the hideous, jerry-built concrete housing blocks in unfinished suburbs where recent migrants to Mumbai are crammed without the money or knowhow to equip themselves adequately.

After visiting the artificial bubble of a western style shopping mall, which girls can only attend chaperoned or with friends, Bauch interviews the retail millionaire who feels that aspiration levels, even amongst the poor of India, are now too high to halt the growing tide of consumption: “material things are rewards for performance”. Can Gandhi’s opposing philosophy of the importance of inner peace and harmony survive against this? It is interesting to read how the ingenious poor of India are beginning to set about achieving their ends. There is the “microfinance” (controversial in view of the interest rates levied) which enables groups of women in the slums to borrow money for small-scale activities, guaranteeing repayments for each other as necessary.
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Really enjoyable and fascinating read into modern India perfectly sculpted by the illuminating writing of Oliver Balch. A real pleasure to read and very informative. Balch's writing style is fun and witty, the real-life characters had me in stitches at times (Babu), would definitely recommend!
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Really great service thanks was really impressed.
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An interesting read like wandering into people's lives for a brief chat and cuppa and then popping in to do the same with someone else. Written with great warmth and consideration.
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I'm a big fan of India and writings on her. Every now and again I find a book I struggle with and this is one of them. I have not finished it. It may be different for you. This is stories of people in contemporary India but I could not get on with it.
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