Being Indian: Inside the Real India

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India is nearly the second-largest consumer market in the world, with a buying middle class of over half a billion. Yet at least 200 million Indians remain poor, illiteracy rates are high, communal violence is widespread, and corruption endemic. This book examines what makes Indians tick and what they have to offer the world.

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A member of the Indian Foreign Service, Pavan K. Varma has served in Moscow, in New York and in Cyprus. He has been Press Secretary to the President of India and is currently director of the Nehru Centre in London.

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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 *

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