"India Calling is a fine book, elegant, self-aware and unafraid of contradictions and complexity. Giridharadas captures fundamental changes in the nature of family and class relationships and the very idea of what it means to be an Indian."—The New York Times Book Review
"[A] smart, evocative and sharply observed memoir . . . Giridharadas’s narrative gusto makes the familiar fresh."—The Wall Street Journal
"Capturing the monumental changes sweeping India is a feat many attempt but few manage. . . . In India Calling, Giridharadas has written the best of this now established genre. . . . A finely observed portrait of the modern nation."—Financial Times
"Eloquent. . . . [Giridharadas’s] gritty and witty pen portraits of a host of Indian characters and places make a great read."—Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia)
"Warm, witty and highly perceptive. . . . Where Naipaul’s gaze was excoriating, almost half a century later, Giridharadas’ scrutiny, though no less penetrating, is kinder and gentler. In this return of the native genre, India Calling is an honorable successor to Naipaul’s classic [An Area of Darkness]."—The Canberra Times
"The moving story of an unexpected romance between a young American and a country he never knew was his to love."—San Jose Mercury News
"[A] readable, intriguing book. . . . [Giridharadas is] a marvelous journalist—intrepid, easy to like, curious. . . . India Calling connects us to a new India, and an engaging new voice."—Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A beautifully written, intelligent look at the cultural history and changes of India. . . . The book [is] worth reading because of [Giridharadas’s] skill as a writer. . . . Giridharadas publishes sentences and paragraphs that are exquisitely worded, to the point of becoming downright memorable, and certainly quotable."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Giridharadas successfully uses his first-hand account of self-discovery to illustrate a larger picture of empowering change."—Christian Science Monitor
"I doubt that there’s any writer today who is a more acute observer of ‘the new India.’"—The Christian Century
"An eminently readable, closely observed book on a fascinating subject… [Giridharadas is] the perfect intermediary between Western readers and the world he introduces."— Readings.com.au (Australia)
"Giridharadas offers a fine-grained portrait of what seismic changes mean at the ground level… [and] captures in sharply observed portraits how people react to the gale force of a major change."—Curledup.com
"In this fresh, clear-eyed account of his stay, the author writes eloquently of how he came upon a very different place from where his parents grew up."—Kirkus Reviews
"Well thought out . . . Like a morality play, each chapter reflects a different inner quality, while woven together in the narrative are bits of the author's family history. The portraits . . . show the myriad ways in which India has changed and yet remains the same."—Library Journal
"Rarely has an author deciphered the Indian enigma the way Anand Giridharadas does in India Calling. By lucidly portraying the country's real locomotive—its vast and populous youth—he provides the most timely and elegant guide to perhaps the most important next generation in the world."—Parag Khanna, author of The Second World and How to Run the World
"Anand Giridharadas is more than just a widely admired journalist; with India Calling he has transformed into a fluent, witty, and intelligent writer. His very personal and perceptive look at the new India is a memorable debut, full of insight and diversion."—William Dalrymple, author of Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
"Anand Giridharadas has become one of the finest analysts of contemporary India. In India Calling, he has produced an engrossing and acutely observed appreciation of a country that is at once old and new—an enormously readable book in which everyone, at home in India or abroad, will find something distinctive and altogether challenging."—Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate in economics
"The emergence of a more dynamic India has been widely observed. Less well understood are the myriad reinventions that make the New India so exciting. In India Calling, Anand Giridharadas renders this change on an intimate scale with a tapestry of keenly observed stories about the changing dreams and frustrations of all walks of Indians—and his own. Savvy and often moving, India Calling is for those who prefer the view from the ground than from thirty thousand feet."—Edward Luce, author of In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India
Anand Giridharadas writes the “Currents” column for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times online. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, he worked in Bombay as a management consultant until 2005, when he began reporting from that city for the Herald Tribune and the Times. He now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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For the past few years, there has been a flood of fiction from Indian authors as well as frenzied discussions about India as a rising economic power.
The book is wonderfully written -- it's a pleasure to read non-fiction that isn't awkward or full of jargon.
As an American born desi who spent 7 years of his life in India, I could very well relate to a lot in this book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Thomas
I am a first generation immigrant to Canada and the US. Many of the writer's dilemmas ring a bell! I particularly enjoyed his sense of humor as he discovers the flaws of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by salam muhtadie
A book in a million. I am a voracious reader and this book is poignant,descriptive , intuitive, sensitive and a masterpiece second to none. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Jordan
Authors first person impressions were so helpful to mrs in my three weeks in India and visits with people there. Read morePublished 8 months ago by barbara lidsky
For Americans looking for insights into Indian culture, this interesting and well-written book can be helpful. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Clifford D. Conner
I found the book to be insightful, clearly written and enlightening. The 'look inside and Indian family' certainly makes one appreciate Indian culture.Published 14 months ago by DGF
Beautifully written and researched, a book of family stories that highlights the differing cultures within India but also provides the reader with a better understanding of the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nissim Israel
good reading especially if you are a first gen indian in USA. very insightful personal account which rings true, written in a humorous mannerPublished 17 months ago by Raghu Garud
An accurate & well written anthropological essay of India. Aanand has researched well & written honestly & its a book that most first generation Indian immigrants will be able to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Aarti Awasthi