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Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia's Next Superpower Hardcover – November 19, 2013
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“[Reimagining India] gives global business leaders, once silent on the subject, a chance to voice their opinions about India.” (Harvard Business Review)
“[T]he book is quite rich in analysis and benefits from the multiple perspectives and information … [Reimagining India] should appeal to both the specialist and the generalist readers alike.” (New York Journal of Books (online))
“In a book this dense and rich, there's enough to read, and in nice bite-sized packets, too.” (Business-Standard)
“Impressive.” (Financial Times)
About the Author
ADIL ZAINULBHAI is chairman of McKinsey India. Over the course of his thirty-four-year career at McKinsey he has served clients around the world and in a wide range of industries—among them public companies, government-owned companies, entrepreneurs, and startups. He also has advised governments on social and development issues. A Mumbai native, he returned to his hometown in 2004 as McKinsey's managing director for India. Adil holds an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
McKINSEY & COMPANY is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. With over 100 offices in more than 60 countries, the firm is a trusted advisor to 90 of the world’s top 100 companies.
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And now comes 'Reimagining India'. Without any hesitation, I can say that this has been the most enjoyable to read. In concept it is very well tailored for the new age reader. There are 6 chapters with small and brief essays (no more than 2-3 pages), written on different topics by different writers. The diversity of essays that are not related to each other, give the reader the flexibility to read them in any random order, to suit his/her mood and inclination. Hence reading this book gives the reader instant gratification in small bites.
A glance at the table of contents reveals the topics and the names of the writers. They are all 'movers and shakers' in their respective niches. Many among them are not even writers, but what makes the book enjoyable to read is their knowledge and passion for the subject, a thorough understanding of the nuts and bolts of the industry and a super-polished insider's perspective.
My favorite chapter was on business and technology. Nitin Nohria (Dean of HBS) says, "If the 20th century was an American century, the 21st century will be the Global century - an era in which businesses and executives from many countries and regions shape the growth of the world economy.Read more ›
It is not a usual one author's view book, but 60 odd different views which make this book almost an intellectual debate and idea generation platform.
Great contributions, some essays just can't be missed.
It was almost like the ultimate guidebook for a business traveler. It brought context to the numerous conversations I had around the contentious election taking place in Delhi while I was there, it gave me a background on the way business works as I sat in meetins in Mumbai, and it pushed me to think about what Bollywood truly signifies or how Indian cuisine still hasn't taken it's place next to Japanese and French on the world stage.
Strong, strong recommendation.
the potential of India to transform and uplift its peoples
and be a force for production and equalizing people's opportunities
in their nation and on the international stage.
The various highly professional and knowledgeable authors
excited me with their creative ideas and the potential that
they assessed. But, in each case, the enthusiasm was
depleted because of the repeated lack of promise of strong,
central, ethical leadership. The ideas are not so new and
complex. Why have they not done these things long since?
Given the history of the country since independence, the
extraordinary corruption, the shortsightedness, the venality
of the educated and leadership, all I could think of was
"you can't get there from here." I found it impossible to
imagine how the opportunities could be galvanized. Such a waste.
But the articles are very interesting to read in their diversity
and thoughtfulness. If I were a poor person of India reading
these, my thoughts would lead to despair.
This book satisfied most of that expectation. The first two chapters, "Reimagining" and "Politics & Policy" have very interesting commentary on India as a nation and how its democracy compares to other nations around the world, the advantages it holds when compared to other political models, notably China, and how its political model is evolving from a centralized to a decentralized one with the passage of time. But for a couple of essays, these two chapters are arguably the best in the book.
Unfortunately, I found quite a few essays after the first two chapters to be self serving and at times irrelevant to the broader theme of the book. There were some essays which discussed the past and the present as a list of events while a few others discussed what they (and the organization they represent) have accomplished in India in the past, without offering a vision of (or "Reimagining") the future as they see it or a proposed plan/theory to achieve it, making them somewhat tedious and pointless to read.
McKinsey's objective to not influence or censor any essay, while noble, offers the narrative a chance to veer off-course in many places within the book. And it does. Maybe some editorial oversight to keep the subject and content of the essays aligned with the broader goal of the book would have made this book more interesting and relevant.
Overall, a good collection of essays but there is quite a bit of room for improvement to make the narrative taut and engaging. I wanted to rate it 3.5 stars but Amazon doesn't have half stars so going with 4 instead of 3.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Short and highly readable essays with a good mix of historical facts, analysis , ideas and reflection.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Though published just prior to the mobile internet and eComm boom, this book is still an excellent resource for understanding a range of influences effecting India today and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Malesniak
Read this book with great interest. Left India 48 years ago, never changed my identity but did not know India and it's potential as now! Read morePublished 10 months ago by ravinder kundra
Interesting series of short essays. Not a composite piece of work on India, but a good representation of many ideas from many leaders on IndiaPublished 10 months ago by HMP
Well done perspective on the future of the Indian economy.Published 14 months ago by Elizabeth Nolan
Great read of thought leaders about India, worth every paise.Published 21 months ago by Rakesh Bahl
Gives you a great feel for India's current climate and where it might head in the future.Published 22 months ago by Noni
McK has done a commendable job in getting a list of marquee names to contribute to this incredible compendium of essays. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anindya Karmakar