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What is India?

What is India?

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Shashi Tharoor
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‘India is more than the sum of its contradictions. She is a myth and an idea, a dream and a vision, and yet very real and present and pervasive.’

No other country in the world embraces the extraordinary mixture of ethnic groups, the profusion of mutually incomprehensible languages, the varieties of topography and climate, the diversity of religions and cultural practices, and the range of levels of economic development quite like India does.

It truly is a wonder how India has not only managed to survive but thrive in this manner. The country is far from gaining the efficiency of a well-oiled machine, and yet, things always seem to be making some kind of headway. So how does it all work?

Read on as Shashi Tharoor, one of India’s most prolific writers, attempts to answer that question in ‘What is India?’

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Aug/2018

Length : 16 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

What is India?

(Penguin Petit)

Shashi Tharoor

‘India is more than the sum of its contradictions. She is a myth and an idea, a dream and a vision, and yet very real and present and pervasive.’

No other country in the world embraces the extraordinary mixture of ethnic groups, the profusion of mutually incomprehensible languages, the varieties of topography and climate, the diversity of religions and cultural practices, and the range of levels of economic development quite like India does.

It truly is a wonder how India has not only managed to survive but thrive in this manner. The country is far from gaining the efficiency of a well-oiled machine, and yet, things always seem to be making some kind of headway. So how does it all work?

Read on as Shashi Tharoor, one of India’s most prolific writers, attempts to answer that question in ‘What is India?’

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Shashi Tharoor

SHASHI THAROOR is the bestselling author of twenty books, both fiction and non-fiction, besides being a noted critic and columnist. His books include the pathbreaking satire The Great Indian Novel (1989), the classic India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997), the bestselling An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India, for which he won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2016, for Books (Non-Fiction), and The Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi and His India. He has been Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. He is a three-time member of the Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram and chairs the Parliament Information
Technology committee. He has won numerous literary awards, including a national Sahitya Akademi award, a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honour for overseas Indians, in 2004, and honoured as New Age Politician of the Year (2010) by NDTV.

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