Beautiful and the Damned A Portrait of the New India

ISBN-10: 0865478732
ISBN-13: 9780865478732
Edition: N/A
Authors: Siddhartha Deb
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Description: Siddhartha Deb grew up in a remote town in the northeastern hills of India and made his way to the United States via a fellowship at Columbia. Six years after leaving home, he returned as an undercover reporter forThe Guardian, working at a call  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Faber & Faber, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Siddhartha Deb grew up in a remote town in the northeastern hills of India and made his way to the United States via a fellowship at Columbia. Six years after leaving home, he returned as an undercover reporter forThe Guardian, working at a call center in Delhi in 2004, a time when globalization was fast proceeding and Thomas L. Friedman declared the world flat. Deb’s experience interviewing the call-center staff led him to undertake this book and travel throughout the subcontinent.The Beautiful and the Damnedexamines India’s many contradictions through various individual and extraordinary perspectives. With lyrical and commanding prose, Deb introduces the reader to an unforgettable group of Indians, including a Gatsby-like mogul in Delhi whose hobby is producing big-budget gangster films that no one sees; a wiry, dusty farmer named Gopeti whose village is plagued by suicides and was the epicenter of a riot; and a sad-eyed waitress named Esther who has set aside her dual degrees in biochemistry and botany to serve Coca-Cola to arms dealers at an upscale hotel called Shangri La.Like no other writer, Deb humanizes the post-globalization experience—its advantages, failures, and absurdities. India is a country where you take a nap and someone has stolen your job, where you buy a BMW but still have to idle for cows crossing your path. A personal, narrative work of journalism and cultural analysis in the same vein as Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’sRandom Familyand V. S. Naipaul’s India series,The Beautiful and the Damnedis an important and incisive new work. The Beautiful and the Damnedis a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011.

Siddhartha Deb was born in India in 1970 and moved to New York in 1998 on a fellowship. He has worked as a journalist in Delhi and Calcutta, and writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and TLS.

Introduction
The Great Gatsby: A Rich Man in India
Finding a rich man - the controversial reputation of Arindam Chaudhuri - the Satbari campus - the Power Brands Awards Night � the ambassador of the world - cigar therapy - a leadership seminar-the enemies - the aspirers - the namesake
Ghosts in the Machine: The Engineer's Burden
An earlier incarnation -supplying happiness - low context and high context - Special Economic Zones - the million-dollar house - the Nanopoet - the Gandhi computer - what the Master said-a fascist salute - caste in America - the stolen iPhone
Red Sorghum: Farmers in the Free Market
The dying countryside - the navel of India - the chemical village - McKinsey and Vision 2020 - Victory to Telangana - the farmers' market - Prabhakar and the overground Maoists - Dubai and debt - the dealers - 'Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone'
The Factory: The Permanent World of Temporary Workers
The encounter squad- India's first Egyptian resort - the steel factory - Malda labour-the barracks - reading Amartya Sen - the security guards - the Tongsman -ghost workers - Maytas Hill County
The Girl from F&B: Women in the Big City
The arms dealer-why Esther wanted F&B - the accident - recession in America - the Delhi Police manual-the momo stand-Manipur-the luxury mall-the boyfriend- Munirka again
Acknowledgements

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