A special book club meet-up for people who are going to India for the Jaipur trip and for anyone else interested in getting and insight into Indian people and how they think.
This is a discussion on Being Indian and on what it means to be Indian. The nominated book for this discussion is a Non fiction book which has been recommended by many Indians.
The Book Club will follow the traditional book club's discussion format.
Description of the Book from Amazon:
In the 21st century every sixth human being will be Indian. India is very close to becoming the second largest consumer market in the world, with a buying middle class numbering over half a billion.It is in the top ten in overall GNP. Yet at least 200 million Indians remain desperately poor. Illiteracy rates are high. Communal violence is widespread; corruption endemic. Brides are still tortured and burnt for dowries; the caste system has lost little of its power and none of its brutality.
How are we to make sense of these two, apparently contradictory, pictures of India today? And how can we overcome the many misconceptions about India that are fed by the stereotypes created by foreigners and the myths about themselves projected by Indians? In Being Indian, Pavan Varma, whom the Guardian has called 'one of the country's most perceptive writers', demolishes the myths and generalisations as he turns his sharply observant gaze on his fellow countrymen to examine what really makes Indians tick and what they have to offer the world in the 21st century.
Review of the book.