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Is it right to call a country where one person can score 100 centuries a Geek Nation?

From: Vineet
Sent on: Saturday, March 17, 2012 10:16 PM

Dear Book Club members,

Who is a Geek?  A socially inept nerdy character or a genius who does not need to switch a computer on and off a few times to make it work properly? Is it a derogatory term or a term of endearment?  Is India full of a billion super brains or are most them just drones doing what they are told. Is technology a means of stopping farmers committing suicides or the main cause.  Did 3 Idiots give an accurate represented view of the Indian education system? Will India live up to the hype and actually be a super power in 20 years.

These questions and more will be the topics of discussion at the Book Club meeting on the 31st of March, the first of the Author event in this year.

This meeting will be significantly different from all the previous book club meetings.  Firstly because the book being discussed is a non-fiction book and the format of the meeting will be spectacularly different.

Angela’s book is a gripping read , in part a travel book which describes an India journey, in part a social commentary and in part a book of science full of interesting  facts, for example did you know that a banana kept in the same fruit basket as an apple make the apple rot faster? The book explores a range of issues about India and provides excellent fodder for debate and discussion.

The format of this meeting will be as follows.

It will be split into three parts of approximately 45 minutes each .

1.  A discussion on specific topics/themes from the book.  The topic areas will be sent out a week before the book club .

2. A Q&A session with the Author , when you are allowed to ask anything about the book, her experiences in India, views and conclusions from her study of the Geek Nation

3. A Structured debate on a specific topic e.g -" Indians should be justifiably proud of the achievements and progress made in the past 20 years" -.  You will be expected  to take a position for or against this motion and put forward your arguments.

Look forward to seeing many of you at this meet-up.  If you haven’t RSVPed for meet-up yet. You should do that now. If you haven’t got a copy of the book yet and need one, let me know I may have a spare copy or two.





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