The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India

The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India

Siddhartha Deb


Siddhartha Deb grew up in a distant city within the northeastern hills of India and made his method to the U.S. through a fellowship at Columbia. Six years after leaving domestic, he lower back as an undercover reporter for The Guardian, operating at a decision middle in Delhi in 2004, a time whilst globalization was once quickly continuing and Thomas L. Friedman declared the area flat. Deb's event interviewing the call-center employees led him to adopt this ebook and commute during the subcontinent.

The attractive and the Damned examines India's many contradictions via a variety of person and striking views. With lyrical and commanding prose, Deb introduces the reader to an unforgettable crew of Indians, together with a Gatsby-like magnate in Delhi whose pastime is generating big-budget gangster movies that nobody sees; a wiry, dusty farmer named Gopeti whose village is tormented by suicides and was once the epicenter of a rebel; and a sad-eyed waitress named Esther who has put aside her twin levels in biochemistry and botany to serve Coca-Cola to fingers buyers at an upscale lodge referred to as Shangri los angeles.

Like no different author, Deb humanizes the post-globalization experience―its benefits, disasters, and absurdities. India is a rustic the place you're taking a snooze and a person has stolen your activity, the place you purchase a BMW yet nonetheless need to idle for cows crossing your direction. a private, narrative paintings of journalism and cultural research within the comparable vein as Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's Random relatives and V. S. Naipaul's India sequence, The attractive and the Damned is a massive and incisive new work.

The appealing and the Damned is a Publishers Weekly top Nonfiction name for 2011.

Show sample text content

Download sample