Saturday, February 26, 2011

Revolution in private life

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India Calling
Anand Giridharadas
(Harper)

The Indian revolution is within

Arriving at ‘the Happening City,' what does Anand Giridharadas find? Drivers dressed in white, lining up the corridor leading out of the airport, holding signs for customers such as ‘Microsoft Mr Sridhar' and ‘M. Rita Singh Motorola.' Sixty-three kinds of whisky for sale at this world-class airport in Hyderabad, with toilets cleaned no longer using the traditional twig brooms but with vacuum cleaners; and security cameras monitoring whether the cleaners performed their tasks at the appointed times, he writes in India Calling: An intimate portrait of a nation's remaking (Harper).

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