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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo
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From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities. In... (read more)

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo
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From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities. In this... (read more)

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Capitalism: A Ghost Story
Capitalism: A Ghost Story
by Arundhati Roy
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From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts... (read more)

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Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
by Suketu Mehta
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Andrzej Stasiuk is a restless and indefatigable traveler. His journeys take him from his native Poland to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Albania, Moldova, and Ukraine. By car, train, bus, ferry. To small towns and villages with unfamiliar-sounding... (read more)

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The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India
The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India
by James Astill
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To understand modern India, one must look at the business of cricket within the country. When Lalit Modi — an Indian businessman with a criminal record, a history of failed business ventures, and a reputation for audacious deal making &mdash... (read more)

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An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions
An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions
by Jean Dreze
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"India is a great success story of economic growth and poverty decline, but it remains the home of global poverty, and half of its children are profoundly malnourished. This paradox of poverty and plenty poses one of the great intellectual and moral... (read more)

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The Cost of Living (Modern Library)
The Cost of Living (Modern Library)
by Arundhati Roy
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From the bestselling author of The God of Small Things comes a scathing and passionate indictment of big government's disregard for the individual. In her Booker Prize-winning novel, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy turned a compassionate but... (read more)

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India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
by Ramachandra Guha
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Amagisterial account of the pains, the struggles, the humiliations, and the glories of the world's largest and least likely democracy, Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi is a breathtaking chronicle of the brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant... (read more)

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Rogue Elephant: Harnessing the Power of India's Unruly Democracy
Rogue Elephant: Harnessing the Power of India's Unruly Democracy
by Simon Denyer
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Five years ago, India was an emerging world power being courted by the worlds most powerful political and business leaders, an upbeat story of unparalleled economic growth. Since then, it has failed to account for the human capital at the heart of its... (read more)

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The Bandit Queen of India: An Indian Woman's Amazing Journey from Peasant to International Legend
The Bandit Queen of India: An Indian Woman's Amazing Journey from Peasant to International Legend
by Phoolan Devi
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She was born in India to the lowest caste, a group with few rights and even fewer prospects. Enduring cruel poverty, Phoolan Devi survived the humiliation of an abusive marriage, the savage killing of her bandit-lover and horrifying gang rape to claim... (read more)

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May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India
May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India
by Elisabeth Bumiller
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"The most stimulating and thought-provoking book on India in a long time..Bumiller has made India new and immediate again." THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD In a chronicle rich in diversity, detail, and empathy, Elisabeth Bumiller illuminates the... (read more)

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The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India
The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India
by Thomas Blom Hansen
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"The Saffron Wave is an analytically incisive and insightful exploration of one of the most important social movements to have swept postcolonial India. The book is remarkable not only for the historical depth it lends to our understanding of Hindu... (read more)

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Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents
Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents
by Minal Hajratwala
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An inspiring personal saga that explores the collisions of choice and history that led one unforgettable family to become immigrants In this groundbreaking work,Minal Hajratwala mixes history,memoir, and reportage to explore the questions facing not only... (read more)

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Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India Since the Great Rebellion
Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India Since the Great Rebellion
by Maria Misra
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As it enters its sixtieth year of independence, India stands on the threshold of superpower status. Yet India is strikingly different from all other global colossi. While it is the worlds most populous democracy and enjoys the benefits of its... (read more)

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From the Margins of Hindu Marriage: Essays on Gender, Religion, and Culture
From the Margins of Hindu Marriage: Essays on Gender, Religion, and Culture
by Lindsey Harlan
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Providing a unique and intimate view of Hindu marriage, the essays in this collection explore points at which the margins of marriage are traversed or transgressed. Rather than focus on normative expectations within marriage, they examine times in which... (read more)

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Growing Up Untouchable in India: A Dalit Autobiography (Asian Voices)
Growing Up Untouchable in India: A Dalit Autobiography (Asian Voices)
by Vasant Moon
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n this English translation, Moon's story is usefully framed by apparatus necessary to bring its message to even those taking their first look at South Asian culture. . . . The result is an easy to digest short-course on what it means to be a Dalit, in... (read more)

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Elephant, Tiger, and Cell Phone (08 Edition)
Elephant, Tiger, and Cell Phone (08 Edition)
by Tharoor
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Over the past 25 years, India has moved from a largely impoverished, underdeveloped country to a bustling, innovative, fast-changing society. This book shows how and why.... (read more)

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Father India :how encounters with an ancient culture transformed the modern west
Father India :how encounters with an ancient culture transformed the modern west
by Jeffery Paine
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"I don't quite know how Jeffery Paine has done it-- except by subtle and provocative genius-- but "Father India" is an utterly surprising and indispensible book... Learned... lively... It renders Jeffery Paine's vast knowledge intimately. Father India is... (read more)

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Nehru: The Invention of India
Nehru: The Invention of India
by Shashi Tharoor
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Now in paperback, the "brief and nimble...swift and sharp" ("Los Angeles Times Book Review) biography of the great secularist who--alongside his spiritual father Mahatma Gandhi--led the movement for India's independence and ushered his country into the... (read more)

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Daughters of Independence: Gender, Caste, and Class in India
Daughters of Independence: Gender, Caste, and Class in India
by Joanna Liddle
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Joanna Liddle and Rama Joshi explore the connection in India between gender and caste, and gender and class. They ask whether the subordination of women has diminished as India moves from a caste to a class structure, and what effect colonization had on... (read more)

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