Imagining India has ratings and reviews. Caroline said: Finished. At last! It’s taken me three weeks of slow, solid reading to get through this. Nandan Nilekani’s Imagining India presents a country whose place in modernity is not yet assured, finds Kenan Malik. A visionary look at the evolution and future of India In this momentous book, Nandan Nilekani traces the central ideas that shaped India’s past and.

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Those days the only reason the bank employees allowed computers were for the reason that computers asked for air conditioned rooms, thereby giving them also the comfort of AC. As he describes himself, the accidental entrepreneur in co-founding progressive IT company Infosys, he provides a very effective blend of history, human story, economics, culture, politics and humor to explain this wonderful emerging democracy.

In the final part, Nilekani recommends ideas which must become part of our public debates as they are being debated in the developed world. A boring and horrendous commentary of Indian events with no practical solution insight. I sincerely recommend this book to be read by young patriots who are interested in figuring out the ‘Great Indian Paradox’.

I had wanted to read his book for a long time well, right from the time the book was launched, I guess. However, I can hardly comprehend caste discrimination as it is just too foreign and too complex for me. One of the relevant book which ties the post independent India and its policies, the liberalization of 90’s and ‘s and the challenges ahead. Probably because India cannot be explained easily in one book.

He still provides an optimistic view of India presenting its demographic dividend and English speaking population as the greatest strength. These are ills which are rampant across the country and we have yet to solve them. Author goes on and on about India’s problems but offers little solution. Harsh Certified BuyerNawada 1 Jan, Since I now live in the US and was away a good 25 years, I haven’t known the rationale behind all the reforms in the early 90s and how those reforms have made India one amongst the global players now.

It was a treasure trove of insight into the way our country has developed, and with it, how the IT boom has happened.


Yet, if the Nano gave us a glimpse of the new India, it also reminded us of the old. In primary education, he highlights our government’s neglect and misguided focus on building schools rather than improving the quality of schooling. Part III Fighting words is all about the current arguments, about literacy for example, and goes into great depth explaining why these arguments continue to drag India in their march towards reforms. Civic works in not only Bangalore, all over India is a mess because, local people doesnt have any power to control the local bodies.

Imagining India

I’m glad I picked up this book. It is also the second book on India after “The World is Flat” by Friedman to be a part of the shortlist. Flipkart delivery system is degrading day by day. Heavy loaded with ideas and implementation by him. The book ends on the note of optimism and exhort political class to take tough stands and do away with populism.

He made many fascinating literary references and his choice of words for the book’s witty titles are terrific. His wife is Rohini, and they have two children. Imagining India offers a visionary outlook about India and its burgeoning future through the eyes of its author Nandan Nilekani, who is an accomplished business leader.

If a single moment could be said to symbolise the contemporary transformation of India, it is probably the unveiling earlier this year of the Tata Nano car, the Indian-built super-cheap super-mini.

Better cities Just after independence, our leaders hated cities, for them, they were a symbol of colonial past. Proud to be an Indian. And the development of IT industry in late 80’s. Well the book takes you by surprise. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Then it was late for one day as well. What a phenomenal book!! Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. With its diverse culture and religions India is a mini World and what works here is most likely to work for the world as well. India has a per capita energy use oil equivalent per capita kgs, which is much lower than the developed world USA and China — It is a well researched and beautifully chronicled book on what went right and what went wrong in India and the way ahead.

A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. Finally, Part IV is about ideas, policy directions that have been largely missing from India’s public discourse.


Book Summary: Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani

I found this a fascinating and inspiring read. Nandan Nilekani’s book Imagining India encompasses the central ideas that shaped modern India, which have contributed to the country’s progress, as well as those ideas that stifled its growth. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The transformation of our comprehension of the role we can play in the world especially after the reforms. When ChinaUSA and other major economic peers of India will be spending a major part of their money on the dependents, India will have a robust work force and a minor spending on old age.

Most of the discussion is on Ideas in progress like better schools,better cities and roads.

To read a book written by an Indian living and working in India was quite a breather, otherwise, most popular books on India end up being written by authors with foreign degrees or by those who are settled abroad. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Environment When the western countries were growing, they were able to slowly outsource their industrial pollution to the third world through colonization and then globalizationsince that option is simply not available anymore for the developing world, they have to develop while taking care of the environment.

I felt its just another Shashi Tharoor Book. Nandan Nilkani has proved that he is not only a beneficiary of the IT boom, but an asset for India in the true sense.

These are the problems of city planning, infrastructure, roads, world trade, international trade policies, dumping and anti-dumping measures, environmental issues, social security for our old age, health and epidemics and most important the future of information technology.

Class, ethnic and religion discrimination is the type of discriminations that I am familiar with. A great business and political overview of India’s history, making it accessible to the average reader. I bought this book at the airport on my trip back from India this summer