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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (202 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gita Mehta Narrator: Gita Mehta Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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A series of engrossing sketches reveals an India that may be surprising to many Westerners. Instead of a single country, the listener will discover, India is a nation of several civilizations in different states of development. The author, a well-regarded writer, reporter, and lecturer, covers the country from its ancient cultures to her encounters with the film directors and poets and the complicated machination of the world's largest democracy. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 8/12/2013

    " Sassy and thought-provoking perspective on Indian culture and history since independence. Good historical prep reading for a trip to the country, if taken with a grain of salt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/11/2013

    " A must read if you are at all interested in India. Entertaining and highly informative. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberle Menardi | 12/15/2012

    " Got bored with this one. She didn't have anything to say that I haven't heard from my friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/25/2011

    " She is a great writer, easy to read. I enjoyed the mix of history of India, her own memoirs, and a native's viewpoint but from the outside looking in, as she doesn't live in India full-time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 12/15/2011

    " great if travelling to india, otherwise, i'm not sure i'd read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 10/26/2011

    " A quick study of contemporary India, a land of massive contradictions. The author has a way of making India's many challenges into personal and intimately relevant vignettes. Recommended for anyone planning to travel there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dinakar | 10/3/2011

    " Interesting but nothing that will keep you captivated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaelbatte | 1/12/2011

    " Very informative factual book about life in India today - easy and interesting read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KOMET | 12/31/2010

    " Gita Mehta offers the reader, through a series of commentaries condensed into chapters, a view into India's idiosyncracies, history, and practices. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 11/23/2010

    " There was hardly anything in this book that I didn't read in the newspapers or school history books.Very text bookish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aashish | 11/6/2010

    " I found it boring, slow moving, and somewhat irrelevant. It is set up as a series of essays on modern India, and its time since independance, presenting India as a land of vast contrasts- which it surely is. However, I felt like the book only scratched the surface, revealing very little. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hardeep | 8/1/2010

    " Meh- dont know if it was dated but I didnt really enjoy it quite as much as I hoped to.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 4/29/2010

    " It is not a large book. It started out very interesting but then got too political for my tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaelbatte | 2/2/2010

    " Very informative factual book about life in India today - easy and interesting read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 3/12/2009

    " She is a great writer, easy to read. I enjoyed the mix of history of India, her own memoirs, and a native's viewpoint but from the outside looking in, as she doesn't live in India full-time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 3/2/2009

    " great if travelling to india, otherwise, i'm not sure i'd read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 10/10/2008

    " A quick study of contemporary India, a land of massive contradictions. The author has a way of making India's many challenges into personal and intimately relevant vignettes. Recommended for anyone planning to travel there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 zfr | 9/12/2008

    " so far i notice the writing to be revolting, but aesthetically interesting, all at once "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rijuta310 | 5/7/2008

    " quite accurate. a sound read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 3/30/2008

    " There was hardly anything in this book that I didn't read in the newspapers or school history books.Very text bookish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 6/17/2007

    " A must read if you are at all interested in India. Entertaining and highly informative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aashish | 4/18/2007

    " I found it boring, slow moving, and somewhat irrelevant. It is set up as a series of essays on modern India, and its time since independance, presenting India as a land of vast contrasts- which it surely is. However, I felt like the book only scratched the surface, revealing very little. "

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