Belli e dannati. Ritratto della nuova India

Belli e dannati Ritratto della nuova India Nel il partito della destra integralista ind Bharatiya Janata Party BJP vince le elezioni nazionali in India e forma il nuovo governo a Delhi Atal Bihari Vajpayee il leader diventa primo minis

  • Title: Belli e dannati. Ritratto della nuova India
  • Author: Siddhartha Deb Andrea Grechi Andrea Spila
  • ISBN: 9788854505827
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nel 1998, il partito della destra integralista ind Bharatiya Janata Party BJP vince le elezioni nazionali in India e forma il nuovo governo a Delhi Atal Bihari Vajpayee, il leader, diventa primo ministro Un incoronazione celebrata eseguendo cinque test nucleari nei deserti sabbiosi del Rajasthan Amico di grandi imprese, Vajpayee decide di aprire il mercato interno alNel 1998, il partito della destra integralista ind Bharatiya Janata Party BJP vince le elezioni nazionali in India e forma il nuovo governo a Delhi Atal Bihari Vajpayee, il leader, diventa primo ministro Un incoronazione celebrata eseguendo cinque test nucleari nei deserti sabbiosi del Rajasthan Amico di grandi imprese, Vajpayee decide di aprire il mercato interno alle multinazionali e agli investitori stranieri svendendo beni e aziende di propriet statale a compagnie private Il risultato che l lite del paese diventa sempre pi ricca, mentre la maggioranza della popolazione le caste inferiori, le donne, i musulmani si ritrova sempre pi ai margini Invisibili, cancellati dalla retorica del governo e del mondo degli affari, i poveri ricompaiono solo quando il BJP rimette in marcia la macchina della propaganda per rivincere le elezioni del 2004, puntando sui volti felici della maggioranza dimenticata in una celebre campagna denominata Shining India l India splendente.Il BJP perde la competizione interna, tuttavia la Shining India vince al di fuori del paese, dove l India appare come l ultimo eden della modernit , il luogo dove le nozze tra creativit orientale e nuove tecnologie sembrano ridare un nuovo, inaspettato impulso allo sviluppo economico mondiale.Attratto dagli opposti apparenti visibilit e invisibilit , presente e passato, ricchezza e povert , immobilismo e attivismo che la nuova India genera, Siddharta Deb ha percorso in lungo e in largo il paese e ha scritto delle sue vite individuali, della gente di citt e di campagna, dei ricchi, dei poveri e della classe media, di uomini e donne del lavoro ad alto tasso tecnologico ritenuto l emblema della Shining India , come del massacrante lavoro manuale che considerato irrilevante Come Scott Fitzgerald per L Et del Jazz americana, si trasformato cos nel narratore di un epoca ingorda e affamata di ricchezza, raccontando con limpido disincanto i vizi della nuova classe dirigente indiana dai magnate dei media ai i progettisti di software e l incubo di chi si ritrova ai margini della frenetica caccia al benessere dai braccianti dell Andhra Pradesh agli addetti dei call center , e offrendo al lettore l affascinante ritratto di un un paese enorme e grottescamente diseguale che corre a folle velocit sul crinale fin troppo sottile che separa la via dello sviluppo da quella di una nuova, inaspettata povert.

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    1. For those of us that live outside of India and take trips there, it is easy for us to wax eloquent about how much "fun" India is, or how affectionate people are or how glamorous things can be or how much easier life in India is with the help of servants and drivers and relatively inexpensive labor. What lies just beneath the surface, however, is something we mostly miss out on not living there. And for those of us that live there, we are doing what is necessary to survive in what is essentially [...]

    2. As the name suggests in this book the author has tried to capture several facets of life in modern India in its contrasting shades. How on the one hand Indian economy is booming with lots of outsourced jobs and foreign investment pouring in, and on the other hand millions of Indians are still living without the basic amenities, thousands of farmers are committing suicide every year and a lot of Indians are struggling to come to terms with the changing and confused environment. The idea is good, [...]

    3. The book was fairly informative, thought provoking and does address several important issues being faced by the new India; however the grouse I have with the author and the book is the lack of balance. There is too little beauty, and far too much damnation. Like several Indians who live in the west, and are always eager to please their western masters (audience, editors, employers - take your pick), Deb comes across as far too sanctimonious when talking about India. The self-congratulatory prose [...]

    4. Questa nuova India sembra già vecchia e i personaggi qui presentati non sono particolarmente simpatici. Tutto ruota attorno al denaro, di tutto viene ostentato il prezzo.Siddhartha Deb ci presenta 5 situazioni: l'indiano ricco (o arricchito); l'ingegnere; il contadino e la campanga; la fabbrica ed i lavoratori precari; sole, per ultime, le donne.Nonostante un livello di scolarizzazione elevata (molte lauree in materie scientifiche, molti master) le ambizioni sono basse e si concentrano sul mero [...]

    5. Siddartha Deb gives us an excellent, well-written portrait of different sectors of the current, "new" India, through his interviews of people from all walks of society and also his analysis and research of the business world as well as society and governmental impacts on these Indian. He attempts to describe both the glitter of the new high rises, malls, call centers, and the various business schools that produce the tech employees to work in these places. But in tracking down individuals who ar [...]

    6. Flashes of brilliance and insight about the new India and the impact of its "progress" on various different groups of people, interspersed with long passages which meandered without point or structure. At times I felt like I was skirting round the edges of something interesting without ever actually getting there. When the writing was good it had something very important to tell us about what it means to be human in the 21st century - looking at how India is developing has serious things to tell [...]

    7. I wanted to learn more about contemporary India but this book was disappointing. Deb follows 5 main storiesbut each one feels a bit more like a voyeur's view or surface-level take than a deep dive into a subject (with Deb maybe more interested in the process of interviewing and the idea of himself as a writer who has transcended all this than in the people themselves). Perhaps it should have been 5 separate books, but even as it was each chapter seemed a little too long for what it offered. The [...]

    8. An intriguing journey through the India you don't see. Deb goes behind the veneer of life in the New India and lays bare the contradictions that exist between the image and the reality. Told through the lives of five main characters, these well researched and well told stories together make up a narrative that tells you more about 21st century India than anything I've read to date and in such a subtle and darkly comic way. Deftly constructed and thoroughly engaging. Highly recommended.

    9. A nuanced portrait of contemporary India -with no sweeping generalizations- told through profiles of five representative Indians. The Indian edition does not have the chapter on Arindham Chaudhury but ironically,this chapter must be the most read one online as it went viral a year or so back. My favorite chapter is the one on Esther, the waitress from North-East India.

    10. I liked this book. Have you noticed how many books are entitled the beautiful and the damned? There are quite a few pop up if you try to enter this title in .I think about this global situation a lot, and (I love your name) Siddhartha Deb paints a picture of working in the lucrative F&B or Food and Beverage (being a waitress) supporting your siblings who all have degrees but who can't find appropriate jobs, supporting them on your tips. Or working in the call center or as a software engineer [...]

    11. There were a few reasons that I wanted to read this book. One, because the title is homage to one of my favourite books, and secondly - and probably the main reason - last time I was in India, there was a lot of fuss about the book as it had to be reprinted without a chapter. So maybe my expectations were unnaturally high, leading me to be disappointed. Disappointed because the stories aren't crafted in a way that pulls you in. For example, Naipaul's writing on India is rich and evocative, an em [...]

    12. The author spent a couple weeks to a couple months each interviewing 1. A man getting rich off a management school, 2. Engineers who went to the US and came back & want US suburbs in India & who attempted to make computers for poor people. 3. A number of people involved in a farming crisis where a seed dealer promised to buy red sorghum at a certain price and did not come through because other seed dealers undercut the market & blacklisted him to the banks & this resulted in prot [...]

    13. This is a phenomenally we'll-written, fascinating look at today's India. I read the second edition which has added back in a chapter which had been removed from the first edition after a lawsuit. Get the second edition. Each chapter describes one person who typifies a Indian of that station in life. From a waitress in New Delhi to depressed farmers to a "Trump"- equivalent, this book describes India today brilliantly. I read this just before my first trip to India last year. I saw India through [...]

    14. Sweeping and insightfulDeb criscrosses across India and sheds light on the people and events that you never hear about in the mainstream media. Importantly, he tales the time to get to know people, their background and the environments they live in. A must read for someone interested in taking a deeper look into “India Shining!”

    15. Although, I have first-hand experience with Indian society of all classes, this was still insightful and kinda eye-opening, in the sense that it makes me see the people I see everyday as fellow commuters and such in a new light. Especially, the migrant workers and their life-style and the so-called nouveau riche of India.

    16. Siddhartha Deb wrote this wonderful book about modern India seven years ago but it seems as fresh as ever. Through the profiles of different people (including a diploma-mill owner and a waitress), the book aims to show different sides of modern India.

    17. This book sheds a bright light on the dark side of progress and wealth in India and illumintes the terrible price people are paying for "economic development." Much of what Deb has to show us is deeply disturbing. But it's an important book for that reason and made me far more aware of what is going on in India than I had previously been. The rabid materialism he describes makes the average American seem like a deeply spiritual person. Ironic, in view of the long-held American image of India as [...]

    18. perhaps it was my fortune or misfortune that i read suketu mehta's maximum city where he was able to embrace and lay bare the nerves and bloodstreams that function the city of mumbai in the most sensitive manner possible. having read the same, and also because of my infinite emphatic amazement for the wonder that was and is, "india" i had a major issue with the general rank effused by this book. the way siddhartha described how an IT guy was expressly anxious about being written the way in this [...]

    19. A remarkable book. Deb asks some very good -- basic but neglected -- questions about who the real winners and losers are in India's recent economic surge, and then stubbornly sets out looking for answers. He doesn't always find clear explanations for what's happening in his vast, confusing homeland, but his explorations still provide a very interesting picture of what life in today's global India is like -- both for the filthy rich and the hopelessly destitute, as well as those who fall somewher [...]

    20. Recommended by Rao!Deb has set out an great project for himself and it's a testament to his understanding of both new Indian and journalism/storytelling that his introduction is among the best parts of the book. It's also something an author probably doesn't want to hear. The stories, five portraits of different "characters" of New India fleshed out with interviews and personal detail, are well written but suffer slightly for Deb's own bewilderment with much of what he encounters. Actually it ma [...]

    21. I have decided to put this book down for a while, and pick it up at a later date. It started off really well with the 20+ page introduction. I got really hooked into the story of the activism going on in Bhopal, and how the people are still dealing with the Union Carbide disaster. The different ways that the 2 main "Activists" are working to bring awareness and relief to those effected etc. And Siddhartha Deb's immersing himself into the life as a call-center worker was very interesting But the [...]

    22. Well written, exhaustively researched (four years of interviews), and insightful. While India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, which I read a few weeks ago, focuses on the growing opportunities and prosperity of that portion of the Indian population that benefits from the "new India," Deb's work contrasts this fortunate group with the 80% or so of agricultural and factory workers whose lives of unmitigated poverty continue in the shadow of a highly rationed renaissance. Th [...]

    23. The author was born and raised in India, then traveled to the US for a degree from Columbia. Upon returning to India, he took on an undercover assignment for the "The Guardian" magazine, trying to get a job at a call centre in order to write about what it's like to work at such a place. I wished for a map of his travels and, since I'm ignorant of India's money, how much is a person getting who earns 25,000 rupees a month. I guess I could research that myself. The chapters took you from one poor [...]

    24. This book has already been made popular by Arindam Chaudhary (of IIPM fame) by getting an injunction against the publishing of the chapter on him in India, making Deb into lesser Rushdie (and Arindam a god of some sorts??)The book is a sensitive narration of 5 important typecasts in Modern India - The IT guy, the filthy rich, the naxal/marxist farmer/ the migrant worker and the woman from small towns making a living in India's metros.Deb explores their lives with utmost honesty, and gives us the [...]

    25. Although the book describes in detail different issues related to the negative effects of capitalism in India, many of the issues apply to other countries. The beauty of this book is that an Indian born and educated author who now lives and works in a western society goes back to India to talk to people and describes his experience. The description is rich which makes it possible for the reader to develop her/his own interpretation. I was familiar with many of these issues however the internal m [...]

    26. This is a little book with big ambitions, shining a light on the disparities of progress in India. Through a series of exploratory portraits Deb delves deep into the psyche of a nation, it's people and their future. Hailing from a peripheral State, having studied in the US and obviously willing to go where few have before him I genuinely believe it would be difficult to find an author more qualified to make this important contribution.The Beautiful and the Damned is about power, about winners an [...]

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