“Lucid, balanced… Kapur is determinedly fair-minded, neither an apologist nor a scold, and he is a wonderfully empathetic listener.” —The New York Times Book Review Read full article

“Impressively lucid and searching… In his clarity, sympathy and impeccably sculpted prose, Kapur often summons the spirit of V. S. Naipaul.” —Pico Iyer, Time magazine Read full article

“There are many virtues of Akash Kapur’s beautifully sketched portrait of modern India. The book reads like a novel. Kapur’s skill is to get people talking and to weave their stories into a necessarily messy debate about India’s future.” — The Financial Times

“[R]eadable, acutely observed and crammed with well-drawn characters… Mr Kapur offers a corrective to a simplistic “new, happy narrative” of a rising India. That is welcome and he does it well.”  —The Economist

“This takes, wisely, a humble approach: instead of trying to encapsulate the entirety of India’s changes, it follows a few lives along the idiosyncratic ways they develop.” — Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, Best Books of 2012

“Kapur…is an excellent ambassador to explain the dynamic of change in India, what the nation is becoming. Any reader who would like to understand the country better would do well to give him a read.” — The Daily Beast (a “Nonfiction Must Read”)

“A remarkably absorbing account of an India in transition–full of challenges and contradictions, but also of expectations, hope, and ultimately optimism.”
Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, author of Development as Freedom

“A wonderful writer: a courageously clear-eyed observer, an astute listener, a masterful portraitist, and a gripping story teller.”
Philip Gourevitch, author of We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families

“Marvelous… Sharp-eyed, insightful, skillfully-sketched and beautifully written, India Becoming is the remarkable debut of a distinctive new talent.”
William Dalrymple, author of Nine Lives

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Huffington Post on India Becoming

A small but generous mention of India Becoming in The Huffington Post. Anis Shivani calls it “gorgeously written.” His essay is really about several recent non-fiction books on India. I highly recommend the others he mentions…

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India Becoming excerpted in Open magazine

The Indian edition of India Becoming came out this week–with revised text and a new Epilogue–and it was excerpted in the very excellent Open magazine. Check out the Events section of this website for upcoming talks and appearances in India related to the book.

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Newsweek names India Becoming a “Must-Read” on modern India

Newsweek magazine recently named India Becoming one of its three “Must-Reads on Modern India.” The other two books it named are excellent, and I highly recommend them both: Pankaj Mishra’s From the Ruins of Empire, and Aman Sethi’s A Free Man.

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Danish and Italian press on India Becoming

An international roundup: two recent articles in the European press on India Becoming. One from Brief, a Danish magazine, and the other from East, in Italy. (The Italian article is also available in an–imperfectly translated–English version).

Please also take a look at Carlo Pizzati’s very fine “Open Letter to India” in the article from East.

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Reuters Book Talk on India Becoming

An interview with Nick Zieminski of Reuters, in which I talk about my favorite India books (and wonder if I’m confused).

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NYT on India Becoming

The New York Times finally runs its review of India Becoming, and it’s a nice, positive thoughtful one. Geoffrey C. Ward says it’s a “lucid, balanced new book.” He says I’m sometimes “reiterative” (a nicer way of saying “repetitive,” I think: I love it when reviewers are generous with their choice of words), but continues: “Kapur is determinedly fair-minded, neither an apologist nor a scold, and he is a wonderfully empathetic listener, willing patiently to visit and revisit a large cast of men and women over several years to learn how they are benefiting from — and being battered by — the change going on all around them.”

“Kapur is especially qualified to assess the contrasts and contradictions all that change has brought,” he writes. “[He] is at his best when writing about what is happening out in the country, where he has chosen to live. ”


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CurledUp on India Becoming

CurledUp.com is a great books site, and it’s just run a nice, positive review of India Becoming, along with an interview. “A riveting cast of characters populate Kapur’s finely nuanced narrative,” writes Ram Subramaniam. “By shining a probing lens on their lives, Kapur points out how people confront, manage, and sometimes succumb to change…. He is able to skillfully penetrate the veneer of opacity posed by his interviewees and to get them to dig deep inside themselves to confront their reaction to the changes. He is part questioner and part interventionist, and he captures both sides in unobtrusive prose that lets the voices of the protagonists emerge strongly.”

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India Becoming in Der Spiegel

Nice essay on India Becoming in Der Spiegel. The author of the piece, Hasnain Kazim, is the South Asia correspondent for Der Spiegel, and a thought-provoking writer. I highly recommend some of his work. See, for example, this piece on immigration in Germany.

For non-German readers (and that includes me), you can translate the article on India Becoming by opening it in a Chrome browser window and using Google Translate.

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Late Night Live

I had a very nice chat with Phillip Adams on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Late Night Live. I’d never heard the show before, but really enjoyed his laid-back conversational style. Wish I could have been in studio for the call, but it was done by phone from Pondicherry.

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India Becoming on NPR’s All Things Considered

India Becoming was featured on a segment of Weekend All Things Considered recently. Nice to talk to Guy Raz after hearing him so many times.

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