Clinton celebrates India’s high-tech achievements, but is he overlooking the 75 percent of the nation that still lives in the countryside? An op-ed piece from The Boston Globe
- ‘‘This is 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
- ‘‘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
- ‘‘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
- ‘‘A wonderful writer: a courageously clear-eyed
observer, an astute listener, a masterful portraitist, and a gripping storyteller.”— Philip Gourevitch,
author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We
Will Be Killed With Our Families
- ‘‘[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
- ‘‘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
- ‘‘Akash Kapur lives in and writes out of an India that few writers venture into. His writing has established him as one of the most reliable observers of the New India.”— Pankaj Mishra, author of Temptations of the West
- ‘‘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
- ‘‘Through a series of deft character sketches, Akash Kapur captures the contradictions of life in modern India...His writing is fresh and vivid; his perspective, empathetic and appealingly non-judgemental.”— Ramachandra Guha,
author of India after Gandhi
- ‘‘A fascinating look at the transformation of India, with broader lessons on the upside and downside of progress.”— Booklist (starred review)
Review of The Romantics, by Pankaj Mishra, The New York Times Book Review
The unedited transcript of an interview with VS Naipaul that ran in Harper’s.
Review of Between Father and Son, by V.S. Naipaul, published in Salon.com
Interview with Amartya Sen at his Cambridge residence, published in Atlantic Unbound
A review of Development as Freedom, by Amartya Sen, published in The Atlantic Monthly.
Ultimately, this is the significance of Sen’s synthesis: in pairing the orthodoxy with its critique, in using the language of the establishment to challenge the establishment, Sen has stretched the boundaries of development far wider than development’s critics have themselves managed to do.
An report on street children in Bucharest, published in Transition
The first time I saw them, they were begging outside Gara de Nord, Bucharest’s central train station. I barely noticed: it was my first day in Romania, and the children melded almost indistinguishably into the gloom. Bucharest is an urban nightmare, and the physical horror flattens into a kind of psychological numbness.
Is the generous author of A Million Mutinies Now the same acerbic author of Beyond Belief? An essay on V.S. Naipaul, Taliban Afghanistan, Hindu India, and the new South Asian politics. Originally published in Transition, reprinted in The Humour and the Pity, edited by Amitava Kumar