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eBook Being Indian ePub

by Pavan K. Varma

  • ISBN: 0670057800
  • Category: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Pavan K. Varma
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gardners Books (March 31, 2004)
  • Pages: 248
  • ePub book: 1564 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1923 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 377

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Pavan K. Varma (born 5 November 1953) is a former Indian Foreign Service officer and was an adviser to the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, with cabinet rank.

Pavan K. With effect from June, 2014 he was a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) until July 2016. He is currently the National General Secretary and National Spokesman of the Janata Dal (United). After retiring from the Foreign Service in January, 2013, Varma became a culture adviser to the Chief Minister of Bihar.

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In Being Indian, Pavan Varma, whom the Guardian has called ‘one of the country’s most perceptive writers’, demolishes the myths and generalisations as he turns his sharply observant gaze on his fellow countrymen to examine what really makes Indians tick and what they have to offer the world in the 21st century. this book was published, with love and reverence. Mushquilen mujh par padin itni.

Pavan Varma, a great Indian Writer, member of parliament has written over a dozen best selling books. Pavan K Varma is a writer-diplomat and now in politics, where he was till recently an MP in the Rajya Sabha, and earlier Advisor to the Chief Minister of Bihar, with rank of Cabinet Minister. He was an MP in the Rajya Sabha, and earlier Advisor to the Chief Minister of Bihar. Author of over a dozen best selling books he has been Ambassador in several countries, Director of The Nehru Centre in London, Official Spokesperson of the MEA, and Press Secretary to the President of India.

InBeing Indian, Pavan Varma, a diplomat who directs London's Nehru Centre (the cultural wing of the Indian High Commission), challenges this and other views of what Indian identity means. His India is complex, but certainly not inscrutable. Clichés about India prevail: its people are spiritual and not materialistic; good at maths (and thus also at IT), thanks to an innate ability with numbers; uninterested in power. And, as Churchill said, India is a geographical expression, not a nation.

Misconceptions about India and Indians abound, fed by the stereotypes. Being Indian - The truth about why the 21st Century will be India's by Pavan K. Varma - Varma is a diplomat, his biography seems to imply an erudite, well read and well travelled gentleman who evokes a subtle sense of Pico Iyer in his approach and writing. I'm not comparing the two, no one comes close to Iyer in his distinctly global style, but the faint whiff perhaps of mixing Indian with British with a touch of the world feels familiar. Varma, a writer-diplomat, has held many key positions in the Government of India. See actions taken by the people who manage and post content. Page created – 6 September 2011.

In the 21st century, every sixth human being will be Indian. India is very close to becoming the second largest consumer market in the world, with a buying middle class numbering over half a billion. The Indian economy is already the fourth largest in terms of purchasing power parity. It is in the top ten overall GNP. Yet at least 200 million Indians remain desperately poor. Illiteracy rates are high. Communal violence is widespread; corruption endemic. Brides are still tortured and burnt for dowries; female infanticide is common. The caste system has lost little of its power and none of its brutality. How are we to make sense of these apparently contradictory pictures of India today? And how can we overcome the many misconceptions about India that are fed by western stereotypes and Indians' own myths about themselves? Pavan Varma turns a sharply observant gaze on his fellow countrymen to examine what really makes Indians tick. How, for example, does the indifference of most middle-class Indians to the suffering of the poor square with their enthusiasm for parliamentary democracy? How can a people who so supported Mahatma Gandhi's strategy of non-violence during the struggle for independence burn young brides for their dowries and beat domestic servants near-death? Why do Indians have a reputation for being spiritual and 'other-worldly' when their traditions so exalt the pursuit of material well-being as a principal goal of life? Drawing on sources as diverse as ancient Sanskrit treatise and Bollywood lyrics, Pavan Varma creates a vivid and compelling portrait of India and its people. "Being Indian" is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand Indians, and for Indians who wish to understand themselves.

Comments

caster caster
I was a bit disappointed by this book. It was referred to me by several people who said they got a lot out of it, however I found the book quite limited due to the overly academic approach and writing style. This book ONLY provides an intellectual overview of the culture -- not a current and relevant one.

I had hoped that the information would be more youthfully relevant instead of intellectually distant and detached. For instance -- the author could barely speak of the global Bollywood industry. He diminished both its social and economic impact by limiting his minimal references utilizing only the word "film" -- (and the word "Bollywood" only once) -- and with great resistance. This is but one example -- but does exemplify his overly elitist perspectives about a population of people and their culture that is neither intellectual nor elitist. Thus, I find his style of communication very "western" -- and virtually non-relevant.

The positive aspects of the book do reassure the reader that the many contradictory aspects of India culture -- are normal.
Kerry Kerry
When I learned we would be travelling in India, I was told about this book by an Indian diplomat. It is a treasure of information and having read it, the trip was so much richer from our understanding of many aspects of Indian society and customs. As well, it put an interesting light on corruption in that country -- especially after we had a "shake down" by the train conductor exactly as described in the book. It is well worth the read. I found some of the information a little biased, as if India was the only country with some of the features and problems described, but not enough to upset me. I was also upset with the lack of search capability in the book -- I read about "dabbawallahs" in Mumbai, but do you think I could find when I wanted to check the spelling -- no. In a book of this size, and complexity, searching with the Kindle is especially valuable. But overall, I was very pleased with the book and happy to have had the opportunity to read it before touring in India.
Tcaruieb Tcaruieb
This book is essential reading for those who wish to play a role in contemporary India; Indians themselves, returning Indians seeking re-engagement or interested foreigners, both friends and hard-nosed investors. Powerfully written and eloquently expressed, Varma’s views will challenge many but he places many difficult issues on the table and seeks to promote some considered and intellectual thought and discussion. His obvious faith in India and ultimate optimism offer a confident but hard-nosed picture of India’s future.
Usaxma Usaxma
Interesting. a must read for anyone going to India or who have an interest in India.
Saberdragon Saberdragon
I loved this book for its brilliant insights leaping out from most of its pages. Being married to an Indian and having lived two decades in India, I can vouch for the truth of the Indian psyche he describes in most of the pages. I kept taking notes of gems he described in such a wonderful way! However, at times the generalizations became tedious, as well as some obscure examples. However, all in all, a great read to widen understanding.
Shaktiktilar Shaktiktilar
Question #1: If I want to read the definitive book on India, what book should I read? Answer: Being Indian.

Question #2: So with all the other books I've bought, but still haven't read, why should I read a book on India? Answer: 1,166,079,217 people.

With more than 1.1 billion citizens, India has the second largest population (behind China) of any country in the world and expects to be Number One in the years ahead. Rather than just whine about customer "service" call centers in India I encounter almost daily, maybe you and I should learn something about this incredible country. India is increasingly affecting my life (and leadership) every month.

A colleague from India recommended this book. After five minutes, I was hooked. The cover endorsement says, "contains striking insights on almost every page." Not true. It has multiple, multiple striking insights on every page. Fascinating. Incredible. Eye-popping. Deep. Implications far beyond India. Bring a pen. I underlined something on almost every page.

Yet I'm still at a loss on how to hook you into reading this. The subject is too vast--the illustrations are too perfect--and the writing is pure art form, yet clear and to the point. India is a conundrum. It's an oxymoron. Just when you think you get it, you miss it. The book is unlike any I've read. I plead with you--read it.

Yet, frankly, even after reading it, I'm embarrassed by how little I really know about India--and I have traveled a fair amount (but not there). The author's credentials are sufficient: press secretary to the president of India, official spokesman for the Foreign Office, and much more. Bottom line: practically every page has a point and an anecdote (many humorous) that I have found myself repeating to almost any person or group that will listen. This is an astonishingly pertinent and powerful book. Actually, it's really not beach reading this summer--unless you bring both a pen and the power of concentration.

By the way, according to the CIA website, a 2001 census shows that the Hindu religion claims 80.5% of the people followed by Muslim (13.4%), Christian (2.3%), Sikh (1.9%), and "other" (1.8%), plus unspecified (0.1%). Parachurch and local church leaders will immediately find this book relevant.