The Beautiful and the Damned: Life in the New India

Siddhartha Deb

The Beautiful and the Damned: Life in the New India

From leadership seminars in fancy hotels to medieval figures walking from town to town looking for work in small town factories; from the naïve waitresses working in the mecca of five star hotels to farmers struggling to grow the right crops for the 21st century, Siddhartha Deb's book brings alive the story of modern India. 4.1 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
The Beautiful and the Damned: Life in the New India

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Society, Politics & Philosophy
Format Paperback
Pages 272
RRP £14.99
Date of Publication June 2011
ISBN 978-0670917303
Publisher Viking
 

From leadership seminars in fancy hotels to medieval figures walking from town to town looking for work in small town factories; from the naïve waitresses working in the mecca of five star hotels to farmers struggling to grow the right crops for the 21st century, Siddhartha Deb's book brings alive the story of modern India.

Reviews

The Sunday Times

Stanley Stewart

This is a brilliant and sensitive book that succeeds in shifting our gaze from the dazzling glass and steel towers of the business park to the collateral damage suffered by people caught in the age-old tensions between economic mirage, constricting cultural tradition and overbearing social expectation.

19/06/2011

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The Independent

Salil Tripathi

Inspiring … Deb's deceptively simple style is warm and engaging; the points he makes are profound, respecting the reader's intelligence.

24/06/2011

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The Literary Review

Roderick Matthews

It is a compelling read. The author’s experience as a journalist ensures that he hardly wastes a word, his local knowledge gives him depth and empathy, while his status as a novelist seems to protect him from intrusive literary flourishes … Deb is as willing to describe a pile of rubble as a picturesque landscape, and has no apparent interest in romanticising either India’s past or its present.

01/06/2011

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The Sunday Telegraph

Sameer Rahim

… graceful and authoritative … Global capitalism, though it produces much suffering, has given Deb the chance to become a successful metropolitan writer. And if his voice in the book sometimes shades into that of a campaigner rather than an observer, I suspect it’s because he feels uneasy about publishing a beautiful book about the damned he has left behind.

26/06/2011

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The Times

Iain Finlayson

As a first-hand report, this is authentic, assured and absolutely engrossing, acutely pinpointing the aspirational tragic-comic ironies of modern India.

11/06/2011

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The Guardian

Amit Chaudhuri

… subtle, sometimes startlingly intelligent … The best chapter is the last one, "The Girl From F + B" – or "Food and Beverages" … In these pages, Deb is quickened by his extraordinary feeling for the texture of lower middle-class life, as well as his unerring sensitivity to the way a country yet again transforms itself.

04/06/2011

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