India: A Portrait (2020)

India A Portrait The book has three parts Rashtra Nation Lakshmy Wealth and Samaj Society Each section has sub sections
  • Title: India: A Portrait
  • Author: Patrick French
  • ISBN: 9780307272430
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • India: A Portrait
    The book has three parts Rashtra Nation , Lakshmy Wealth , and Samaj Society Each section has sub sections.
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    1. India Connect the Dots or not French divides the book into three neat parts Rashtra Nation, i.e The Politics , Lakshmi Wealth, i.e The Economics Samaj Society, i.e The Sociology He attempts to sketch a comprehensive portrait of the country by using this eminently scientific approach Hard to fault the ambition Except that India refuses to be divided into such easy compartments Nor are these sciences ones that can be easily examined without reference to each other They are not the hyphenated siste [...]

    2. Narrated by Walter Dixon 17 hrs and 12 minsDescription A monumental biography of the subcontinent from the award winning author of The World Is What It Is The Authorized Biography of V S Naipaul Second only to China in the magnitude of its economic miracle and second to none in its potential to shape the new century, India is fast undergoing one of the most momentous transformations the world has ever seen In this dazzlingly panoramic book, Patrick French chronicles that epic change, telling hum [...]

    3. Ask me for some off the top of your head associations with the word India , and I d probably stammer something about Slumdog Millionaire, wacky gods, poverty, exotic food and Mahatma Gandhi Maybe pad it out by adding a few things gleaned from reading RK Narayan think about mentioning Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and then quickly come to my senses Although I knew a little about the author s previous work including his excellent biography of V.S Naipaul I knew next to nothing about his sub [...]

    4. I have a complaint about this book that I predict not many people will share it s too anecdotal At first the anecdotes are an asset but after reading about half the book they become a detractor Too often does the author deviate from the big picture of India to tell the story of some person who there s no way I will remember It becomes annoying I mean it s okay to tell me that there was an entrepreneur in India who revolutionized shampoo but to spend 4,5,6 pages on him is simply too much Too ofte [...]

    5. Patrick French s portrait of India was a great refresher on various topics from India s past and present most of which were lost on me, having been raised on an information diet of textbooks and media that are heavily biased towards removing the unpleasant and ugly facts about political leaders and the grimy aspects of how our country has been governed.The book is divided into three parts, Rashtra, Lakshmi and Samaj, which deal with the formation of the nation, its economy and finances and its [...]

    6. Informative I liked the section on politics since independence There was also a nice little anecdote about a man in Chennai in the culture section At times the prose is overblown More surprisingly, at times it s aggressively dull given the liveliness of the subject matter and honestly, why does every book about India by a nonIndian receive critical adulation Some of his smug observations made me laugh re Lindsay Lohan tweeting on child trafficking This is presumed to be the only explicable way t [...]

    7. A brief history of modern India, how unique and influential it is, and how it got that way Astonishing depth of detail and research It is a multitude and a contradiction.

    8. French, Patrick INDIA A PORTRAIT 2011 French has written a number of prize winning books about Tibet and India The jacket fold doesn t tell much about him, but he seems to have spent a lot of time in India gathering this material for his book It is a portrait of India since their independence up to almost the present day For the period during the independence, he provides a straight forward history of the politics and machinations around them that ultimately led to a unified country arising out [...]

    9. Does what it sets out to do cover a complex country s politics, economy, and culture If you don t mind slightly intellectual writing and want to get a briefing on the country before a work trip or vacation you could do a lot worse.Politics Breezes through the end of the British and partition too much probably but I liked the overview of the dynastic power of the Indira Gandhi family and how Congress Party being the primary power for so long kept the country stagnant institutionally reminded me o [...]

    10. Great analysis of India where it s come from where it s going My favorite quote Integration is welcoming it says join us Multiculturalism says, go to your ghetto p 322 Fascinating discussion of the differences in western judeo christian culture The Christian idea it s harder for a rich man to get into heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle is absent The pursuit of wealth isn t shameful The idea that people are punished in this life for sins in past ones leading to a lack of [...]

    11. Decent book that covers the breadth but not the depth It can be a good intro to someone completely new to the idea of India It successfully covers most of the major issues that are dear to and define Indians, but like many others before completely ignores the northeastern states Heavily interspersed with anecdotes to convey broader ideas, the author does a decent job though misses the forest for the trees The book could ve done well with much sharper editing especially the final chapters The boo [...]

    12. It is well structured book and touches on many interesting issues and themes of the modern India But it reads like a set of articles rather than coherent whole It did not raise my curiosity and interest about this unique country further I liked very much the one of the last chapters about the role of religion I wish all the book would be on such level But definitely interesting worthwhile read overall.

    13. Patrick French s India is the only non fiction book on India that I have ever finished I ve tried reading John Keay s India A History , Mark Tully s No Full Stops in India and even some Dalrymple, but have never been able to get beyond the first half Perhaps, poised as I am to leave this country in a few short months, Patrick French s book was extremely topical All that aside, I truly loved this book Patrick French s point of view on India is that of an outsider who has spent years getting to kn [...]

    14. The bookseller goaded me on to buy this book I had heard of the author and was therefore very much tempted But the initial pages were a bit of a disappointment Maybe because I had read about the past history of India previously or was aware of the events that unfolded during the tumultuous years of the nation s birth The vision of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, the events which unfolded during Indira Gandhi s youth and which eventually catapulted her to occupy the most powerful seat in the country, were n [...]

    15. I have a deep appreciation for this book I think that it was perfect for me It manages to be an historical account of India since Independence, without taking on the burden and responsibility of being a history book The subtitle for this book is perfect, it is a portrait of India That label gives the book freedom to explore that a title like India A History would not allow.Patrick French writes with a refreshing voice There is something trustworthy and transparent about the straightforwardness w [...]

    16. Listened to it on audiobook The book is set up a bit differently than I expected, but in a way that I like The first section takes a look at the political history and present situation in India I wondered what was going to happen now that we had reached present times by only 4 hours into the book.Then the book shifts away from politics and backs up in time again to explore economics, social history, religion, etc in later sections Remember, I was on audiobook, so I couldn t just read the table o [...]

    17. this is a well written thorough, intelligent work i enjoyed french s biography of naipaul and was encouraged to try this based on that experience combined with a long standing desire to get my head around india as i know so little about it endeavouring to describe a country is ambitious by any means, where do you start.ench addresses his subject in a quasi biographical way and attempts to conjure via a mind numbingly vast array of anecdotes, facts, observations and historical perspective a pictu [...]

    18. This book isn t about the history of India, French tries to condense the complexities of India into 3 major aspects Politics,Economy and Soceity.The chapter on family politics is well researched It gives a detailed analysis of the number of MP s coming to parliament due to their family connections The increase in the number of Hereditary MP s is a worrying sign to the future of democracy in india If this continues, it has the potential to take india back to the past where India was ruled by a fe [...]

    19. I don t know all that much about India, so I can t say much about this book s accuracy my rating is based on readability and clarity.Overall, as an introductory book for someone who knows little about India, it was an excellent choice The author has some clear biases every religious person in the book is ignorant and overreacting, and his astonishment at the fact that most Indian scientists are also religious is somewhat amusing and, I m sure, some hidden ones But I was rarely bored, and now I h [...]

    20. 3.5 5 The book is divided into 3 sections Rashtra politics , Lakshmi Economics and Samaj Society.Surprisingly 3 of d 4 chapters in Rashtra r simply profiles of d Nehru Gandhi family starting with Jawaharlal Nehru Although a superb 4th chapter analyses contemporary politics and role of inherited politics in some depth Wish all 4 would have been contemporary.The section on economics is d same old story of how d Bombay Plan was formed, how India had a license permit quota Raj for a long time Then i [...]

    21. This is a big, big story and challenging for any writer.How to capture, and do in justice in the process, to the history of India post partition while simultaneously incorporating the necessity of history s broader sweep and the innumerable social influences have and continue to exert significant impact French comes to this topic from the perspective of the interested outsider, a vantage point the end product benefits from The structure, for such a formidable topic, is also a positive.I enjoyed [...]

    22. I looked this book up on because I was looking for a book written by a foreign journalist about India You ve got to hand it to him what a vast and complex topic Could he have done a better job I m not sure I would have to read other books about this subject matter What I am sure of is that it took me forever to get through this book i.e snoozer He divides it up into three sections politics business society The politics section is really boring and confusing that s what took longest to read From [...]

    23. This was a nonfiction book about India since independence in 1947 It was split into 3 sections politics, wealth, and society culture it covered the history of these 3 elements since independence Of course it was not comprehensive, but it was pretty thorough, and the presence of anecdotes helped make it a easily palatable, less dry nonfiction book It was quite interesting and kept me very engaged, although in no way would I describe this as a page turner I am very interested in many aspects of I [...]

    24. Revealing French talks about India in a refreshing way, he offers insights into situations that many would not know about His perspective about India is similar to what many Indians would have about their country He deals with some topic in detail, Aarushi Talwar murder case being one of them Who should read this book If you know a little about India, the current affairs which strangle the country every day, then you should read this book This work is refreshing and easy to read When he disagree [...]

    25. Very good general introduction to recent India history, written both scholarly and in entertaining way The first chapter about the historical emergence of the country is the best, the other chapters get bit too much anecdotal and sometimes author makes way too bold generalizations like that there is no concept of compassion in hinduism Other issue to correct Nepal monarchy was not overthrown by maoist, that is nonsense Nepal s monarchy collapsed due to nation wide people s movement In fact the e [...]

    26. Well written but ultimately a disappointing book It writes about recent history of India history that I have lived through and it did not add offer me any further insights not did it enhance my understanding Probably the book might interest someone much younger or it might interest a non Indian who is unfamiliar with India.Patrick French, in an interaction at the Emirates Literary Festival 2012 ,suggested that I read his book to understand what is meant by an Indian Identity I had mentioned to h [...]

    27. Words fail me This is an amazing book, as rich and complex as its subject It describes the incredible transformation of the world s largest democracy in the years since it achieved independence in 1947 French divides the book thematically into three sections Nation, Wealth and Society and crams each section with densely packed historical facts, and personal stories from every region, caste and ethnicity The fact that India has emerged as a functioning secular democracy and an economic powerhouse [...]

    28. I found this book to be pretty readable overall, and it went into a lot depth about some aspects of India s recent history especially the politics than most of the other books I ve read, and that was very much appreciated It was a little weird to read about certain things and then get updates on them, though, like with the case of Aarushi Talwar s murder The book ends so abruptly I started reading the notes because I thought they were the next chapter.Also, I m pretty sure that Keynes s economi [...]

    29. Reading India A portrait by Patrick French is really a good experience, you can sense all the changes happened before and after independence in political,economical,Industrial,community and cast sectors Few pages, similar like reading day to day news.Patrick tried to give a statistical info about our Member of Parliamentarians since 1947 In recent years, than half of them are HMPs hereditary MPs , they are getting power as Inheritance Slowly Parliament doors are shutting down for new raising le [...]

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