(from the publisher)
A wonderful, fresh narrative exploration of one of the most contradictory countries on earth
The independence of India and the creation of Pakistan was a time of accelerated history, when each arbitrary decision had a huge and lasting effect. India is again passing through a period of critical change, although of a more beneficial and optimistic kind. At its simplest, this is the result of recent economic reform, but more profoundly it comes from the flowering of a millennium of history, and an opening up of Indian society in a way that has never happened before. India aims to chronicle this epic change, and to tell human stories in order to explain a larger national narrative. India will be a lasting and imaginative biography of the subcontinent as it is today, ranging, in the manner of a nineteenth-century novel, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.