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Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower

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Reimagining India brings together leading thinkers from around the world to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by one of the most important and least understood nations on earth. India’s abundance of life—vibrant, chaotic, and tumultuous—has long been its foremost asset. The nation’s rising economy and burgeoning middle class have earned India a place alongside ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published October 1st 2013)
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Feb 26, 2015 Anisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book manages unravel the stories of everyone part of one of the oldest economies on earth. I found this book very interesting because of mainly four reasons:

a) Facts, Facts and Facts - a book based on facts lures me more. Facts justify reasons.
b)Neutrality - one article in this book talks about why india is an inspiration, you have a complementary article that gives you downright facts about "panchayat pati" concept in rural india about the whale-size lag in the indian and Chinese economy
Fred Rose
Jun 03, 2014 Fred Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
A book of essays. Usually I am not a fan of books like this but this has many good essays. I was reading it in India just after Modi won the election, it was quite interesting in how prescient many of the essays were. There are certainly some clunkers, CEOs just talking about their companies but at least half the essays are definitely worth reading. If you deal with India, definitely worth reading.
Jan 15, 2014 Prasanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reimagining India is not a point-by-point prescription for how to change India, but a discussion by social scientists, scholars, and businesspersons explaining the various complexities of the political situation and the country’s social structure. You will get to read both the good and the bad about India and need to keep an open mind. You should read the book because it does not have any singular agenda and does not exalt India to something it is not. Nor does it paint a completely grim picture ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Arvind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reimagining India is not a lesson for how to change India, but a discussion by eminent scholars explaining the complexities of the polity and the country’s social structure. You get to read both, the good and the bad about India. The book does not have any singular agenda.

I would mind recommending it as a must read if you want to shape your thinking on India, its potential and challenges. It is not a usual one author's view book,
but 60 odd different views which make this book almost an intellec
Anil Swarup
A mix of engrossing and purposeful essays on the one hand and quite pedestrian on the other. Not very surprisingly the better ones are from those that have walked the talk. There are those that have just indulged in talking and writing. These essays appear vacuous that carry no conviction. There are a few admissions as well as in the context of Aadhaar : "The Aadhaar project is not a panacea". Ironically in practice it was positioned as a panacea. That is what the problem is with imagining or ev ...more
Paul Anderson
Mar 02, 2014 Paul Anderson rated it liked it
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I received this book as part of a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Its ambition is very large, to try and tackle the myriad issues that India faces as it comes into its own economically, culturally, and politically. The way the book goes about addressing these concerns is admirable, collecting essays from various sources, all experts in their respective fields, to discuss the specific issues upon which they can best expound. A common criticism that I read among other ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Tirath rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this book because I kept reading excerpts of chapters in newspapers or magazines, and the book was cited online too (as are most books nowadays).

It's a collection of essays written by people from various fields such as education, business, politics, art, etc - talking about how a new India can be imagined, what its current drawbacks are, what history did to us, and how things could change...
And as collections go, some essays are poor, most are mediocre and a few are outstanding - like the on
Vishal Tomar
This book is in the form of several essays authored by renowned journalists, CEOs and experts in various fields. Although the book contains some very good essays, many of them contain repetitive information(which is understandable given the authors wouldn't have known about each others essays)but that makes it a bit monotonous. Also the section on business is just filled with CEO's praising and marketing their own companies. I particularly enjoyed the sections on politics,policies and challenges ...more
May 25, 2015 Mahesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A consulting group's report on a country may not sound like exciting reading but in this case it is - due in part to authors of the book and due in large part to the exciting nature of the nation of India. Incredible India has been captured beautifully in this volume. It doesn't shy away from the negativities and neither does it dwell on them - preferring to look at India's promise and potential. This was a book that got left behind when I started reading other things but it has always been easy ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Ezhil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I began reading this book, I was expecting to read some of the strategic visions and thoughts leaders and experts had for India, a thought experiment on where we were, where we are and, based on these observations, what should be done to take India to the next level in the global stage, while empowering its people and advancing their socioeconomic state. And this book satisfied most of that expectation. The first two chapters, "Reimagining" and "Politics & Policy" have very interesting ...more
Sandhya Chandramohan
This book is a wonderful collection of articles on India by the top tier of India Inc. So, obviously it has the inherent capitalist bias. It gives you the CEO's view of what he thinks is wrong with India and what he thinks should be done. So, again the book tends to sometimes miss out on delicate, niche but critical points. It gives you a broad overview, skims over the surface of the issue and its solution. Not academic but still very enlightening.
Vikas Soni
Feb 16, 2014 Vikas Soni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of essays about India from distinguished personalities around the world. The topics range from the competitiveness of Indian firms; Indian foreign policy; strengths and weaknesses of India’s political system; and the power of new technologies to transform healthcare and education.
Some opinions are repeated which may become bothersome
Feb 22, 2014 Michaeld rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in learning about India as an economic power, future competitor and an ever growing market - or markets in this sense.

The read was quite easy, enjoyable and informative to a novice. I definitely will follow-up on some aspects with former/current citizens of the Country.
I liked certain points in the book and disliked others. I liked it for the reason that it comprises of essays on Indian economical issues from notable personalities of industry. I disliked it because this book seems like a set of problems in the country. No solutions have been proposed.
All the essays have discussed different issues ranging from infrastructure to education. Many of them are really thought provoking. This book is a total call to re-imagine India from different angles.
Jul 15, 2014 Baidhurya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of great articles.... The book has a lot of good thoughts from writers, businessmen, educationists etc. on where our country should be and a very high level way of reaching there.... Where it fails is it doesn't have enough inputs from people in the system and thus fails to cover the issues of administrative system.... But this book can certainly help you create a imagination of yours for your own country....
Nov 08, 2015 Jaideep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Distilled and Condensed Brilliance. I am surprised why did I not read it before. Anyone exasperated by the current state of affairs in our country, this may turn you into an overenthusiastic optimist.
Chitrak gangrade
Repetitive. Doesn't really give you an insight into the developing india. You pretty much know all this if you read the newspaper or have read any other good book on india like India unbound.
Feb 20, 2014 Hrishikesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent analysis of India, present & future. Contains essays by a wide variety of visionaries, thinkers and leaders. Provides a unique, multi-dimensional study of India, besides being a thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
Melissa Pavri
Awesome read, thoughts from a wide variety of Indian thinkers.
Kavita Ginty
Apr 01, 2014 Kavita Ginty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and a great read!
Akkinapelli Sandeep
Short and crisp essays from people belonging to various fields both from India and abroad. Provides a deep insight into understanding India better
Jan 13, 2014 Nikhil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If You take each essay in isolation , all of them give great insights . But if you take book in totality,i would say some of the essays are repetitive . There are multiple essays dealing with the growth story of India in general, which gave me a feeling of eating the same chocolate again and again .Sector specific growth stories are very good. I didn't see even one essay written from a socialist point of view which may be counted as a negative remark.All in all i am satisfied.Its worth investing ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Nikhil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-imagined in respective fields.Good points,need to connect with action points and in holistic way.Some articles not agreeable to any Indian as they are written by foreign expert's world view.
Yatin Diwakar
Worth a read to realise what the world is imagining for India. Some good insights about corporate mindset. Being a vision for the future, every young Indian with the ambition to make India a great country should read this once.
Just one year down the line from its publishing, a lot of things are on a verge of change with the change in reign. It will be interesting to see how this dream unfolds in this supportive environment (a good number of dreams focus on capitalist and materialist goals.)
Trilok Jain
Mar 30, 2015 Trilok Jain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful set of essays by experts - facts, suggestions and practicalities. Reimagining India is an excellent source of knowledge for reimagining India.
Mangesh Kardbhajne
A very comprehensive collection of thoughts of great thought leaders... I wish all lead politicians also read and study this. We need not only the incremental improvents, but major transformational changes to really unwind huge potential of India. Since its by McKinsey, an interesting visual anaysis towards the end would have been also interesting to see ;)
Natalia Awasty
informative and inspiring; a must-read; a glimpse into modern day indian scenario; views from different perspectives, fuelled by a strong incentive to bring about change; read it for sure!
Jan 20, 2014 Rakesh rated it liked it
Essays on India by industry leaders. Some are pompous about their contributions to the growth of the country and their efforts in philantrophy. After reading the well compiled book it gives you a balanced view of the country and is encouraging.
Abhishek Kumar
Jan 04, 2014 Abhishek Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good perspective on India. Bollywood, Cricket, Middle Class, Infrastructure woes, Poverty, China, USA, Pakistan, Education, Politics... much of contemporary India is well covered.
Essays by prominent Indian CEOs are the worst part of the book.
Dec 25, 2015 Mingyi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-economy
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