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The Beautiful and the Damned by Siddhartha Deb
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Feb 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, economics, politics, travel, asia
Read from January 22 to February 06, 2012

This is a little book with big ambitions, shining a light on the disparities of progress in India.

Through a series of exploratory portraits Deb delves deep into the psyche of a nation, it's people and their future. Hailing from a peripheral State, having studied in the US and obviously willing to go where few have before him I genuinely believe it would be difficult to find an author more qualified to make this important contribution.

The Beautiful and the Damned is about power, about winners and losers, about the perils of progress. I found it most substantial when the focus turned to equity, perceptions of success, and the ability of individuals and communities to take control of their destiny.

Far from light reading but definitely engrossing.

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