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The Beautiful and the Damned by Siddhartha Deb
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Jan 03, 2012

Read in January, 2012

Deb an Indian working in the US goes home to see how India has changed since globalization rocked the economy. He starts with the new rich; entrepreneurs in fields like information technology and motivational speaking and doesn't unearth much more than young money-hungry males. Next he moves to agriculture where 200,000 farmers have killed themselves in the last ten years (because of financial ruin) and the hard dead-end world of manufacturing before pushing on to put-upon women in the service industry. Despite globalization India is still fiercely local- friendships, marriage, jobs are still based on what part of the country you're from.

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