Snakes And Ladders
With a novelist's eye for detail and colour, Gita Mehta writes of the continent of contradictions that is host to one-sixth of the world's population. The world's largest democracy, it still practices the caste system. It's a burgeoning economic superpower, and one of the poorest nations on earth. It has the world's largest film industry, and the world's oldest religions. It is an ancient civilisation celebrating fifty years as a modern nation, entering a new international order many believe will belong to China and India. Now as never before, the world wants to know what contemporary India is all about.
Praise for Snakes And Ladders
Taking in politics, economics, autobiography, jokes, history, polemic, anecdote, interview, race, the arts, literature, caste and the sex industry... as seen from the inside.John Walsh, Independent
Superb...a series of short essays, combining reminiscence, reportage and reflection...Gita Mehta's prose is precise, pointed and polished to a sheen... this is a book which informs and delights without presumption or pedantry.Shashi Tharoor, Punch
Written with a frankness and incisiveness still in surprisingly short supply among many who write about India... a lively once over...written with deep affection.Barbara Crossette, New York Times Book Review
The intelligent voice of India itself... a delicious evocation...formidably informed.Publishers Weekly
Entertaining and beautifully written... A kaleidoscope of modern India.The Economist