Anand Giridharadas


Anand Giridharadas.Anand Giridharadas, the author of  India Calling was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.

In addition to authoring India Calling, Anand Giridharadas writes the "Currents" column for the New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune on ideas, culture and technology.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents from Bombay, Giridharadas studied the history of political thought at the University of Michigan and Oxford.

He moved to Bombay after college in 2003 as a consultant in areas such as urban development, organizational redesign and internationalization strategies. India Calling developed from his time there.

"In India Calling, Anand brings to life the people and the dilemmas of India today, through the prism of his émigré family history and his childhood memories of India. He introduces us to entrepreneurs, radicals, industrialists, and religious seekers, but, most of all, to Indian families. He shows how parents and children, husbands and wives, cousins and siblings are reinventing relationships, bending the meaning of Indianness, and enduring the pangs of the old birthing the new." -- From author's website.

A regular guest on TV and radio in the U.S. and abroad, Anand has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and "The Daily Show."

Review excerpts:

"A beautifully written, intelligent look at the cultural history and changes of India . . . The book [is] worth reading because of [Giridharadas's] skill as a writer. . . Giridharadas publishes sentences and paragraphs that are exquisitely worded, to the point of becoming downright memorable, and certainly quotable." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Giridharadas successfully uses his first-hand account of self-discovery to illustrate a larger picture of empowering change."-Christian Science Monitor

Author's website


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