“The author writes with a sharp pen and we need that in this world. I read it to learn more about what is happening in India and the region - and her perspective - both brilliantly written and passionately argued - is worth consideration and conversation.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Random essays about how unbridled capitalism is undermining the destroying the livelihoods of the underclass living on the margins of Indian society. The festering sore that is Kashmir. War by fiat conducted by the neo-imperialists in the name of saving the world from the bad guys. All of these are so valid but who is listening. Juggernaut Capitalism is King, it is progress (is it really?) and anything can be sacrificed that threatens to impede it's inexorable advance.”danoomistmatiste wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The author writes with a sharp pen and we need that in this world. I read it to learn more about what is happening in India and the region - and her perspective - both brilliantly written and passionately argued - is worth consideration and conversation. ”Mike Mather wrote this review Thursday, June 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read it to know how our (un)democratic machinery is working......”Sandeep Ravivanshi wrote this review Saturday, May 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this collection of essays brings to light the underbelly of indian democracy, the double speak, the manipulation of politics and accompanying catch phrases to the detriment of the disenfranchised and poor of india. the essays are well written and heavily documented, but one needs to possess an intimate understanding of this country´s political history and legal system to get the maximum benefit of arundhati´s work. if i had a better grasp on the inner workings of indian politics, i would have appreciated her essays more. the fault is not that of the author, rather the reader in question (moi!) ”Mavis wrote this review Thursday, September 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“To me India was a nation clear of conscience and a sealed stamp of highest moral authority. Why not? We after all were a nation which gave birth to the Mahatma Gandhi. This book was inconvenient for me to read, mainly cause it shattered many of my understandings of India.
It raises many pertinent questions about contemporary India. Are happenings in Gujarat in 2002 mere Riots or an organized Genocide? Is India having to choose between Religious fascists or Neo-Liberal-Communal Opportunists? Does a nation have the right to hold a region from sovereignity against the aspirations of the subjects? How Law and Policing in India are concepts which mean to only selective few as opposed to collective whole. How Systematic failures of the system are portrayed as inconsistent goof ups, which most Indians seem to buy.
We need people like Arundati Roy to question India time and again of the direction it is taking. It is true that the book exaggerates few of the authors fears and making it seem much worse than it actually is. But I think such harsh criticism of Indian polity and policy will shame us to being better than we are.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, if you are prepared to face inconvenient questions.”
“I had supper recently with a young person who reminded me about the wonderful essays of Arundhati Roy. I watched an excellent speech of hers on youtube and thought - I've gotta read more of this woman!”Annie W wrote this review Friday, April 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An essential read: breaks myths about the greatest democracy in the world...India Rising!”amerah wrote this review Friday, February 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No