India Becoming

A Portrait of Life in Modern India

by Akash Kapur
India Becoming Book Cover - USA Penguin-Riverhead (USA), March 2012
Excerpted in The New Yorker
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India Becoming Book Cover - India Penguin (India), October 2012
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Lucid, balanced... Kapur is determinedly fair-minded, neither an apologist nor a scold, and he is a wonderfully empathetic listener.

The New York Times Book Review

There are many virtues of Akash Kapur’s beautifully sketched portrait of modern India. The book reads like a novel. Kapur’s skill is to get people talking and to weave their stories into a necessarily messy debate about India’s future.

Financial Times

Impressively lucid and searching... In his clarity, sympathy and impeccably sculpted prose, Kapur often summons the spirit of V. S. Naipaul.

Pico Iyer, Time magazine

[R]eadable, acutely observed and crammed with well-drawn characters... Mr Kapur offers a corrective to a simplistic “new, happy narrative” of a rising India. That is welcome and he does it well.

The Economist

A remarkably absorbing account of an India in transition-full of challenges and contradictions, but also of expectations, hope, and ultimately optimism.

Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, author of Development as Freedom

A wonderful writer: a courageously clear-eyed observer, an astute listener, a masterful portraitist, and a gripping story teller.

Philip Gourevitch, author of We Wish To Inform you That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families

Marvelous... Sharp-eyed, insightful, skillfully-sketched and beautifully written, India Becoming is the remarkable debut of a distinctive new talent.

William Dalrymple, author of Nine Lives

Akash Kapur lives in and writes out of an India that few writers venture into. His writing has established him as one of the most reliable observers of the New India.

Pankaj Mishra, author of Temptations of the West
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