The End of Karma

The End of Karma

Hope and Fury Among India's Young

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Somini Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta to California as a young child in 1975. Returning thirty years later as the bureau chief for The New York Times, she found a vastly different country: one defined as much by aspiration and possibility--at least by the illusion of possibility--as it is by the structures of sex and caste. The End of Karma is an exploration of this new India through the lens of young people from different worlds: a woman who becomes a Maoist rebel; a brother charged for the murder of his sister, who had married the "wrong" man; a woman who opposes her family and hopes to become a police officer. Driven by aspiration--and thwarted at every step by state and society--they are making new demands on India's democracy for equality of opportunity, dignity for girls, and civil liberties. Sengupta spotlights these stories of ordinary men and women, weaving together a groundbreaking portrait of a country in turmoil.
Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780393071009
Characteristics: 244 pages : illustration, map


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Nov 02, 2016

Sengupta spoke at the Sea Art. Museum not long ago--hers is a fascinating look at changing aspirations in India among the young generations and the dynamic with the growing economy, women's rights, education, technology's infusion in day to day life. A great read for gaining a sense of India's growing pains.

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