India: a Portrait//Patrick French//Penguin Books
“‘If life opened its gates to them and offered them food and healthy conditions of living and education and opportunities of growth,’ Nehru asked from his prison cell during the Second World War, ‘how many among these millions would be eminent scientist , educationists, technicians, industrialists, writers and artists, helping to build a new India and a new world?’”
i just finished reading “india: a portrait” by one of my favorite (if not my favorite?) non fiction writers, patrick french. his snapshot of my country of origin is clever, dispassionate, and balances the hopes and potential of its future with its gritty and tragic present realities. it ends on on the above quote and i am obviously rooting for india to take advantage of its moment. i also suggest you purchase quickly for immediate consumption.
ps. one of the reasons i love mr. french so much is because he introduced me to my favorite fiction author sir v.s. naipaul in his unflinching and aptly named biography ‘the world is what it is.’