Snakes and Ladders Sub title: Glimpses of Modern India Author: Gita Mehta-penguin india
India is a land of contrasts. It is the world’s most populous democracy, but still upholds the caste system. It is a burgeoning economic superpower, but ranks among the poorest nations on earth. It is home to the world’s largest film industry after Hollywood, as well as two still-practised religions that are millennia old. It is an ancient civilization celebrating more than half a century as a modern nation. Mehta is fascinated by India in all its rich detail and gives a loving but unflinching assessment of India today in an account that is entertaining, informative, and wholly personal.