Making India Awesome: New Essays and Columns

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    Making India Awesome: New Essays and Columns


    Love your country?
    Want to make it truly great?
    Tired of loud debates and complex arguments which lead to no solutions?
    Welcome to MAKING INDIA AWESOME.

    Following the phenomenal success of his first non-fiction book, What Young India Wants, Chetan Bhagat, the country’s biggest-selling writer, returns with another book of essays in which he analyses and provides inspired solutions to the country's most intractable problems—poverty, unemployment, corruption, violence against women, communal violence, religious fundamentalism, illiteracy and more. Using simple language and concepts, this book will enable you to understand the most complex of problems facing the nation today and give practical solutions on how you can do your part to solve them.

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    Review:
    ‘Bhagat is a symbol of new India. A torch-bearer for an unafraid generation’ - India Today
    ‘Many writers are successful at expressing what’s in their hearts or articulating a particular point of view. Chetan Bhagat’s books do both and more.’ - A.R. Rahman, in TIME magazine, on Chetan’s inclusion in the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World

    ‘The voice of India’s rising entrepreneurial class.’ - Fast Company Magazine, on Chetan’s inclusion in the 100 Most Creative People in Business Globally

    Book Description:
    Do we really want to remove corruption:
    Fighting corruption is not restricted to naming and shaming a few corrupt officials. If we think it is okay to cheat in exams, lie to a ticket collector in the train about our kids’ ages and pay a bit of money to avoid a big traffic fine, then at some level we clearly don’t care about eliminating corruption all that much. At best, we hate the politician who gets to steal (while we don’t).
    What is the average Indian looking for:
    The average Indian anywhere in the country is looking for a better quality of life, a certain amount of hope and security and the freedom to make personal choices. The issues that really matter to us are the same. Differences exist, but they don’t run as deep as our politicians would have us believe….This similarity of aspirations, at a fundamental level, is what gives me hope.
    Get the Government out of Business:
    If we really want them to ‘Make in India’, the government has to let go. Keep business rules, but align them with international standards. Get the government out of business….The current finance minister may be investor-friendly. The next one may not. If I have invested money in India, how can I be sure the new guy won’t come after me with a stick?

    How do we treat our minorities:
    Quite frankly, we have some way to go in achieving awesome levels. We still have Section 377, a legacy of the Victorian age, which criminalizes gay sex, a law so regressive, only a few orthodox religious states around the world have it today. We still don’t treat our women right, and often deny them rights without even realizing it. And every now and then, the fear of communalism and actual violence against religious minorities makes them feel unsafe.
    Lets understand things and work them out:
    I never write an essay or discuss an Indian problem without proposing a solution, no matter how simple that resolution may sound. I urge you to do the same when you discuss a national issue anywhere. Let us not only complain and whine, but understand things and work them out.

    About the Author:
    Chetan Bhagat is the author of seven blockbuster books. These include six novels—Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half Girlfriend (2014)—and the non-fiction title What Young India Wants (2012).

    Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release. Many of his novels have been adapted into successful Bollywood films.

    The New York Times called him the ‘the biggest-selling English language novelist in India’s history’. TIME magazine named him amongst the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ and Fast Company, USA, listed him as one of the world’s ‘100 most creative people in business’.

    Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues. He is also a motivational speaker and screenplay writer.

    Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009 to devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anusha, an ex-classmate from IIM-A, and his twin boys, Shyam and Ishaan.

    Product details:
    Paperback: 192 pages
    Publisher: Rupa Publications; 1 edition (19 August 2015)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 8129137429
    ISBN-13: 978-8129137425
    Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm

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