The End of Karma

The End of Karma

Hope and Fury Among India's Young

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"A penetrating, personal look at contemporary India--the world's largest democracy at a moment of transition. 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."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780393071009
0393071006
Branch Call Number: 305.235 SE569E 2016
Characteristics: 244 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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lettheheelingbegin
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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