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The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young

Category: Book
By (author): Sengupta, Somini
Subject:  HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
  HISTORY / Social History
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing & Emerging Countries
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: March 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*Gorgeously written. . . . Sengupta lays out the enormous challenges India faces. But she remains optimistic that the young generation will continue to push the country toward more meaningful progress. - Seattle Times

[Sengupta] marvels at the resulting ambition and ingenuity, while also observing the power of residual caste and gender prejudices. - The New Yorker

Thoughtful and timely...Sengupta balances strong impartial analysis with emotional investment. - Wall Street Journal

Portentous...Returning to a transformed nation--its economies in bloom, its cities abuzz--[Sengupta] sensed a fresh impatience of aspiration....Vibrant. - New York Times Book Review

Sengupta does a wonderful job of detailing the distinct lives of seven young individuals struggling to fulfill their educational and economic dreams…Highly recommended. - Kirkus (starred review)

Anyone who imagines that India today is simply a land of IT companies and call centers should read this book. Somini Sengupta sees the new India in all its complexity-its gated towers and remote villages; its kidnapped maids and chief ministers; those who want to remake it into a Hindu nation and those who care only about getting ahead. India is home to nearly a fifth of the world's people-few places will be more important to the shape of the twenty-first century. The End of Karma, with its vivid storytelling and intimate portraits of India's younger generation, is a riveting vision of the future. - Larissa MacFarquhar, author of Strangers Drowning

The End of Karma brilliantly opens the door into the world of the striving young men and women of the new India as they try to shed India's past and invent their own future. Somini Sengupta's chosen characters are so vividly drawn and so sensitively reported. - Tina Brown

The End of Karma is the essential beginning for any reader who wants to understand the future of the world's biggest democracy. With meticulously researched, grippingly told stories about youth in today's India, Sengupta's quest to understand her daughter's birthplace seized me like no other book coming from the country today. - Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
Biographical NoteSomini Sengupta, a George Polk Award–winning journalist, covers the United Nations for The New York Times, for which she was previously the bureau chief in Dakar and New Delhi. She was born in Calcutta and lives in New York.