India today is almost completely unrecognizable from what it was at the eve of the colonial conquest. A sovereign nation, with teeming industrious population, it is an economic powerhouse and the worlds largest democracy. This book offers a fascinating gateway into the rich tapestry of ideas, aspirations and narratives which undergird the formation of independent India.
Makarand R Paranjapes recent monographs include The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi and Altered Destinations: Self. Society and Nation in India. The author of two novels, Body offering and The Narrator, a collection of short stories, and five volumes of poetry, he has also written an autobiographical travelogue, Acts of Faith: Journeys to Sacred India. He is currently Professor and Chairperson, Centre for English Studies, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.