Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation is the title of Nandan Nilekanis new book that came to me from Webchutney for review. It is a big book, make no mistake - and it is clear that Nandan is not your average writer (or blogger) - he is an astute, observant and meticulous author. The processes that his company is renowned for is reflected in his book. Overflowing with citations, bolstered by first person accounts and teeming with anecdotes, it is also an account of interactions with a lot of people who have been intimately involved with a lot of these ideas.
It takes a book like this to really tell you that there is more about India, than novels titled on coloured felines would make you believe. And which is what makes this book so credible. Nandan is closely associated with a company that has negotiated through this maze, ethics and values intact, and made a success out of it. As you read through it, you cannot but shake your head at the many opportunities India missed. Also, given todays disillusionment with politics, it may even make you wish that people like Nandan made it to governance.