"Yeh shehar nahi, mehfil hai"
From the film Delhi-6
urban households will be middle class, up from 22 million today
of new employment will be generated in cities
“Whatever you can rightly say about India, the opposite is also true.”
Joan Robinson, Cambridge Economist
of Indian professionals suffer depression, general anxiety disorder.
Asian cities work the most hours annually. North America, the least at 1904 hrs.
We like to think these unspoken cultural values describe who we are
A culture of
Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi
By Rana Dasgupta
With the lyricism and empathy of a novelist, Rana Dasgupta takes us through a series of encounters - with billionaires and bureaucrats, drug dealers and metal traders, slum dwellers and psychoanalysts - which plunge us into Delhi's intoxicating, and sometimes terrifying, story of capitalist transformation.
Why Cities Matter
By Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard
Using sociological research and data, urban pastors Justin Buzzard and Stephen Um lay out the vision and rationale for church planting, cultural engagement, and missionary impulses in our world's cities as they provide a solid foundation for motivation.
Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India
By Harsh Mander
In Looking Away, Harsh Mander ranges wide to record and analyse the many different fault lines which crisscross Indian society today...Harsh Mander points out, what most stains society today is the erosion in the imperative for sympathy, both at the state and individual levels, a crumbling that is principally at the base of the vast inequities which afflict India. Exhaustive in its scope, impassioned in its arguments and rigorous in its scholarship, Looking Away is a sobering checklist of all the things we must collectively get right if India is to become the country that was promised, in equal measure, to all its citizens.
The Whistler in the Wind
By Akshay Rajkumar
As a young engineer about to be married, Raj had a simple life in mind for himself. But when he was rattled by a conversation with a friend about the Bible, it piqued his curiosity and sent him on a quest to find the truth about God. What followed was a spiritual upheaval that led him to change his mind without realizing how it would change his life.
A religious relativist turned into an unlikely evangelist. But the thrill of traveling to 40 nations and preaching 500 sermons a year came with the threat of being a distant husband and an absent father.
The Whistler in the Wind is the true story of how a man found God at work in the seasons of his life, long before he set out to find Him.
Interpreter of Maladies
By Jhumpa Lahiri
"All writing, all art, is just a wild leap off a cliff because there's nothing to support you. You're creating something out of nothing, really. No one is telling you to do it. It comes from within. It's a very mysterious process."
—Jhumpa Lahiri, on writing and her new book, The Lowland.