Capital

The Eruption of Delhi

Capital offers a glimpse of what capitalism will become in the coming, post-Western world.

By Rana Dasgupta Read by Dana Hickox Nonfiction / Politics / Social Science English, Unabridged 15h 59m Sell Sheet
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Description
							The boom following the opening up of India’s economy plunged Delhi into a  tumult of destruction and creation: slums and markets were ripped down, and  shopping malls and apartment blocks erupted from the ruins.  Many fortunes were  made, and in the glassy stores nestled among the new highways, customers paid  for global luxury with bags of cash.  But the transformation was stern, abrupt  and fantastically unequal, and it gave rise to strange and bewildering  feelings. Interweaving over a century of history with his personal journey,  Dasgupta presents us with the first literary portrait of one of the  twenty-first century’s fastest-growing megalopolises – a dark and uncanny  portrait that gives us insights, too, as to the nature of our own – everyone’s  – shared, global future.
Reviews

A sincere, troubling look at India's wrenching social and cultural changes. - Kirkus Reviews

A grim picture of a city run by oligarchs and the 'new black-money elite,' where success depends on 'influence, assets, and connections.' This book is highly recommended for anyone looking for background information on Delhi…The author’s account of the downside of the post-1991 free market economy and the pursuit of self-interest above all serves as a cautionary tale, doing for Delhi what Suketu Mehta's Maximum City accomplished for Mumbai. - Library Journal (starred)