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Beautiful Country: Stories From Another India (English)

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Beautiful Country: Stories From Another India paints a picture of a different Indiaone that is often lost amidst the fast-paced complexity of urban life.

Summary Of The Book

Beautiful Country: Stories From Another India is a rare glimpse into a beautiful and compassionate India, one that is unmarred by the avarice and arrogance of modern life.

The two authors—citizens of the Indian Nation, which is on the verge of becoming a global superpower—were seized by a desire to see the 'real India'. They set on out on a long journey across roads less travelled, and were beautifully rewarded for their efforts by the rarest of rare sights into the heart of India. They returned from their enlightening journey with their hearts full of love and their minds full of colorful stories—those that they have chronicled in this book.

Their journey brought them face to face with an assortment of people from all walks of life, from women who had successfully reduced the number of infant deaths in rural Maharashtra, to young doctors who had given up lucrative jobs to provide healthcare to the poor tribal population of Chhattisgarh.

The story of a weaver who could only afford to feed her son tapioca water as nourishment was especially heart-rending. From the untouched forests of the Andamans to the colourful streets of Varanasi, from the tea estates in Jalpaiguri to the turbulent life in Manipur, the duo took in as much of India as they could.

The book has the potential to leave the readers filled with conflicting emotions - equal amounts of despair and hope, a sense of victory as well as loss. The readers will be inclined to agree with the authors that the real India lies not on the front pages of newspapers, but in the hearts of ordinary citizens.

Beautiful Country: Stories From Another India was published in 2012 by Harper Collins India. It received highly positive reviews for its moving portrayal of a lesser known India.

About The Authors

Gunjan Veda is an Indian journalist.

As of July 2012, she has one book to her credit, Beautiful Country: Stories From Another India, which she has co-authored with Syeda Saiyidain Hameed.

Veda graduated with a degree in journalism from Lady Shriram College, Delhi University. She went on to get a masters in International Relations from the University of Warwick, UK. In the past, she has worked for The Indian Express, for an NGO in the north-east region of India, and for the Planning Commission of India. Veda lists photography, writing, and travel as her hobbies. She is the cofounder and currently the CEO of iRead Books Pvt. Ltd., an online bookstore and library.

Syeda Saiyidain Hameed is a prominent member of the Planning Commission of the Government of India.

She has written books such as Islamic Seal On India’s Independence: Abul Kalam Azad-A Fresh Look, and Hali’s Musaddas.

Her writing, which involves fictional as well as non-fictional pieces, highlights various aspects of modern Indian history, women’s issues, Urdu poetry, and South Asia.

Hameed is a founder member of numerous organizations such as Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia, and Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation. She also served as a member of the National Commission for Women, Government of India. Hameed was honored with the Padma Shri Award in 2007.

Specifications of Beautiful Country: Stories From Another India (English) (Paperback)

Contributors
Author Gunjan Veda, Syeda Saiyidain Hameed
Book Details
Publisher Harpercollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9789350291306
ISBN-10 9350291306
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 402 Pages
Dimensions
Weight 363.0 g
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Natasha Puri
13 Mar 2012
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Inspiring insight into an invisible India

Beautiful Country: Stories from Another India, is a striking title. It forces one to think what is real beauty? One cannot deny the beauty of this nation ?????? in its culture, geography, traditions, philosophy, but this book jolts the reader to go beyond the physical beauty of the country and see India as it is.

I liked this book for its story-telling. I was afraid that having been written by a journalist and a government official, the language would be like reportage, boring and uninspiring. Thankfully, I was wrong. The narrative manages to touch a chord and really motivate the reader i...
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Beautiful Country: Stories from Another India, is a striking title. It forces one to think what is real beauty? One cannot deny the beauty of this nation ?????? in its culture, geography, traditions, philosophy, but this book jolts the reader to go beyond the physical beauty of the country and see India as it is.

I liked this book for its story-telling. I was afraid that having been written by a journalist and a government official, the language would be like reportage, boring and uninspiring. Thankfully, I was wrong. The narrative manages to touch a chord and really motivate the reader i...
Beautiful Country: Stories from Another India, is a striking title. It forces one to think what is real beauty? One cannot deny the beauty of this nation ?????? in its culture, geography, traditions, philosophy, but this book jolts the reader to go beyond the physical beauty of the country and see India as it is.

I liked this book for its story-telling. I was afraid that having been written by a journalist and a government official, the language would be like reportage, boring and uninspiring. Thankfully, I was wrong. The narrative manages to touch a chord and really motivate the reader into action. One comes out of this experience thinking that yes, only doing is doing.

3 of 3 users found this review helpful.
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Kashish
06 Apr 2012
Great insight into India

I had never heard of this book. I just bought it at the world book fair because it seems interesting. I was right. It is a wonderful book about India. I learnt a great deal. I also found that this was not boring like most non fiction books. It read like a story. My only problem is the foreword by Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Why a foreword by the man who stands for everything which is the opposite of the stories in the book. If we ignore Mr World Bank, I will definitely recommend this book.

2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
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Karthik
03 Jun 2014
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A must read for people who love india

This book gave a good insight to problems and challenges India is facing today. The authors presented an empathetic version of reality of real India. All those who love travelling to see cultures will enjoy this book and will actually be surprised to get to see the diversity India is home to and the prevalence of ignorance in India. I felt I got a new understanding of India after reading this book. A good book to read and more so if the reader is himself someone who loves travelling.

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Ashwin Dewan
28 Feb 2013
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Presents the true face of India - Our Country

I was looking for another book when I stumbled upon this book. After reading the reviews, I decided to buy the book and after reading this book, I was really delighted that I decided to purchase this book.

I would highly recommend this book to all book lovers because it gives an in-depth insight into the true 'face' of our country - a part that is vastly different from the glitzy world of the cities, a part where everyday is a struggle.

One of the best books I have come across

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Vivek Kathalkar
23 Jul 2012
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Its a nice book but be cautious, it may infuriate you...

This book is different on account of its fluid and readable quality.The narration was good enough to give you an actual insight of the place visited plus every chapter starts with peace of poetry relevant to the narration.

on the minus side - eulogasation of Auranzeb and no mention of plight of Kashmiri Pandits -those who are facing apathy of govt of India(GOI).As a member of planning commission the author is supposed to take cognizance of Pandits but not a single word about them speaks volume about how GOI is concerned about them.

Also,in the chapter dealing with Maharashtra especially o...
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This book is different on account of its fluid and readable quality.The narration was good enough to give you an actual insight of the place visited plus every chapter starts with peace of poetry relevant to the narration.

on the minus side - eulogasation of Auranzeb and no mention of plight of Kashmiri Pandits -those who are facing apathy of govt of India(GOI).As a member of planning commission the author is supposed to take cognizance of Pandits but not a single word about them speaks volume about how GOI is concerned about them.

Also,in the chapter dealing with Maharashtra especially o...
This book is different on account of its fluid and readable quality.The narration was good enough to give you an actual insight of the place visited plus every chapter starts with peace of poetry relevant to the narration.

on the minus side - eulogasation of Auranzeb and no mention of plight of Kashmiri Pandits -those who are facing apathy of govt of India(GOI).As a member of planning commission the author is supposed to take cognizance of Pandits but not a single word about them speaks volume about how GOI is concerned about them.

Also,in the chapter dealing with Maharashtra especially of Aurangabad , it reads "...we watched play Aurangzeb in Delhi....in this play,we saw a side of the King that had been hidden behind the mask thrown by centuries of one-dimensional history writing....it was moving experience...so here we were in Aurangabad,the last 'great' Mughal's final resting place " that really disturbed me.How could one eulogise the most cruel ,tyrant king as a 'great Mughal'? whole world knows how he inhumanly torchered the Maratha king Ch.Sambhaji which has no precedence in History of India before that event when it comes how to treat a king who is captured during war...

Third, no chapter on Gujarat ..what happened to post Godhra riots and its victim and so many thing could have finds its place but may be the planning commission duo author neither visited the Gujarat or never write about it or both.

If you ignore that and just read along , it is (honestly) a nice book .We can concur what may be lurching in the mind when they describe a particular place/problem and likewise...

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    Book: Beautiful Country: Stories From Another India (English) by Gunjan Veda, Syeda Saiyidain Hameed
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