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India Unbound (English)

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Length: 632 Pages
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India Unbound is a narrative of India’s economic voyage, from 1943-1999 and the political revolutions and the ensuing hurdles, encountered on the way.

Summary Of The Book

Opening with a précis of 18th and 19th century India, the book is written as a potpourri of a memoir, historical facts, and commerce. Gurcharan Das believes India’s progress was engendered by economic reforms rather than political and has chronicled the events that transpired during 1943-1999, into three categories: Spring of Hope, The Lost Generation, and Rebirth of Dream.

Spring of Hope begins with the economically stifling years, when India was still under the dominion of the British and barely made any economical progress. Although the enhancement of railways was expected to boost the Industrial scenario, Das outlines the various facts that precipitated a slump in the Indian economy. Hope dawned after 1947, when India began her journey as a free country with Jawaharlal Nehru as the Prime Minister.

Nevertheless, Nehru introduced economic policies that fell somewhere in between those of the democratic west and the soviet world. These unique policies failed to foster any enterprise or entrepreneurship in the Indian industry, as the public sector was granted too much authority over business houses.

The Lost Generation refers to Indira Gandhi’s reign of power, when the Indian economy went through a disastrous phase and depleted all hope of betterment. She imposed the License Raj, binding every industry with red taped laws. Companies were not permitted to expand beyond the margin determined by the government, pricing was monitored and PSUs monopolized their sectors. Deterioration in quality and services ensued as a consequence of the MRTP and FERA Acts, which practically crushed trading and business houses.Indira Gandhi’s ‘Garibi Hatao’, an election propaganda, to root out poverty in the country, was not only futile, but counter-productive and plunged the impoverished sections deeper into penury. Finally there was the declaration of an Emergency when India hit rock-bottom.

Rebirth Of Dream, alludes to a period of economic reforms made by P.V. Narasimha Rao, which founded the stepping stone to today’s thriving, free-market, Indian industry.

India Unbound was published in 2000 and is an international bestseller. It has been translated and published in several different languages and also filmed by BBC.

About Gurcharan Das

Gurcharan Das is an Indian born bestselling novelist, philosopher and thinker, who has experienced both the pre-independence and post-independence eras of Indian history.

Among novels, he authored, the bestselling novel, The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma and A Fine Family: A Novel. He also wrote a book of essays, The Elephant Paradigm India Wrestles With Change and the anthology, Three English Plays: Sahib/Mira/9 Jakhoo Hill.

Gurcharan Das has been widely appreciated for his language, especially in India. His work is versatile in nature, but generally follows a factual yet perhaps subtly opinionated style. Although his books might be weighty with intellectual or philosophical matter, Das’ graceful language rivets the readers thought to the end.

Gurcharan Das was born on October 3, 1943, in Lyallpur, which was earlier a part of India. Subsequent to finishing school in Washington D.C., he attended Harvard University, graduated with honors in philosophy, and then went on to study a management program in Harvard Business School. Das had a flourishing career - he went from being CEO of Procter & Gamble India and Vice President for Procter & Gamble India to being Vice President and Managing Director of P & G Worldwide for strategic planning. He retired in 1995 with a desire to write full-time, and at present resides in Delhi with his wife and children.

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Gurcharan Das is an Indian born bestselling novelist, philosopher and thinker, who has experienced both the pre-independence and post-independence eras of Indian history.Among novels, he authored, the bestselling novel, The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of... Read More

Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Publication Year 2000
ISBN-13 9780143063018
ISBN-10 0143063014
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 632 Pages
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Specialization B.A(English)
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Amit Sharma
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Changed my view towards Top Business Houses of India...a must for MBA's

I am thankful to Mr. Gurucharan Das for such a lovely composition. Why i call composition because the book was less like a text and more of a music composition. Like the rhythm of any music raises and falls and captures you from every corner, like the tones takes you into your control and you happily surrender yourself to the surrounding created by the music and then when it ends, you feel a different world around you, exactly the same way the book takes us to the 1947 and before. It teaches us the every possible situation that resulted our nation to attain independence....independence from... ()

I am thankful to Mr. Gurucharan Das for such a lovely composition. Why i call composition because the book was less like a text and more of a music composition. Like the rhythm of any music raises and falls and captures you from every corner, like the tones takes you into your control and you happily surrender yourself to the surrounding created by the music and then when it ends, you feel a different world around you, exactly the same way the book takes us to the 1947 and before. It teaches us the every possible situation that resulted our nation to attain independence....independence from...
I am thankful to Mr. Gurucharan Das for such a lovely composition. Why i call composition because the book was less like a text and more of a music composition. Like the rhythm of any music raises and falls and captures you from every corner, like the tones takes you into your control and you happily surrender yourself to the surrounding created by the music and then when it ends, you feel a different world around you, exactly the same way the book takes us to the 1947 and before. It teaches us the every possible situation that resulted our nation to attain independence....independence from primitive business policies and plans....what caused such changes. Which business houses and region brought the changes, the feudal system prevailed during a century ago and peoples view towards business and business houses. Struggle by the top business men, their hard work to produce goods and services, their arguments in every possible way to make our Government understand the pros and cons of their plans, scarcity faced by consumers, our dependence on bureaucrats and ministers watching the rest of the world grow in terms of GDP and NNP by keeping eyes closed and investors at their mercy. Well if i start speaking about this book then i am sure that i will end up writing another one to praise this great writer. He has written another great book "The difficult of being good", i read it in 2009 and this made me to decided to buy India Unbound.....Guys it is a must for all specially to all the MBA's....the net 373 pages will take you through a roller coster experienced by our economy and economic history...

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Bandana
02 Feb 2012
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Must read...'nuff said.

I first read this book 3 years ago on the recommendation of a friend. One of the best books I have ever read, and definitely the best nonfiction book on India. Das's writing style is fluid, engaging. I just wish history books in schools too were this interesting !! Though non-fiction, I am sure it will interest many a fiction lovers. The narrative is like that of an epic story of a hero/heroine named India, how it grew and changed in 3 phases, before independence, then from 1947-91 and finally after the economic liberalisation of 90's.

P.S: I would also recommend this to anyone preparing f...
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I first read this book 3 years ago on the recommendation of a friend. One of the best books I have ever read, and definitely the best nonfiction book on India. Das's writing style is fluid, engaging. I just wish history books in schools too were this interesting !! Though non-fiction, I am sure it will interest many a fiction lovers. The narrative is like that of an epic story of a hero/heroine named India, how it grew and changed in 3 phases, before independence, then from 1947-91 and finally after the economic liberalisation of 90's.

P.S: I would also recommend this to anyone preparing f...
I first read this book 3 years ago on the recommendation of a friend. One of the best books I have ever read, and definitely the best nonfiction book on India. Das's writing style is fluid, engaging. I just wish history books in schools too were this interesting !! Though non-fiction, I am sure it will interest many a fiction lovers. The narrative is like that of an epic story of a hero/heroine named India, how it grew and changed in 3 phases, before independence, then from 1947-91 and finally after the economic liberalisation of 90's.

P.S: I would also recommend this to anyone preparing for MBA entrances, GD-PI... Gives you a lot of perspective and understanding that helps you build insights rather than spewing data in such GDs. :)

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Gautam Shanbhag
01 Jul 2012
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Comprehensive history of India's transition from socialism to a liberal economy

This book provides a reasonable argument to questions in our minds as to why our country is still a developing economy.

It's interesting to read how India could leap to progress as the author throws light on the 1991 economic reforms,also quite shocked to know how the East India Company funded it's trade deficit by investing from India's trade surplus then!.
(Now, the scenario is reversed,our trade deficits are accruing year on year)
The author also talks about India's social system and how our low aptitude for co-operation affected our productivity at work.

An interesting book to read o...
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This book provides a reasonable argument to questions in our minds as to why our country is still a developing economy.

It's interesting to read how India could leap to progress as the author throws light on the 1991 economic reforms,also quite shocked to know how the East India Company funded it's trade deficit by investing from India's trade surplus then!.
(Now, the scenario is reversed,our trade deficits are accruing year on year)
The author also talks about India's social system and how our low aptitude for co-operation affected our productivity at work.

An interesting book to read o...
This book provides a reasonable argument to questions in our minds as to why our country is still a developing economy.

It's interesting to read how India could leap to progress as the author throws light on the 1991 economic reforms,also quite shocked to know how the East India Company funded it's trade deficit by investing from India's trade surplus then!.
(Now, the scenario is reversed,our trade deficits are accruing year on year)
The author also talks about India's social system and how our low aptitude for co-operation affected our productivity at work.

An interesting book to read on India's transformation from a controlled economy to a liberal one.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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Amit Kumar
29 Apr 2012
An awesome book.

I read this book when I was trying to learn the fundamentals of Indian Economy and boy I must say that I got really lucky. The author has explained Indian economy in such a way that I can bet on this book to be the best book for any beginner and even seasoned economist can also learn a lot from it. So if you wondering what is right or wrong with our economy, just go for this book and be assured that you will not regret even a single second spent on this book. Highly Recommended.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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Bandana H.
30 Nov 2011
The title says it all

I read this book around 3 years ago. And it remains one of my all time favorites.
The story of India, how she changed and adapted, before independence, after independence and after liberalisation is spell-binding to say the least. The writing style and the content makes for an interesting and fluid reading. I just wish history books at school were written in such manner... would have been so much more interesting. Must read for all non-fiction lovers, and fiction enthusiasts (like me), who feel non-fictions are a bit to dry for your taste, hope this book will be enough to change your mind (...
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I read this book around 3 years ago. And it remains one of my all time favorites.
The story of India, how she changed and adapted, before independence, after independence and after liberalisation is spell-binding to say the least. The writing style and the content makes for an interesting and fluid reading. I just wish history books at school were written in such manner... would have been so much more interesting. Must read for all non-fiction lovers, and fiction enthusiasts (like me), who feel non-fictions are a bit to dry for your taste, hope this book will be enough to change your mind (...
I read this book around 3 years ago. And it remains one of my all time favorites.
The story of India, how she changed and adapted, before independence, after independence and after liberalisation is spell-binding to say the least. The writing style and the content makes for an interesting and fluid reading. I just wish history books at school were written in such manner... would have been so much more interesting. Must read for all non-fiction lovers, and fiction enthusiasts (like me), who feel non-fictions are a bit to dry for your taste, hope this book will be enough to change your mind (as I have).

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.

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