Games Indians Play : Why We are the Way We are
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    Games Indians Play : Why We are the Way We are  (English, Paperback, V. Raghunathan, N. R. Narayana Murthy)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • ISBN: 9780143063117, 0143063111
    • Edition: 01, 2007
    • Pages: 184
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    V. Raghunathan’s Games Indians Play presents a study of the hurdles towards India’s progress, especially at an individual level.

    Summary of the Book

    India is blessed with many intelligent minds. Most Indians are more adept at maths and logic than people around the globe. However, as a nation, we are still falling behind. Our collective naiveté might be to blame, but how is it that we boast equal parts intelligence and naiveté? In this book, the writer explains that Indians mistake talk for action. He tries to help readers understand why this happens and how we can change this. He uses game theory to explain the behaviour of Indians and tries to combine these explanations with concepts of behavioural economics. The author also presents his twelve points on the fallacies of Indians, explaining that our low trustworthiness, private smartness and public dumbness, fatalist outlook, over-intelligence, lack of public hygiene, self-regulation or a sense of fairness, reluctance to penalize wrong conduct, mistaking talk for action, deep-rooted corruption, inability to follow systems, a sense of self-worth and a propensity to look for loopholes in laws. He helps readers understand how to break this vicious cycle and how to bring a change in the image Indians have around the world. This is a definite read for all Indians who are trying to understand what is keeping them one step behind in the rise to success.

    About V. Raghunathan

    Viswanathan Raghunathan is an Indian writer, academic, columnist and the CEO of GMR Varalakshmi Foundation. A former staff member at IIM Ahmedabad, Dr. Raghunathan has also been an Adjunct Professor at the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. He has also written Ganesha on the Dashboard, The Corruption Conundrum And Other Paradoxes And Dilemmas and Don’t Sprint The Marathon.

    Dr. Raghunathan graduated from Panjab University, Chandigarh and completed his doctorate in finance at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

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    Book Details
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      • PORTFOLIO
    • Publication Year
      • 2007 December
    Contributors
    • Authored By
      • V. Raghunathan
    • Foreword By
      • N. R. Narayana Murthy
    Dimensions
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      • 5.03 inch
    • Height
      • 7.59 inch
    • Weight
      • 136 g
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    5

    Excellent Book

    In this book, Raghunath uses Classic Game Theory to explain the reasons behind why we jump traffic signals, jump a queue, etc.. Easy to understand and a very interesting read. I would recommend this for all the westerners doing / planning to do business in India as it explains the Indian mindset very well.
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    Manish Jain

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    30 Aug, 2011

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    A scathing attack

    Its humorous, insightful,thought provoking on we Indians and how we behave & embarrass ourselves,to summarize all-pervasive uncivilized way.It is a good read,but cant show solution as reason was not elucidated.Overpopulation which swamped everything including values and increased the greed for money was not portrayed or discussed as the prime cause.
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    chanukya GV

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    content

    extremely interesting lecture for all - essential especially for foreigners - who want to do business in india without loosing lacs and crores in the first place (and subsequently wondering why....). I am not sure how Indians think about this book but for me as a foreigner all statements are true and it is the best book on indian behavior I have ever read - including answering questions or at least explaining the not-availability of certain answers. MUST READ!
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    Luis Lueder

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    Excellent book

    As usual, got the delivery of book within a day. Any item purchased from WS retail, they deliver it in a day. Excellent book for everyone.
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    Ankit Shah

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    30 Sep, 2014

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    Games Indians Play - A part of it makes you feel guilty

    It pricks when you read but definitely an eye opener.The example on Coffee vending machine illustrates the mindset we Indians have..Kudos to the author :)
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    Krishna Swamy Sai Vikram

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    A book that makes you wonder!

    The problems highlighted in the book can make one stop and look at day to day happenings to which one generally tuns a blind eye. The comparison with game theory makes you ask yourself 'Who is the loser after all?'. Kudos to the author for that. Though the solutions suggested was not convincing enough for me.
    Nevetheless, I would recommend this book to all Indians living in India. Maybe this might inspire you to live as a more responsible and civilized citizen.
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    Vijay Ravichandran

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    30 Jan, 2014

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    A must read

    A very nice book that describes the characteristics of Indians here and abroad and the reason behind it.
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    S Snehaja Biswal

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    7 Jan, 2014

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    Good Book

    It's a good book, but does not answer the Why's it poses. Interesting way to look at the Indian mindset. People wanting to know more about the game theory will find it very addicting. You should be able handle the harsh truth about the Indian society, which the author makes us review with his writings, findings, examples and conclusions.
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    Vishesh Gupta

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