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Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation

The Relentless Invention of Modern India
Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, World Affairs
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Who can foretell India's future? Mr. Joshi is a fortune-teller in a slum in South Delhi who uses a soothsaying green parrot to make predictions. When Adam Roberts visited him in 2012, Joshi's parrot declared that India was destined to become the most powerful nation under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The parrot also foretold that India would win the soccer World Cup.

Parrots may not be the preeminent political authority, but many Indians were just as confident. So Adam Roberts spent five years traveling the length and breadth of the country, from Kerala to the Himalayas, Bengal to Gujarat. As he encountered the power brokers, gatekeepers, and elaborate social dynamics of the world's largest democracy, he asked if - and how - India can become a truly great economic power, more influential abroad, and stable at home. He met prime ministers, multimillionaires, traveling salesmen, pilgrims, ecowarriors, farmers, and tech innovators, each wrestling with the trials posed by the world's most conspicuously nearly great power. He experienced an immense country that, despite daunting challenges, is entering the most optimistic period in its modern history.

Through vivid storytelling and insight, Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation examines the problems and promises of fast-growing India to reveal how it might reach its full potential and become, as Mr. Joshi's parrot predicted, a truly powerful nation.

©2017 Adam Roberts (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Biased stories and personal attacks

It’s very clear that author is extremely opposed of Modi. His comments on Hindu and Muslim is offensive and derogatory. Clear westerner mentality and too many personal attacks on Modi. Author need to understand the history before drawing conclusion. Sad part is I had to listen to this stupid book for my course work and I don’t understand why the hell my professor chose this book. Describing Hindus and Muslims as fanatics and extremists on multiple occasions is on purpose. This is clearly an effort to undermine two nations that are making every effort to come out of British rule chaos for a century and looting. I recommend not to waste time reading this book.

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Super book

Tons of interesting information presented with an engaging narrative. It is current and relevant to today’s environment.