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Author Dasgupta, Rana, author.

Title Capital : the eruption of Delhi / Rana Dasgupta.

Publication Info. New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.

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Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    330.95456 DAS    Available
Description xiii, 466 pages : maps ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Capital is an intimate portrait of the city of Delhi which bears witness to the extraordinary transmogrification of India's capital. But it also offers a glimpse of what capitalism will become in the coming, post-Western world. The story of Delhi is a parable for where we are all headed. 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. The city brimmed with ambition and rage. Violent crimes stole the headlines. Dasgupta takes us through a series of encounters - with billionaires and bureaucrats, drug dealers and metal traders, slum dwellers and psychoanalysts - which plunge us into Delhi's intoxicating, and sometimes terrifying, story of capitalist transformation. Together these people comprise a generation on the cusp, like that of Gilded Age New York: who they are, and what they want, says a tremendous amount about what the world will look like in the rest of the twenty-first century. 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. "-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Capitalism -- India -- Delhi.
Elite (Social sciences) -- India -- Delhi.
Wealth -- India -- Delhi.
Delhi (India) -- Economic conditions.
Delhi (India) -- Social conditions.
ISBN 9781594204470 (hardback)
1594204470 (hardback)

 
    
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