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Ex and caste The End of Karma is an exploration of this new India through the lens of young people from different worlds a woman who becomes a Maoist rebel; a brother charged for the murder of his sister who had married the “wrong” man; a woman who opposes her family and hopes to become a police officer. The End of Karma is Somini Sengupta's explanation of the new modern India This is not the India that just attained freedom but is a fast developing democracy Sengupta has explored different aspects of this modern India by interviewing and narrating the lives of Indians from different walks of life These people are predominantly young and optimistic about their futureThe book contains of multiple chapters with each chapter dedicated to the life of a principal character thereby exploring a different side of India As she explains the person's situation and outlook she also puts forth her views and her situation related to that same issue Wherever applicable she also explains the history and background to that issue Due to these different aspects about a particular issue the chapter seems thorough and well researchedThe issues covered are multiple and varied In HI FI she talks about a smart student from a poor and lower caste background and his struggle to get into one of the best colleges in India and obtain a good education in general In this same chapter she explains the Indian caste system and how it plays today with reservation a uota based affirmative action for backward castes She covers the politics – both current and historical – of the region where her principal character of this chapter Anupam is based In the latter parts of this chapter Sengupta discusses the education system and the intense competition to get into the top colleges in the country and how Anupam works his way through it all This is an example of how thorough Sengupta's research isAs she herself points out in the epilogue it seems like the she has discussed chiefly the stories of the marginalized – a housemaid a rebel a murdered girl She defends herself by saying that these are Indians too and that their stories are just as important Although I completely agree with her on this point to make the book wholesome I would have preferred reading about lives of people from Indian middle class families also She does discuss stories of some upper middle class families but I would have liked to see some of those also That said India is such a large country with such a diverse set of people that no one book can cover all backgrounds and so my expectation for other backgrounds cannot be held against the bookAt the end of the book she provides references and notes to topics she has discussed which can serve useful to readers looking for as well as for those who don't know much about that topicThe End of Karma is an excellent book for anyone with interest in India its current affairs and the lives of Indians

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The End of KarmaDriven by aspiration and thwarted at every step by state and society they are making new demands on India’s democracy for euality of opportunity dignity for girls and civil liberties Sengupta spotlights these stories of ordinary men and women weaving together a groundbreaking portrait of a country in turmo. Excellent book about the current generation in India and how society has failed them

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Read The End of Karma 109 ↠ Somini Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta to California as a young child in 1975 Returning thirty years later as the bureau chief for The New York Times she found a vastly different country one defined as much by aspiration and possibility—at least by the illusion of possibility—as it is by the structures of sex and caste The End of KSomini Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta to California as a young child in 1975 Returning thirty years later as the bureau chief for The New York Times she found a vastly different country one defined as much by aspiration and possibility at least by the illusion of possibility as it is by the structures of s. India is among the world's youngest countries with a baby boom generation some 300 million strong that grew up in the bright promise of 1991's economic reforms Somini Sengupta calls this new generation Noonday's Children Somini Sengupta is an American whose family left their home in Calcutta in September 1975 after Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency that brought India's young democracy perilously close to totalitarianism Sengupta's family landed first in Canada and later migrated to the friendlier climate of Southern California settling into a middle class suburban life complete with a ranch house and a statue of the mother goddess Durga stowed in the garage in between feast days Restless impatient with tradition Sengupta finds her place as a foreign correspondent living out of suitcases traveling the world In 2005 thirty years after her family left India she returns as bureau chief for The New York Times in New Delhi The India she rediscovers is full of possibility but also of failed promises and hopes dashed Noonday's Children are like Sengupta herself impatient restless filled with aspirations pushing their country to deliver on the freedoms promised so long ago at midnight Independence Day August 15 1947Some seventy years after Independence ordinary citizens up and down the social ladder believed they did not have to be bound by their past that they could escape what had been predestined And as the book's title suggests the energy of India's young people is already changing the very fate the karma of their motherland Deftly weaving history economics demographics and vivid reportage Sengupta tells the story of India's new generation through the eyes of seven young men and women from a Maoist rebel to a teen who loves Facebook and winds up in jail for 'liking' the wrong post The young people Sengupta profiles are full of grit determination and talent Some of them are born into affluence others into rural poverty but all of their stories fascinated and often moved me Through her storytelling Sengupta manages to shed light on a wide array of current issues some uite controversial with admirable balance rather than sensationalism Bonus points for the superb notes that includes a daunting number of books that I simply must read starting with Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie's novel of India's independence and partition Sengupta's name for India's new generation is a tribute to Rushdie's novel Marks off for one of the least informative maps of India that I've ever seen I know where Bangalore and Mumbai are thanks very little but if Sengupta is going to talk about India's many states she really ought to show their boundaries on the map I hope the publishers fix this in the next edition