Capital : A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi - Rana Dasgupta

Capital

A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi

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At the turn of the twenty-first century acclaimed novelist Rana Dasgupta arrived in the Indian capital with a single suitcase. He had no intention of staying for long. But the city beguiled him—he 'fell in love and in hate with it'—and, fourteen years later, Delhi has become his home.

Capital tells the story of Delhi's journey from walled city to world city. It is a story of extreme wealth and power, of land grabs and a cityscape changed almost beyond recognition. Everything that was slow, intimate and idiosyncratic has become fast, vast and generic; every aspect of life has been affected—for the poor, the middle classes and the super-rich.

Through a series of fascinating personal encounters Dasgupta takes us inside the intoxicating, sometimes terrifying transformation of India's fastest-growing megacity, offering an astonishing 'report from the global future'.

Read Caroline Baum's Review

I consider Suketu Mehta's Maximum City, a portrait of Mumbai, to be one of the most thrilling books I have ever read about a city. I did not expect it be matched by a portrait of a place many people describe as dull and charmless: the Canberra of India is one expression I've heard when it comes to Delhi. Well, this book changes all that. Gripping, shocking, intoxicating, it captures the rapid change that is turning India upside down, often with alarming consequences. The chapter on the hospital system is truly terrifying and a cautionary tale about greed and corruption for anyone involved in public health. A riveting read.

About the Author

Rana Dasgupta won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book for his debut novel, Solo. He is also the author of the highly praised story collection Tokyo Cancelled. Capital is his first work of non-fiction. Born in England, he now lives in Delhi.

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