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I truly enjoy the many different authors and their stories about their culture and life experiences
Given to me by an American friend and I am glad that he decided to bring the book for me. Thank you, Harry. It is an interesting compilation of stories and chapters from various authors who somehow or the other are deeply connected with India. Every chapter is a revelation. Get into the Kashmir most of would never know, the secret CIA and KGB conflict and how one man could have been made an "Accidental Spy" had he not been smart enough, what Independence meant to people like Viramma who was born...
There are many things about this Granta that doesn't make sense and some that do. I felt it was a bit dated only because it was a true historical product of its time. The major emphasis was on "Indianness" and "Indian identity" through the lens of Indian independence. Some of the big names of Indian Writing in English appear here. Read it to know how India was perceived back then. Then, contrast it with all those "India Shining" books that have peppered our reading landscape the past few years.