South Asian Journalists Association NY Chapter
Columbia Journalism School &
Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC)


a conversation with
Anand Giridharadas
NYT/IHT columnist and author of the highly-acclaimed,
"India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking"

Monday, Jan. 10, 2011
5:15-7:15 pm

5:15-5:45: Reception, book sale and signing
5:45-7:15 pm: Reading, Q&A

Columbia Journalism School, Stabile Student Center, Lobby floor
116th St & Broadway (#1 train to 116th St stop), New York City.

SAJA-NY coordinator Aseem Chhabra will moderate a post-Reading Q&A

India Calling
Copies of "India Calling" will be available for sale and signing all evening.   
Please e-mail to request interviews with Anand.

"The emergence of a more dynamic India has been widely observed. Less well understood are the myriad reinventions that make the New India so exciting. In India Calling, Anand Giridharadas renders this change on an
intimate scale with a tapestry of keenly observed stories about the changing dreams and frustrations of all walks of Indians-and his own. Savvy and often moving, India Calling is for those who prefer the view from the ground than from thirty thousand feet." - Edward Luce, author of “In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India”

indian CallingABOUT INDIA CALLING: Reversing his parents' immigrant path, a young American-born writer returns to India and discovers an old country making itself new... Anand Giridharadas sensed something was afoot as his plane from America prepared to land in Bombay. An elderly passenger looked at him and said, "We're all trying to go that way," pointing to the rear. "You, you're going this way?"

Giridharadas was returning to the land of his ancestors, amid an unlikely economic boom. But he was interested less in its gold rush than in its cultural upheaval, as a new generation has sought to reconcile old traditions and customs with new ambitions and dreams. In India Calling, Giridharadas brings to life the people and the dilemmas of India today, through the prism of his émigré family history and his childhood memories of India. He introduces us to entrepreneurs, radicals, industrialists, and religious seekers, but, most of all, to Indian families. He shows how parents and children, husbands and wives, cousins and siblings are reinventing relationships, bending the meaning of Indianness, and enduring the pangs of the old birthing the new. Through their stories, and his own, he paints an intimate portrait of a country becoming modern while striving to remain itself.

Anand GiridharadasABOUT ANAND GIRIDHARADAS : Anand Giridharadas writes the “Currents” column for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times online. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, he worked in Bombay as a management consultant until 2005, when he began reporting from that city for the Herald Tribune and the Times. He now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more about him at and
The Indo-American Arts Council is a 501 ©3 not-for-profit secular arts organization passionately dedicated to promoting, showcasing and building an awareness of artists of Indian origin in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts. For information please visit

Home   About Us   Current Events   NewsLetter   Tickets  Membership/Contributions   Events Archive
Art   Books   Dance   Fashion   Film   Music   Theatre