• Planet India

  • How the Fastest Growing Democracy Is Transforming America and the World
  • By: Mira Kamdar
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 21-02-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (6 ratings)


A lively, indispensable, cutting-edge exploration of our stake in India's gambit to transform itself from a developing country into a global powerhouse in record time. India is everywhere: Indian studios produce animated features and special effects for Hollywood movies; Indian software manages our health records; and Indian customer-service centers answer our calls. A country of English speakers and a free-market democracy, with the youngest population on Earth, India is not only the fast growing market for the next new thing, but a source for the technological innovation that will drive the global economy.
Yet India is also in a race against time to bring the benefits of the 21st century to the 800 million Indians who live on less than $2 per day. And it must do so in a way that is environmentally sustainable and politically viable on a scale never before achieved. If India succeeds, it will not only save itself, it may save us all. If it fails, we will all suffer. As goes India, so goes the world.
Like China, Inc., Planet India captures and catalyzes the growing interest in this rising power. With in-depth research, interviews, and provocative analysis, Mira Kamdar offers a penetrating view of India and its cultural and economic impact on the United States and the world. From Bollywood to the Indian diaspora to India's effect on global politics, she reports on the people, companies, and places shaping the new India. Kamdar examines the challenges India faces while celebrating India's tremendous vitality and the opportunities this Asian democracy has to shape its own and all of our destinies.
©2007 Mira Kamdar (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 07-02-08

A Fascinating Listen

This was my first audible book, chosen to assist my own research into India, and I found it absolutely fascinating. The author covers the exact amount of information under each chapter heading that maintains interest, without becoming too deep or too shallow. I would recommend this to anyone who has a passing or in-depth interest in India and her rise to Great power status.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joana Perez on 23-11-17


The book is interesting but all the data and analysis is outdated, understandibly as it was published 10 years ago. It also has a US comparative focus.

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1 out of 5 stars
By James on 09-07-07

Blah, blah, blah

There are a few interesting tidbits that from time to time spice up this catalog of vapid nostrums. Find something better to read about India. I highly recommend Shantaram, or something by VS Naipaul.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Irene on 23-03-07

Slanted, but enjoyable

You have to take this book with a grain of salt as the author reveals in less-than-objective prose her abject hatred of the Bush administration. Otherwise, the book rounds out the picture painted by the Friedman blockbuster. In its audio form, this book is an easy listen and an excellent educator for the current conditions in the country, dire or otherwise.

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