By Rana Dasgupta
Capital is a compelling biography of a significantly vital megacity, and the results of unexpected and all-consuming capitalist transformation.
At the flip of the twenty-first century acclaimed novelist Rana Dasgupta arrived within the Indian capital with a unmarried suitcase. He had no purpose of staying for lengthy. however the urban beguiled him - he fell in love and in hate with it - and, fourteen years later, Delhi has develop into his home.
Capital tells the tale of Delhi's trip from walled urban to international urban. it's a tale of utmost wealth and tool, of land grabs and a cityscape replaced nearly past reputation. every thing that used to be sluggish, intimate and idiosyncratic has turn into speedy, great and everyday; each point of existence has been affected - for the bad, the center sessions and the super-rich.
Through a sequence of interesting own encounters Dasgupta takes us contained in the intoxicating, occasionally terrifying transformation of India's fastest-growing megacity, delivering an magnificent 'report from the worldwide future'.
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Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi by Rana Dasgupta