Reviews

  • "Pavan Varma is one of India's most admired and widely-read writers of non-fiction, and in Being Indian he has excelled himself . . . Brilliant . . . Varma shows how India's self-image has been distorted by simplistic myth-making, and sets out to find instead what it really means to be Indian"

    William Dalrymple
  • "A well-researched and urgent inquiry that is informed as much by allusions to Hindu mythological texts as it is by a knowledge of current affairs and popular culture"

    New Statesman
  • "A stimulating and readable polemic"

    Sunday Times
  • "Elegantly written . . . Being Indian is one of the most subtle recent attempts to analyze the continent-sized mosaic of India"

    The Economist