16 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Gatsby in New Delhi by Siddhartha Deb

I picked this up because Amazon referred it to me. Remind me not to listen to Amazon again, okay? This was my first book by this author and I was pretty unimpressed. Usually Amazon does better.

The story itself and the portrait of the man was actually very interesting. I had never heard of him or his school or anything about him. That’s probably the only reason I managed to finish this book.

The writing was extremely dry. It was very factual but lacking in details. It was an “Amazon Short” but it was both too long and too short. It was much too short on the details, as I mentioned. The author talks about meeting Arindham but I feel like we didn’t get any depth to those meetings or who he really was. It was too long because it in that we were given some details that seemed to peter out and go no where.

I was left wanting to know more about the guy but not wanting to read more by the author.

Recommended only for hardcore fans of biographies or people who have some working knowledge of Chaudhuri.

Arindham Chaudhuri is the face of the new India–but how did he make his fortune? In “Gatsby in New Delhi,” from n+1, acclaimed journalist and novelist Siddhartha Deb tells the story of a myth, a man, and an unlikely family business: the Indian Institute of Planning and Management, a business school of a most unusual (and, to some, suspicious) character.

Siddhartha Deb’s The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India will be published by Faber in September, 2011.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2011: 17

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