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October 14, 2011, KDB Santa Barbara
KDB's Book of the Week: Miss New India
"...We’ve all had the experience of calling a customer service number and struggling to communicate with the representative at the other end. They don't say where they are, but we know they’re thousands of miles away, and it can often be pretty frustrating. Miss New Indiatells the story of the person at the other end of that call, a young woman, and her struggles, both on the job and in life. Anjali Bose has left her conservative hometown and must navigate the modern, high-tech center of Bangalore, and discoveries abound.." 
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September 20, 2011, WSJ Blog, by Tripti Lahiri
In Brooklyn, Writers Consider the ‘New India’
..."The “New India” is

(a) A place where the pursuit of individual happiness is now possible

(b) A place that wants to be a part of history

(c) A place where the most common job category for women is “maid”

(d) A place that is not that different from the old India

Put your pencils down now. When Indian-origin writers get together to discuss the complexities of the new India, the answer, naturally, is (e) All of the above.

Siddhartha Deb and Bharati Mukherjee, who respectively have nonfiction and fiction books on India out this year, and Amitava Kumar, whose most recent book dealt with the fallout of the War on Terror, gathered on Sunday in Brooklyn to discuss the subcontinent as part of the New York City borough’s literary festival..."

June 15, 2011, The Globe and Mail, by John Barber
Clark Blaise and Bharati Mukherjee: a shared literary journey

...Closely chaperoned Bharati Mukherjee, 23, had never been alone in the same room with a man when she met Clark Blaise at the University of Iowa near the unanticipated end of the Kennedy presidency. Two weeks later, the two young writers were married.

Almost 48 years after that, following dual careers in which the couple have published almost 30 books between them, two of them co-written and the latest two so intertwined they actually share some characters, the authors sit together in Toronto for their first-ever joint interview... Full Story Here

May 16, 2011, WSJ Blog Speakeasy, by Bharati Mukherjee
Bangalore: A Bridge Culture to a New India
...Bangalore is a bustling, Paris-sized city in southern India, but “Banglalore” is a concept. For Indians, especially young Indian women from lesser cities, with middling education and few prospects, (like my character Anjali Bose in “Miss New India”) Bangalore and other outsourcing centers, like Gurgaon outside of New Delhi, are magnets, promises of a new life. Bangalore is “the desi West” for a vast Indian middle-class that will never see the real thing; it means money, self-expression, experimentation and freedom. And high-concept “Bangalore” exerts its own fascination for American and European multinational corporations, shorthand for outsourced phone-centers and back-office operations. From those modest platforms, “Bangalore” with its exploitation of Indian higher education and entrepreneurial skill is moving into the truly profitable realm of “front-office” medical, architectural and legal partnerships.

Bangalore, then, is a bridge culture. It created low-tech jobs, and those jobs created expectations and satellite jobs with somewhat higher standards, and the young people who filled those vacancies found themselves making more money than their parents; they bought cars and mopeds and houses for their families, they led adventuresome lives of their own, they dropped boring jobs (and call-center jobs, secure and well-paid, are boring and exhausting), and dipped their toes in new and not even secure start-ups, but what did it matter? In Bangalore, something new is always on the horizon, and all experience counts for something...Full Story Here