Yes, this IS inspired by the two books by Indian authors that have captivated audiences worldwide, and won one author the man booker, and the other considerable royalties. Coincidentally, these are the two most recent books I have read.
The overwhelming feeling both of these books left me with was one of inadequacy. Both the authors do an admittedly wonderful job of tearing the veneer of India Shining to pieces, and go boldly into the underbelly of The Other India. Adiga and Swarup take us on a journey through what lies beneath. They tell us that in India, the persons with money still have the power, that democracy is still a faraway dream for some of our fellow countrymen, that corruption is still something that the average Indian has to contend with.
Many questions are raised, chief among them being whether I know the real India. I can safely say that I don’t.
Am I going to do something about it?
I don’t know.
60 years after independence, we have at least achieved some of what we aspired to. But there is still a long way to go.
I dream of an India in the new millenium.