But another economic reality looms in Mitra's backward home state of Assam in India's forgotten northeast. Relatives' pleas for jobs, advice and guidance reflect an Indian tragically bypassed by the boom. Their different lives and expectation of government confuse and exasperate Mitra, as do their expectations of her. Gradually, exasperation turns to understanding and appreciation. And after months of lecturing Indians on US-style efficiency, Mitra draws unexpected lessons on hustle and innovation from India. What is the government role in an economy? What is its obligation to rich and poor? Why do managers struggle to find talent even as millions around them are desperate to land jobs? What values get left behind when a country makes itself over? My Two Indias lucidly reconciles the many faces of India: separate, unequal, inextricably, dependent.
S. Mitra Kalita is an award winning journalist and senior deputy editor at The Wall Street Journal.She previously worked for Mint, The Washington Post, Newsday and The Associated Press. She is a past President of the South Asian journalists Association and author the critically acclaimed Suburban Sahibs-Three Immigrant Families and their Passage from India to America. Mitra lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. This is her second book.