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Mad(e) In India

 | Book Awards 2022 | English Non-fiction

Mad(e) In India

“India is a land deeply ancient in culture, varied in rituals, diverse in languages, and yet, united by a primal thread that binds us all together. India can only be described as Incredible. Soumya and Tarika have put together an Incredible book to describe India — from the monsoons to our common religion (cricket), and the tremendous achievement that is the Indian elections. If you love Mother India, do read this lovely book!” Amish Tripathi, Author, Director, The Nehru Centre, London

Full Title: Mad(e) In India

Author: Tarika Roy and Saumya Gupta

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

Mad(e) In India is a frank and funny exploration of India and Indians. With disarming wit, this book explores Indianness and its many facets—who we are as a people and a nation, our quirks, superstitions, myriad gods and goddesses and holy men, our packed cities and streets, our obsession with film stars and filmy style, our jugaadu ways of solving all problems big and small, our diverse cuisines, cultural traditions and art forms, and the unity in diversity that bridges our superficial differences. The authors skillfully showcase the qualities that quintessentially make up the idea of India. Diverse and complex as India is, readers are sure to understand it better and delve into its warm and generous heart as they turn the pages. Written in a conversational style, generously spiced with humour and insight, and interspersed with a rich variety of Indian phrases, this book is an entertaining and light-hearted read.

About the Author: 

Tarika Roy, an Indian Railway Accounts Service officer, is
currently Joint Secretary in the Department of Empowerment
of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment. She has served as Financial Advisor in the
Railways. She worked with the Ministry of External Affairs
as Director, Indian Council of World Affairs and Director,
Central Europe. An Erasmus Mundus scholar, she undertook
a European Master’s in Lifelong Learning from a consortium
of three universities in Denmark, the United Kingdom and
Spain. She graduated with Honours in History from Lady
Sri Ram college and did her Master’s at St. Stephen’s College,
Delhi. She has M.Phil degrees in Archaeology and Public
Administration. Roy has been a lecturer at Hindu College, Delhi. A national
basketball player, she represented Delhi and is interested in
mountaineering and archaeology. She is married to Sanjeev
and has two daughters, Arshia and Mahika.

Soumya Gupta is an Indian Foreign Service officer currently
serving in the Ministry of External Affairs. Prior to this,
she was posted in the Embassy of India, Berlin as Second
Secretary and Head of the Economic and Commerce Wing
and in the MEA in the Central Europe Division. Gupta has
worked as an investment banker in London and an M&A
specialist with the Big 4 in India. She also has experience in
academics and policy advocacy from her stints at the London
School of Economics and at an international NGO. Gupta
has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram
College, Delhi and an MSc in Economics from the London
School of Economics. Her interests include dramatics, music,
travel, gastronomy, cycling and yoga.


Indians from all walks of life seem to have a special ‘adjustment chromosome’ to celebrate putting up with everything, including adjusting ourselves to our old clothes that are bursting at the seams. Indian kids excel at adjusting too, be it on a mother’s lap, scooters, handlebars of autos, in cars and sometimes even in the car’s boot. It is only the beginning of a lifestyle determined by the very word. Most Indian girls are familiar with the instruction, ‘Shaadi ke baad toh adjust karna hee padta hai. Abhi se hee seekh lo.’ (One has to adjust after marriage).

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