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Dreamers

How Young Indians Are Changing Their World
Written by: Snigdha Poonam
Narrated by: Richa Syal
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: History, World
4 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Crossword Jury Award for Non Fiction

More than half of India is under the age of 25, and the country is set to have the youngest population in the world by 2021. But India's millennials are nothing like their counterparts in the West.

In a world that's marked by unprecedented connectivity and technological advancement, in a country that's increasingly characterized by ambition, political power, and access, in an economy that appears to be breaking down the barriers to wealth that existed for every previous era, this is a generation that cannot - will not - be defined on anything but their own terms. They are wealth-chasers, attention-seekers, power-trappers, fame-hunters. They are the dreamers.

Snigdha Poonam's remarkable cultural study of the unlikeliest of fortune-hawkers travels through the small towns of Northern India to investigate the phenomenon that is India's Generation Y. From dubious entrepreneurs to political aspirants, from starstruck strivers to masterly swindlers, she travels - on carts and buses, in cars and trucks - through India's badlands to uncover a theater of toxic masculinity, spirited ambition, and a kind of hunger for change that is bound to drive the future of our country. These young Indians aren't just changing their world - they're changing yours.

©2019 Snigdha Poonam (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Stories of often ignored youth of India

This book helped me see a dimension of India I knew exist but didn't know much about it. It will give you a sense of what some of the often ignored youth of India is up to. This book could also be considered as a good critic of our system. The stories are mostly from north and Gangetic plains, wish it could have covered other parts too. Also, I felt that there are many promising tales out there, they could have been mentioned if not covered, in their absence the book might sound one sided.

Otherwise the book excels at telling the struggles our under privileged youth goes through. The tales of their determination to be someone and uplift themselves from poverty are quite moving.