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The Indian Renaissance

The India Club is delighted to support

The Launch of a Book by a long-standing India Club member, Sanjeev Sanyal,
“The Indian Renaissance: The Rise of India after a Thousand Years of Decline”

The author: Sanjeev Sanyal has been a Singapore-based senior regional economist with the Global Markets group of Deutsche Bank since 1997, and is also an Adjunct Fellow at Singapore’s Institute of
Policy Studies.
The book: Till a thousand years ago, India was a great nation ? the world’s largest economy, the lynchpin of global trade, a hub of intellectual activity and a cultural super-power. Now, after ten centuries of decline, India has an opportunity to re-emerge not just as an economy but as a civilization. In “The Indian Renaissance: India’s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline", Sanjeev looks at the processes that led to ten
centuries of decline. He then examines the powerful economic and social forces that are now working together to transform India beyond recognition.

These range from demographic shifts to rising literacy levels. However, the most important revolution of all is the opening of minds and the dramatically changed attitude towards innovation and risk. With clarity,
understanding and insight, the author tells the story from the perspective of the new generation of Indians who have emerged from this great period of change.

The event: Apart from a book reading by the author, there will be a discussion of the book by HE Dr S. Jaishankar, High Commissioner of India to Singapore and Dr. Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Date: Friday, Sept 5th, 2008
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Churchill Room, Tanglin Club
Attendance is free

All India Club members and friends are invited.

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Book Reading by David Davidar.

Dear INDIA CLUB members and Friends-of INDIA CLUB

Close on the heels of the reading by Anita Desai, we are delighted to present a book reading by yet another Indian author, David Davidar as part of the INDIA CLUB-IndiaSe Literary Salon.

Davidar is the author of the novel The House of Blue Mangoes, which was published in 2002. It was translated into 16 languages and was a New York Times Notable Book and a Book Sense Pick. His new novel, The Solitude of Emperors, was launched in September 2007 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.
In 1985, while still in his mid-twenties, he became one of the founding members of Penguin in India, where he edited or published authors like Kiran Desai, Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth, Vikram Chandra, Rohinton Mistry, Salman Rushdie, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Khushwant Singh, R.K. Narayan, Shobhaa De, Romila Thapar, Shashi Tharoor, Suketu Mehta, William Dalrymple, Mohsin Hamid and Ramachandra Guha. He is one of the few publishers who is a successful author in his own right. In 2004 he was transferred to Penguin Books in Canada where he now works and resides.

David will be in Singapore for just one day 1st September 2008. You are invited to attend his reading at the National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, on Level 1 at the Visitor’s Briefing room at 5:30 p.m. Admission for this event is free.

Please RSVP to Ms Amrita Das at 92270957.

Past Events

Book Reading by Anita Desai

Dear INDIA CLUB Members and Friends-of-INDIA CLUB

“The INDIA CLUB-India Se Literary Salon” is proud to present Anita Desai, the author of nearly a dozen novels with such well known titles as Cry, The Peacock (1963), Baumgartner’s Bombay (1988) and the more recent The Zigzag Way (2004) to her credit. She is the recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award. As many as three of her works were shortlisted for the Booker prize. Her novel In Custody was made into an artistically acclaimed feature film by Merchant Ivory Productions and starred Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Om Puri.

You are invited to attend a book reading by her on the 23rd of August at 6:30 p.m. @ The POD 16th floor, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore. In a departure from our usual practice, both INDIA CLUB members as well Friends-of-INDIA CLUB are welcome to attend the event free of charge. This is courtesy of INDIA CLUB, India Se, The National Library and Citibank.

As seats are limited and a fixed number allocated to each sponsor, you are requested to RSVP as soon as possible, by stating that you are an INDIA CLUB invitee. RSVP by email : or by phone : 92270957 ( Ms Das). Please carry a print out of this email to the event for verification.

Yours truly
Aarti Mehra
Secretary, INDIA CLUB

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