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4 February 2019
The self described adage rather fits well for this author. Travelling with his friends such as NDTV Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika covering many state and couple of general elections the insights offered are little. It is much about the lack of comforts these Lutyens types faced while staying in motels in smaller towns. Complaints about bed bugs, dirty toilets, oily snacks they ate fills many of the pages. The company of liberal journalists over these years (since 1998 or so) has left Ruchir confused about the real changes in India. He looks askance at the emergence of Modi in 2014 because much of his time is spent interviewing Akhilesh Bhai and Mayawati Behenji and Marxist comrades. The casteist equation in Indian elections is an obvious but oft repeated theme throughout the book. To someone familiar with Indian elections, that is like preaching to the choir.
I expected discerning fundamental changes happening in Indian polity but all I got was a travelogue with uppity Lutyen elite who made the grudging journey through muddy roads and stayed in stained motels.