Pavan K. Varma is a writer-diplomat and was conferred Bhutan’s highest civilian honour, The Druk Thuksey, while serving as India’s ambassador to Bhutan. Now, a Rajya Sabha member, he has authored over a dozen books, including The Great Indian Middle Class, Maximize Your Life, Krishna: The Playful Divine, Being Indian: The Truth About Why the 21st Century Will Be India’s, Becoming Indian: The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity, Chanakya’s New Manifesto to Resolve the Crisis within India. His latest book is The New Indian Middle Class.
Publisher: Rupa Publications India.
Set in contemporary India and in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, When Loss Is Gain, is a powerful story dealing with life and death, loss and gain, happiness and fulfilment, the physical and the spiritual, the rational and the inexplicable, and the perennial dialogue between dukkha or sorrow, the key word in Buddhism, and ananda or joy, which animates most of Hindu philosophy.
Publisher (English): Penguin Books India
Publisher (Marathi translation): Ameya Prakashan
Publisher (Tamil translation): New Horizon Media
Publisher (Punjabi translation): Unistar Books
Rights: Indian Language Rights Available (excluding Marathi, Tamil and Punjabi)
In this book, Pavan Varma looks at the consequence of Empire on the Indian psyche. Drawing upon modern Indian history, contemporary events as well as personal experience, he examines how and why the legacies of colonialism persist in our everyday life, affecting our language, politics, creative expression and self-image. Over six decades after Independence, English remains the most powerful language in India. Our classical arts and literature continue to be neglected, and our popular culture is mindlessly imitative of western trends. Our cities are dotted with incongruous buildings that owe nothing to indigenous traditions of architecture. For all our bravado as an emerging superpower, we remain unnaturally sensitive to both criticism and praise from the Anglo-Saxon world and hunger for its approval. With passion, insight and impeccable logic, Pavan Varma shows why India, and other formerly subject nations, can never truly be free – and certainly not in any position to assume global leadership – unless they reclaim their cultural identity.