The Liberals

Hindol Sengupta

The Liberals

30 August 2012

The Liberals is a very private story of a very public middle-class consumption revolution. From proselytizing American schools in Calcutta to Page-3 parties in Delhi and television studios in Bombay, the book brings to life unforgettable characters spawned by the needs of the world’s largest democracy. Communist Bob Dylans jam with murderous villagers, girlfriends give lessons in capitalism, TV stylists snarl over white shirts, Amar Singh talks about love and Akshay Kumar about what it takes to be the boy next door. Through it all, Hindol Sengupta lives to tell the tale of GDP rising.

This is the autobiography of liberalization, entertaining and immensely relatable, and an insider’s account of finding one’s place in a newly liberalized India. At this event, Hindol Sengupta read from his book and was in conversation with Parmesh Shahani, the head of the Godrej-India Culture Lab.

About the Author

Hindol Sengupta is the author of two definitive books on the Indian luxury industry. He has had an accomplished career as a TV journalist. He is the founding trustee of Whypoll Trust, India's only open government trust and senior editor at the Indian edition of Fortune magazine.