Chalta Hai India: When ‘It’s Ok!’ is Not Ok by Alpesh Patel – Book Review

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Author: Alpesh Patel
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Rating: 4.5/5

Review

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Chalta Hai India: When ‘It’s Ok!’ is Not Ok by Alpesh Patel is a wonderful book that tells about the Chalta Hai attitude ingrained in our DNA or is it just a bad habit which can be easily exterminated?

The book is divided into four parts, exploring, measuring, reasoning and the solution for the chalta hai attitude. The author has briefly explained the concept of chalta hai, how Jugaad keeps us away from growing because of chalta hai attitude. It’s a book that every citizen must read to bring change in their lives, in our nation.

The book has 15 chapters talking about the chalta hai attitude that we have, how it does not help in developing the nation. It tells about the chalta hai attitude that we see in our surroundings. From the cause to resolutions of chalta hai, everything is well explained by the author.

The concept of the book is completely different and important. The language used by the author is simple and apt. The writing style of the author is gripping and upto the point. The author keeps the reader hooked throughout.

It’s a well-researched book. I loved the way the author selected the points to measure and find solutions for chalta hai. From sports to culture, from films and movies to transport the author left no stone unturned to explain the chalta hai attitude.

It has some interesting facts which we are unaware of. The author compared India with other countries showing the graph of growth. we all want India to be a developed nation but what’s stopping us to be one. There’s an answer in this book for the same.

The cover and the title of the book is impressive. It’s a detailed book, a bit heavy read. Take your time to read and understand every page. I would recommend each and everyone to read this book.

A Must read book.

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Summary

India once commanded a massive 30 per cent share of the global GDP and led the world in most fields, but today the country sadly is a developing nation. People often attribute India’s sluggish progress to the malaise called the Chalta Hai (‘It’s okay’, ‘Let it be’) attitude, but not everyone agrees with that presupposition. Debates on the subject are often inconclusive and discomfiting questions remain unanswered. Are we really a Chalta Hai nation? Is Chalta Hai ingrained in our DNA or is it just a bad habit which can be easily exterminated? Will this attitude stop India from becoming a global power?

Alpesh Patel delves into this quirky Indian approach and answers these questions by examining the country’s pace of progress in fields such as education, infrastructure, films and sports since Independence. The book revisits our cultural, ideological and political history over three millennia to trace the roots of the Chalta Hai attitude of Indians. Interesting facts and unsettling inferences force the reader to introspect and awaken him to the need for an urgent action. Finally, the book charts out methods and suggestions on how to get rid of the Chalta Haiattitude and take India closer to the dream of becoming a developed nation.

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