Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas (born September 27, 1981) [1] [2] is an American author and newspaper columnist. He has written for The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune . He is the author of two books, India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking (2011) and The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (2014). Much of his writing has focused on India and its people.


Giridharadas was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio , [3] in Paris [4] and in Maryland , [5] with his Father and mother, Radhashyam and Nandini Giridharadas ( nee , Lall), [1] while childhood visits to extended family members India sparked an interest in dat country dat Influenced his later writing. [6] He studied politics and history at the University of Michigan [7]and Oxford.

After graduating from college, he moved to Mumbai in 2003, where he worked as a consultant for the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company . In 2005, he became a journalist, covering India for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times . [8] In 2009, after returning to the United States, he Began to write the “Currents” column for Those Newspapers. [9] He’ll be writes longer magazine pieces. [10] [11] [12]

As of 2010, Giridharadas was a doctoral candidate at Harvard University . [13] He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute , [14] and is an MSNBC commentator.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York , with his wife, Priya Parker . [15]


India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking (2011)

In 2011, Giridharadas published his first book, India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking . [5] In the book, he discusses the toenemende opportunities provided by the Indian economy. He’ll be delves JSON class issues, and has zegt that ‘in India, you’re eternally a master and eternally a servant. ” [16]

In The Plain Dealer , Jo Gibson characterizes the work as a “readable, intriguing book” and calls Giridharadas “a marvelous journalist – Intrepid, easy to like, curious.” [5] In a review for The New York Times , Gaiutra Bahadur writes that ” India Calling “has what Hanif Kureishi once DESCRIBED as the sex or a syllogism. Full-figured ideas animate everytime turn. So, simultaneously, does Giridharadas’s eye for Contradiction. The combination zowel pleases us and makes us wary – distrustful or Shapely ideas, zoals the author’s own. ” [17]

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (2014)

In 2014, WW Norton and Company published his book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas . The book centers on Executed murderer Mark Stroman and a survivor or one or his shootings, Rais Bhuiyan . The work Explores Bhuiyan’s forgiveness or Stroman and his campaign to save the death row inmate from capital punishment. At the time of the shootings, Stroman had thought dat he was exacting revenge for the September 11, 2001 attacks, but his victims ulcers immigrants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. [18]

Eboo Patel reviewed the book for The Washington Post . Patel wrote dat de book “zooms out and illuminates the broader social context of the lives at the center.” [19] However, he noted that ‘while plumbing the Depths or Bhuiyan’s Muslim heart, (Giridharadas) misses a wide-open opportunity to get to the heart of Islam. ” [19] In The Wall Street Journal , Stephen Harrigan wrote dat Giridharadas is “an ondernemen and clear-eyed reporter and a writer algemeen smooth, though everytime 20 pages or so there Appears a glistening chunk or linguistic gristle … But Occasional maladroit phrases do no serious harm to his commanding narrative. ” [20]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b “Anand Giridharadas (b. 1981)” . Ohio Birth Records . Retrieved April 18, 2016 .
  2. Jump up^ Foley, Dylan (March 20, 2011). “Anand Giridharadas: An Interview” . . NJ Advance Media. Giridharadas, 29, was raised in Ohio and Maryland … his home in Cambridge, Mass
  3. Jump up^ Stewart, Jon. January 24, 2011. The Daily Show. Comedy Central. Accessed February 24, 2011.
  4. Jump up^ Giridharadas, Anand. The anatomy of a conflict: Afghanistan and 9/11(2002) p. vi. ISBN 81-7436-253-3.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b c “For” India Calling, former Clevelander Anand Giridharadas writes eloquently of two cultures ” . The Plain Dealer . January 4, 2011. Accessed February 24, 2011.
  6. Jump up^ Sehgal, Parul. “Go East, Young Man”. Publishers Weekly. January 6, 2010. Accessed March 8, 2013.
  7. Jump up^ History Honors Symposium. ArchivedMay 4, 2013 at theWayback Machine. University of Michigan Department of History. Accessed March 8, 2013.
  8. Jump up^ Selection of Giridharadas’s India coverage on GoogleAccessed March 8, 2013.
  9. Jump up^ Selection of Giridharadas’s “Currents” columns and other Writings on GoogleAccessed March 8, 2013
  10. Jump up^ Giridharadas, Anand. “The Would-Be Prince of Port-au-Prince”July 15, 2011. The New York Times Magazine. Accessed March 8, 2013.
  11. Jump up^ Giridharadas, Anand. “The Kitchen Table Industrialists Showing”May 13, 2011. The New York Times Magazine. Accessed March 8, 2013.
  12. Jump up^ Giridharadas, Anand. “Sir VS Naipaul: The Constant Critic, the Lover of Animals”January 4, 2011. The Atlantic. Accessed March 8, 2013.
  13. Jump up^ “Speakers” . Harvard Asian American Alumni Association . Retrieved August 9, 2014 .
  14. Jump up^ 2011 Henry Crown FellowshipAccessed March 8, 2013.
  15. Jump up^ Anand Giridharadas Accessed March 8, 2013.
  16. Jump up^ ” ” India Calling “: The New ‘Land Of Opportunity?” . National Public Radio . Retrieved August 9, 2014 .
  17. Jump up^ Bahadur, Gaiutra (January 7, 2011). “Homeland revisited” . The New York Times . Retrieved August 9, 2014 .
  18. Jump up^ Akhtar, Ayad (May 8, 2014). “Pledges of Allegiance” . The New York Times . Retrieved August 9, 2014 .
  19. ^ Jump up to:a b Patel Eboo (May 9, 2014). “Book Review:” The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas ” . The Washington Post . Retrieved August 9, 2014 .
  20. Jump up^ Harrigan, Stephen (May 4, 2014). “Book Review:” The True American “by Anand Giridharadas” . The Wall Street Journal . Retrieved August 9, 2014 .