A deeply insightful and often very amusing mixture of travelogue, memoir and political analysis …..offers a perspective that benefits vastly from the time she has spent talking to villagers, small traders and economic migrants as much as to CEOs and think-tank wonks…..Clever, engaging, reflexive: Aiyar's book will affront "India Shining" ideologues as much as it punctures the gassy platitudes of "Chindia" boosters.

Sukhdev Sandhu, The New Statesman