We benefit from having Aiyar’s cultural vantage point and nuanced lens. She is a better guide to exploring those issues that don’t easily fit into the already hackneyed “Dragon vs. Elephant” cliché. And when it comes to answering that all-important question of how these countries are improving the future for their citizens, who better to help us understand than someone who knows them both with the love of a native and the curiosity of a traveler?

Jeffrey Wassesrstrom, Foreign Policy