Much of what most people outside India know about the world’s second-most populous nation is information of the Slumdog Millionaire variety — we’ve heard of slum dwellers, of poverty, of the lack of sanitation. Or it’s the Eat, Pray, Love portrayal, which is all about sadhus and gurus and the hope of enlightenment. Or it’s Bollywood and bombings. Or call centres and outsourcing. Or cricket players and beggars. India is all of these things — and a lot more.

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