Culture Smart! India (Paperback)

By Becky Stephen

Kuperard, 9781857335255, 168pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2010



India is in transition. Since the publication of Culture Smart's first guide to India in 2003, it has been transformed from a developing, third-world country into the world's fastest growing economy. Today, a huge, confident, emerging middle class is exporting technology, brains, and enterprise to the rest of the world. At the same time, young Indians educated abroad are returning home to take advantage of the new opportunities, bringing Western expectations and lifestyles with them. The impact of all this wealth-creation, modernity, and individualism on the timeless values and ancient caste structures of India is beginning to be felt well beyond the great cities, adding yet another facet to the giant kaleidoscope of Indian society. This completely new and up-to-date volume by American author Becky Stephens is unrivalled. It highlights the many subtle and not so subtle changes that are taking place in Indian society, describes and explains those areas of life where traditional attitudes and practices continue to prevail, and offers original insights, practical tips, and vital human information to guide you through the pitfalls and delights of this complex, vibrant, and increasingly important country.

About the Author

Becky Stephen is a writer, management consultant, and cross-cultural trainer for businesses and nonprofit organizations in Dubai, the UK, and the USA. After graduating with a Masters in Cross Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, she developed and led cross-cultural and other training programs and events in the USA, India, Eurasia, and Europe, and led the US division of a nonprofit organization responsible for Americans on long-term international assignment. She has written articles and training materials in India, the USA, and Dubai on cross-cultural and spiritual issues. Long fascinated by Indian culture and philosophy, Becky went to India in 1989 to study Hindi at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and ended up living there for nearly five years. She currently lives in Dubai with her Indian husband and son.