Half of India’s population is below the age of 25. In this book of profiles, mainly of young men from small towns, the journalist Snigdha Poonam notes that the majority of India’s youth are uneducated, unemployed or unemployable. Their stories are a combination of big dreams and dim horizons, with only a few succeeding in India’s competitive labour market. Many are pushed to seeking redressal though a politics of anger and vengeance.
Penguin Viking, 256 pages, Rs 599