The book Games Indian Play - Why we are the way we are looks at the possible reasons why Indians are individually hardworking and intelligent, but as a nation, a large section of the population remains illiterate , lives below the poverty line and public infrastructure is poor.
Some of the features of Indians which are discussed in the book include low trustworthiness, lack of self regulation and sense of fairness ( not the Fair and Lovely kind), mistaking talk for action . He uses game theory to find the reasons behind this behaviour . He narrates several incidents where Indian businessmen out to make the quick buck, lose out in the long term. The "crab in a bucket" syndrome makes difficult for an individual to excel however good he or she may be, when every one around trying their best to pull the person down. Western countries like USA, Germany, France, Asian countries like China, Japan and Korea appreciate talent and hard work to a much greater extent, which is why they are economically so advanced.
Games Indians Play - Why we are the way we are by V.Raghunathan
Pages : 170
Publisher : Penguin Books