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Games Indians Play
By V. Raghunathan Why are we Indians the way we are is the question surrounding the author and poses it to the reader in the form of exemplary questions and transactions that we Indians indulge in on daily basis. The author understands the rationality, irrationality, selfish motives, antagonism through the lenses of prisoner s dilemma of economic behaviour theory. The author stresses the fact that Indians though being extremely intelligent species in the world often are found breaching moral and legal standards within India and at the same time are lawful and conscious of their actions on the foreign land. Indians seem to be no less rational and intelligent than those in western societies, yet the sum total of individual utilities do not maximize the collective utility as people. The author through his understanding of behavioural economics and theory of prisoner s dilemma has tried to analyze the rationality impact on decision making and that how the selfishness leads to cooperation. I liked the way the author drew numerous livid examples of general tendency of doing various activities and transactions being an Indian. Humour, coupled with sarcasm has been used at most of the instances that the author has drawn from the life of an Indian. I liked the correlation and analysis of this behaviour with economic theory and behavioural science and the fact that the author has tried to get to the roots of the attitude of Indians. However, I did not appreciate the repeated criticism and that few parts of the book to be monotonous. Although the author has put it as a disclaimer, that the bright side of India and being an Indian will not be covered in the book, I wished few parts should have included the positives of Indianness . I would have appreciated some parallels being drawn between the two shades of India.