New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas reversed his parents' immigrant path and moved to India in 2003 to discover an old country making itself anew. Though India was in the midst of an economic boom, Giridharadas was interested less in its gold rush than in its cultural upheaval, as a new generation sought to reconcile old traditions and customs with new ambitions and dreams. Giridharadas brings to life the people and the dilemmas of India today, through the prism of his family history. He shows how families are reinventing relationships, bending the meaning of Indianness, and enduring the pangs of the old birthing the new. Join us for his fascinating perspective on the rise of modern India.

Anand Giridharadas writes for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune, on global culture, the social meaning of technology, and other subjects. He has lectured at Harvard, Brown, the University of Michigan, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations, the International Development Research Centre, Google, and the Young Presidents Organization. He has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia for his opinion writing, by the South Asian Journalists Association for his business reportage, and by the Indo-American Society for promoting cross-cultural understanding.