What do you want to know about India today? Her leaders, her people, her politics -- national and international, her traditions, her customs, her interpretation of modern life, her caste system today, her missionaries? The answers are here, in what should be one of the most important books of the Fall. Shridharani is a scholar whose years in this country have prepared him to write with deep understanding of the contrasts, the need for a sympathetic interpretation of ""his country and his people"" for Western eyes. He has done it, brilliantly, but the book lacks the sparkle, the light touch that made Lin futang's book a best seller. The section deserving closest attention is that dealing with Gandhi and the bloodless revolution and the war today.