But he’s not just interested in what you can do with it. He’s also curious about what it does to people.
Billionaire Raj, the much-buzzed about book from Crabtree — a former Financial Times Mumbai bureau chief and now professor at the influential Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore — tells the riveting story of India’s super-rich, not as a bland account of facts and figures but as a high-octane journey through the lives of reclusive billionaires and tycoons, a story made more compelling by Crabtree’s years as an acute observer in their midst.
And in Raiders of the Ark, we spoke to the uber-articulate Crabtree on the rollercoaster ride of India’s billionaire class, the extremes that lie beneath it, and what India needs to do to move from crony capitalism to a more progressive era.
Algebra, the Arts & Ideas Club brings together a fellowship of people who believe great cities are built not just on infrastructure but a life of the mind; who understand robust and liberal societies need the oxygen of great conversation and nuanced thinking.
At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by rage and noise, Algebra is a live and continuous space for people to come together for a genuine exchange of ideas and exposure to issues; where new seeds could be sparked, fresh perspectives formed, and intelligent connections made.
Algebra – the Arts and Ideas Club is designed to host almost 35 engagements over the year with topline thinkers and practitioners from almost every discipline that impacts human affairs: politics, economy, environment, spirituality, cinema, medicine, science, technology, music, media, literature, the arts, sports, people’s movements, et al.