The White Tiger, written by Aravind Adiga, is a worthwhile easy read. A fiction, illustrating the darker realities of India, through the eyes of a hired driver, is interesting, as well as entertaining.
Having spent only a total of 7 months in the country, naturally I've only experienced the bare minimum. However, it is a place of paradox in many instances. Much about this fascinating country has made me take pause, to shake my head and say, only in India, which are colorfully expressed in the book.
With 1.2 billion people, and 61 years since independence from English rule, India is just hitting it's stride, and books like The White Tiger give us the opportunity to get a feel for one side of this vast, multidimensional country.