Games Indians Play ; Why We Are the Way We Are PDF/EPUB


Games Indians Play ; Why We Are the Way We Are In a rare attempt to understand the Indianness of Indians—among the most intelligent people in the world but also to a dispassionate eye perhaps the most baffling—V Raghunathan uses the props of game theory and behavioural economics to provide an insight into the difficult conundrum of why we are the way we are He puts under the scanner our attitudes towards rationality and irrationality selflessness and selfishness competition and cooperation and collaboration and deception Drawing examples from the way we behave in day to day situations Games Indians Play tries to show how in the long run each one of us—whether businessmen politicians bureaucrats or just plain us—stand to profit if we were to assume a little self regulation give fairness a chance and strive to cooperate and collaborate a little even if self interests were to be our main driving force

  • Hardcover
  • 170 pages
  • Games Indians Play ; Why We Are the Way We Are
  • V. Raghunathan
  • English
  • 20 May 2014
  • 9780670999408

10 thoughts on “Games Indians Play ; Why We Are the Way We Are

  1. says:

    This paragraph from the book sums up the author's central argument When I jump a ueue or a red light or throw that garbage on the sidewalk I am taking a rational 'sueal' decision since it seems to get me ahead of others or make life easier for me Here I am being privately smartBut then as others are no less rational intelligent and smart they too start suealing for the same reason and before we know it we have unruly traffic filthy streets and stinking urinals So collectively we are all worse off just as the two prisoners in the dilemmaHow could I resist a book that supposedly combines game theory and behavioural economics? The trouble is I admit I had expectations the book has neither prodigious extrapolation on game theory over daily behaviour nor the level of insight and analysis that a Malcolm Gladwell gives us It ends up as a lesson on the Prisoner's Dilemma and a set of related observations of what we do as a society with superficial analyses on the causes and the results and no real experiments or researchSomething that could have been done without is the way the author keeps repeating the entire set of explanations for every single case he takes He could have also cut back a few times on hackneyed statements of how intelligent a class of people we Indians are because 1 we're good at math and 2 how innovative we are at finding loopholes or bypassing systems The thing is math in India is often than not not related to intelligence it's just a well practised art like language cooking or blogging? is The second part also has nothing to do with intelligence and is but an example of the basis of transactional interaction a la Games People PlayStill a very good book mind you Just that my expectations ran away with me what with the author being one of the better known academicians and all I'd not be lying if I said I'd not have been disappointed if the book had been marketed as just something with the author's thoughts and ideas and not with the sort of research analysis that a Malcolm Gladwell gives us A must read for most simply because being educated doesn't necessarily translate to emotional and social intelligence

  2. says:

    a big bore my total waste

  3. says:

    Attempts to explain Indianness of people living in India using game theorybehavioural economics Every sentence feeling complaint is VERY relatable as someone who grew up in India Was a good engaging readAlthough I must add that it does serve as a little depressing reminder of our state of affairs and if you are someone who thinks that writing negative things is harmful to India's image let me save you some money don't buy it it's not for you

  4. says:

    Firstly this is not about games but game theory The author uses game theory to explain why Indians lack civic sense and he does a good job of it for beginners atleast Have read a bit about game theory earlier in “The Selfish Gene” by Dawkins and we all know the problems of and in India What about solutions that work ?

  5. says:

    An Indian take on game theory Interesting theory pedantic

  6. says:

    one word about this book ' Enlightening' I was a little bit not so sure how one can do the job explaining why IndiaIndians are this way Why do we have filthy citieschaotic traffic where everyone flouts the rules etcThis book explains using Game theory how we are ruining ourselves by thinking selfishly don't get me wrong this is not a preachy book which preaches you to act noble nothis book clearly shows how a small change in how we behave can make a whole lot difference There is a part in which author explains the basic difference between way Indians think and the way their counterparts in the western world I always attributed our lack of hygiene and disregard for rules to the poverty that existsexisted hereBut clearly i was wrong rich and poor act alike in India when it comes to doing something for common good which reminds me money cannot by class Only negative point about this book i felt was that the book could have been a little bit longer The author could have included many issues in the book nevertheless this is a wonderful book kudos to the author i really feel enlightened by reading this book

  7. says:

    Having studied game theory in my first term of MBA made this book an exciting read V Raghunathan has done a uiet detailed research on the reasons of Indians breaking rules though I must say the author at times takes a very defensive stance about his views not being the only right view which again is a sign of modesty as well as badgering off any possible controversies I admired how he connected Gita with game theory Any Indian can connect with the examples author has given in this book about rule breaking that takes place publicly I remembered times when I had broken rules very casually not even feeling wrong about it Author has kept the language very simple making numbers appear as minimally possible Overall this book a concoction of logic satire irony critic and traditions is an orgasmic read for any intellectual

  8. says:

    Raghunathan talks about 'How We Are' than 'Why We Are the Way We Are' His usage of Game theory to explain the benefit of mutual cooperation at all times to be better than defecting on someonesomething is good Also good is the concept of 'Tit for Tat' which tells one to never be the first to defect on someone but give it back to them if they defect on you and hold no personal grudges against them so that you can cooperate with each other the next time on after you defect on him for his defecting on you for mutual benefit This reminds me of India's stand on 'Nuclear Weapons Usage' Policy where we chose the path of 'not the ones to start'

  9. says:

    I had this book with me for uite some time but always postponed reading it I was under the wrong impression it will talk about office politics NO This book is not just about office politics but about us Indians and why are we very selfish in a group and rarely think of group's benefit which can maximise satisfaction for all Author has explained this with the help of Game Theory and prisoner's dilemma that's where the name comes from I could really identify with break the ueue at any cost and at the first opportunity syndrome Now I am trying to see Lose Lose games we all try to play in our day to day public life

  10. says:

    Interesting analysis of the psychology of the contemporary Indian Must read for anyone trying to understand Indian society It also tells us why the utility maximizing mentality of Indians may not be all that good in the long run both for individual and the nation Also helps us understand why many Western societies which are not culturally modest like us still managed to develop uickly by maintaining some basic standards This is all explained with the help of Game TheoryThe first step to understand any problem is accepting then dissecting it VRaghunathan does the dissection splendidly now it is up to us to accept the way we are and take steps to fix ourselves

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