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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
  • 24 October 2019
  • 0670999407

About the Author: V. Raghunathan

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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 queue or a red light, or throw that garbage on the sidewalk, I am taking a rational squeal decision, since it seems to get me ahead of others or make life easier for me Here I am being privately smart.But then, as others are no less rational, intelligent and smart, they too start squealing for the same reason and before we know it, we have unruly traffic, filthy streets and stinking urinals So collectively we ar This paragraph from the book sums up the author s central argument When I jump a queue or a red light, or throw that garbage on the sidewalk, I am taking a rational squeal decision, since it seems to get me ahead of others or make life easier for me Here I am being privately smart.But then, as others are no less rational, intelligent and smart, they too start squealing 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 dilemma.How 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 research.Something 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 isoften 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 Play.Still 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:

    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

  4. says:

    An Indian take on game theory Interesting theory, pedantic.

  5. says:

    one word about this book , Enlightening I was a little bit not so sure how one can do the job explaining why India Indians are this way Why do we have filthy cities,chaotic traffic where everyone flouts the rules, etc..,This 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 no,this book clearly shows how a small change in how we behave can make a whole lot difference There i one word about this book , Enlightening I was a little bit not so sure how one can do the job explaining why India Indians are this way Why do we have filthy cities,chaotic traffic where everyone flouts the rules, etc..,This 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 no,this 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 exists existed here.But 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 manyissues in the book nevertheless, this is a wonderful book kudos to the author i really feel enlightened by reading this book

  6. says:

    Having studied game theory in my first term of MBA made this book an exciting read V Raghunathan has done a quiet 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 Having studied game theory in my first term of MBA made this book an exciting read V Raghunathan has done a quiet 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

  7. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Raghunathan talks about How We Arethan 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 someone something 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 hi Raghunathan talks about How We Arethan 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 someone something 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

  8. says:

    I had this book with me for quite 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 queue at any I had this book with me for quite 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 queue 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

  9. 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 quickly by maintaining some basic standards This is all explained with the help of Game Theory.The first step t 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 quickly by maintaining some basic standards This is all explained with the help of Game Theory.The first step to understand any problem is accepting, then dissecting it V.Raghunathan does the dissection splendidly now it is up to us to accept the way we are, and take steps to fix ourselves

  10. says:

    This book takes a shot at the behaviour of Indians But it also gives a logical reasoning to why Indians are like that.The author does that with the help of Game Theory.Using concepts like Prisoners Dilemma, the author gives a insight of how human beings make a decision, and why the decision has a profound effect on Indian s ,thereby affecting the whole system.

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