INDEX
Page numbers in italics indicate illustrations and tables
aiims (All India Institute of Medical
Sciences), 110
Ambition: career advancement, 97, 98,
106, 128–29, 150, 152–53, 210n4;
conflict between family and per-
sonal fulfillment, 155–56; develop-
ment of spiritual self through study,
175; discourse of virtue, 125–26;
family priorities as limits to, 148–
54; of female it professionals, 122–
25, 153–54; job changes and, 97–
98, 154–55, 210n4; of male knowl-
edge professionals, 135; personal
achievement in knowledge econ-
omy, 77, 88, 95–97, 117–18, 128–
29; social mobility and, 29–30
Anantram, Sarayu, 212n6
anc (African National Congress), 181
Anderson, Benedict, 200–201
Aneesh, A., 35–36
Ant and the Grasshopper story, 111–
13
Apartheid, 15, 33, 179, 181–83, 188,
190–91
Appadurai, Arjun, 19, 173
Appropriate difference: cultural
streamlining and, 10, 22, 50, 73,
200–201; home-based work and,
80–82; Indianness and, 22, 50, 59;
insularity of corporate workplace
and, 54–55, 61–65, 116, 183–84,
210n2; it professionals and, 35;
middle-class femininity and, 50;
mind-set adaptations and, 57–59;
production of Indian culture and,
35. See also Background; Indian-
ness; the Individual; Individuality;
Respectable femininity
Araoz, Zareen, 57, 65–66
Ashrams, 185, 187
Author’s background, 19–20
Babri Masjid mosque destruction, 14
Background: of call center workers,
44–46, 209n8; educational, 6; fa-
milial, 121; of female bank workers,
5–6, 158, 165; global mobility and,
45; of lower middle-class families,
6; merit as overcoming limits of,
87–88; of potential brides, 7; social
and cultural location of, 47; use of
term, 6–7; wealth in designations
of, 6, 121–24
Balance (term), 106, 147–49, 155–
57, 197, 203, 212n1
Bangalore, 27–28; international air-
port in, 26; it industry in, 26;
middle-class background in, 7; Non-
Resident Indian (nri) relocation in,
26
Bay Area Indians for Equality, 110–11
Beauty pageants, 49
Beck, Ulrich, 118
Bhagavad Gita, 1, 207n1
Bhalla, Surjit S., 210n1
Bhattacharjee, Annaya, 15, 49
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