New York Times Columnist & Author
Anand Giridharadas is a writer. He is the author, most recently, of The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, about a Muslim immigrant’s campaign to spare from Death Row the white supremacist who tried to kill him (optioned for movie adaption by Annapurna Pictures). In 2011 he published India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking,” about returning to the India his parents left. Read More >
TEDTalk: A Tale of Two Americas. And the Mini-mart Where They Collided
Opening Keynote, Obama Foundation Summit
Truth is Social: How Technology Has Changed Perceptions of Reality
Hopeful for a More Globalized Society
The Digital Soul: The Spread of Digital Life
Interview with CNN
Anand Giridharadas, author of the accomplished India Calling, has released his intriguing new book entitled The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (2014). In this speech for college audiences, literary groups and others, Giridharadas discusses his book and the themes of racism, immigration and learning what it means to be a “true American.” He tells the story of the fateful encounter between Mark Stroman, a racist ex-con in Dallas who went on a killing spree targeting men he wrongly thought were Arabs after 9/11, and Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi-born convenience-store clerk who was shot by Stroman, but survived. The True American is a deeply moving exploration of the American dream and its many dimensions, making us all question how – or whether – we choose what we become.
In this motivational speech, Anand Giridharadas shares how to effectively enact change within one's world. Based on his upcoming book Winners Take All, he discusses the importance of staying rooted in one's community, understanding the perspectives and experiences of people who appear to be different, and adjusting to challenging times in order to find solutions. He debunks common myths and illusions surrounding the concept of "world-changing," which ultimately impede the process. According to Giridharadas, it is imperative for leaders to understand that not everything can stay the same—one cannot pick and choose which changes they wish to make, without affecting the entire community as a result. He describes citizenship as an active process rather than a passive title, and explains to audiences how each and every person can play a role in shaping change.
"He knocked it out of the park, receiving a standing 'O' from our 900 attendees. Please pass our continued gratitude to Anand. It couldn’t have gone better."
“This talk had massive impact at TED2015 last week. An extraordinarily powerful parable on so many levels. And presented with amazing eloquence. I looked around and saw many eyes glistening.It's a talk you wish every American leader, CEO and opinion influencer would see. Actually, it's a talk you wish everyone would see."
“I was impressed by this @TEDTalks back in March. @AnandWrites captures the dreams and fears of American immigrants.”
"Anand's presentation was excellent. Few presenters can alternate humor and seriousness as ably as he did - his talk was both moving and entertaining. I appreciated that he had included some reflections on current events and thoughts related to his upcoming work. He generously stayed to attend the reception with the Ambassador from India, and made himself available to talk with the crowd. I'd be delighted to work with him again, and hope you will keep us updated on his future projects and availabilities. Thank you!"
"I did not see a single student, and there were many, on their cellphones. I can say as chairman of the Department of Music, who has seen students at great musical performances and in other contexts, that this never happens. Students are invariably texting. But I looked around several times to discover rapt student faces and not a single student on a cellphone!”
“Thank you for your powerful, life-awakening and important conversation on Thursday -- so grateful for the message of compassion, empathy, understanding and forgiveness. Attendees loved your presentation...we got a lot of positive feedback."
"Anand, thank you very much for sharing your world with us. Besides being a brilliant and creative thinker, you are a gracious and generous person. Members and their guests are still talking about the ideas you raised. Thank you for sharing your very special lens through which you see a radically changing world."