Along with its economic transformation, which will bring India closer to the postmodern shape of the U.S. and other Western societies, India resembles us in other ways as well. Its expanse is enormous, and its topography varied. Moreover, the population is exceedingly diverse in terms of language (imagine a nation with 15 official languages!), ethnicities, religions, and cultures. I felt a bit less like a stranger when I was with colleagues from other parts of India who were no better able than I to understand Telugu, the dominant language in Andhra Pradesh, the state of which Hyderabad is the capital, but which is not much spoken elsewhere.