Must for true Nationalist .

One of great book come across. A brave and honest journalist account and must read for true nationalist . 100% true. True story related to my village and area Hridaychak and Kaler


Josy, an investigative journalist behind India’s recent journalism scoops, effectively straddles his makeover as a leading non-fiction writer. While his work through the years chronicles the brutal saga behind India’s leading problems of corruption and ‘middle-man’ equations—Josy courageously names politicians and businessmen, who are complicit in the art of undermining India’s progress for their selfish agenda. As the country’s image suffers in the international media – for its suffocating corruption, lagging infrastructure development and the burgeoning divide between the poor and the rich – the truth is the national media has become a conniving accomplice in furthering these negative interests. The story of real India is yet to be told, submerged as it is by increasing instances of commercial houses silencing their critics, with the lure of the lucre and sheer muscle power. In A Feast of Vultures, Josy effectively unplugs the nation’s nauseating drain of carefully hidden secrets and its unholy nexuses—a historic account of the many devastating truths that are a by-product of the economic liberalisation which began in the 90’s. The facts are brilliantly presented, while the real-life characters add to the narrative – lifted by an incisive, observant, and smooth prose.



and who could write it better than the brilliant Award winning Investigative journalist
A powerful book! Makes you angry and question things happening around you. Explains the immoral functioning of the society, and the rising inequality. Why we can not ignore this anymore and shows how it is possible to take on the big guns. It will be a book read as a classic in the area of journalism, and teaching the art of uncensored reporting. A true, bold account of the nexus between political parties, bureaucracy and the underworld- a fearless story of the modern ‘shining’ India. A book of this nature was long due, and who could write it better than the brilliant Award winning Investigative journalist, Josy Joseph. This will be among the top read books on Indian democracy in the times to come.

Investigative reporting at its best.

India: the land of vultures, who stop at nothing.

A courageous account of wheeling-dealing in the power corridors of India, and how it keeps most of India poor. The stories are very interesting, though the writing could have been a bit more elegant and analytical. A must-read for anyone who is naive to believe in the rhetoric that the politicians throw at us. Also a must-read for people who falsely revere our top industrialists, who came into riches through corruption, manipulation and sometimes even murder – rather than innovation.

Do not be deluded with the false talks of patriotism. Nothing works in India. Justice system can be bought. Police serve their political masters, most of whom come from a criminal background. And anything can be purchased.

Highly recommended. Everyone should read this book to know the true nature in India. Because only when we do not delude ourselves that our country is great, we may try to change it.


Arghya B


The Feast of Vultures by Josy Joseph is an apt commentary on the state of affairs in a seemingly ‘resurgent’ India. From start to finish, this work of non-fiction read like a thriller with its big exposes, and I finished it in a day. I read with relish the elaborate section on the middleman phenomenon. In the liberalized economy of India, the middleman is a regular in the everyday life of all Indians. We meet them everyday, everywhere. What differs is the level of work a citizen wants to get done—anything is possible for the right price. From the middleman at the street-corner – fixing up paper work in the town council or the village panchayat – to the defence arms middleman compromising willing politicians through kickbacks for awarding defence contracts, the rich and the poor are indebted to this ubiquitous fixer. It is also this fixer who sustains the apparatus of corruption—facilitating access to government decision-makers in the country—and the book explains how deep the rabbit hole goes.

A feast for readers

A true feast for readers who wants to know how India is run. A gripping account from a journalist who had an eagle’s eye view of the happenings of modern India.



A non-fiction that reads like a thriller

A non-fiction that reads like a thriller. From the slums in Delhi to the high rises of Mumbai, the book takes you on a fast paced rundown on the underbelly of how India works. The perspective gleaned as an investigative journalist shines through.

intelligent expose’ on the perils of fraying democratic systems and

 Josy Joseph minces no words in this scholarly, intelligent expose’ on the perils of fraying democratic systems and their systemic erosion. Meticulously researched and scholarly, this one reads like a thriller. Except it is all true; it seems. A necessary insight that does not beat around the bush in the provocative angles of enquiry it throws up. This book is one for both the casual reader; and the serious enquirer. And it will be the soundest non fiction book on the Indian diaspora for many a year!

Rony Nair