Spread over a wide canvas, but focused entirely on the Indian diaspora, Mulloo attempts a diasporic perspective by using the inter disciplinary tools of history, economics, politics and sociology to narrate the story of overseas Indians. Secondly, he makes an important departure by taking a self-confident, Indo-centric view of a resurgent India-but from a self-critical, realistic and optimistic perspective. Thirdly, Mulloo's analysis of NRIs and PIOs provides the intellectual framework for a deeper, critical understanding of the Indian diaspora-that global family of 22 million in over 125 countries. Finally, he positions the Indian diaspora, with its estimated combined income of $160 billion, as a huge asset in the creation of a global network and the building of economic bridges to assist both India and the host countries. Written in an easy readable style and shorn of academic jargon, Voices of the Indian Diaspora is a contemporary effort at understanding overseas Indians. It is honest, compelling, thought provoking and substantial. Mulloo's understanding of and love for India's great civilizational heritage is the recurrent theme of this book. But that does not prevent Mulloo from recognizing India's weakness and suggesting practical means to overcome them.