I must thank many people in different parts of the world for their help, support and advice through this journey. In Lithuania, I thank Ainius Lašas, Nerijus Čepulis, Eglė Butkevi čienė, Saulius Keturakis and everyone at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, for bearing with me while I was away in India for long months each year while writing this book. In India, I would like to thank Ira Bhaskar, Ranjani Mazumdar, Veena Hariharan, Kaushik Bhaumik, Rustom Bharucha, Shikha Jhingan, Yagati Chinna Rao, K.B. Usha, late Biswamoy Pati, Amrit Gangar and Ashish Avikunthak. Most of the writing of this book was done at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. I thank Deepak Kumar and Raj Sekhar Basu for their friendship and for inviting me to JNU in 2013 and 2016 and G.J.V. Prasad for inviting me to Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study in 2017. My gratitude goes to my teachers Rachel Dwyer (SOAS University of London, UK) and Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia University, New York, USA) and to my friend Hans Harder of Heidelberg University, Germany, who has been my constant support.
Last but not the least, I want to thank my family. My parents, without whose support and understanding this journey would not have been possible, and my companion, my wife Runa, with whom I started sharing this life while the book was being written and whose intellectual and emotional support, suggestions and love helped me complete this project. (p.x)