In an article adapted from his new book, “India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking,” online columnist Anand Giridharadas writes about an energetic young man named Ravindra Misal. “Misal embodies the type of person who will truly transform India: not an engineer or a financier, but an average person who refuses to be satisfied with the status he was born to. He rejected tradition to become a self-made man. With his ‘personality contests’ and idiomatic-English lessons, he’s trying to help others do the same. …I began to see self-invention as a theme of India’s unfolding drama.