I love reading Guha; irrespective of whether you agree or disagree with him, he is always thought provoking, and his prose is clear and a pleasure to read. I picked this book for the two chapters in which Guha pays his tributes to Chandi Prasad Bhatt and Madhav Gadgil. Just for those two chapters, this is a book worth owning. Having said that, there are plenty of other interesting material (including a lots about Kumarappa and Patrick Geddess). Guha does not really answer the question as to how much should a person consume. However, he certainly makes sure that any thoughtful reader of the book, after reading it, will be nagged by the question for a long time to come. This book was published about seven years ago; reading through some of his suggestions now, I find that even though on some aspects we have behaved responsibly, in majority of cases, we are still lacking the will and vision to lead an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.
Ramachandra Guha’s How much should a person consume?