Anand Giridharadas (Photo: Darshan Photography)

Anand Giridharadas is a columnist for the New York Times and the author of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking. He was born in Cleveland to Indian immigrant parents. His parents came from different castes, and raised him to ignore the proscriptions of the caste system. Here, he talks with The World's Marco Werman about how caste came into being and how India is gradually shaking free of it.