V. Raghunathan has been an author, banker, columnist and corporate executive. He taught finance and accounting for nearly two decades, from 1982 to 2001, at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. For the last two decades he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Bocconi, Milan, where he teaches behavioural finance. His books include Corruption Conundrum, Don't Sprint the Marathon, Games Indians Play, and Stock Exchanges, Investments and Derivatives. He writes a column for the Economic Times, contributes to several other dailies and magazines from time to time, and blogs for the Times of India. He has authored nearly 500 papers and articles. He was president of ING Vysya Bank from 2001 to 2004. Raghunathan sits on various corporate boards and lectures extensively in India and abroad. His website is www.vraghunathan.com.Take the way we go about buying a new car. We identify an auspicious date and time, then proceed to break a coconut, plonk a plastic deity of Ganesha on the dashboard and zoom off at great speed, refusing to wear our seat belts.Supposedly educated, smart and tech-savvy, Indians can be surprisingly unscientific in their daily lives. Think of the crores spent every year remodelling homes according to Vaastu, in the hope of changing luck; and the continued horrors of female infanticide, because it is only the son who can help the father's journey to heaven . . . This unsparingly critical, scathingly analytical book points out the shocking lack of scientific temper among the vast majority of Indians, and how this holds us up as a nation in the twenty-first century.