Why are all the good mangoes exported from India? Why should we pay our house help more? Why most drivers take a bow while passing by a temple, but are often reluctant to wear the seat belt? What’s common between a box of cereal and your resume? Each of these questions has an answer in economic theory, which is what The Economics of Small Things, seeks to offer, without using graphs and jargons that often intimidate a lay reader.

Author Sudipta Sarangi, a professor of economics at University of Virginia Tech, USA, talks more about the book, in a free wheeling conversation with Rajesh Mahapatra, Founder-Director of Odisha Dialogues..