I wish the author has not put himself into this book. In a time of global economic strain, this is an unforgettable evocation of persistence in the face of poverty in one of the world's largest cities. Easy to read, this book will give any reader an understanding of life in a big Indian city, and of the plight of millions of people today. This book looks closely into their lives and their state of economy in an ever growing state of Delhi, lived on the daily wages a quite close account infact.
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In the book, they are not mere statistics, objects of pity or a burden on the government and society. To make it simple, this is life story of a man and his struggles of life. The BIS system for beggars, the condit A free man, for sure will never leave your mind free of thoughts, once you have put down mqn book.
I absolutely loved this book--actually finished it in one night! This book looks closely into their lives and their state of economy in an ever growing state of Delhi, lived on the daily wages a quite close account infact. What "Behind the beautiful forevers" did for Mumbai, "A free man" does for Delhi. The book is a project. You could not be signed in. Jan 10, Reshma rated it really liked it. The aethi two thirds of this book justified the failure of trying to write a book relying on an uncooperative biographee.
A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi by Aman Sethi
Aman bhai focuses on one man, Mohammed Ashraf, whom he had first met while reporting a routine story. I would recommend I very much enjoyed reading this book. How, these mavericks build a city — where everyone is running away or towards something, while they sit, wait and ponder — how a lawaris finds his own identity while life gushes off full-stream.
Having gone through chock-full of Bollywood movies to decompress work-related stress a couple w years back and finished reading a couple of books on the chaotic region i. A similar book, A City of Dijnns by William Dalrymple who takes a fleeting attempt on such mattersdoes not match with the probing writing style of Sethi.
A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi
Nov 29, Lisa rated it did not like it. Ashraf's life is a mosaic of different shades of grey; dark, sad, happy, entertaining, alive, artistic, shameful, contemplative at times and at times, serves as the naked truth about our Indian society. What ultimately, Aman sethhi, do you hope your readers will takeaway after reading such a book—that they will be more sensitised now to the mazdoors who build their towering apartment complexes, work as domestic help, or drive their cabs, or clean tables in restaurants?
As I read this book, I was saddened by the outlawing of the homeless and the fact that some people get lost never to be found again, or even looked for for that matter.
These homeless rebuilders of this megalopolitan — who stray on the footpaths of a chowk named Bara Tooti in Sadar Bazar. Aman Sethi, the author — has carved a new facet for the journalism in India. Open Preview See a Problem?
He himself briefly experiences what it means to be without an identity in a big city when his wallet is stolen in Calcutta, only to be saved by a relative. May 28, Ardita rated it really liked it Shelves: Funny how every short story is actually just the beginning of a really long one. A small refuge, that became, after the demolition of illegal colonies in preparation of Commonwealth Games in the year Four stars for the effort the writer put to be in the bazaar, taking one of the worker to RBTB, and be there when the object of his story needed him the most.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest of knowing more about people and a different experience in life. I love books about the culture and people of India, like Aravind Adiga's T The first two thirds of this book justified the failure of trying to write a book relying on an uncooperative biographee. What is a human being worth?
I am still in awe of such a life and I think some people can lead this sort of life, especially if they were born in a western country that gives them the freedom to move around without visa issues and a relatively cheap or free health care system to fall back on in their old age.
Thanks for telling us about the problem.
One questions how it is different from 'builders' who exploit the poor. Even though I liked reading this book, I also have serious problems with it. It will be over.
This ability to 'help' tells setih what is rotten with the world.