Blood Brothers: A Family Saga
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Blood Brothers is M.J. Akbar's amazing story of three generations of a Muslim family and about the fluctuating Hindu-Muslim relations. The story starts with the life of the narrator's grandfather Prayaag, who is saved and adopted by a Muslim family, converts to Islam and takes on the name of Rahmatullah. As he progresses in life, both in age and financially, he experiences many incidents - conversion, circumcision, the arrival of plague and electricity - and meets a fascinating array of characte...more
Brilliant book
I still remember this one sentence said by the author's grandfather : "East Pakistan has too many muslims" . MJ Akbar is a brilliant author and has a knack of talking about the core issue is a non-confrontational manner while still making complete sense. I wish voices like his were louder and more respected in today's India.
I learnt a lot about how a Muslim in India thinks, through the mind of MJ Akbar as he tells this biograhical tale of a family through three generations. Somewhat disjointed in parts, hobson-jobson periodically, yet it held my attention as it is about my India.
MJ Akbar just redeemed himself in my bookshelf. A crafty saga covering the nuanced facets of India, Pakistan and Hindu-Muslim relations within them, Blood Brothers will leave a subtle imprint on your conscience and awareness of nationality - given you do reach the last page, which incidentally happens to be my only critique of the book : far too many characters and locations make it a slightly tedious read, despite the utter page-turning-worthiness of its anecdotes, Urdu poetry and mystique dial...more
Tariq Mahmood
Its an autobiographical account of the author starting from his grandfather's time in Bengal. The book is filled with information about various cultures specific to India through Moghul,British,Hindu and Muslim Pakistan eras. The book keeps the interest going but somewhat looses steam after the creation dramas of India and Pakistan. It is a good read for anyone interested in India, and its myriad cultures. I liked the book as it tells a very personal story without getting invovled with changing...more
Rahul Vaidya
As expected as a novel written by a journalist, this book is strong on history but weak on story. This book gives a good perspective of communal relations as they evolve from one generation to other.
Vijay R
Too many characters mid-way of the plot spoiled the otherwise good built-up in the initial chapters. A decent read in the times of poor mediocre stuff circulating in the market.
Anil Swarup
An absorbing saga of an accomplished author. He is forthright, as he always is, even while delving into how he came into being.
Mridu Bhattacharya
It is opening gates to knowledge about this great religion ....
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Mobashar Jawed "M.J." Akbar (born 11 January 1951) is a leading Indian journalist and author. He was the Editorial Director of India Today, India's leading weekly English news magazine published by the Living Media group till his resignation in October 2012. He also had an additional responsibility of overseeing the media conglomerate's English news channel, Headlines Today.
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