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A Free Man by Aman Sethi
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Aug 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: owned, 2011
Read from September 22 to 24, 2011

when i bought this book, i had no idea it was as much a story of Delhi, as it is of the protagonist - md Ashraf. And that was a pleasant surprise!

For this gem, and gem of a book it is - is not the story of Delhi that we see in Khushwant Singh's Delhi or Dalrymple's City of Djinns! this is the story of the Modern Delhi - the 'glistening metropolis of a rising Asian superpower' - A city constantly under construction and the biggest magnet around for migrants from Northern India. And its brutally honest!

Sethi needs to be congratulated for having captured the spirit of the city, or rather its underbelly - in such vivid detail, with its world of daily struggle, of the peculiar male bonding that only migrant lonely males away from home can have and the uncertainty which rules their lives! And the best part is that all this is put in front of us without any embellishments. No rosy pictures, no sepia taints. Just the stuff as it is.

Bombay has had its Shantarams and Maximum Cities. Perhaps its Delhi's turn now!

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Reading Progress

09/24/2011 page 146
61.0% "v interesting... tho for some1 like me who has men like Ashraf all his life not as enlightening... but its v v readable..."
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