Blood Brothers: A Family Saga

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Item Code: IDF757
Author: M. J. Akbar
Publisher: Lotus Collection, Roli Books
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 9788174364395
Pages: 346
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.9" X 5.7"
Weight 600 gm
Book Description
About the Book:

Blood Brothers is M. J. Akbar's amazing story of three generations of a Muslim family-based on his own-and how they deal with the fluctuating contours of Hindu-Muslim relations.

Telinipara, a small jute mill town some 30 miles north of Kolkata along the Hooghly is a complex Rubik's Cube of migrant Bihari workers, Hindus and Muslims; Bengalis, Poor and bhadralok; and Sahibs who live in the safe foreign world of Victoria Jute Mill. Into this scattered inhabitation enters a child on the verge of starvation, Prayaag who is saved and adopted by a Muslim family, converts to Islam and takes on the name of Rahmatullah.

As Rahmatullah knits Telinipara into a community, friendship, love, trust and faith are continually tested by the cancer of riots. Incidents-conversion. Circumcision the arrival of plague or electricity- and a fascinating array of characters- the ultimate Brahmin, Rahmatullah's friend Girija Maharaja, the workers leader, Bauna Sardar, the storyteller, the poet-teacher, the smiling mendicant, the sincere Sahib, Simon Hogg and then the questing, demanding third generation of the author and his friend Kamala- interlink into a narrative of social history as well as a powerful memoir.

This is a chronicle of its age, its canvas as enchanting as its narrative a personal journey through change as tensions build, stretching the bonds of a lifetime to breaking point and demanding, in the end the greatest sacrifice. Its last chapters written in a bare-bones unemotional searches for hope amid raw wounds with a surgeon's scalpel.

About the Author:

He is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Asian Age, a multi-edition daily newspaper, and the Deccan Chronicle is leading journalist and author. After successfully launching and establishing a weekly newsmagazines, Sunday, and a daily newspaper, The Telegraph, in the '70s and '80s he briefly interrupted his career in journalism to enter politics in November 1989 as an elected representative in Parliament. He returned to writing and editing in 1993.

His last book, The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict Between Islam & Christianity, has gone into several editions, and has also been successfully published in the UK and Us. His biography of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nehru: The Making of a Nation, is a classic that remains in print more than a decade after it was first published, as does his analysis of the India-Pakistan conflict in Kashmir, Kashmir: Behind the Vale. His other books include India: The Seige within, Riot after Riot, and a collection of his articles, Byline.

CONTENTS
1 PRAYAAG 1
2 DREAMS 6
3 CONVERSION 17
4 PLEASURES 29
5 DREAD 44
6 DERVISH 59
7 APHRODISIAC 73
8 DESIRE 89
9 KRISHNA 108
10 WORDS 124
11 SAHIBS 141
12 BRIDGES 160
13 BLOOD 181
14 BRAHMA 214
15 FRIENDS 236
16 STARS 259
17 OFFERING 278
18 BIKINI 301
19 BROTHERS 318


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