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Beautiful Country: Stories from Another Country

Price : $16.75
ISBN # : 9789350291306
Author : Syeda Saiyidain Hameed & Gunjan Veda
pages: 402
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : HarperCollins
Published : 2012

Beautiful Country is a journey towards understanding India. From the rarefied world of the Jalpaiguri tea estates to the crowded bylanes of Varanasi, from the pristine forests of Andamans to the seething valley of Manipur, from the scattered habitations of Ladakh to the flooded villages of Barmer - these are the roads less travelled. A woman and a girl set out to see India, lugging along the baggage of their pasts. On the way, they meet: Maimunisa, the ancillary weaver from Banaras who has only been able to feed her three-year-old son sabudane ka paani (tapioca water); young doctors from AIIMS who have left behind hefty pay packages and the comfort of city life to provide health care to tribals in the hinterlands of Chhattisgarh; village women who have been able to significantly reduce the number of infant deaths in the tribal peripheries of Maharashtra. The duo chance upon the story of Bon Bibi and Shah Jangolee in the swamps of the Sundarbans, as also the natural, historical and cultural wonders that dot the Indian landscape.This book compels you to experience the hope and despair, misery and triumph, failures and innovations of real India an India that remains invisible to most Indians and does not make it to the front pages of newspapers, and has not been captured by the roving cameras of the 24x7 media channels



Author Bio: Gunjan Veda is currently the CEO, INDIAreads.com, an online library-cum-bookstore. She began her career as a journalist with the Indian Express and given her specialization in conflict studies, worked with an NGO in north-east India. Before she started INDIA reads, she was officer on special duty with the Planning Commission. She enjoys travelling, writing and photography. Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, a noted women's and human rights activist is a direct descendant of Hali. Her family traces its origin from the renowned sufi Khwaja Abdullah Pir-e-Herat, whose descendants came to India eight hundred years ago as teachers and scholars during the reign of Sultan Ghiasuddin Balban. Maulana Altaf Husain Hali came from that lineage and was the grandfather of the author's paternal grandmother, Mushtaq Fatima. Born in Srinagar, Syeda had her schooling in Mumbai and Delhi and completed her doctorate from University of Alberta, Canada. She returned to India in 1984 to try to find her roots after being away for twenty years. After extensive research, she wrote four volumes on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. She has translated Ismat Chughtai's `The Quilt and Other Stories', as also the rubayis of poet-saint Sarmad, and a volume of writings by pioneer women Urdu writers. Syeda lives in Delhi and has three children Murad,Yavar and Ayesha.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 12 March, 2012.
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