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SUMMARY A Free Man A Story of Life and Death in Delhi

Like Dave Eggers's Zeitoun and Alexander Masters's Stuart this is a tour de force of narrative reportageMohammed Ashraf studied biology became a butcher a tailor and an electrician's apprentice; now he is a homeless day laborer in the heart of old Delhi How did he end up this way In an asto. Not so long and a well written book on Delhi Aman Sethi follows the life of Ashraf and his friends a gang of impoverished daily wage earners I enjoyed reading this book and knowing about the people who are so brutally ignored in everyday life as if they do not exist The indifference of middle class Indians is astonishing Sethi follows Ashraf and shows us what his life is like It is rare that someone like Ashraf becomes the central character someone we can see and identify with This is indeed an achievement that Sethi goes after this character and fully embraces him the likes of Ashrafs are not seen in Indian society They are only one thing that is they are poor They are just reduced to their poverty Sethi through this book makes them visibleEven though I liked reading this book I also have serious problems with it I also feel angry with the author He makes friends with these laborers and just on the strength of his education and class gains an easy access to these impoverished lives He smokes with them talks with them and becomes an important part of their lives especially Ashraf s As a reader one knows that this friendship is not really real The book is a project It will be over He is a journalist who is looking for material for his book One uestions how it is different from builders who exploit the poor The book at least in parts becomes annoying where the author helps Ahsraf One feels this the poor in India are exploited by upper and middle classes and the poor are also helped by them depending on their mood In the case of the author it is largely a trade off between him and the life that he uses as material for his book I wish the author has not put himself into this book It would have been a better book then at least for readers like meAfter having read this book I feel a bit upset not only about Delhi but also about the world at large that there are people collectives nations who are in positions to help others I wish this word help disappears from the world This ability to help tells us what is rotten with the world First one excludes exploits and safeguards one s own privileges and then goes out in the world to help

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A Free Man A Story of Life and Death in Delhi

Ts 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 Sethi recounts Ashraf's surprising life story with wit candor and verve and A Free Man becomes a moving story of the many ways a man can be fr. I received this book free of charge courtesy of Goodreads First Reads GiveawaysWow Just wow This book has left me speechless I am sure I cannot do it justice in a written review but I will try This is the true story of one reporter who followed homeless workmen throughout their day onoff for years in Old Delhi In particular a man named Mohammed Ashraf He wanted to get their perspective on things and used an audio recorder hand written notes throughout his interviews with them Their stories their lives their philosophies are truly something worth reading Everything in here is from the reporters own tapesnotes and was translated from Hindi to English There are many times where I had to re read parts over again to fully understand what was happening events were moving fast or new people being introduced but that is the way these events unfolded Like the lives of those in Bara Tooti new places new people at a whim I think the overall translation of the book was fantastic while some things cannot be conveyed and many slang words are used you get a full dose of the culture and understanding of the events taking place Hindi is not a Germanic language making translation into English twice as difficult I really applaud those who did thisIt is in many ways a tragic read You know how it s going to end but it s still sad to get there I wonder how they would feel knowing millions were about to partake of their lives From the happiest times of owning successful businesses having families to the worst times of being so destitute they were unable to pay for the usage of a toilet I think overall they would be pleased A claim to fame of sorts I guess we will never knowI hope Aman Sethi will write novels it is clear to see why journalism is his venue He is very gifted with words and conveying events so well that you become connected to them a world away

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Nishing debut Aman Sethi brings him and his indelible group of friends to life through their adventures and misfortunes in the Old Delhi Railway Station the harrowing wards of a tuberculosis hospital an illegal bar made of cardboard and plywood and into Beggars Court and back onto the stree. Amid the streets of Bara Tooti Chowk one of New Delhi s oldest and largest labor markets and in between marijuana joints shots of cheap liuor and good old tea Mohammed Ashraf offers insights on what it is to become a 40 year old a man starts to fear strangers on the career ladder for construction workers and the creed of his profession Azadi Aman bhai Azadi Azadi says the house painter Azadi is the freedom to tell the maalik to fk off when you want to Ashraf is the main character in this nonfiction tour de force of gonzo reportage by young Indian journalist Aman Sethi who writes his account in the first person and is witness to all the action While doing a series of magazine articles on the incredible urban transformation of Delhi in 2005 to 2006 in preparation for the Commonwealth Games Sethi 30 discovered that the clearing out of slums was changing the city from a place of nuts and bolts manufacturing and getting your hands dirty kind of work to one that is services drivenAnd so he set out to capture the dwindling gritty everyday work and the laborers who do it in a first person narrativeSethi s uest takes him to Sadar Bazaar one of the oldest markets in Delhi where he encounters the characters who later feature in the book Out of this group of manual laborers construction workers rickshaw pullers and porters emerges the loudest and most stubborn voice which belongs to Ashraf whom Sethi befriendsTheir relationship becomes the main narration of this account of mazdoor ki zindagi the life of a laborer Ashraf is colorful witty wild and charming a street philosopher of sorts who is on his own Out of touch with his family he even forgot his mother s phone number as he moved between menial jobs including butcher tailor and electrician s apprenticeBut Ashraf is no angel His story mirrors the plight of poor men in many developing countries who do back breaking labor only to spend their hard earned pay on alcohol and cigarettes which is why they are homeless Through the stories of Ashraf and other workers Sethi creates characters and breathes life into people who are invisible elements of society In the book they are not mere statistics objects of pity or a burden on the government and society They are authentic individual voices and their toil drives development in the capitalStories unfold as Sethi follows the adventures and misfortunes of this motley crew Apart from the personal harrowing accounts of Ashraf and other laborers as they navigate the city and eke out a living amid the changing economic situation Sethi also delves into other issues including corruption scandals surrounding India s organizing of the Commonwealth Games and a public health system that fails to serve poor people including the laborers he chronicles There you will find patients suffering They suffer not from their illness but from their abandonment says one veteran laborer who is being treated for tuberculosis at a local hospitalAt its best despite being nonfiction the book has a good novel like flow with an amusing and charming narrative without being melodramatic despite documenting some tragic stories It is accessible than the short story collection Between the Assassinations by the Booker Prize winning author of White Tiger Aravind Adiga which deals with similar issues and has a similar approach However while Sethi says he deliberately wanted to shy away from the macro story and focus on people he could have elaborated on the bigger picture to give readers depth and contextFor a long time resident of Jakarta which is nearly as messy as Delhi this book hits close to home as it would in many large Asian cities that are struggling to cope with a chaotic transformation from massive urban villages to modern metropolisesThe line Delhi is a city of chance encounters spawned by the failure of public transportation can easily describe Indonesia s capital which we love to hate Then again as Sethi notes about India s capital This isn t just any city This is Delhi where everyone is a baazigar or a gambler and a man too timid to risk kuch bhi anything may lose sab kuch everything as published in Strategic Review Journal


10 thoughts on “A Free Man A Story of Life and Death in Delhi

  1. says:

    Not so long and a well written book on Delhi Aman Sethi follows the life of 'Ashraf' and his friends –a gang of impoverished daily wage earners I enjoyed reading this book and knowing about the people who are so brutally ignored in everyday life as if they do not exist The indifference of middle class Indians is astonish

  2. says:

    The blurbs rave about it If you can stop smirking at the obviously PR induced sound bytes and look inside the book you'd find it worth a read In fact it is a recommended read The writing might be a bit similar to a rushed notes in journal kind but the acute sense of 'people watching' and awareness of language 'helpery' a word that I last heard in the college canteen from the canteen attendant make it a good reason to stick till the end A

  3. says:

    I absolutely loved this book actually finished it in one night Aman Sethi does an amazing job transporting the reader to Delhi The people he chose to write about are colorful and insightful I hope the author dec

  4. says:

    Won through a a Goodreads GiveawayIf I were walking through the aisles of my favorite book store I would probably have not given this book a second glance I ususally don't read too many biographies so I can only review this book based on how entertaining and enlightening it is for me A Free Man A True Story of Life and D

  5. says:

    Refreshingly honest Would say it's better than Katherine Boo's 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' it's much personal and sensitive to the author's position in the classcaste hierarchy

  6. says:

    Amid the streets of Bara Tooti Chowk one of New Delhi’s oldest and largest labor markets and in between marijuana joints shots of cheap liuor and good old tea Mohammed Ashraf offers insights on what it is to become a 40 year old “a man starts to fear strangers” on the career ladder for construction workers and the creed of his profession “Azadi Aman bhai Azadi Azadi” says the house painter “Azadi is

  7. says:

    It is a different book if you don’t read much into the cover Should you see it in one of thebookstores and are

  8. says:

    I received this book free of charge courtesy of Goodreads First Reads GiveawaysWow Just wow This book has left me speechless I am s

  9. says:

    Thank you Goodreads First Reads for this great bookAt a point in my life when I feel tied down to a not so great job desperately looking for a better one or fantasizing about irrational alternatives like opening an indie bookstore to be free of dysfunctional offices and bad bosses the idea of working and living wherever and whenever you want working for money and living until the money runs out leaving a city

  10. says:

    Thought provoking and realistic whether it's the life of a laavaris what if I was the one in Ashraf's shoes? What does it feel to be anonymous with nowhere to go no door to knock on? or the unpolished language used in the book or the casualness of the casual labourers and of life at Bara Tutti The book for most parts is both a little haunting and disturbing and yet rejoices the prosaic and trivial nuances of everday life which t