Author: Avinash Dharmadhikari
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Gauri Deshpande
Publisher: Orient Longman/Disha
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125008217
An English translation of Marathi original 'Aswastha Dashakachi Diari' which created a stir when it was first published. A must for anyone who is keen on the contemporary Indian socio-political scene.
The author, who is now a committed, concerned and honest civil servant, chronicles his experiences in the 1980s - the violent decade - when as a student volunteer and later as a journalist, he traveled the length and breadth of India and encountered face to face the multiple political and social tragedies in the making.
This book is an Indian panorama with the various people he encountered in his travels coming alive in the pages of the book. His accounts of ;interviews with Bhindranwale, with Mohanta, with Farookh Abdullah and with both RSS and Muslims in Aligarh along with scores of other people find chilling echoes in events that have overtaken us since then.
Particularly notable are the author's thoughts and comments and musings of every encounter he describes. This gives the reader a sense of being swept up and involved in the lives of India's millions.
GAURI DESHPANDE is the author of many books of poems, short stories and novels. Her poems, articles and extensive translations from Marathi have appeared in books and periodicals in India and abroad.