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Defragmenting India: Riding a Bullet Through the Gathering Storm 1stEdititon Edition

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In this book, Defragmenting India: Riding A Bullet Through The Gathering Storm, the author cum journalist gives the readers an in-depth analysis of the after-effects of the Gujarat riots, which took place in the year 2002.

Summary Of The Book

Defragmenting India: Riding A Bullet Through The Gathering Storm, is a documentary of the aftermath, which occurred due to the communal riots that took place between the Hindus and Muslims, in the year 2002. These riots were the reason for the author to publish this book, which caused the author to travel across the country.

The book was compiled because of face-to-face meetings with a number of people from the smaller towns in the country. The book also showcases the urban consciousness, which was prevalent in the Indian culture at that time, and extends to all the different sections of society as well. It also brings several crucial matters to the forefront, such as the impact of religion in this modern day world, along with its effects, in terms of communal violence. Such violence is rather common in our country even today and affects millions of lives.

This book has been greatly appreciated by its readers, and has been rated well by a great deal of magazines, and newspapers.He captures a wide range of emotions and undercurrents that run through the nation of India, among different communities, families and people.

The author is thus able to provide his readers with a portrait of modern India that is full of numerous shades and colours. This feature of the novel makes it an instant success.

About Harish Nambiar

The author of this book, Harish Nambiar, is also a well-known journalist from Mumbai, India.

The author began his career as a journalist in the year 1990, working for The Times Of India. In his career as a journalist, the author has reported the communal riots of the year 1992-93, 3 elections, scams, crimes, and cyclones. In his extensive career, the author has been associated with several other news organisations, such as The Telegraph, Kolkata, CNBC (T.V Channel), and The Indian Express. The author has also been a visiting professor, teaching journalism for two academic semesters. He also teaches English Literature as well as poetry appreciation.

Table of Contents

  • Intimacies Remapped
  • The Covered Trucks Manto Strikes
  • An Iranian Exile in Sambhalpur Sense and Sensibility
  • The Moor in the Idol Junkyard Destinies
  • Dynasties, and Upstart Pickpockets
  • The Soldier who Annexed Three States for Three Daughters
  • Our Shiv Sena'
  • 'Dangerous Like My English Teacher'
  • The Open Circle Do Children Smell Fear in Sweat?
  • Cardamom Cloud over Coffee
  • The Instinct to Upgrade A Moses on his Harley Davidson Arabs
  • Jains
  • Mammon and Osama A Drunken RSS Man in Jassema Invisible Migrations
  • Furtive Bleedings

Specifications of Defragmenting India: Riding a Bullet Through the Gathering Storm 1stEdititon Edition (Paperback)

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Author Harish Nambiar
Book Details
Publisher Sage Publications
Imprint Sage India
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9788132106562
ISBN-10 8132106563
Language English
Edition 1stEdititon
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 260 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5.5 inch
Height 8.5 inch
Weight 259 g
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★★★★★
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27 Mar 2012
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Reading this book is like being in the midst of it.

The book is arguably Harish Nambiar's greatest satiric attempt to ??????shame men out of their vices??????. The structure and the choice of metaphors also serve the author's purpose of attacking politics, religion, morality, human nature and of cours...e fundamentalism which is at the heart of the novel. I do like the way that you paint a vivid picture of the characters, weaving past interactions into quick sentences to fill in the reader with some of the past history??????.

This skillfully craft book contains history, mysticism, intrigue, anxiety, humor, sarcasm in a neat package that is...
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The book is arguably Harish Nambiar's greatest satiric attempt to ??????shame men out of their vices??????. The structure and the choice of metaphors also serve the author's purpose of attacking politics, religion, morality, human nature and of cours...e fundamentalism which is at the heart of the novel. I do like the way that you paint a vivid picture of the characters, weaving past interactions into quick sentences to fill in the reader with some of the past history??????.

This skillfully craft book contains history, mysticism, intrigue, anxiety, humor, sarcasm in a neat package that is...
The book is arguably Harish Nambiar's greatest satiric attempt to ??????shame men out of their vices??????. The structure and the choice of metaphors also serve the author's purpose of attacking politics, religion, morality, human nature and of cours...e fundamentalism which is at the heart of the novel. I do like the way that you paint a vivid picture of the characters, weaving past interactions into quick sentences to fill in the reader with some of the past history??????.

This skillfully craft book contains history, mysticism, intrigue, anxiety, humor, sarcasm in a neat package that is not just entertaining but challenges our mind and imagination. The author has the audacity to dig into his own close circle, exposing the true and the vicious 'double standard wisdom' packaged within his best buddies.

The book is a delight to read. One can only hope that from a writer of this talent, there will be many more books to come.. Defragmenting India really grabbed me and I read until it was finished, couldn't put it down. I loved it. The years of research that you put into writing it certainly paid off. It was GREAT!

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18 Jun 2012
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A wonderfully riveting read!

In language that can be as scintillating as the flare from the artificial diamond at the tip of the Karwari woman???s nose or as direct as the finger of land that divides two bodies of water at Kundapur, we share the experiences, thoughts and feelings of the writer in Defragmenting India as he takes us pillion traversing 3000 miles cutting across the heart of the country. A journey which starts from Mumbai to go to Ladakh along an unplanned route is definingly altered by the torching of a train coach in Godhra. The change happens in Vapi the small Gujarat town where the author stops to mee... ()

In language that can be as scintillating as the flare from the artificial diamond at the tip of the Karwari woman???s nose or as direct as the finger of land that divides two bodies of water at Kundapur, we share the experiences, thoughts and feelings of the writer in Defragmenting India as he takes us pillion traversing 3000 miles cutting across the heart of the country. A journey which starts from Mumbai to go to Ladakh along an unplanned route is definingly altered by the torching of a train coach in Godhra. The change happens in Vapi the small Gujarat town where the author stops to mee...
In language that can be as scintillating as the flare from the artificial diamond at the tip of the Karwari woman???s nose or as direct as the finger of land that divides two bodies of water at Kundapur, we share the experiences, thoughts and feelings of the writer in Defragmenting India as he takes us pillion traversing 3000 miles cutting across the heart of the country. A journey which starts from Mumbai to go to Ladakh along an unplanned route is definingly altered by the torching of a train coach in Godhra. The change happens in Vapi the small Gujarat town where the author stops to meet childhood friends with whom he had grown up ???more or less like tadpoles at the bottom of the economic barrel???.

The decision now is to go to Orissa simply because it was the only state that the author had never visited. In keeping with their agreement that he would decide where to go and when, Rohan who owns the Bullet, and is ???the sole rider???, agrees.

We are privy to his misgivings about communalism affecting the intimacy of friendships that had been nurtured despite religious difference by informal feasts at each other???s homes. His apprehensions about the destination of the people who are running away from familiar lives in the wake of communal trouble become ours as much as his fears about the developmental plight of children exposed to violence and dislocation at a tender age.
And yet the book is not a heavy relentless tome about the traumas of mankind. We meet friends who are lighthearted and endearing, middle-class people normal and human as you and me, people whom we could run into in any turn of life and who leave indelible impressions.

Through these meetings we are acquainted with issues that people in India today face, questions of education, the place of religion in the upbringing of children, the importance of becoming upwardly mobile socially and the problems of the traditional artist in today???s commercial world. Philosophical insights, researched material and whimsical glimpses into personal idiosyncrasies are shared with equal ease. However, nothing comes on as forced or contrived.

Every description or revelation is the natural outcome of a chance encounter, a visit to a Historical site or a conversation that causes the author to introspect. When Rohan protests that he is the only one who tells stories about his own friends or highway lore, the author responds by narrating two stories from the 1992 riots which he covered as a callow journalist; two stories that had been told him by Inspector Kandale one each about the two communities that seemed hell bent on annihilating the other, both equally gruesome, utterly true and proving that in journalism ???there are no yes and no answers to important questions???.

Particularly poignant is the response of Nagaraj the disillusioned RSS man in the Jassema bar about the insoluble communal question; ???if my brother is mad, I don???t throw him out of the house. Do I????

The journey is not a planned route and the narration is not linear. People we meet in the beginning of the book are brought back and interwoven into the narrative to highlight issues or emphasize attitudes of those who come in later. The character of a town or village is brought out by interactions with the people they meet; physical details pertaining to the landscape or the multi-coloured cables that line the road are additions that give the reader his geographical bearings.

The book uses research papers, history, mythology, oral lore, biographical anecdotes and personal rumination to paint a portrait of contemporary India and even though it was written ten years ago, and the author stipulated that it not be updated for publication, it is still pertinent. It shows us a fast developing India which could be easily torn apart by various schisms but it also holds out the hope that the ???countless invisible migrations taking place across India??? will negotiate the fear that homogenization will swallow distinctions and ???secure precisely what is prized in distinction???.

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05 Sep 2012
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A Must-read book for its fresh perspective on India's rich cultural diversity

Review of ???Defragmenting India, Riding a Bullet Through The Gathering Storm???

I am an unabashedly moody reader. I have intermittently read several fiction novels. And I am unapologetic about my admission that ???Defragmenting India, Riding a Bullet Through The Gathering Storm??? by Harish Nambiar, an account of a journey undertaken by two lone riders ??? Harish and Rohan - on a bike across India, in the backdrop of the communal riots in Gujarat, is perhaps the first travelogue I have read till date.

I allowed myself to make this exception because although I had the privilege of reading...
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Review of ???Defragmenting India, Riding a Bullet Through The Gathering Storm???

I am an unabashedly moody reader. I have intermittently read several fiction novels. And I am unapologetic about my admission that ???Defragmenting India, Riding a Bullet Through The Gathering Storm??? by Harish Nambiar, an account of a journey undertaken by two lone riders ??? Harish and Rohan - on a bike across India, in the backdrop of the communal riots in Gujarat, is perhaps the first travelogue I have read till date.

I allowed myself to make this exception because although I had the privilege of reading...
Review of ???Defragmenting India, Riding a Bullet Through The Gathering Storm???

I am an unabashedly moody reader. I have intermittently read several fiction novels. And I am unapologetic about my admission that ???Defragmenting India, Riding a Bullet Through The Gathering Storm??? by Harish Nambiar, an account of a journey undertaken by two lone riders ??? Harish and Rohan - on a bike across India, in the backdrop of the communal riots in Gujarat, is perhaps the first travelogue I have read till date.

I allowed myself to make this exception because although I had the privilege of reading parts of the unpublished work by the author as a fresh-out-of-college-journalism student, my juvenile mind was not able to fathom the depth of the writings then. Today, years later when I read the book I enjoyed myself thoroughly.

The book according to me is an anthropological travelogue because the narrative extensively makes use of ???oral history, folklore, local legends, historical events, research papers, biographical anecodotes and reportage???.

This work by Harish reminded me of the novel ???The Hungry Tide??? by Amitav Ghosh that I had read several years ago. Ghosh uses liberal doses of cultural anthropology throughout the novel, even as he weaves a story around marine biologist Piyali Roy and her study of the Gangetic dolphins in the mangrove wetlands of Sunderbans.

Unlike Ghosh, Harish???s writing is purely a work of non-fiction. Yet, it manages to sustain readers??? interest till the very end.

What I particularly like about the book is how Harish creates poetic imagery throughout the book, allowing you to be a part of the whole journery. His journalistic skill and eye for detail are on full display in the colourful and detailed descriptions of the characters that infuse life into the book. I also like the fact that he is non-judgemental, which lends credence to the writing as it would have otherwise been lopsided.

However, Rohan is my favourite character from the book. This travelogue wouldn???t have been half as interesting as it is if Rohan wasn???t a part of the journey. That???s because while Harish provides factual accuracy as a journalist, it is Rohan who lends comic relief on most occasions through anecdotal accounts in Bombaiya Hindi.

There were several portions in the book that I instantly fell in love with. Like the piece on the Iranian couple and his children who pray for the safe return of the author and his biker friend. It was an unimaginably sweet gesture on part of the hosts. The local folklore on Kala Pahar, the history of Navayaths, like other things, were richly detailed. But the quote: ???If my brother is mad, I do not throw him out of my house. Do I???? by a former RSS guy in a state of drunken stupor, says it all.

Although the book has been written in the backdrop of the communal riots, it does not lend a communal colour to the text. However, the writer constantly goes into the past and narrates his experience of reporting the ???92-???93 riots of Mumbai, which offers him a cathartic release for his pent up emotions.

And yes, the narrative has not been updated till the time of publication of this book, which is quite justified. However, the author, in the epologue of the book, details the changes that has taken place in the lives of the characters that find a mention in this book, years after the bike journey, so that you as readers are not left wondering as to what happened to them during all these years. Happy reading!

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★★★★★
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30 Apr 2012
A worthwhile addition to my travel collection..

Defragmenting India ended up in my possession as a gift from a dear friend who knows I am partial to anything jotted down in ink and paper. Harish, though Defragmenting India being his first book is no novice to the written word with his background as a journalist.
He has put together the book as a collection of snapshots of his musings during various stages in his journey, the flow being non linear, with the writing being intermingled with description of the journey, the author???s thoughts at that moment and nuggets of information about the place or people in question. Due to Harish???s...
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Defragmenting India ended up in my possession as a gift from a dear friend who knows I am partial to anything jotted down in ink and paper. Harish, though Defragmenting India being his first book is no novice to the written word with his background as a journalist.
He has put together the book as a collection of snapshots of his musings during various stages in his journey, the flow being non linear, with the writing being intermingled with description of the journey, the author???s thoughts at that moment and nuggets of information about the place or people in question. Due to Harish???s...
Defragmenting India ended up in my possession as a gift from a dear friend who knows I am partial to anything jotted down in ink and paper. Harish, though Defragmenting India being his first book is no novice to the written word with his background as a journalist.
He has put together the book as a collection of snapshots of his musings during various stages in his journey, the flow being non linear, with the writing being intermingled with description of the journey, the author???s thoughts at that moment and nuggets of information about the place or people in question. Due to Harish???s ability to engage the reader with his writing, you almost feel the author talking to you while reading the book making you want to read the book cover to cover in one sitting (like I did) and want some more.

With the riots and right wing as the backdrop for many of the recollections, one could have wandered off into familiar territory of taking sides which thankfully Harish doesn???t. He puts information on the table and lets the reader work out their conclusions, while passing none of his own. The travelogue could be an attempt by the author to settle terms with his inner angst, pent up due to his close associations as a journo during the 92 Mumbai riots.

A wholesome read which covers travel, people, emotions, politics, history , relations all within its 260 pages.

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23 May 2012
Delight to read..

Set in the backdrop of the Gujarat riots, in this whirlwind of journey across the breath of the country, Harish Nambiar pauses to reflect over exposed fault lines of a rapidly ascending, urbanizing Indian society that either condones or is callous to the permanent damage to the social fabric caused by the riots or the ideology behind it. Nippy yet gripping, Harish and his companion, Rohan sets a fast pace.

This book reveals as much about the idealist-author as about the various cross-sections of the ???Aspiring India???, most of who are known to him in one way or the other but nevertheles...
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Set in the backdrop of the Gujarat riots, in this whirlwind of journey across the breath of the country, Harish Nambiar pauses to reflect over exposed fault lines of a rapidly ascending, urbanizing Indian society that either condones or is callous to the permanent damage to the social fabric caused by the riots or the ideology behind it. Nippy yet gripping, Harish and his companion, Rohan sets a fast pace.

This book reveals as much about the idealist-author as about the various cross-sections of the ???Aspiring India???, most of who are known to him in one way or the other but nevertheles...
Set in the backdrop of the Gujarat riots, in this whirlwind of journey across the breath of the country, Harish Nambiar pauses to reflect over exposed fault lines of a rapidly ascending, urbanizing Indian society that either condones or is callous to the permanent damage to the social fabric caused by the riots or the ideology behind it. Nippy yet gripping, Harish and his companion, Rohan sets a fast pace.

This book reveals as much about the idealist-author as about the various cross-sections of the ???Aspiring India???, most of who are known to him in one way or the other but nevertheless, can???t escape his clinical gaze. His outlook scarred by the Mumbai riots when the author had to throw a living man on the pile of dead corpses, the author brings in his years of experience as a journalist, his insights acquired through the vicissitudes of life, in this well crafted book.

The characters comes out as real with their pent-up anxiety of trying to hold on to identity and values while giving shape to their aspirations, all the while trying to get a hold on fast moving life. The only uncut character, about whom the readers would be left clamouring for more is the survival-instinct led Rohan, who is the man in the driver???s seat of the Royal Enfield bike for the 3000 km odd, back-breaking journey.

Interesting anecdotes, folklores, a bit of history and tidbits of regional flavour are interspersed in the narrative giving the book an interesting punch. But above all what the book does is that it nudges one to revisit firmly held beliefs. And that should be a great reason to read this book.

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