14 Hours: An Insider's Account of the 26/11 Taj Attack
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    14 Hours: An Insider's Account of the 26/11 Taj Attack (English, Paperback, Ankur Chawla)

    14 Hours: An Insider's Account of the 26/11 Taj Attack  (English, Paperback, Ankur Chawla)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Rupa Publications India
    • ISBN: 9788129120656, 8129120658
    • Pages: 176
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    14 Hours: An Insider’s Account of the 26/11 Taj Attack reveals the story of the devastating terrorist attack on Mumbai.

    Summary of the Book

    In 2008, on 26 November, Mumbai experienced the apocalypse. Pakistani terrorists affiliated to Laskhar-e-Taiba, an Islamic terrorist group, rained hell upon the city. They struck at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, the Leopold Cafe, the Cama Hospital, the Nariman House Jewish community centre, the Metro Cinema, and in a lane behind the Times of India building, at Mazagaon, Vile Parle and at St. Xavier's College. The Mumbai Police and security forces managed to secure most of the locations by the early morning of November 28, but despite their efforts, the terrorists managed to keep their hold on the Taj Hotel. For four days, the people within the hotel were kept hostage by the terrorists. Their mission: a fanatic and misguided desire to further their insane group’s motives. They knew nothing of the religion which they claimed to support, nothing except that they had to hold out and kill everyone in sight. The entire episode leading up to the arrest of the only terrorist to be captured alive, Ajmal Kasab, is considered to be India’s greatest battle with terrorists. In this book, the author reveals what happened inside the hotel. He describes the excruciating tension he and other Taj Hotel staff members faced while the terrorists wreaked havoc, and the emotions which guzzled through their minds during those four nightmarish days. Truly evocative and startling its descriptions, this book reveals the horrors of that event through the eyes of a man who lived through it.

    About Ankur Chawla

    Ankur Chawla is an Indian writer and he is currently the Food and Beverages Manager at the Taj Hotel in Delhi. He has also worked at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai and was among the hostages held within the hotel during the terror attacks.

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      • Ankur Chawla
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    5

    Awesome

    The book strikes the right balance between mental implications as well as the story which does o get too dry! 5/5 from me. Three words of advice from me. Just buy it. Also the oak makes us appreciate life and its advantages as the author thinks not only of himself but also about all the guests staying at the Taj. The book is worth reading! Thumbs up from me.

    Flip karts service rocks, but the pre order service is a waste as people who order the book after me receive the book and I get the bo...
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    Pravishta Nadella

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    26 Nov, 2012

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    Exact words

    It is a super narrative incident and is breathtaking also...loved it.Read once yo will love it and can imagine the incident on your mind......................................................................................!
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    Akhil Menon

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    17 Feb, 2013

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    Witness the Attack !! - Gripping & Realistic - Fantastic Book !!

    Ankur has beautifully shared in a inspiring manner all his thoughts and incidents of that scary night for entire nation. You would get glued to the book and feel as if you are actually a part of that unfortunate incident. Not only he has impeccably expressed the Taj hotel's architecture, decor and colleagues but those honest - serious as well as silly thoughts that was running into his mind. I only read/heard about the attack in newspapers and channels but I never realized how the people insi...
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    Shalini Sharma

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    4 Dec, 2012

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    Give it a read

    The good part of the book is that it gives a true picture of whatever author went through without much dramatization. One can say that it gives a shallow perspective on a dramatically big event but at the same time it tells that real life situations can be extremely breathtaking without being melodramatic or filmy.
    The author isn't a professional writer and hence you'll find gaps and lack of adequate descriptions at some points but still he manages to represent the scenario reasonably.
    I'll s...
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    Vaibhav Shukla

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    19 Jan, 2015

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    Its more of personal story than anything on Taj attack.

    It went on circling same story of hiding and hiding more of personal account of the author. I was expecting an articulated view of the complete attack. Who is interested in the authors story of hiding in some laundry room. Anyways I later bought The Siege, The Attack on the Taj. Still reading it and found it very interesting and detailed hr to hr story.
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    Sachin Rao

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    16 Mar, 2014

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    OK BOOK.... BUT NOT FOR AVID READERS.. DIDN'T QUITE ENJOY IT.

    I saw this book first on flipkart and was interested instantly. But after reading it up in a day, I cant quite say that I liked the book. I had expected to be quite thrilling. But the author simply fails to explain the gravity of the situation, mainly due his poor choice of words. It is to be noted that Ankur Chawla is not a professional author. So don't expect it to be something like Frederick Foresyth. There are a lot grammatical and printing errors which are quite irritating. Overall, it'...
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    Wasif-ur Rahman

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    2 Feb, 2014

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    Worth reading

    A book which cleanly narrates the shocking incident which shook not only India but also all countries of Asia,but you can prefer this book only for causal reading this book will not be use full to gain knowledge or wisdom.
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    Bharathi Ravi Varma

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    30 Dec, 2013

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    Ordinary

    This is an ordinary book.

    Although it gives you an insight of the captive's confusion during those hours.
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    Sanjai Varma

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    19 Dec, 2013

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    BEST BOOK.............

    This is one of the best book in my life which i have never read in my life. This is the true story. which is based on the mumbai taj attack
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    Jebin Bose S

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    10 Dec, 2013

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    Not gripping enough

    While the book gives a detailed description of the attack from a survivor, it fails to get across the intensity of the situation the author was in. Moreover, the book has many basic grammatical errors and typos too.
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    B M

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    16 May, 2013

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