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    Autobiography of a Mad Nation (English, Hardcover, Sriram Karri)

    Autobiography of a Mad Nation  (English, Hardcover, Sriram Karri)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing
    • ISBN: 9788172345655, 8172345658
    • Edition: 2015
    • Pages: 384
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    I was born in a mentally retarded country'.

    Thus begins this provocative, stylish and racy literary rant against India by a twenty-four-year-old awaiting capital punishment.

    When Dr. M. Vidyasagar ('Sagar'), retired Chief of CBI, gets an unusual request from his old friend and the President of India to privately investigate if Vikrant Vaidya - sentenced to death for motivelessly killing his teenage neighbor Iqbal - is innocent or not, little does he know how convoluted a conspiracy he is setting foot in.

    With a narrative that springs forth from and weaves its way through the emergency, anti - Sikh riots post Indira Gandhis assassination, Ram Janmabhoomi Rath Yatra, anti - Mandal Commission protests, economic liberalization, Babri Masjid demolition and Godhra riots, readers will find themselves in the grips of a chimerical tale, asking and answering the question - Is India truly a mad nation?

    About the Author

    When asked, Sriram Karri is never quite sure if the nation he was born in and loves so much, was and is really mad or if merely he is. Either way, he has witnessed his country grow fondly, sadly, joyfully, regretfully and above all, hopefully.

    He began his career as a journalist and worked in Deccan Chronicle and Indian Express and has worked as a corporate brander with TCS, Infosys, Satyam, the Indian School of Business and also co-founded a tech start-up.

    He writes for The New York Times and has contributed to The Guardian, The Hindu and The New Indian Express.

    His first published work, The Spiritual Supermarket, was long-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in the non-fiction category in 2008.

    An accomplished orator, Sriram is an invited speaker and panellist at several fora and discussions. He lives in Hyderabad with his wife and son.
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    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • Fingerprint!
    • Publication Year
      • 2015 February
    Contributors
    • Authored By
      • Sriram Karri
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 5 inch
    • Height
      • 7.75 inch
    • Weight
      • 250 g
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    An Amazing Book

    This book keeps the reader alive , A unique style of writing that involves the reader and makes him or her feel as if they were a part of the story. This book has been written with a lot of research and this writer is awesome.
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    Sriram kakarla

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    25 Jul, 2015

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    The book begins with the shocking murder of an mentally handicapped boy; the investigation of the murder is what really makes the reader feel like he(she) has hit the ground running already. Some characters are deliberately portrayed to resemble real-life political figures and the resemblance creates a wonderful reflection of the perceptions they have created in public life. The beginning has a quality that keeps you guessing about the next step in your dreams; were you to sleep off without b...
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    Ramanan Subramani

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    30 May, 2015

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    I really liked this book.

    I have read this novel and really liked it. It not only has a tremendous historical sweep, but also gives the reader a ring side seat to historic events that have shaped modern India. It even succeeds in making us feel that we were playing an active part in those cataclysmic events, a sense of participation, that is sometimes scary. Into this very real background is woven a tale of friendship, intrigue and suspense with extremely incisive observations about our society. A must read for everyo...
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    Raju B V P

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    23 Jul, 2015

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    Autobiography of a Mad Nation by Sriram Karri

    ‘I was born in a mentally retarded country’
    Thus begins the autobiography of a mad nation, the nation where ‘…intelligence was not an unrecognized virtue in the Sovereign, Socialist, Democratic, Republican Morondom of India, it was a much hated vice.’

    Written in seething anger, Autobiography of a Mad Nation is a part chronicle of the nation’s momentous events, a part conspiracy, a part murder mystery and a part literary rant of sorts. Beginning with a bewildering letter written to the People...
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    Isha Aggarwal

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    17 Nov, 2015

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    One of the best reads!!

    The author Sriram Karri does a fantabulous job in presenting a gripping yet sensible plot. I thought I would take at least a week to read the book. Guess what, I finished it by staying awake the whole of a Friday night. An extremely well written novel that draws incidents from the very well known history.

    This is the best 300+ bucks I spent in the last few months.
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    Nishikanth

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    20 Oct, 2015

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    Gripping, enthralling and unsettling at times!

    The first thing that grabbed my attention about this masterpiece of a literature is the line "I was born in a mentally retarded country".

    As I continued with the story, first hand account of the twenty four year old awaiting capital punishment became rather unsettling at times. The era in Indian history that bore the marks of Emergency, Indira Gandhi's Assassination- followed by the anti-sikh riots, Babri Masjid demolition., Godhra riots, was brought alive with very strong and impactful writ...
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    A brave, interesting read

    I recently had a chance to read this book, and I must admit, like a true journalist, Sriram Karri had me hooked from the first line – I was born in a mentally retarded country.

    In today’s world, where consumerism is holding sway, Karri’s narrative holds up a mirror to us and asks, no, beseeches us “How much are you willing to take before you fight back?” Topics such as political leanings, religion, regionalism, sensationalism that are normally touched upon very lightly, if at all, are tackle...
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    Swagat Sinha

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    10 Sep, 2015

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    A Must Read For Every Indian

    Should I call it a Fiction or a Mystery/Thriller book, I'm really confused. Though the book says it is a pure work of fiction, the way Author has narrated the story you will fill as if you are a part of the story. Nothing seems to be fictional in the book. A reader can easily connect to the story and feel as if he/she is somewhere among the characters.

    'I was born in a mentally retarded nation', the first line written in the book was enough to keep me hooked with the story till its end. The ...
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    Santosh Panda

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    1 Sep, 2015

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    Gripping, Meandering and Questioning Tale!

    The book starts on a poignant note with a very unpredictable rant, which goes on and on for some time. However, the reader is lured into the book with the very stark words - "I was born in a mentally retarded nation." These words not only jostle the reader but also make us question our very actions and even thoughts!
    Vikrant Vaidya is sentenced to death for killing his neighbor and as per his right, he writes a mercy petition to the Indian President. The mercy petition is eight pages long an...
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    Aishwarya Bhatt

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    31 Aug, 2015

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    You NEED This Book if You're An Indian.

    I knew I was going to love this book when I found references to Plato, Kafka, NATO, United Nations, Indians, and a delightful ode to the author's mother, all within the first 10 pages of the book.

    Autobiography of a Mad Nation may well be the time capsule we've all been looking for. You've probably heard enough about how this piece of fiction travels through India's many significant historical moments, ranging from Independence and earlier, to the Pokhran nuclear test of 1998 and later. The...
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    21 Aug, 2015

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