A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi

A Free Man: A True 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 astonishing 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 streets 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 free



10 thoughts on “A Free Man: A True 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 knowingabout 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


  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 cant


  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 decides to doresearch on the lives of those struggling in the slums of India It s a section of the global population that is largely ignored I truly felt like I was given a win


  4. says:

    Won through a a Goodreads Giveaway If 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 Death in Delhi is a rather short book and I was able to read it in


  5. says:

    Refreshingly honest Would say it s better than Katherine Boo s Behind the Beautiful Forevers it s muchpersonal and sensitive to the author s position in the class caste 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 liquor 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 A


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It is a different book, if you don t read much into the cover Should you see it in one of thebookstores and are slightly fazed by indecision, wondering if you should pick it up or not, then youshould Here s why No matter where you are in Delhi you must know that the hands that have borne Delhi into its ever changing shape


  8. says:

    I received this book free of charge courtesy of Goodreads First Reads Giveaways Wow 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 on off for years in Old Delhi In particular a man named Mohammed Ashraf He wanted to get their perspective on things and use


  9. says:

    Thank you Goodreads First Reads for this great book At 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


  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 ev


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