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Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Aman Sethi 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 Free Man A Story of eBook #218 candor and verve and A Free Man becomes a moving story of the many ways a man can be free. 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 youshouldHere’s whyNo matter where you are in Delhi you must know that the hands that have borne Delhi into its ever changing shape are those hands that live on a daily wage These hands that go through an almostsimilar fate everyday The Morning Tea Everyday a country distilled whiskey Brushes HammersChisel and the fate of covering ones face from the destiny that repeats itself ‘A Free Man’ is abouthow these daily wages lead a construction worker to be – lawaris with azadi and akelapanThese homeless rebuilders of this megalopolitan – who stray on the footpaths of a chowk namedBara Tooti in Sadar Bazar A small refuge that became after the demolition of illegal colonies inpreparation of Commonwealth Games in the year 2010 This book looks closely into their livesand their state of economy in an ever growing state of Delhi lived on the daily wages a uite closeaccount infact How these mavericks build a city – where everyone is running away or towardssomething while they sit wait and ponder – how a lawaris finds his own identity while life gushesoff full streamThe story revolves around the protagonist – Mohammad Ashraf a safediwalla white washerworking on daily wages while he whitewashes houses His mornings starting with the bareminimum of two rupees for the “morning special chai” and two for the digestive results ofthe former; in the evening lounging about with his “medium type” friends near about the chowkand doing away his drinking while giving his witty remarks about life in Delhi – “kacha chaba jatihai sabko” “Aman bhai” also finds some time to hear about other people in vicinity who wait forjobs to come to them and their stories of the past the present in Delhi and their hopeful schemesof a richer tomorrow These stories are weld together with the craft of interesting moorings bythe writer giving away the lives that lie under the debris illegal construction and its demolition ofcolonies in the heart of the heart of IndiaAman Sethi the author – has carved a new facet for the journalism in India After spending fiveyears with the homeless with heart putting a black mark on the saying “home is where heart isSethi devels deeper into the safediwallas pahelledars mazdoors and the slightly better off mistri’sand rolls into their life’s longing and the burning for it A similar book A City of Dijnns by WilliamDalrymple who takes a fleeting attempt on such matters does not match with the probing writingstyle of Sethi The man behind the pen while writing A Free Man has taken utmost interest in tryingto relay his logic and reasoning behind the happenings of the veiled life within Delhi Anotherreason why this book becomes an intriguing read with a funny bone and a few amusing cursesSimply put Very well researched almost lived I would say brings out the element of daring inthe man to see an uglier dressing on the trifles of an ever changing Delhi

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A Free Man A Story of Life and Death in DelhiN 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 Free Man A MOBI #183 and plywood and into Beggars Court and back onto the streets. 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 liuor 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 “Azadi is the freedom to tell the maalik to fk off when you want to”Ashraf is the main character in this nonfiction tour de force of gonzo reportage by young Indian journalist Aman Sethi who writes his account in the first person and is witness to all the action While doing a series of magazine articles on the incredible urban transformation of Delhi in 2005 to 2006 in preparation for the Commonwealth Games Sethi 30 discovered that the clearing out of slums was changing the city from a place of nuts and bolts manufacturing and “getting your hands dirty” kind of work to one that is services drivenAnd so he set out to capture the dwindling gritty everyday work and the laborers who do it in a first person narrativeSethi’s uest takes him to Sadar Bazaar one of the oldest markets in Delhi where he encounters the characters who later feature in the book Out of this group of manual laborers ‑ construction workers rickshaw pullers and porters ‑ emerges the loudest and most stubborn voice which belongs to Ashraf whom Sethi befriendsTheir relationship becomes the main narration of this account of mazdoor ki zindagi ‑ the life of a laborer Ashraf is colorful witty wild and charming ‑ a street philosopher of sorts who is on his own Out of touch with his family he even forgot his mother’s phone number as he moved between menial jobs including butcher tailor and electrician’s apprenticeBut Ashraf is no angel His story mirrors the plight of poor men in many developing countries who do back breaking labor only to spend their hard earned pay on alcohol and cigarettes which is why they are homeless Through the stories of Ashraf and other workers Sethi creates characters and breathes life into people who are invisible elements of society In the book they are not mere statistics objects of pity or a burden on the government and society They are authentic individual voices and their toil drives development in the capitalStories unfold as Sethi follows the adventures and misfortunes of this motley crew Apart from the personal harrowing accounts of Ashraf and other laborers as they navigate the city and eke out a living amid the changing economic situation Sethi also delves into other issues including corruption scandals surrounding India’s organizing of the Commonwealth Games and a public health system that fails to serve poor people including the laborers he chronicles“There you will find patients suffering They suffer not from their illness but from their abandonment” says one veteran laborer who is being treated for tuberculosis at a local hospitalAt its best despite being nonfiction the book has a good novel like flow with an amusing and charming narrative without being melodramatic despite documenting some tragic stories It is accessible than the short story collection “Between the Assassinations” by the Booker Prize winning author of “White Tiger” Aravind Adiga which deals with similar issues and has a similar approach However while Sethi says he deliberately wanted to shy away from the macro story and focus on people he could have elaborated on the bigger picture to give readers depth and contextFor a long time resident of Jakarta which is nearly as messy as Delhi this book hits close to home as it would in many large Asian cities that are struggling to cope with a chaotic transformation from massive urban villages to modern metropolisesThe line “Delhi is a city of chance encounters spawned by the failure of public transportation” can easily describe Indonesia’s capital which we love to hate Then again as Sethi notes about India’s capital “This isn’t just any city This is Delhi where everyone is a baazigar or a gambler and a man too timid to risk kuch bhi ‑ anything ‑ may lose sab kuch everything” as published in Strategic Review Journal