Author: A SelectionPublisher: PenguinYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 211ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670049344
This volume, a celebratory volume capturing twenty years of the magazine's existence, brings together some of the most fascinating stories in Indian journalism. A judicious mix of hard news and features, the book contains twenty-five stories culled from the period between 1982 and 2002.The news articles documenting events like the assassination of Mrs. Indira Gandhi and the Bhopal gas tragedy, brilliantly recreate incidents that shook the nation. An interview with Pakistan’s President Zia-ul-Haq reveals the canny General at his best, while a psychiatrist’s in-depth analysis shows how Sachin Tendulkar’s brain works. Far removed from the world of the top brass is the poignant love story of a French girl who marries an Indian beggar afflicted with leprosy. While some stories are bizarre, like the one about the Aghora swamis who eat human flesh from burning pyres and mate with the dead, some are intriguing, like the one about the mysterious Peter Bleach who dropped a cache of guns in West Bengal.The themes of the stories included here-ranging from militancy to the agony of women married and then deserted by NRIs-remain relevant even today, lending this collection a timeless quality. The hard-hitting reportage, the meticulous research, the sheer diversity of the subject matter and the distinct styles add to the reading pleasure.
IntroductionAu Revoir, Anne MarieIndira Gandhi’s AssassinationThe Bhopal TragedyFirst Indian with a New HeartIslamic Bomb?Forests Where Naxalites RuleV Anand-Junior Chess ChampionBetter Armed, Better PreparedThe Word’s Youngest MDA Genius VanishesMan who moved a mountainTracking the TigersCareless Doctors, Greedy HospitalsAnger in AyodhyaBombay BlastsGerm WarSavage SwamisThe Mysterious Mr BleachValley of White HusbandsSachin’s PsycheIn Search of OrgasmThe Most Wanted WomanLife in ChainsHoliday WivesGodhra Carnage