- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Hachette India Local (15 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9350090775
- ISBN-13: 978-9350090770
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,09,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
24 Akbar Road: A Short History Of The People Behind The Fall And Rise Of The Congress Hardcover – 15 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Writer and journalist, Rasheed Kidwai is a graduate of St. Stephen's College and holds a Master's in Mass Communication from Leicester University, UK. He is at present Associate Editor of the Telegraph, Kolkata and is considered an authority on the Congress party. 24 Akbar Road, his bestselling book on the party, was first published as a hardback by Hachette India in 2011 and was widely acclaimed.
Kidwai is a regular political commentator on various television networks, radio and newspapers and has been a guest lecturer at several journalism schools and universities.
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Journalists have access to the inside going ons in political parties, share friendships with politicians and other wheeler dealers. Therefore when they publish a book, you expect some deep insights on the Whys for a lot of Whats. This is where the likes of Nancy Gibbs ( the current editor of TIME) scores. When she writes on the American presidency, you get remarkable insights into a lot of events in American history. Since I started reading this book with these kind of expectations, the book fell flat.
The book is zero on insights...is like a gossip chronicle of the Congress party over the last 60 years and the happenings at its headquarters - 24 Akbar Road. The HQ is a bit of an oxymoron. The real movers and shakers who were party president ( from the Dynasty) always operated from their Luytens residences...and treated 24 Akbar Road as a historical baggage.
On the flip side, if you are looking for minor inside scoops, this is the book...some of the anecdotes are hilarious...like how a doped Mahmood - the comedian gave his brother 5000 Rupees to hand it over to the good looking fair guy whom he spotted on the sets of Bombay to Goa as a signing amount. The fair good looking guy happened to be Rajiv Gandhi who dropped by to meet his best friend...a struggling actor called Amitabh Bachchan. The Bachchan - Gandhi stories ( can actually be a full-fledged book) are also interesting...as also the antics of Sitaram Kesri who incidentally is one of the few duly elected party heads in recent times of Congress history.
Good to read in a plane or on a long train journey.
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What didn't go well specially was this attempt to raise a counterpoint recent political scandals, which in a way was indicative of the bias. I'd rather recommend to skip this one.