- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Roli Books; First edition (11 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351941310
- ISBN-13: 978-9351941316
- Package Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India's Most Famous Paperback – 11 Apr 2017
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Excellent narrative of the so called stealth environment of our famous prisons.Written with flare and holds you captive from cover to cover. Thanks for bringing out the social abuse and misuse of the system by the elite prisoners.Always wondered why we didn't get there....... in the world of justice --By Amazon Customer on 15 May 2017
This book give great insights into the well-known cases which Sunetra has put forth in a hard-hitting manner. Make one realize that deliverance of Justice have varying standards and the influential /powerful people take their days behind bars pretty well in their stride. --By Rohan on 11 May 2017
A well written & well researched book. Gives the grim realities of life inside the Indian prisons. The stories of prisoners fixed into terrorism charges is heart rending. --By Amarnath Singh on 11 May 2017
About the Author
Sunetra Choudhury started her career at The Indian Express in 1999, as a metro reporter. In 2000, as a recognition of her abilities she was sent for Japan’s Foreign Press Centre Fellowship by the paper. She became Indian Express’ youngest Deputy Chief Reporter at 24 and also brought out Newsline, the pull-out city section. In 2002, Sunetra joined the launch team of Star News, a 24-hour Hindi news channel. Within a year, she moved to NDTV. After the success of one of her assignments at NDTV, covering the 2009 election campaign, she authored Braking News.
Sunetra anchors a daily, audience-based show called Agenda – the only out-of-studio show of its kind – and a primetime show on student leaders and elections. In April 2016, she got the Red Ink award for her story on how Indians were adopting disabled children.
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Book also tells that people who spend significant life inside jails are not completely wrong. And people who are running the judicial, political, police and jail institutions are also not completely legitimate, completely right.
People are passionate about earning fame, promotions, name or anything else and running the system which is trusted and nurtured by the billion population. How people fall short of delivering justice and serving their legitimate duties.
All that information is given in this book. These stories would bring slight disillusionment. You will know how slow and tardy the system is and how frustrating it can be if you land up inside the jail because of any big or small the reason might be.
Read the book in one day. Couldn't put it down. I usually don't read material related to Indian bureaucracy ( how interesting could it possibly be - I barely get through days when I have to get something done at any Govt. office, why would I then also READ about them?! ) but I read nice things about Sunetra's book on Twitter and decided to give it a shot. Not only did I like Behind Bars, I also immediately bought Sunetra's other book, Braking News, which was also a lovely read. I enjoy the way she tells the stories of each individual in Behind Bards, while attempting to stay neutral and simply report what she has seen and what each individual has shared with her. It's a remarkable feat, especially when we've all heard horror stories about what actually happens in Indian prisons. The book is entertaining and stays on-point from beginning till end. That each of the individuals in the book felt they could trust the author with their stories, is a testament to the author's professionalism & integrity.
If you've ever wanted a glimpse into what life is "behind bars", this book is simple enough for the most "non-reader" type of person, yet gives a lot of insight into not only the prisons, the individuals but also Sunetra's job as a journalist / reporter / story-teller and now author. Even if you do know, first hand, how the prison system works, these stories are also of the individuals who were actually behind bars and some still are. Apart from a couple of grammatical / language errors ( I'm being really petty here ), I'm very happy with my purchase and hope to get it signed by the author soon.
However, after reading few chapters in the book, one might feel a little repetition of the same facts over and over again. Even though each of the cases are different, all the chapters ultimately focus on the state of the prisons which makes the content almost similar for every case.
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