- Paperback: 428 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (19 October 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351774805
- ISBN-13: 978-9351774808
- Package Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Brothers Bihari Paperback – 19 Oct 2015
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About the Author
SANKARSHAN THAKUR was born in Patna in 1962. Since 1984, he has reported and written extensively on national and international affairs for a number of publications. He currently works as Roving Editor of The Telegraph.
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'वृथा है पूछना, था दोष किसका ?
खुला पहले गरल का कोष किसका ?
जहर अब तो सभी का खुल रहा है,
हलाहल से हलाहल धुल रहा है ।'
जहर की कीच में ही आ गये जब,
कलुष बन कर कलुष पर छा गये जब,
दिखाना दोष फिर क्या अन्य जन में,
अहं से फूलना क्या व्यर्थ मन में ?'
This book is about politics in the Indian state of Bihar and more precisely, two politicians from that state: Laloo Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar. Both are active as I write this review, even if one cannot fight any elections or hold any formal posts because he was found guilty and jailed in a criminal case. He makes up with ease for that shortcoming by proxy: he has one spouse and nine children.
Though the book is pretty much biographic in nature, it avoids being boring. It kept its grip on me all the way through. The author does a marvelous job of presenting the inside story on what makes these two politicians tick: each a character in his own right. One is more steady, more reliable, more committed: I was surprised at how much the book taught me about his virtues. The book also confirmed everything negative that people know about the other.
The authorship behind the telling of the two stories is very good, excellent in spots. The author, who is himself from Bihar, communicates with the weight of deep personal knowledge of his topics and mastery over his language.
I am not sure, though, if my enthusiasm for this book will be shared by folks who are not interested in politics in general, Indian politics in specific and Bihar politics to be even more precise. This book gripped me all the more because I am writing a fiction work about politicians, and I was able to dig up some nuggets in this book that I might have not accessed otherwise.
To be fair to the author, I would have enjoyed this book even if I wasn’t writing my own.
If you are reading this review, my strong recommendation is you read the book, too, unless you are allergic to politics.
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