Top positive review
Great stories and insight for the common person, into the prison system in India.
27 June 2017
( by Naina Redhu )
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.