Last month we experimented with Give Aways when Author K P Singh of Raisina Series offered to give away two copies of his latest book to the readers of AnuReviews. It was well accepted by you and that gave me the courage to start this as a series, for those authors and publishers who may want to reach you through this channel.
I plan to announce Give Away on 30th of every month (28th for Feb). Authors and publishers willing to participate can send their offers before that date. The results will be announced on 15th of next month and give aways sent to the readers before the next give away.
This month the Give Away is sponsored by publishers Random House India, and they are giving away a copy of Rahul Pandita’s Our Moon has Blood Clots. I loved this book and have been recommending this to everyone.
About the Book:
OUR MOON HAS BLOOD CLOTS
The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits
Published by Random House India on 18th January 2013, Rs 499 hardback
“Ours was a family of Kashmiri Pandits, and we had fled from Srinagar, in the Kashmir Valley, earlier that year. We had been forced to leave the land where our ancestors had lived for thousands of years. Most of us now sought refuge in the plains of Jammu, because of its proximity to home. I had just turned fourteen, and that June, I lived with my family in a small, damp room in a cheap hotel…. And I don’t think we realized then that we would never have a home again.”
Rahul Pandita was fourteen years old in 1990 when he was forced to leave his home in Srinagar along with his family, who were Kashmiri Pandits: the Hindu minority within a Muslim majority Kashmir that was becoming increasingly agitated with the cries of ‘Azadi’ from India.
The heartbreaking story of Kashmir has so far been told through the prism of the brutality of the Indian state, and the pro-independence demands of separatists. But there is another part of the story that has remained unrecorded and buried.
Our Moon Has Blood Clots is the unspoken chapter in the story of Kashmir, in which it was purged of the Kashmiri Pandit community in a violent ethnic cleansing backed by Islamist militants. Hundreds of people were tortured and killed, and about 3,50,000 Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes and spend the rest of their lives in exile in their own country.
Rahul Pandita has written a deeply personal, powerful and unforgettable story of history, home and loss.
About the Author:
Rahul Pandita is the author of the bestselling Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story of India’s Maoist Movement, and the co-author of the critically acclaimed The Absent State. He has extensively reported from war zones, including Iraq and Sri Lanka, and Kashmir and Bastar in India. In 2010, he received the International Red Cross Award for conflict reporting.
Rahul was born in the Kashmir valley. At the age of fourteen, in 1990, his family was forced into exile, like thousands of others, by Islamic extremists.
He lives in a Delhi suburb, and works as associate editor with Open magazine.
We will be interviewing Rahul Pandita about this book and here is your chance to ask him a question. Best question will get a copy of the book, courtesy Random House India.
You can leave your question(s) in the comments below this post or below the book review.
All the best !
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Update: Winner of this Give Away is Rubina Ramesh.
Rubina, please e-mail your address to me at [email protected]