Blood Brothers: A Family Saga

By: M.J. Akbar

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Blood Brothers is M.J. Akbars amazing story of three generations of a Muslim family based on his own and how they deal with the fluctuating contours of Hindu-Muslim relations. Telinipara, a small jute mill town some 30 miles north of Kolkata along the Hooghly, is a complex Rubiks Cube of migrant Bihari workers, Hindus and Muslims; Bengalis, poor and bhadralok; and Sahibs who live in the safe, foreign world of Victoria Jute Mill. Into this scattered inhabitation enters a child on the verge of starvation, Prayaag, who is saved and adopted by a Muslim family, converts to Islam and takes on the name of Rahmatullah. As Rahmatullah knits Telinipara into a community, friendship, love, trust and faith are continually tested by the cancer of riots. Incidents conversion, circumcision, the arrival of plague or electricity and a fascinating array of characters the ultimate Brahmin, Rahmatullahs friend Girija Maharaj, the workers leader, Bauna Sardar, the storyteller, Talat Mian, the poet-teacher, Syed Ashfaque, the smiling mendicant, Burha Deewana, the sincere Sahib, Simon Hogg, and then the questioning, demanding third generation of the author and his friend Kamala interlink into a narrative of social history as well as a powerful memoir. Blood Brothers is a chronicle of its age, its canvas as enchanting as its narrative, a personal journey through change as tensions build, stretching the bonds of a lifetime to breaking point and demanding, in the end, the greatest sacrifice. Its last chapters, written in a bare-bones, unemotional style, are the most moving as the author searches for hope amid raw wounds with a surgeons scalpel. Printed Pages: 350.

Title: Blood Brothers: A Family Saga

Author Name: M.J. Akbar

Categories: Other,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Roli Books: 2006

ISBN: 8174364390

ISBN 13: 9788174364395

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 8.5 x 5.5 Inches

Seller ID: 016779

Keywords: Blood Brothers