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HarperCollins’ freedom list to mark 70 years of independence

From women in the freedom struggle to the trauma of Partition, the Freedom list offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of India.

books Updated: Aug 02, 2017 16:02 IST
A P J Abdul Kalam’s Pathways to Greatness, Gulzar’s Footprints on Zero Line, and Krishna Sobti’s Zindaginama, are among the books on the list.
A P J Abdul Kalam’s Pathways to Greatness, Gulzar’s Footprints on Zero Line, and Krishna Sobti’s Zindaginama, are among the books on the list.

To celebrate 70 years of India’s independence, HarperCollins India has brought out a series of books that address issues of contemporary relevance, thoughts, actions and ideals that fired the nation’s conscience and shaped its polity.

From women in the freedom struggle to the trauma of Partition, from strife and wars to a deeply personal depiction of life in the pre-Partition era, from poets and patriots to the weary generations, the Freedom list offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of India, replete with its challenges and accomplishments, the publishers said.

Among the books are Pathways to Greatness by A P J Abdul Kalam, Footprints on Zero Line: Writings on the Partition by Gulzar, Krishna Sobti’s Zindaginama, India’s Broken Tryst by Tavleen Singh, The People Next Door: The Curious History of India’s Relations with Pakistan by TCA Raghavan and Vera Hildebrand’s Women at War: Subhash Chandra Bose and the Rani of Jhansi Regiment.

“Some extraordinary writers - a stalwart of Indian literature, a diplomat, a group of journalists sharing a common love for Hindi film music, a young artist and an Indian national security intelligence specialist, among others, take a trip down memory lane to trace India’s history and its future,” HarperCollins said.

These stories are about the challenges India faced, the failures and successes and how a country of 1.324 billion people, with its great heritage and individual and collective will, has the potential of embracing 2020 and beyond as a developed nation, it said.

Other books in the list include The Weary Generations by Abdullah Hussein, Note by Note: The Great Indian Playlist by Ankur Bhardwaj, Seema Chishti, Mini Kapoor and Sushant Singh, India’s Wars: A Military History, 1947-1971 by Arjun Subramaniam, Ayesha Jalal’s The Pity of Partition and The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India’s Partition by Narendra Singh Sarila.

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