‘The Neerja I Knew’, a coffee table book on Neerja Bhanot, was on Wednesday released by Harjinder Kaur, councillor, Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) and former mayor of Chandigarh at a launch function. The book has been conceptualised and compiled by Aneesh Bhanot, brother of Neerja Bhanot.
Giving details of the book, Aneesh Bhanot said, “This book is a tribute to my younger sister who showed the world the true meaning of courage, commitment and compassion. There are 11 chapters in the book with each chapter written by people who knew her”.
The book has a number of photographs of Neerja and has two versions -hardback and paperback.
Neerja was the senior flight purser on a Pan Am flight which was hijacked at Karachi airport. The pilot and the flight crew fled from the cockpit. Setting aside all concern for her personal safety, Neerja identified herself to the terrorists as the crew member in-charge. She exemplified tremendous courage and in face of death comforted the flight passengers.