Bhopalnama  Writing a City

Bhopalnama Writing a City

Author : Vertul Singh

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Classification Non-Fiction/Travel Writing
Pub Date Jan 2020
Imprint Amaryllis (An imprint of Manjul Publishing House)
Page Extent 358
Binding Paperback
Language English
ISBN 9789389647396
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About the Book

Bhopalnama captures the uniqueness, and often, the unique quirkiness, of the city of Bhopal not just in its history, but also in the everyday hubbub, in the pulsating vigour and liveliness of life. Anecdotes and events which otherwise would have remained punctuation marks, ignored and languishing in the annals of history, have been meticulously selected from the abundant historical material available.

This book is not a pedantic scholarly research on Bhopal, but is a documented manifestation of the author’s love for it. It revisits many intriguing nuggets from the bygone life history of this magical city – its shimmering waters; its gentle hills; the reverberating walled city; the enigmatic darwazas; the mysterious havelis; the megalomaniac Pindari founder, Dost Mohammed; the magnificently successful matriarchy of the Begumat in a century otherwise replete with anarchy; the opulent grand Durbars, and the time when the visiting Prince of Wales suddenly went missing. A firangi siren who jolted the amourous pulse of a sleepy Bhopal of the forties, and even a rollicking royal ménage à trois to boot, there are tales galore to tickle every palate.

There is more that reveals persons, places and things in the relatively contemporary existence of this Janus-faced city. This book is an effort to make people, particularly the younger generations, aware of the historic legacy of Bhopal, to embrace it and learn from its past failures as well as achievements, and to inculcate in them a sense of pride for their city.

About the Author(s)

Vertul Singh holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. Commissioned in the Indian Army, he left as a Captain when he was selected for the CISF in the 1994 batch of UPSC. Vertul is currently posted in a senior position with the Government of India.

An avid reader and literary critic, Vertul’s published works include 'Ek Goona Bekhudi', a critically acclaimed novel, and many short stories published in prominent Hindi magazines. He has over 200 articles and book reviews to his credit and has written popular weekly columns for the Bangalore Mirror and the DB Post (Bhopal).

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