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Gathering the Ashes: Ghadar Ke Phool

Amritlal Nagar

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ISBN 10: 9351362892 / ISBN 13: 9789351362890
Published by HarperCollins, 2014
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Most discussions on the sepoy mutiny of 1857 have centered largely on the role played in it by the Mughal Emperor, the Nawab of Awadh and other sundry members of mostly urban nobility. What remained missing was ground-zero reportage of how ordinary people across the countryside experienced the rebellion, and described it to coming generations. In 1957, eminent Hindi writer Amritlal Nagar set out to correct this, as he travelled across villages and towns scattered across India’s heartland and painstakingly gathered reminiscences and popular ballads about the revolt, its celebrated and unsung heroes, its survivors and martyrs, and where and how various battles were fought. Ageing courtesans, bedridden octogenarians, nameless singers poured their heart out to him in Awadhi, and the slim volume he finally put together, Ghadar Ke Phool, made it clear even to the lay-reader that nothing can stop the spread of a revolution whose time has come. Translated from Hindi for the first time, Gathering the Ashes is a poignant look back into history, and is extremely topical for a country now obsessed with bringing new revolutions to the forefront, through protest marches and candlelight vigils. Bookseller Inventory # 113138

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Title: Gathering the Ashes: Ghadar Ke Phool

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Most discussions of India s First War of Independence from British colonial rule in 1857 have centered on the role played by the Mughal emperor, the nawab of Awadh, and other sundry members of mostly urban nobility. What has remained missing from this coverage is how ordinary people across the countryside experienced the rebellion and how they passed their stories down to the following generations. In 1957, eminent Hindi writer Amritlal Nagar set out to correct this, travelling through villages and towns scattered across India s heartland and painstakingly gathering reminiscences and popular ballads about the revolt its celebrated and unsung heroes, its survivors and martyrs, and where and how various battles were fought. Aging courtesans, bedridden octogenarians, and nameless singers poured their hearts out to Nagar, and the substantial volume he put together made it clear, even to the lay reader, that nothing can stop the spread of a revolution whose time has come.

Translated from Hindi for the first time by Mrinal Pande, Gathering the Ashes is a poignant look into history, enriched by Pande s useful afterword and a reminiscence by Nagar s son.

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Amritlal Nagar (1916-90) was one of the most prominent Hindi writers of the twentieth century. Mrinal Pande is a journalist, writer, and translator. She has written fiction, plays, and columns in both Hindi and English.

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