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From the best-selling author of My Seditious Heart and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, a new and pressing dispatch from the heart of the crowd and the solitude of a writer's desk.

The chant of 'Azadi!' - Urdu for 'Freedom!' - is the slogan of the freedom struggle in Kashmir against what Kashmiris see as the Indian Occupation. Ironically, it also became the chant of millions on the streets of India against the project of Hindu Nationalism.

Even as Arundhati Roy began to ask what lay between these two calls for freedom - a chasm or a bridge? - the streets fell silent. Not only in India, but all over the world. The coronavirus brought with it another, more terrible understanding of Azadi, making a nonsense of international borders, incarcerating whole populations and bringing the modern world to a halt like nothing else ever could.

In this series of electrifying essays, Arundhati Roy challenges us to reflect on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism.

The essays include meditations on language, public as well as private, and on the role of fiction and alternative imaginations in these disturbing times. The pandemic, she says, is a portal between one world and another. For all the illness and devastation it has left in its wake, it is an invitation to the human race, an opportunity, to imagine another world.

©2020 Arundhati Roy (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Incompatible narrator

Narrator isn't able to pronunce Hindi/ vernacular words. The irony is not lost on me that the statements about language politics are being read by a narrator who isn't familiar with the words herself. It was physically painful to hear her mispronounce common words horriblly. Audible, please do better.

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Great, Must listen of Arundhati Roy

Informations conveyed in this book is simply straight forward. Author throws the actual fact, which is really painful to digest. But everyone must be aware of this.

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Enough to shake you from indide

Read it to realize the onslaught on our plural, composite &all-accepting culture by this fascist govt.

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A true depiction

it's a true depiction of the growing fascism in India and downfall of democratic institutions !

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Fierce and Eloquent

As somebody who has already read much of these opinions in some form in print media, it can be a bit repetitive but what makes it worth it, is Ms. Roy's take, beautiful prose and anecdotes. The Narrator was wonderful too. Finished it in 2 days.

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super.

if you are a free thinking human being in India you should hear it.

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  • Mann
  • 17-11-20

Eye opening narrative on Indian Politics

Arundhati Roy has been bravely narrating the other side of India from the frontline. This book offers a deeply researched and insightful view on how India has been engulfed in a blanket of hate, insecurity and age old traditions of caste and communalism by a rightist mindset that prevails current ruling class. Roy cites many warnings of impending dangers as history seems to be repeating itself. This is an eye opening though a troubling narrative on Indian society and politics.

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  • Bernard M.
  • 06-09-20

A shard of insight into modern India

This story is an unforgivingly critical look at modern day India through the lens of a socially conscience writer and journalist.