A Free Man
A Free Man
A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi
By Aman Sethi
W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393088908, 230pp.
Publication Date: October 22, 2012
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Mohammed Ashraf studied biology, became a butcher, a tailor, and an electrician's apprentice; now he is a homeless day laborer in the heart of old Delhi. How did he end up this way? In an astonishing debut, Aman Sethi brings him and his indelible group of friends to life through their adventures and misfortunes in the Old Delhi Railway Station, the harrowing wards of a tuberculosis hospital, an illegal bar made of cardboard and plywood, and into Beggars Court and back onto the streets In a time of global economic strain, this is an unforgettable evocation of persistence in the face of poverty in one of the world's largest cities. Sethi recounts Ashraf's surprising life story with wit, candor, and verve, andA Free Man becomes a moving story of the many ways a man can be free.