Post Haste: Quintessential India


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Author: B.G. Verghese

9789383260973 | PB | pp. 384 | 2014 | Tranquebar

Post Haste: Quintessential India by B.G. Verghese takes us on a journey of discovery of many aspects of India all juxtaposed with images of postage stamps.

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A classical epic chronicling the love of Shakuntala and Dushyanta, the silent crusade of the Mahatma who, when encountered by French custom officials, had little of value to declare including his “Reputation”, the defiance of Bal Gangadhar Tilak who brought the Ganapati Puja out onto the streets and a man called J.R.D. Tata who flew a single engine, de Havilland Puss Moth from Karachi to Bombay with regular load of mail. This and several other facts make up this book which showcases the wonder that is India or Bhara, written by one of India’s foremost journalists, B.G. Verghese, this book takes a hitherto unknown look at India’s ancient heritage, its diverse people and faiths, wandering minstrels, travellers and philosophers. In addition to unfolding the country’s glorious history, this book also focuses on what is integral to modern and post-Independent India, the framing of the Constitution, the building of institutions, formulation of policies and forewarns us of all the ills that ail an overburdened nation. Juxtaposing each landmark event, are rare postage stamps, colourful, unique and beautiful, which not only served as messengers, connecting the remotest places and people in the glorious tradition of Indian Postal service but also as markers of its history. Post Haste: Quintessential India is a definitive account of India which is uniquely retold here as a reminder of its greatness.


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About the Author

The author is Visiting Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, a columnist and author and a compulsive seminarist often seen in the Track-II circuit.

He was born in Maymyo, Burma (now Myanmar) in 1927, studied at the Doon School, Dehra Dun and read economics at St Stephen’s College, Delhi and at Cambridge. A professional journalist, he was with the Times of India until 1966 when he became Information Adviser to the Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. He returned to journalism (1969-1975) until sacked during the Emergency, spent time thereafter as a Gandhi Peace Foundation Fellow and Editor of Voluntary Action, the monthly journal of the Association of Voluntary Associations for Rural Development (AVARD) but returned to mainline journalism as editor of the Indian Express (1982-1986).

He had a brief second stint in Government for some months in 2001 as Information Consultant to the Raksha Mantri, was a member of the National Security Advisory Board and a member of the Kargil Review Committee.

Verghese was a recipient of the Magsaysay Award in 1975 and Assam’s Sankaradeva Award in 2005. He has served and continues to serve on a number of Boards and Commissions and is associated with a number of institutions and NGOs in the fields of education, human rights, the environment, population and the media.

He is the author of several books, among them Waters of Hope, India’s Northeast Resurgent, Rage Reconciliation, Security, and his autobiography, First Draft, Witness to the Making of Modern India.

B G Verghese is married and lives in Delhi.


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