The Sarkari Mussalman by Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah

If your younger brother is Naseeruddin Shah !

In this book talk at CBL, Nandita Puri, an author and columnist and wife of Late. Om Puri, presents instances from Lt.Gen.Zaheeruddin Shah's book 'Sarkaari Musalmaan' that depicts General Sahab's amazing personality and the his journey as a soldier at Indian Army and as an educationalist at Aligargh Muslim University and above all, Naseeruddin Shah's elder brother. Complete talk available at http://bit.ly/CBLNanditaPuri#citybookleaders #sarkaarimusalmaan #talksinspiredbybooks #naseeruddinshah #ompuri

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About the Speaker:

Nandita Puri [Chairperson - Om Puri Foundation]

Nandita C Puri was born in Kolkata and spent her early childhood in boarding school in the former French colony of Chandernagore. She studied in Kolkata and Bombay, majoring in English Literature and worked as a writer and journalist with several newspapapers like The Telegraph, The Statesman,The Times Of India, The Reader’s Digest and others. For nearly a decade she wrote one of the most popular weekly film column on cinema for Mid Day (Potpuri) and India’s largest circulated daily, Dainik Bhaskar (Khaas Chehre). She has also worked as a broadcast journalist for All India Radio and Radio Network (with former BBC Chief Mark Tully) in Calcutta. She has written for television and feature films, having penned a typical Bollywood commercial film called Mera Dil Leke Dekho (2006) apart from a number of documentaries and shorts films. However, her collection of short stories, Nine On Nine (published by Rupa & Co.in 2005) has been critically acclaimed and well received. It has gone into its more than 30th edition and has also been translated in German at the 2006 Frankfurt Book Fair. Besides one of the stories has been included in the Sahetya Akademi Anthology of Indian writers. Filmmaker, Mike Nichols (Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Graduate, Catch 22) wrote about Nine On Nine, “Nine On Nine is fascinating because it is funny and full of life, the writing is a mixture of compassion and toughness, it is really political writing in the highest sense. The closest I can compare this book is to Edith Wharton’s House Of Mirth.” Masala Chai, is another of her screenplays in the pipeline based on a story from the collection. In 2010 Nandita published the biography, Unlikely Hero: Om Puri, (Roli Books) which has been on the best sellers’ list and translated in several Indian languages including, Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi and Marathi. The following year Nandita published her debut novel, Two Worlds (Rupa & Co), a historical romance spanning two centuries and several continents. The book was launched at the Jaipur Lit Fest in the presence of Orhan Pahmuk. It was on the best sellers’ list for several weeks.

Nandita has been working and researching on the sensitive subject of “International child trafficking” and “Inter country adoption” since more than two years now through the personal story of Jennifer Haynes. The book Jennifer’s Story, is being published by Harper Collins. She has also completed the screenplay, Homeless / Jenny Hoover (working title) based on her book Jennifer’s Story.

She is a Ted X Speaker, Script Evaluator at NFDC (National Film Development Corporation) and an ex member of script committee of CFSI (Children’s Film Society of India). She is also a Chairperson of Om Puri Foundation.

About the Book:

In this book, Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah explains the intriguing title of The Sarkari Mussalman (government stooge), which those in government service are often accused of being when they 'go by the rules'. Besides covering the span of his life of the past 70 years, including being part of the operations at Longewala (Jaisalmer Sector) in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, the author also details how he led the Army Division that quelled the riots in Gujarat in 2002, in the aftermath of the Godhra train burning.

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