Picked this book up at random from a store at Delhi Book Fair. I had no idea about the author or about this book, bought it totally on a hunch and a mention that it was shortlisted for Booker Prize 1997. Of course, the title The Underground Man and it’s cover looked interesting enough to me to give this book a shot.
My first assumption after reading the title of the book Reason and Reform authored by Bibek Debroy and Diwakar Jhurani, was, that it probably discusses about the reforms happened in India since Independence and the reasons behind them. We all know what “Reform” means. Reform by definition means Change that is made to a social system, an organization, etc. in order to improve or correct it. My assumption wasn’t wrong, however, this book is certainly not about, just that.
History needs to be documented or it is lost. But what if, those who document this history or in this case ancient scriptures and texts, themselves are lost? They are forgotten and remain unknown to general public unless someone digs them out. Manmath Nath Dutt was such an author and Bibek Debroy is that “someone” who dug him out. It needed revisiting history, removing of the dust of time settled on it, to dig deeper by going through complex, sometimes incomplete layers and to make sense out of it which Mr. Debroy has done so perfectly in this book.
An unplanned visit to a bookstore, that happens with me most of the times, leads me to pick up books by gut feeling. During one such visit I happened to pick one such book that I had been attracted towards for some time. I had almost bought it during the last couple of visits but dropped it at the last moment. The book was Jeffery Archer’s “Mightier than Sword”.
Interestingly and honestly, I had neither heard of this book nor I would have picked it up randomly from a book store. However, I now firmly believe that books that you are meant to read, will come to you, no matter the channel. It was my husband who ordered this book for himself. He told …