Book Launch : Life of an Industani

Celebrated historian and filmmaker Shiv Kunal Verma's latest book, Life of an Industani, published by BluOne Ink, was recently launched at the Valley of Words International Literature & Arts Festival in Dehradun.
DEHRADUN, India - Nov. 21, 2022 - PRLog -- Not only were avid readers and many of the author's batchmates present at the launch, but many dignitaries also graced the occasion, and each one showed a keen interest in his work. The 500-odd page action-packed thriller-like read was unanimously regarded as a book that was less autobiography and more a contemporary look at Indian history through the eyes of one who had lived life to the hilt.

The launch was moderated by Sana Durrani, an ex-student of the author, who kept the humor alive throughout the discussion. The launch began with Rajendar Pal Devgan, a well-known academician, unveiling the first copy of the book, which the author signed for him. Devgan and Shiv Kunal Verma go back a long time, and Kunal was adamant that the launch would not happen if Devgan was not present. It was the same with the other panelist, Anoop Seth, who had known Kunal for the past 50 years – right from Doon School – and had been both his fierce critic and staunch supporter.

About the Book

The book is a Force 12 hurricane, dropping only to a 10 gale now and then, for it sweeps one along breathlessly from incident to incident, place to place, name to name. From the arresting prologue itself, the book is brutally honest, exhilarating and even self-deprecating. It is a story that most of Young India must read, for it provides an incredible ring-side view of critical events in the 1980s and 90s that shaped the destiny of the nation.

About the Author

Born into an army family - more precisely 2 Rajput which was his father's battalion - the author's early childhood was tempered by the fact that most soldiers were then mostly away from home posted in field areas. Brought up under the watchful eye of a remarkable mother, after his initial schooling at St Joseph's Academy and a year at Fort Benning in the United States, he was sent to the Doon School, an institution that would shape his entire outlook towards life.

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