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A Free Man

June 30, 2011

Mohammed Ashraf is short and stubby, with a narrow but muscular chest and small, broad hands balanced on strong, flexible wrists. But Ashraf does not grudge the throw of the dice that has made him a safediwallah with a mazdoor’s body. A small man’s body can do things that a slenderchamak-challo cannot even contemplate.

A small man carries the ground close to him wherever he goes, even as he hangs along the side of a building three storeys high. The memory of the ground that allows him to crawl into crevices, perch on narrow ledges and balance on wobbly parapets. A short man knows the limits of his body, the extent of his reach, the exact position of his centre of balance. Unlike the tall man, he holds no illusions regarding his abilities or his dimensions; he will never overreach, overextend or overbalance.

A Free Man, my first book, should be in stores this July. Read the rest of the excerpt

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Prabhu Mohapatra permalink
    June 30, 2011 5:39 PM

    CongratulationS Aman looking forwrad to your great writing.

  2. July 4, 2011 8:44 AM

    Great. Looking forward. mukul

  3. July 6, 2011 3:17 PM

    A Free Man is now available on Just ordered a copy.

  4. voyeur permalink
    July 19, 2011 5:41 PM

    Review in the Hindustan Times. He thinks it’s a novel about a journalist (The protagonist of the story is also called Aman) who’s interviewing poor workmen to write a book about poor workmen. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.

  5. Arvind Nair permalink
    August 2, 2011 3:27 PM

    Hi Aman,

    Just bought and read free man- an excellent read, and really funny. I hope to read more books written by you in the future, and also to know how Ashraf Bhai is now doing.


  6. Akshat permalink
    August 18, 2011 11:01 AM

    Just finished reading your book.. Compelling read .. thoroughly enjoyed it ..

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