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By: Jayashree Thatte Bhat

Vanished into the Thin Air

Pages: 318 Ratings: 5.0
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This book is based on a major historical event of the freedom fight of the Hyderabad State in India, which took place a year after the country gained independence from the British in 1947. The book brings to life an in-depth exploration of characters based on ordinary people with extraordinary devotion and passion towards their motherland. They wholeheartedly fought to free their land from the clutches of a few Muslim fanatics who wanted to crush its diverse culture and convert it into an Islamic state. The story is narrated by the personified Terrain of the Deccan Plateau with exceptional sensitivity and grace. It showcases a comprehensive picture of the Dakhani culture during the Nizam era when Hindus, Muslims and people of all other religions took genuine interest in each other's traditions, festivals and celebrations. With the flaring of the religious fanaticism, coupled with political intervention, this culture just vanished into the thin air.

Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, Jayashree Thatte Bhat migrated to Canada five decades ago. She holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Canada and Master’s and PhD degrees in Indian Classical Music from India. She is an award-winning author of several books, written in two languages—Marathi and English; her books cover varied subjects of Indian classical music, medical sciences and real-life experiences of Canadian immigrants. Currently serving as an elected Senator of the University of Calgary and a Board Member with many Canadian Government Boards, Jayashree is a Visiting Professor of Music at many Canadian, American and European universities.

Customer Reviews
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  • Cheryl Cohen

    I love this book, it's well-written with highly-developed stories of individuals during the true events of the freedom fight of the Hyderabad State in India. This book is very well researched and was a joy to read.

  • Hilda Chasia Smith

    The profound joy in reading a book that is both lyrical and researched with one purpose in mind, that is, to bring history and the magic of story into the hands of a reader has been beautifully accomplished by Dr Jayashree Thatte Bhat in her book “Vanished Into Thin Air”. The compelling illumination of weaving history, the lives of the principals in the book and the time and place of each unfolding event are both personal to her and universal in this sharing. What a beautiful, enlightening book of personhood and the untold story that has needed to be told!
    I would recommend this book to any lover of history, romance and the importance of bringing light to that which needs to have light shed upon it... like this amazing true story!

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