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.
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.
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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