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Countdown On May the Indian government tested five nuclear devices some forty kilometres from Pokaran Seventeen days later tested nuclear devices of its own About three months after the tests Amitav Gh

  • Title: Countdown
  • Author: Amitav Ghosh
  • ISBN: 9780143068747
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • Countdown By Amitav Ghosh, On 11 May 1998 the Indian government tested five nuclear devices some forty kilometres from Pokaran Seventeen days later tested nuclear devices of its own About three months after the tests, Amitav Ghosh went to the Pokaran area, after which he visited as part of the defence minister s entourage He also went to the Siachen glacier in the Karakoram mountains where IndiOn 11 May 1998 the Indian government tested five nuclear devices some forty kilometres from Pokaran Seventeen days later tested nuclear devices of its own About three months after the tests, Amitav Ghosh went to the Pokaran area, after which he visited as part of the defence minister s entourage He also went to the Siachen glacier in the Karakoram mountains where Indian and Pakistani soldiers have been exchanging fire since 1983 Ghosh then travelled through and.Countdown is partly a result of these journeys and conversations with many hundreds of people of the subcontinent.

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    1. This is a great book to read its simple language makes it easily digestible, its size makes it a commute friendly quickread Focussed on the 11th May 1998 nuclear device testing in Pokaran, Rajasthan, the book covers different points of view on various related elements of the test including Indo Pakistan relations The different viewpoints, presented as intereviews with key players in the debates, makes for interesting reading A recommended read to help understand how India thinks and responds in [...]

    2. Had expected a lot given it s Amitav Ghosh, but just two pages into the page I knew what the writer believes in, who he is against aka the Rajdeep Sardesai Sagarika brand of journalism Some good info abt Indo Pak relations, but at the end of it all, there s really nothing you take away from this book Should have been restricted to an op ed article at best.

    3. This is the first non fictional work that I read of Amitav Ghosh, and his craft of being profound yet comprehensible makes this 85 pager an very good read It was, partially, published as a newspaper article and hence the style is that of a journalistic piece to begin with However, by the 85th page, one feels as if having completed a proper long form work of non fiction This essay is based on the May 1998 nuclear tests, first by India and then followed closely by Pakistan as a retaliation As a jo [...]

    4. Incredible Only 80 pages long, this is a documentary account of the authors travels to India and Pakistan soon after a set of nuclear tests were performed by both in 1989 In this short volume, Ghosh manages to make geopolitics come alive through the stories of the politicians, activists and ordinary people he meets The book reads like a novel, but has an ultimate purpose Billions are spent not only on nuclear weapons, but on a facade of agression high in the himalayan glaciers which is both comi [...]

    5. This is a curious little book, written in the wake of the nuclear tests conducted by India Pakistan in 1998 It started out as an article in the New Yorker and retains the immediacy of a journalist s approach But Amitav Ghosh is better known as a novelist and, in the manner of V.S Naipaul, manages to combine insightful analysis with the fiction writer s eye for the deeper truth Fourteen years after the tests, there are elements of the book that are dated but surprisingly much of the description o [...]

    6. It is never easy to get out of an Amitav Ghosh book and lead a normal life thereafter, as if you haven t been affected by anything Countdown was no less different Ghosh s first non fiction publication from Ravi Dayal and Penguin is only 80 pages but makes you think of the many unturned, yellow edged pages of the history of the Indian subcontinent A docu like narrative that is structured around India s nuclear test during the NDA regime, Countdown touches upon the many aspects of the politics of [...]

    7. A short collection of essays around India s nuclear tests back in those days I m a sucker for Amitav Ghosh, so needless to say, don t expect objectivity from me It s good to see an Indian author writing about interactions with the similar minded intellectuals across the border, and how some of the actions are viewed by sane minded people on the other side of the border, and how they judge the actions of their own government Surprisingly, years after it was written, it seems to be relevant to the [...]

    8. Countdown is a nice handbook for journalists It teaches how to do in depth reporting Though it lacks objectivity that is not an indispensable demanded from an in depth story any how.I am unsure about how much people from a non academic or non journalism background will like it It is not a part of the Amitav Ghosh fiction legacy

    9. There are no Indians left, states George Fernandes, cryptically.I picked this book up at a local book fair, for 100 Rs I d been wanting to check out some of Ghosh s work, and I ve also been reading a bit of what some call literary journalism these days The blurb on the back looked promising, and I started reading it.The book basically is Ghosh s search for reasons and motives in the aftermath of the 1999 Pokaran also spelled Pokharan nuclear tests He speaks to experts, common people and politica [...]

    10. We have all known Amitav Ghosh as the weaver of stories, bringing to life exotic locations and eras This time he casts his focus on the nuclear dilemmas plaguing India and Pakistan and does so inimitably with style and precision.On one side he relates the almost illogical underestimation of the nuclear threat on the Indian side who are rather seduced by the ephemeral promises of superpower dom and on the other hand the logical but overtly pessimistic view on the Pakistani side where there is a r [...]

    11. An enchanting travelogue, very easy to read, about the aftermath of the Pokhran nuclear tests by the Indian Government on 11th May, 1998 and the Pakistani nuclear tests in response 17 days later A superb writer of fiction, Amitav Ghosh also writes very accessible non fiction of his travels, mostly in south and south east Asia, and the socio politics of the region Countdown is an excellent addition to this portfolio, and it is a thin book at less than 100 pages The book follows Ghosh s travels to [...]

    12. The book shook my belief about Indian nuclear warheads, which I believed were only a means for India to flex its muscles Looking at the volatile relations between India and Pakistan it made me think about the real threat of a nuclear war in the subcontinent Although Amitav Ghosh from a humanitarian point speaks about all the negative implications of a nuclear war, I felt that it is a very one sided view about the whole argument The fact that nuclear arsenals are a reality today and might have be [...]

    13. Its a symbol of spectacular journalistic writing You could have expected this coming only from Amitav Ghosh The book is a 150 pager but delved deeply into empathic issues with the Pokharan tests and allied issues not only in the nation but also our troubled troubling neighbours Pakistan It has picked up real time character like Asma Jehangir from Pakistan and brilliantly elucidates the resentment amongst various factions withing Pakistan who are not supportive of the govenrment s policies There [...]

    14. A great essay explaining the consequences of the nuclear rat race in the Indian subcontinent It also explains that the nuclear threat is between India and Pakistan is merely because of the politicians and not because the people of the countries want it Most of the people in both the countries do not even understand what they will gain by having a nuclear bomb The basic problem for both the countries remain Bread, Cloth and House Roti, Kapdaa Aur Makaan It will be interesting to see that how the [...]

    15. I did not quiet get the purpose if the book Written immediately after the nuclear weapon race between India and Pakistan if the late 90s, this book tries to portray the nuclear tests as a blunder for India The author travels through Pakistan to fetch the answers he wants to hear He talks to the then Defence Minister George Fernandes and comprehends his answers in the fashion he seeks them for his book Effect of nuclear war on cities like mumbai and Delhi were sadistic and seemed desperation to p [...]

    16. Mr Ghosh is a master painter of prose with the most fertile imagination and a way with words which very few writers can claim to possess This quick read starts at Pokharan, talking about our misconstrued perceptions about what it means to be a nuclear power , the author moves onward to examine Siachen and the Pakistani way of life The climax of the book is a rather indulgent yet depressing assessment of the possibilities if Delhi were to be Ground Zero for a nuclear strike Lovely read, I m the n [...]

    17. If you are interested, even in the slightest way, about the nuclear policy of India and Pakistan you should read this book Loved the way he starts with the village near the Pokhran site and ends with the cataclysmic image of a New Delhi devastated by a nuclear attack Also, brought back memories of Leh, enlightened by the passages on George Fernandes, Siachen Glacier and the interview with Asma Jahangir.

    18. I just loved this book Amitav s writing is very clear and precise The joy in reading this book comes from the fact that it gives deep insights into the lives of different kinds of people, those who suffered the nuances of nuclear testing, those who insisted on these testings and the politicians related to these decisions The most significant part you get a splendid insight into the thoughts and lives of a nation Pakistan.

    19. This one was truly interesting to know about India s second nuclear research experiment in 1998 I had heard all good things but reading this actually opened my mind to another prospect of its other influencing factors Reminded me of George Fernandez s struggle in Indian politics and how he s among one unsung heroes.

    20. No where near his best Amitav is good at story telling and not as good at articulating his views on issues as he attempts to do in his book He still makes out a strong case against the nuclear tests He also narrates his personal experiences with the usual ease The book makes an interesting reading.

    21. Given the author is Amitav Ghosh i had actually expected something No, a lot actually from this book The book being a sort of autobiographical account of the 1999 nuclear tests lacks information.It lacks opinion I was just somewhat satisfied and that s only because i read this on a train, i had nothing else to do

    22. The book compels us to think about the existence of wars and weapons and the futility thereof I strongly agree with the author s observations and point of view It s quite horrifying to know how money and human lives are wasted for a useless piece of land And how people in power misuse the patriotism and false sense of security in others for their personal gains.

    23. A surprising little travel book journeyed and written in the wake of India s and Pakistan s 1998 nuclear tests Among other things, it includes a snapshot of the Taliban s role in Peshawar and Quetta in Pakistan over a decade ago, a role that has only grown larger since.

    24. Again, another very lucidly written book Even though he s mainly retelling conversations interspersed by a few observations, he manages to convey the situation of India s nuclear problems within the context of the world in general and South Asia in particular very effectively Excellent read.

    25. A provocative piece of non fiction, that is, befitting the standards of the author, superbly written You may agree with his views, and you may disagree But you would love to read his writing Recommended.

    26. Good book to pass some idle time and general knowledge Some very interesting perspectives on India Pakistan relationship But then at the end nothing much to carry back as you would have expected at the start of this non fiction.

    27. couldn t have written a better account of the situation then simple, crisp and precise beautifully summed up.

    28. A book I picked up to thinking it would while away time before I start anything proper But to my surprise it was profound than what I expected it to be.A mus read

    29. This is a great book I had never seriously thought about India s and Pakistan s stand on nuclear weapon till I read this book Though small, this gives a clear illustration of the impact as well

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