Saturday, March 2, 2013

Book Review: 14 Hours: An Insider’s Account of the 26/11 Taj Attack

Name of the Author: Ankur Chawla
No of Pages: 162
Price of the Book:  INR 175
Rating: 2/5
Publishing Company:  Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd

14 Hours: An Insider’s Account of the 26/11 Taj Attack, is a biography  based on the terrifying experience of the clueless insider, the then operations management trainee, Ankur Chawla went through during the catastrophic attacks which jolted the Mumbai city in November 2008.  

While the whole of the Mumbai city public were glued to their television sets to get the minute by minute update of the places which were held hostage by the terrorists, the book documents challenges in the form of fighting fear of life and terror of  faced by an insider of one of victimized place, Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Hotel

An eye catchy book cover which reminds every Mumbaikar of the horror witnessed is written in a dreary manner. The writer’s attempt in making the book engaging has been unsuccessful as many sections of the book can be overlooked. Immature writing is clearly visible by the grammatical errors.   However, narration of wit and humour while facing in a life combating situation is worthwhile a praise.    

The verdict - The book is pass- through biography.  

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