The Impetus for and Implemenation of A Free Man: Background information when reading A Free Man

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A Free Man

A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi

by Aman Sethi

A Free Man
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    Oct 2012, 240 pages
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    Oct 2013, 240 pages

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The Impetus for and Implemenation of A Free Man

A Free Man is journalist Aman Sethi's first book. It grew out of a research project and interviews he conducted in 2005 as research for an article about healthcare for homeless workers. In an August 2012 Publisher's Weekly interview, Sethi explains why he chose to write his book:

When I started as a reporter in 2005, I was surprised by the lack of [coverage] on Delhi's working class. The city had just won the bid to host the 2010 Commonwealth games, and the government had begun a massive program of urban renewal in which hundreds of thousands of homes in slums and working-class neighborhoods were demolished to make way for new infrastructure. I wrote a three-part series on "Working Delhi" to explore the lives - and capture the oral histories - of the workforce. The first part documented the lives of homeless laborers, and that's how I met Ashraf...and the other characters in my book."

Another aspect of mazdoor life that appealed to Sethi, he explains, was the freedom it ...

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