Book Review: Amroha “A Qasba”
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By Adam Rizvi, Editor-In-Chief , The India Observer, TIO: NJ: Amroha is a culturally alive city which has produced a host of talented individuals, making a name in their respective fields. Several books have been written on the Qasba but mostly in Urdu, Hindi and Persian. ‘Making of a Qasba: The story of Amroha’ is the latest edition to this list but in English for a change.
It’s a short historical account of the Qasba, focussing on its origin and social & political development over the years. The book also covers eight famous people from the city and photographs of the city, both old and new.
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The text is easy to read as the chapters are short. The chapter on The Uprising of 1857 is particularly engaging and informative. The pictures (coloured ones would have been better) seems to cover most of the popular places in Amroha. The biographical sketches are interesting however, the author could have added some more names to the list for added impact.
The 120 pages book has more than 200 references, which shows the serious work involved.
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I finished the book in one sitting and managed to learn a lot about Amroha. And so the next time somebody talks about the city, I know it has a lot more to offer than just Kamal Amrohvi and Jaun Elia.
The book is priced at indian Rs 225 and is available on Amazon India, Urdu Bazaar and Universal Booksellers Lucknow.
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