Hearing Kanhaiya Kumar’s speeches and all hullaballoo surrounding him I pre-ordered a copy of his book From Bihar to Tihar: My Political Journey. Having devoured the book, I feel the book falls short of high expectation of readers like me who eagerly waited for its release. Still the book is not that bad. It contains some un-published stuff about the controversial event in JNU and in the prison where the author was lodged in.
From Bihar to Tihar: My Political Journey is an autobiographical account of the author’s humble journey from Bihar to dreaded prison of Tihar via Patna, Delhi and JNU. Written in crisp and simple English and laced with trademark Kanhaiya Kumar humour in few places, the book is a one-go easy read. The book starts in a good note but turns somewhat uninteresting initially before correcting its course and becomes very interesting towards the middle of the book.
Personally, I liked the Delhi part of the book, especially author’s entry into JNU and things that transpired inside the prison. For the readers who bought this book or want to buy to know more about the controversial event in JNU, I strongly feel Kanhaiya’s version of the story is correct and believable. He does not glorify the event nor make any attempt to defend the people accused of organizing the event.
Some places in the book, Kanhaiya raise and addresses interesting Philosophical questions. For instance, a Baba had gone to JNU and justified caste system by validating Karmic principle in his speech. Kanhaiya asks him; what principle did the creator adopt when he created humans for first time as there were no Karmic records available.
On the flip side, the book seems to have been hurriedly wrapped up. May be there was pressure on the author to meet the deadline. The English translation of the book failed to convey the exact meaning the author intended. I am astounded with the lack of sufficient humors and jokes, which are hallmark of Kanhaiya’s speeches.
At the end of the day Kanhaiya is a better orator than a writer.