IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD: A MEMOIR ( Hardcover )– by Khalid A-H Ansari


IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD: A MEMOIR ( Hardcover )– by Khalid A-H Ansari

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rupa Publications India (5 January 2022); Rupa Publications India
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 568 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 935520101X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9355201010
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 kg 30 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 3.81 x 22.86 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India



His autobiography is like him, no holds barred and a racy read that makes us feel ‘wish we had a life like this’.
—Sunil Gavaskar

In its broad, multifaceted sweep of events from his birth in Mumbai’s poverty-stricken Madanpura to a father who started life as an orphan and a mother from a penurious family, Khalid Ansari’s life has been an enjoyable and purposeful journey in service of his fellow human beings. In this ‘donkey’s tale—upar wala meherbaan to gadha pehelwaan(When God smiles kindly, the donkey thinks he’s a wrestler)’, Ansari has endeavoured to capture some highlights of a splendoured life which he has been blessed to live, catching stars while chasing rainbows.

From starting newspapers and magazines; representing his country at the United Nations; accompanying dignitaries on state visits; covering cricket Test matches, nine Olympics, Commonwealth and Asian Games; travelling the world; being honoured with the Padma Shri award—it’s been indeed la vie en rose.

In this memoir, the author has been at pains to prevent this from deteriorating into a ‘I-did-this-did-that’-pat-himself, shabash!’ hagiography or a dry-asdust pontificaltome, by ‘spicing’ it up with dollops of frothy anecdotes and self-critical bon mots even as he has attempted a discourse on the purpose of life, the ‘right path’ and the like.

Since charity and service to humankind are now the author’s obsession post retirement, he has also dwelt at some length upon his private, selffunded charitable foundation and on giving away whatever little material possessions his wife Zeyna and he have acquired in his lifetime.

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