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ISBN: 9780143450153

Hamid The Story of My Captivity, Survival and Freedom

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Pages: 376

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In November 2012, Hamid, a 27-year-old Mumbai-based techie, disappeared. What happened? Where did he go? All his parents knew was that he had gone to Kabul, Afghanistan, to explore a job prospect. Upon some investigation, they found out that their son had been chatting online with some Pakistani friends, especially a girl across the border. Authored by Hamid Ansari and Geeta Mohan, this is the definitive insider account of the man who saw no boundaries when it came to saving a girl from the forced marriage tradition known as wani. Nothing could scare or stop him; until he was ditched by his friends in Pakistan. Soon, he was caught in a whirlwind of allegations made by Pakistani authorities to break him and label him a spy. What followed were years of suffering during the investigations, along with long periods of solitary confinement and a struggle for survival. In India, his mother led a relentless fight, knocking on as many doors as it took, eventually moving three nations, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, to get him back home, with the help of the then external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj. On 18 December 2018, Hamid finally touched India soil again. Gritty, heart-wrenching and moving, this is s story of humanity, love, betrayal and hope against all odds.

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