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Life and Death in Delhi

Monday, November 19, 2012

Aman Sethi tells the story of the life of Mohammed Ashraf, who studied biology, became a butcher, a tailor, and an electrician’s apprentice, but ended up a homeless day laborer in old Delhi, in India. Sethi’s book A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi is portrait of persistence in the face of poverty in one of the world’s largest cities.

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Comments [2]

Hugh Sansom

Aman Sethi's comments are prompting to remember the work of several people:

- Katherine Boo (also interviewed by Leonard Lopate, I think),
- Amartya Sen,
- Amar Bhidé (whom I already mentioned and whose specialty is finance, so perhaps Mr. Sethi knows of him),
- Abhijit Banarjee and Esther Duflo (authors of "Poor Economics").

Nov. 19 2012 12:54 PM
Hugh Sansom

The Tufts economist Amar Bhidé (among others) has described a common phenomenon in India that Aman Sethi seems also to be touching on — the wide array of ways laborers practice to make money.

Nov. 19 2012 12:50 PM

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