ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amitabha Ray (b.1955) obtained a Masters degree in electrical engineering from Bengal Engineering & Science University (formerly B.E. College, Shibpore, Calcutta University) as well as a post-graduation degree in Social Development Planning & Management from University of Wales, Swansea, UK. He also holds a post-graduation in Transport Economics and Management.
He is a senior official with the Government of India. He has a long experience of around three decades in areas of planning at a national level, appraisal of important projects and public-private-partnership initiatives. His varied exposure also includes assuming the responsibility of working with the Ministry of Economy, Government of Afghanistan in an advisory capacity as a part of the UNDP assignment.
He has authored a number of books and articles in leading journals. Some of his books are widely acclaimed with large readership and multiple reprints. Apart from novelty of themes, his works are immensely informative and intellectually thought provoking. His natural affinity towards works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez has inspired him to bring out a lot of books on and about this literary genius.The present book is a result of his on-site experience and enormous research during his stint in Kabul. In fact, it is already published in Bengali under the title Kabulnama. The book provides an eclectic account of many facets of culture, life and contemporary issues of Afghanistan.
Milan Brahmachary is based in Delhi. He did his post graduation in economics. An avid traveler and nature lover, learning languages is his hobby and he commands a fair grasp over three foreign languages ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Spanish, French and Chinese ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ apart from English, while being naturally fluent in Hindi and his mother tongue Bengali. Creative writing and translations are some of his other passions. Born and educated in Kolkata, Milan Brahmachary works for the Government of India.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Kabulnama is author’s tribute to the rare journey along the highs and lows of the land and the times. The reader is transported to the origins of this rugged yet uniquely beautiful country pitched against an unkind climate, civil wars and an intriguing socio-cultural backdrop.