There’s Gunpowder in the Air

There’s Gunpowder in the Air

It’s the early seventies. The Naxalbari Movement is gathering strength in Bengal. Young men and women have left their homes, picked up arms to free land from the clutches of feudal landlords and the state, and return them to oppressed landless farmers. They are being arrested en masse and thrown into high-security jails.

In one such jail, five Naxals are meticulously planning a jailbreak. They must free themselves if the revolution is to continue. But petty thief Bhagoban, much too happy to serve frequent terms for free food and shelter, has been planted by Jailor Bireshwar Mukherjee among them as a mole. Only, Bhagoban seems to be warming up to them.

There’s Gunpowder in the Air is a searing investigation into what deprivation and isolation can do to human idealism. And Manoranjan Byapari is perhaps the most refreshing voice to emerge from Bengal in recent times.

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  • Rakhi Dalal

    I first came to know of Manoranjan Byapari when I read about his famous autobiography "Interrogating my Chandal Life" in a newspaper. I was impressed reading about the struggles that he went through t...

  • Vartika

    Everything about this book recommends itself, drawn from the margins of Indian society and coloured with its angst and observations. The author, Manoranjan Byapari, is at once one of the finest voices...

  • Padmaja (thebookishtales)

    'There's gunpowder in the air' is set in the early 70's in West Bengal, where the Naxalbari movement is taking shape.~I couldn't put this book down once I started reading. I raced through it in a sing...

  • Chitra Ahanthem

    The backdrop is the 70s, the entire action takes place in an unnamed jail where fiveNaxal youths are cause for concern. Jailor Bireshwar who is nearing his retirement does not want to take a chance of...

  • Vanya

    There’s Gunpowder in the Air by Manoranjan Byapari is the story of an attempted jailbreak by incarcerated Naxals in an unnamed prison in West Bengal. Set in a time when Bengal was reeling with the N...

  • muthuvel

    Nietzsche says those people who are never understood gets their authority in their own ways regardless of the sanction from the masses. How such people belonging to 'the other' could be understood? I...

  • Mridula Gupta

    When the author himself is an inspiration (a former rickshaw driver who learnt the alphabets at the age of twenty-four in jail, then proceeded to write for Mahasweta Devi's 'Bartika', and who refuses ...

  • Lakshmi

    Set in the 70s, it is the story of a jail, a few Naxals and a thief. I’m glad I picked this book first, it kept me hooked. It is brilliant and moving....

  • Debasmita Bhowmik

    I don't think there's anything I can say about this book that would properly explain why it's so brilliant. The author's profile? Maybe. The topic of the book? Maybe that too. Manoranjan Byapari is on...

  • Chandana Kuruganty

    "Koyla Jay Na Dhuli, Shobhab jay na moli. Coal cannot be cleaned, habits cannot be killed.Not True.. You must also learn to burn the black out of your life. Done properly, you might dazzle everyone wi...