‘To Hell and Back: Humans of COVID by Barkha Dutt
Starmark hosted a book signing session with the award winning journalist and author Barkha Dutt. She signed copies of her latest book—To Hell And Back, published by Juggernaut. The book is available at all Starmark stores.
When India’s lockdown was first announced in March 2020, acclaimed journalist Barkha Dutt started an extraordinary series of road trips, recording the human story of the pandemic, one which she continues even today as we wrestle with the virus’s latest avatar. Travelling from Delhi to Kerala, on trucks and trains, visiting hospitals and slums, villages and cities, her reporting constitutes the deepest, most comprehensive account of how this crisis has affected India through all three waves.
In this book, she tells India’s pandemic story through the stories of the people she covered—the migrant workers and politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats, doctors and nurses, factory workers and farmers, teachers and students, husbands and wives, parents and children. And through these accounts, she draws a startling picture not just of our plague years but the very nature of our country with its deep-rooted inequalities across class, caste and gender. Moving, gripping and vivid, To Hell and Back is an outstanding work by one of our foremost journalists, working at the height of her powers. Moving, gripping and vivid, To Hell and Back is an outstanding work by one of our foremost journalists, working at the height of her powers.