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Vishesh Unni Raghunathan
THE PUFFIN BOOK OF 100 EXTRAORDINARY INDIANS by Puffin Books, 2022, 343 pp., 299.00
November 2022, volume 46, No 11

The Puffin Book of 100 Extraordinary Indians, 100 inspiring stories of outstanding achievements, is a compilation of stories of different Indians across diverse fields from various eras.

Arranged alphabetically, and seemingly written by different authors (no author has been credited), the book feels random. For example, one moment you are reading about the maverick football player, Baichung Bhutia, the next you are reading about the journalist Barkha Dutt, and then it is Bhagat Singh, the freedom fighter. The story of each person is encapsulated in about 700-800 words, summarizing the most significant moment of change in each person’s life which led them to achieving what they did.

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