Life and Death in Shanghai

Read this book called “Life and Death in Shanghai” by Nien Cheng a while back. Honestly I should not putting in these terms, if you consider the sufferings of the author, but it was breath-taking, thrilling read. Just how bad and ludicrous it can be. If Nehru had access to such accounts, he’d have done better than trust Chinese communists with any consistency in their policies. China’s attach on India seems like a trivial shift in policy compared to swing that took place all the time in Maoist China. High profiled leaders being denounced mercilessly, when it suited some other who happened to be in power then, the hypocrisy of the regime and the plight of those having a disadvantageous class origin. Sigh! Although its a thick book, give it a read sometime. Its kind of difficult to stop once you have started reading it.

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About Jaya

Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe ( with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: Twitter: @jayajha Facebook:

One thought on “Life and Death in Shanghai

  1. sure,anything prescribed by u related to literature wud b too worthy to shun!keep cracking like this.i mean writing like this.

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