Travels in the Red corridor

In Red Sun, Sudeep Chakravarti documents his travels and conversations with the Maoists who control the Red corridor, a swathe of land that stretches from Nepal to Kerala, sweeping across Orissa, Chattisgarh, Andhra and Karnataka.

The book is both political history and a voyage of discovery and self-discovery, as the author, Editor at large with The Rolling Stone and erstwhile journalist at the Asian Wall Street Journal, travels to the heart of the Maoist controlled regions of the country. At once informative, bleak, brilliant and rousing, the book has been termed a "disturbing examination" of the deep fissures of our fractured land.

Sudeep is also a futurist, and in that sense, this book is an expression of his projections as well. His documentation of the war that is "being fought in jungles and impoverished villages across India" gives a glimpse of his vision of the dangers that lie ahead. A wake-up call, and one that our society should heed.

Hardcover, 320 pages, Rs 495. ISBN 9780670081332.