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Unbounded: An Elegiac Biography Of ‘Naya Bihar’

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Unbounded: An Elegiac Biography Of ‘Naya Bihar’

The memoir by a police officer tells a delightfully unique, personal tale of a cop surmounting routine bureaucratic and professional challenges to achieve a ‘near miracle’ in fixing a recalcitrant state

Unbounded | Rupa | 344 Pages | Rs. 595

Interweaving personal and professional commitments and convictions in a rapturous language of memoir, Unbounded is an honest and iconoclastic portrait of triumphs and travails of a police officer whose passion for teaching Physics has become a folk tale in Bihar and beyond.  Visit any IIT campus, you will come across his students sipping tea at the campus dhaba and reminiscing about him as ‘Abhayanand sir’ who inspired them to pursue their dreams of joining IIT through his conceptualisation of Super30.  If Bihar is today called ‘the sunshine state’ and land of phenomenal talent, at least a morsel of credit must be given to Abhayanand who donned the police uniform but used his transformative vision of teaching Physics to galvanise aspirants in Bihar.

Written in conversational prose, with shyness and humility, Unbounded tells a delightfully unique, personal tale of a cop surmounting routine bureaucratic and professional challenges to achieve a ‘near miracle’ in fixing a recalcitrant state. It sounds like a fantasy film but Abhaya­nand’s unconventional implementation of ‘speedy trials’ and creating India’s first contractual police force, the State Auxiliary Police (SAP) comprising retired army men, led to the liberation of Bihar from the infamous ‘jungle raj’, an info­rmal reign of terror by kidnappers and criminals.

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