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professor toofaanii publishers is happy to announce their 35th book

ALI(VE) in Bits And Pieces by Ali Peter John.

In this book, the well-known editor of Screen Weekly for 48 years, Ali Peter John describes his life, his 'strange' name, his early life of utter deprivation and misery, the life and death of his parents, and the dire circumstances in which he completed his education. He describes how he happened to send a postcard to the famous Indian writer Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and his subsequent employment in Blitz and Screen. He ends his poignant story with his thoughts on God, Humanity, Life and Death. All in all an engrossing book.

This is the second edition of his earlier autobiography, Life in Bits and Pieces, a bestseller translated into many languages.

Ali Peter John has had several problems with his name. He does not have a ration card, nor does he have a passport, all because of his odd-sounding name. He is an M. A. in English literature from the Bombay University, but he believes that he has learnt more in the University of Abbas than he has learnt at the university.
He was writing for India's prominent film magazine Screen for forty-eight long years and his column, Ali's Notes, has been accepted as a landmark by the film industry and readers who has been following him. He has written in almost all the newspapers and magazines of India on a variety of subjects about films. He has published twenty books during the last twenty years in his own way. The most prominent book according to him is his autobiography, Life-Bits and Pieces, which had its cover designed by the renowned painter M. F. Husain, the autobiography has also been translated in various languages. His circle of friends includes all the legends and down to .
He has been living his own simple life without expecting anything from life. He is now writing for a leading Hindi film magazine Mayapuri and at 71, he writes at least two articles every day. He hopes to write till he can no longer write.

The book is in English, 6" by 9", 68 pages.


The first ten pages can be read here


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