Gangster On The Run by Puja Changoiwala

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Gangster on the Run: The True Story of a Reformed Criminal by Puja Changoiwala is the extraordinary story of a hitman who became a de-addiction counselor and outran his demons, leaving them far behind in the murky shadows of gangland. Published by HarperCollins, the book hit the shelves in September 2020.

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He ran from a life of drugs and bullets.

Now, he runs to shatter records.

Rahul Jadhav took the name ‘Bhiku’ after a character from the 1998 cult classic Satya – a gangster who was everything Rahul once wanted to be. Capturing his don’s attention as a tech-literate criminal, running his extortion ring over Skype, Rahul found himself shouting threats down the barrel of his gun and became one of the most wanted gangsters of his time.

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Rahul Jadhav took the name 'Bhiku' after a character from the 1998 cult classic Satya – a gangster who was everything Rahul once wanted to be. Capturing his don's attention as a tech-literate criminal, running his extortion ring over Skype, Rahul found himself shouting threats down the barrel of his gun and became one of the most wanted gangsters of his time. After his arrest in 2007, the extortionist and hitman was left a shadow of his former self, ravaged by alcoholism and drug abuse – which twisted his mind into a near schizophrenic state. That was only part of his journey. Today, the gunrunner is an ultra-marathoner who has covered nearly 10,000 kilometres – including a 2019 run from Gateway of India to India Gate – and aims to shatter the national stadium run record. Written by award-winning journalist @pujachangoiwala, this is the extraordinary story of a hitman who became a de-addiction counsellor and outran his demons, leaving them far behind in the murky shadows of gangland. . . #Gangster #Running #RunningMotivation #Underworld #Crime #India #Marathon #SharpShooter #MentalHealth #GangsterOnTheRun #READwithHarperCollins #HarperAtHome #BookstagramIndia #BooksOfInstagram #Bookaholic #BookLibraryClub #Reading #Read #BookClub #BookLibraryClub

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After his arrest in 2007, the extortionist and hitman was left a shadow of his former self, ravaged by alcoholism and drug abuse – which twisted his mind into a near schizophrenic state. That was only part of his journey. Today, the gunrunner is an ultra-marathoner who has covered nearly 10,000 kilometers – including a 2019 run from Gateway of India to India Gate – and aims to shatter the national stadium run record.

About the Author

Puja Changoiwala is an award-winning journalist, and author of the critically acclaimed true crime book, The Front Page Murders: Inside the Serial Killings that Shocked India. As a journalist, Puja writes about the intersections of gender, crime, social justice, human rights, and technology. Her work has featured across the likes of The Guardian, The Hindu, BBC, MIT’s Undark, Al Jazeera, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and South China Morning Post, among other esteemed publications in Asia, UK, and North America.

Previously a human rights correspondent with a London based magazine, Puja has also worked as a senior crime reporter with Hindustan Times. A 2019 fellow with the Global Investigative Journalism Network, she is a recipient of the prestigious Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity, Red Ink Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism, Iceland Writers Award, among other acclaims.

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