'Six Minutes of Terror based on 7/11 train blasts' book launch by Naseeruddin Shah

In the 10th anniversary year of the July 2006 serial train blasts of Mumbai, also called the 7/11 train blasts, a book on the attack was released on October 21. Six Minutes of Terror is written by two first time authors Nazia Sayed and Sharmeen Hakim, both journalists with Mumbai Mirror. Moving away from the tradition, the book was launched by Prashant Rathi, one of the survivors of the blasts that tore apart seven compartments in Mumbai's local trains. Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, who was also present to launch the book, requested that the book be launched by Rathi first, as he shared the stage with him, the authors, and senior crime journalist and author S Hussain Zaidi. The book has been published by Penguin Random House India in association with Blue Salt. Shah called the book a result of “thorough research", and said that when it comes to terrorism, it was education that made a difference. “Both the communities need to engage in the right kind of education. It is time to bury all the skeletons and stop spreading hatred. It's time we think why religion -which is one of the most beautiful things on earth -is being used to spread hatred," the actor said. Rathi said that he was saved by “divine intervention". His siblings and father were also in two different trains that were bombed, and they all survived the attack.“When the blast woke me from my slumber, I saw three bodies lying on me. No-one ever wants to witness such a sight," he added. The book has been completed in just about nine months, and the authors said that it could happen as the case had just gotten over when they decided to work on the book.

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