'Three Months in Bhopal' is a completely self published book, written, edited and organised by the writer, as an almost complete 'Do It Yourself' exercise, to both publicise and raise funds for a charity. This book, by Ian Jarvis, is one of the real life case studies on the Blog to Book Programme and proves the point that any one, for any reason, can publish an inspirational book that tells some of the human stories behind a huge industrial catastrophe.
Just after midnight between the 2nd and 3rd December 1984, the world’s worst industrial disaster happened in Bhopal, India. In a pesticide factory operated by the Union Carbide Company, a tank of Methylisocyanate gas exploded spreading the toxic gas over the surrounding population. And so began a saga of claim, counter-claim, denial and corruption that still goes on today.
This has involved the Indian Government, Union Carbide, the Dow Chemical Company, (which bought Union Carbide in 2001), a legion of lawyers, Stratfor - an industrial Intelligence organisation, and now, Wikileaks.
This book is not about that devastating industrial disaster. It is instead, a humanitarian story. Regardless of politics or law, there are many people in Bhopal still suffering from the after-effects of that chemical leak, as well as poisoning from the little publicised pollution of the groundwater by the waste and chemicals left at the abandoned site.
'Three Months in Bhopal' is the journal of Ian Jarvis, a complementary therapist who went there in 2011 to volunteer in two clinics, Sambhavna (for adults) and Chingari (for disabled children), both created and run by local people and offering an astounding free service to the affected population.
All profits from the book will be donated directly to the Bhopal Medical Appeal charity and 'Blog to Book' will also pass all payments (except for postage) directly to the charity.