World War Z

World War Z


Max Brooks

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Barati Palshigar Character Analysis

A woman who worked on Radio Free Earth during the war. Along with her hard-working team, Palshigar broadcasted useful information in different languages to people all over the world. Radio Free Earth aimed to provide information that would help people survive, like the ways to purify water, and also combatted misinformation, like the notion that zombies had feelings.

Barati Palshigar Quotes in World War Z

The World War Z quotes below are all either spoken by Barati Palshigar or refer to Barati Palshigar. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Three Rivers edition of World War Z published in 2006.
Chapter 6: Around the World, and Above Quotes

The data we were broadcasting […] came from all around the world, from experts and think tanks in various government safe zones. They would transmit their findings to our IR operators who, in turn, would pass it along to us. Much of this data was transmitted to us over conventional, open, civilian bands, and many of these bands were crammed with ordinary people’s cries for help. There were millions of wretched souls scattered throughout our planet, all screaming into their private radio sets as their children starved or their temporary fortress burned, or the living dead overran their defenses. Even if you didn’t understand the language, as many of the operators didn’t, there was no mistaking the human voice of anguish. […] I don’t want to know what that was like for the IR operators. […] Not one of them is alive today.

Related Characters: Barati Palshigar (speaker)
Related Symbols: Zombies
Page Number: 198-199
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Barati Palshigar Character Timeline in World War Z

The timeline below shows where the character Barati Palshigar appears in World War Z. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Around the World, and Above
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
...including the UNS Ural, which was the first broadcast hub of Radio Free Earth. Barati Palshigar worked on this project. She tells the narrator that “Ignorance was the enemy. Lies and... (full context)
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
Palshigar says that Radio Free Earth was the “first real international venture,” and it came into... (full context)
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
Palshigar specializes in languages of the Indian Subcontinent, and she covered the information that would be... (full context)
The Cost of War Theme Icon
Palshigar says the hardest job was that of the Information Reception or IR Department, which received... (full context)