Before Freedom:Nehru'S Letter To His Sister

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Before Freedom:Nehru'S Letter To His Sister
Written over a period of thirty-eight years - from 1909 to 1947 - this collection of letters between Jawaharlal Nehru and his sister Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit is significant as much for its historical content as for its literary value. The letters reveal the joys and trials of a family immersed in the struggle for India's independence. They are also a living testimony of the resilience and strength that won India her freedom. The letters included in this book have been divided into seven sections - each with its own distinctive flavour of life, in and out of prison. While in the first section the note of warmth and affection between a brother and his younger sister is almost palpable, the later sections depict the man who was to become the country's first prime minister in a variety of other roles - as a husband, a father and a statesman. In all this, one cannot but appreciate the lucid insight, skilled prose and logic of Nehru, whether he is writing to his sister after her husband's demise, expressing his views on global issues, or expostulating on the interpretation of the nude.
About the Author
Nayantara Sahgal is a novelist and political commentator who has published nine novels and seven works of non-fiction. She is the daughter of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. She has been the recipient of several prestigious prizes, such as the Sinclair Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers'Prize (Eurasia) and the Sahitya Akademi Award. She has been vice president of the People's Union for Civil Liberties; a member of the Sahitya Akademi's Advisory Board for English, until she resigned during the Emergency; a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre and the Bunting Institute, US; and as a jury member for the Commonwealth Writers'Prize, as head of Eurasia. In 1990, she was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1997, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for Literature by the University of Leeds.
TitleBefore Freedom:Nehru'S Letter To His Sister
Author NameNayantara Sahgal
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2000
Total No. of Pages400
Weight0.75 KGS
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