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Nehru: The Invention Of India (HB) Hardcover – 28 November 2018
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SHASHI THAROOR is the bestselling author of twenty books, both fiction and non-fiction, besides being a noted critic and columnist. His books include the pathbreaking satire The Great Indian Novel (1989), the classic India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997), the bestselling An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India, for which he won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2016, for Books (Non-Fiction), and The Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi and His India. He has been Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. He is a three-time member of the Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram and chairs the Parliament Information
Technology committee. He has won numerous literary awards, including a national Sahitya Akademi award, a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honour for overseas Indians, in 2004, and honoured as New Age Politician of the Year (2010) by NDTV.
- Publisher : Penguin Viking (28 November 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0670092002
- ISBN-13 : 978-0670092000
- Item Weight : 260 g
- Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in India on 10 June 2021
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SHASHI has produced the Great leader in his terms and highlighted his thinking.
It’s a must read.
Its absolutely worth reading.
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 10 June 2021
Its absolutely worth reading.
Just to change this attitude i decided to buy the book penned by our very own tharoor ji.
His love towards nehru is well recognised and i was expecting it to be a one sided book where i will only know Nehru's positives.
but i must admit that i was wrong ,how balanced was his approach, if one really wants to understand Nehru strength and flaw you shouldn't hesitate to grab this book.
yes there would be some chapter were political angle gets to deep and people with non political inclination may want to skip pages but it gets neutralized by some very interesting anecdotes of his life.
Let me answer the biggest question first!!...
No, I did not have to reach to my dictionary now and then to read this one!...I guess this one was before the vocabulary attack!.... Literally!!.....
Another perspective from a member of the same party trying to score some browny points while cleverly indicating a lot by saying very little!!.... That's what is the book which though non fiction is fiction to a point of view of the man who himself is under a cloud of suspect nowadays!....
While freedom at midnight gave so much importance to Lord Mountbatten and while Azad's autobiography gave it to himself and am sure while the hordes of books on the Mahatma give the onus to Gandhi, this one is Nehru everywhere!...
The clever manipulations by the father of the nation to give post to his protégé might have in effect given us a weak, temperamental, communistic and naive first leader of the country...... Imagine the strong Bose or the iron Patel as the more stronger alternates...... At this point it's only a matter of have been and nothing else......
And how innocently Tharoor glides over the women in the pundit's life giving ample space for imagination is why the book had to be written by Shashi....
Had picked up this one too see one more opinion if that would change mine..... About dynasty that is.... But safe to say that this one is nowhere close....
Read to know another view point though don't expect it to change your point of view!!...... So exasperating!!!.....
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Overall a great read, it was hard for me to put down.