Top positive review
A must read for every Indian and person interested in India
27 April 2019
This is a book I highly recommend to begin with. A lot of people nowadays like to mindlessly criticise Nehru. It is true that he made a lot of mistakes, but one has to look at his work and life in context. His achievements and vision have laid the foundation for the modern India we live in, both good and bad aspects. In this book, he gives you a chance to look at him, in his own words. He has certainly not been completely open, yet one can see that here is a man of extraordinary vision, intellectual stature and a deep understanding of both history and the present. Here is a man who understood better than most what India really was in the past, and what it needed. I say this as a young person, growing up in the post liberalisation decades, where Nehru has been thought of as a relic people like to forget. I would urge more people, especially the belligerent and aggressive right wing types to read Nehru's, Tagore's and Gandhi's books, and understand both the history and the present. Much of what is the foundation of our economy and education today was laid down by this visionary statesman. We would be fortunate if we could have a leader who is even a quarter of what Nehru was in his day. It makes me weep to think that a man who died more than 50 years ago was more modern than most of our politicians today, including his descendants. In terms of literary value, this book and his other books are treasures of world literature. If you're looking for an objective exposition of facts and history, you will probably be a tad disappointed as Nehru himself has made it abundantly clear he is presenting his own take, and therefore is likely quite prejudiced. Nonetheless, it provides a valuable first hand perspective of a formative period of this nation's history, a glimpse into the root of many of the problems we face today, and glance at the sensitive, refined and very human soul of the person presenting this fine piece of literature.