Author: Jawaharlal Nehru
Translator(s)/ Edito: Sonia Gandhi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0343032453
Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi were eloquent and prolific letter writers. The letters in this volume, selected from the extensive correspondence between the two over more than forty years, are like conversations over paper- but more revealing, as Sonia Gandhi observes. Intimate, articulate and unreserved, they provide rare insights into the character and personality of two of the most towering figures of modern India.
Remarkable for their honesty, sensitivity and humor and replete with vivid descriptions of major personalities and events of their times, the letters chart Indira Gandhi's development from a shy, frail school girl into a charismatic political leader. They reflect the love of nature, and the books father and daughter shared and reveal their candid views on a variety of subjects.
Above all this volume reflects the depth and tenderness of the relationship between the father and the daughter, and the formidable moral and physical courage that was the hallmark of both personalities.
Sonia Gandhi's illuminating introduction and annotations provide the personal and political context for the fascinating correspondence.
Introduction by Sonia Gandhi
Jawaharlal Nehru's and Indira Gandhi's Kinship and Political Circle, and Circle of Friends
Journeys Undertaken by Jawaharlal and Indira Gandhi between 1922 and 1963
List of Prison Terms
PART ONE (1922-1936)
Growing Up (1922-!936)
Indira Comes into Her Own (193 -1939)
PART TWO (1940-1964)
Preface to Part Two
The Political Setting of the Early 1940s
Home Coming (1940-1942)
Prison Walls (1942-1945)
Towards Freedom (1945-1946)
In the Prime Minister's House (1947-1962)