Author: Nayantara Sahgal
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174363475
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collection of letters between Jawaharlal Nehru and his sister Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit is significant as much for its historical content as for its literary values. The letters revel 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 characteristic flavor of life in and out of prison.
Whereas in the first section the not 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, father and 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.
On purpose I wrote to Indu and asked her what she wanted to be -a doctor, engineer or what else? It was a very prosaic question meant to draw her down from the clouds. Of course I received no answer. There can be no definite answer. She cannot and none of us can at this stage say what she can or will do. But I am quite clear that nothing that is worthwhile can be done in the clouds! She will have to come down and if she does not do so early she will do so late and then the process is more painful.
-Jawaharlal Nehru to Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Dehradun Jail, 6 march 1933
INTRODUCTION:Keeping a Legacy Alive
1909 - 1912
1926 - 1927
1931 - 1936
1937 - 1940
November 1941 to December 1943
January to November 1944
1945 - 1947 and One Letter of 1956