Author: M A Sreenivasan
Publisher: Ravi Dayal
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0863112528
This book is an elegant, sage-like evocation of, and reflection on, the times in which the author has lived and participated and is a valuable document on the style, culture and effectiveness of administration in princely states.
Comparatively few people have lived through the ninety years of the twentieth century thus far and been witness to the enormous changes that have taken place in India and elsewhere in this extraordinary period. Sreenivasan belongs to that select group, not only as a witness but also an active participant in some major events of the times.
This book is not intended to be an autobiography, although it dwells lightly on many episodes and phases in Sreenivasan's considerable life. It will be of particular interest to scholars of modern India. The author provides sharp insights on the negotiations that led to the demise of the British Raj and the people involved in working out a new polity for India.