Sunday, 22 June 2014

Standing on the shoulders of a giant !

The Discovery of IndiaThe Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a child I read it and was overwhelmed by the style , depth and feeling of a man who while having belonged to the aristocracy had been sucked into the rough and tumble of the Freedom Movement and chose, as if by destiny, to give his all.He narrates his view of India, its past, present and a future from behind the jails that he so often found himself to be in.
While so much has been written post independence,The serial Bharat Ek Khoj by Shyam Benegal based on this book further reconfirmed my ardour for this book to be honest,reverent and understanding of an old culture and civilisation that survives, lives and breathes to envision a legitimate and bright future.
A must read for anyone who loves or hates India.

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