ISBN 9789351365952,Nayantara Sahgal - A Biography

Nayantara Sahgal - A Biography


Ritu Menon






Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789351365952

ISBN-10 9351365956


Number of Pages 312 Pages
Language (English)

Biography & autobiography

Born into the first family of Indian politics, Nayantara Sahgal is one of Indias finest writers. Novelist, political commentator, memoirist and essayist, she is unique for having portrayed Indias post - Independence development in everything she wrote. Her circumstances made her keenly aware of the power relations that inform every facet of life, while her political columns marked her as one of the most perceptive writers to follow the evolution of democracy and politics in the country - from its promise of equality and freedom from want to its present crisis of credibility. Though she turned her back on what many thought was a natural choice for her, a career in politics, she remained interested in matters of state. Her criticism of her cousin, Indira Gandhi, during the Emergency earned her the extreme displeasure of Indias most powerful woman at the time. But her passion for freedom kept her undeterred and she refused to be silenced. In her personal life too, she risked scandal and censure when she chose to walk out of her marriage at a time when a divorced woman was considered a social embarrassment-and in her case, a political liability. Ritu Menons biography is the first wide-ranging, authorised one of this important writer, based on first-hand information, lengthy interviews, private papers, thousands of letters and archival documents.

About the Author

Ritu Menon is a publisher and writer, co-founder of the feminist publishing house Kali for Women and founder of Women Unlimited, an associate of Kali for Women. She is the author and editor of several books, among them the ground-breaking Borders and Boundaries - Women in Indias Partition and Making a Difference - Memoirs from the Womens Movement in India.