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There was no runway. A vast landmass, juxtaposed between Russia and China, where one million people lived. Mr Singh gives a clear and unbiased depiction of what Nehru was, where he excelled and his known pitfalls. It is about life of a man who was born in privilege, studied in best possible institutions, married into aristocracy, worked into IFS and walked in high power corridors. Nehru innocently committed a serious mistake by making the Tibetan leader sit between himself and Chou En-lai. The train arrived punctually at. Good read.
Ironically, Singh writes, and I quote, "I believe in friendship, it is one of the greatest joys of life. I have at times let my friends down as they have let me down. Friendship rests on truth and reliability. These words ring hollow, given that he has, in fact, let down one of his oldest associates. Singh also reveals that on May 7, , he had a surprise visit from Sonia Gandhi and "her charming daughter," Priyanka. Gloating and self-important, Singh enjoys the power his autobiography holds over the family, noting: And he did nothing to allay their fears and chose instead to piggy-back on scandal and mudslinging half-truths.
It may be interesting to point out that the book, which was started in , is perfectly timed to come out post-elections and ride the popular pro-BJP wave.
Even though Singh loudly claims that it was published when it was finished. Yet, the strategy behind its 'timely' release can hardly be denied. The marketing gimmick has been called out for what it is, and even former prime minister Manmohan Singh has condemned the cheap-selling tactic. He was quoted in several leading dailies, saying: Sonia Gandhi herself had maintained a dignified silent through most of the brouhaha.
However, she has finally spoken up and released a statement: I am serious about it and I will be writing," she told reporters in Parliament House recently. This is a book that I look forward to reading, as it will counter Natwar Singh's rather one-sided and malicious penmanship. To end with a quote from Aesop, the ancient Greek fabulist: On a very wet 15 August Tagore and Gandhiji stayed with Principal Rudra.
It did not take me long to fathom why the college had acquired its reputation—it was focussed on all-round excellence. We remained glued to the radio. Ian Shankland. I must have been insufferable. The mysterious hold Gandhi had over millions did not leave my father untouched. Gandhi was more saint. I was back home for the winter holidays.
Nothing more appropriate. It was always Bose-sahib. The next three years were among the happiest and most rewarding of my early life. I could just manage a glimpse of a small figure in white. I entered the portals of St.
This brought them alive for us. Such was his authority and influence that even the Principal David Raja Ram never addressed him by his first name. The sports master was the chain-smoking S. For the next couple of hours. His pedas. It was a moment of sadness that.
He was also not a demonstrative person. During World War I. In those days. If you excelled at games. I took to St. Bose-sahib would save your neck if you were ever in trouble. Our constitutional history professor. In July At the end of every week. I joined St. The first term lasted from July to October. He once introduced Countess Mountbatten as Mountess Countbatten! Contact with girls from Miranda House.
I vividly remember the occasion. A sophisticated South Indian who set fire to the hearts of uncultured North Indians. I won more prizes than any Stephanian had for decades. I would not be of any interest to anyone. Even after so many years. I did well at college. Ragging was then a civilized affair and not the brutal crusade it became in later years. Inaugurated by Minoo Masani.
Was I the perfect student? Mercifully not. I led the ragging squad. I was the college and university tennis champion and the Delhi state junior tennis champion. I felt blessed. The silver lining was the telephone. Right in the middle of our ribaldry. He was well known for his malapropisms. On 26 January We apologized. India became a republic.
Debates and dramatics. I kept hers with me till I got married. The latter took a dig or two at the Prime Minister when speaking about corruption in public life. He had arranged a pass for me to be present as well. I met her during an inter-college debating contest. I managed a first division. Her memory still endures.
The first Republic Day parade was held in what is now Shivaji Stadium. In my final year. I fell in love. I was one of the students who smuggled him out the back door.
Mr Ramsden. In April I acquired a reputation of being the chief ragger in college. My protestations that I was quoting Benjamin Disraeli made no difference to him. If I were. Seven of us were sent down for two weeks. Where were we to go. My brother. Come final year. I won colours in tennis. Bharat Singh. This was not good enough for Principal Raja Ram. Not only did he give us a dressing down. I returned to college after our vanavas as an undergraduate celebrity.
The great Whig historian. It was the pre-jet age. I did not join the post office but made my maiden trip to Europe. I reached Dholpur House at 10 a. Eight gentlemen sat around a semi-circular table. When I returned to college. Dudley Senanayake. In the middle of the term. At the centre sat the Chairman. Roach said that there was some hope for me. It was my first trip abroad.
Sir G. George Trevelyan. Belgium and West Germany. I was to encounter him a decade later in New York when he was leading the Indian delegation to the United Nations. At Corpus. I took a train to Cambridge. My history tutor was John Roach. Khawaja Nazimuddin. I was admitted as an undergraduate to Corpus Christi College. When I took my first tutorial to him. A fellow passenger on the flight to Delhi was V. I was greeted in a friendly manner by the Hall Porter: On the appointed day.
At the end of term. Corpus was founded in It could be said the governance of the subcontinent lay in the hands of Cambridge alumni. I was called in for the interview at around 11 a.
Among my other history teachers were Sir Herbert Butterfield. The lectures and bi-weekly tutorials left me much time to do as I pleased. From London. I hailed a cab and asked the driver to drop me at Corpus Christi College. How is your brother. I soon acquired a gown. The Master of the college then was Sir George Thompson. Elton and J. I got a job in the local post office for nine pounds a week to help the establishment sort out the Christmas mail.
By that time he had succeeded in becoming the most disliked Indian in the United States. Krishna Menon. I introduced myself. Zurich and Paris before finally arriving. Bhagwat Singh? Are you so sure of getting into either of the two? I later realized. One night. We arrived at gate number 2 of South Block. I proceeded to Bharatpur.
As I stepped into the room. I am not in chains. Who said that? He was. Harsh and Ajit. Krishna Hutheesing. Sure enough. I was asked if I had read a particular book.
The ordeal of the interview over. My name was amongst them—the first Rajasthani in the country to qualify for the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Foreign Service. The next question was deceptively easy: At the end of the interaction. I was later told. All thirty-nine of us probationers were eligible bachelors and much in demand. It was the supreme gesture of good manners and magnanimous grace by a statesman of world stature. I distinctly. The meeting with the Prime Minister was a formal affair.
I sat opposite the Chairman. Halfway through. The next question: In nine cases out of ten. I am not sure. I told them I would finish my Tripos at Cambridge and then look for a job. I was decidedly nervous. Over the next few minutes he asked me about my home. The interview commenced with a loaded question. He was almost fifty years older than me. He felt uneasy with fame. I tried. My status had changed. While at Cambridge. It was during this period that I became friends with E.
Narayana Menon. He was at the time among the best-known British novelists in the world. In early September. Fame came to him. Raja Rao. I would have no control over its production. He said. But it was his passion for friendship and personal relationships which greatly appealed to me.
By that time. David Lean produced the film. He lent me several books. In the first week of August. All that I was required to do was to study Chinese. Nehru had unnecessarily given him a very long rope. I was not an undergraduate. Each of them looked at life differently. The college had arranged for a Chinese tutor to induce me to take some interest in learning the language.
Dr Rajendra Prasad. I was a conscientious pupil. He tried. His two-word epigram. His most well-known sentence was: But friendship. It is largely to him that I owe such awakening as has befallen on me.
We never talked politics. I had first seen him in the winter of at a meeting of the Tagore Society in Cambridge. Forster would have been appalled. He was a Buddhist with a controlled disdain for the communist regime in China. We called on the Chief Minister. Sheikh Abdullah. The conflict of loyalties can be surmounted without damaging either. Forster had become something of a cult figure. Knowing them. In the past few months. I remember asking Forster if he would agree to A Passage to India being made into a film.
I was back in Corpus Christi College after nearly ten months. All of us. He was aware of the influence his writings had on a vast number of people all over the English-speaking world.
I made two other friends at Cambridge: Forster wrote what I consider the most entrancing summing up of why Cambridge is so special and unique. Besides us. When this princely adventure was brought to the notice of His Majesty.
Madras and Calcutta. His last book. Pakistan and Ceylon. For reasons unknown to me. John Vaizey was undoubtedly among the most brilliant and witty men I have ever known. The course was instructive in some ways and disappointing in others. In March Norodom Sihanouk. The King. He was prophetic about the decline of the UN. He was a member of the Labour Party for many years. He was fluent in Arabic and spent some time talking with the King.
My favourite Vaizey book is In Breach of Promise. Both were from the top drawer. The only worthwhile lecture was by Harold Nicolson. Ceylon and Hong Kong. Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson. The first was a large Chinese cultural delegation which gave breathtaking performances in Delhi. In Agra. Angkor Wat. The matter was not pursued. Most of the senior officials were still living in the past and were not quite reconciled to the independence of India. As Cambridge filled up with friends it acquired a magic quality.
Maulana Azad made one of his rare appearances at Palam airport. The Squandered Peace: The World He said to the protocol officer. In the biography of his friend. Body and spirit.
Cambodia is a Buddhist country. Prime Minister Nehru went to Palam airport to receive. It is a collective portrait of five exceptionally talented British politicians.
People and books reinforced one another. I was deputed to accompany various foreign delegations to different parts of India. They got a genuinely warm welcome. I wrote an article in the Illustrated Weekly of India. On the day of their departure. Sergey Ivanov. I was surprised but still wrote to him.
He was a walking-talking encyclopaedia. To my surprise. Several important agreements were reached. The two groups spoke to each other in Pali. The leader of the Indian group of monks asked his Cambodian counterpart about their food preferences.
In December To receive them. No other country had said so. The visit was carefully monitored by the Americans and the Chinese. Nikita Khrushchev. It was around this time that I ran into Nirad C.
I went to see my counterpart at the Soviet delegation. They had brought vast amounts of luggage. It was worthwhile putting up with his idiosyncrasies. His Autobiography of an Unknown Indian is among the best written by an Indian in the twentieth century. The Cambodians said they wanted to eat beef. I had read his outrageous attack on Forster and his novel. I found Nirad Chaudhuri garrulous and his outbursts disagreeable. Indo-Soviet relations were deepened and strengthened.
I had a letter about him from the British Council earlier in the day. While still at Cambridge. The Indian monks all but collapsed.
The delegation was a large one—at least one-third of the members were from the KGB. Andrei Gromyko. It earned him worldwide fame.
They suggested our meeting. Forster wrote back. He was fifty-seven years old then. In early A Passage to India.
The map had been published in Niradbabu had never been out of India. At a reception hosted by Sadr-e-Riyasat Karan Singh. Chaudhuri at a dinner at St.
Nehru asked him what had happened. Nirad-babu had written an article i n Encounter. Recalling his attack on Forster. Before leaving. There was no doubting his erudition and scholarship.
Nirad-babu had read it. Niradbabu was the shortest and the most garrulous man I had ever met. As a writer. On returning to India. I was attached to the Soviet delegation as baggage officer. The plane circled the airport a few times and then landed.
The two leaders also spent a weekend in Srinagar. My duty was to make sure that the baggage was secured. The King brought in his entourage five Buddhist monks. After receiving the King.
I had to spend four months in Tamil Nadu. The word Kumbakonam has a Machiavellian connotation. Chaudhuri was ninety years old and the least the publishers could do was to give him a birthday present. His financial position was then precarious and I helped him in a modest way. He answered. Jenkins made no commitment but. On his return. I went to Mysore to meet R. It is up to him to write. We spent a fortnight at Tanjore. I reached his newly constructed single-storey house in Yadavagiri.
Natwar Singh. He was vaguely familiar with the name. Father always came to the station when any one of his four sons arrived.
He was not there. Great Anarch!. I think. One story doing the rounds was about his twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Nirad Chaudhari was given an honorary degree by Oxford University. Thy Hand. I should hope to fix something. I opened the wicket gate and called out. The book was a thousand pages long and no publisher was willing to take the risk of bringing out such a tome by an author whose fame was fading.
He had risen from the ranks and took his job very seriously. Forster had spoken highly about his novels. I met him in London in Great Anarch! At a reception he gave on the occasion. He lived in Oxford till his death in The Collector was Kunchi Thappatham. In January I also did some high-level log-rolling behind the scenes to get Chaudhuri a doctorate from Oxford University.
I sat next to Roy Jenkins. I looked for him. Around that time. I said my name was K. At a lunch in London in June Nirad Chaudhuri migrated to England and settled in Oxford. We also visited Kumbakonam. With some difficulty. On hearing who I was and why I had come. I told him I was looking for R. Greene had no knowledge of the rejection. The Madras government had provided me and my two IFS colleagues with a cook and three servants.
I suggested to Jenkins that Oxford should give him some recognition. He told me he had suffered a mild heart attack. His years and reminisces of his diplomatic experience are multifaceted and multicolored.
His close relations with the Nehru-Gandhi family are quite evident from various instances. Natwar Singh describes the events culminating into the Sino-Indian War in great detail. If the instances mentioned are taken as gospel, then it reveals a National Security breach committed by Pandit Nehru, as he had mentioned key aspects of the Sino-Indian talks to Edwina Mountbatten. Such kind of an exchange between a constitutional dignitary and a commoner is highly vile and unacceptable.
It is during these years he came across numerous well-published authors and also authored several book. The author has described his friendship with E. Experiences based on his diplomatic expedition to China clear the stagnant of the Sino-Indian war. If the instances mentioned are taken as gospel, then it reveals a serious National Security breach committed by Pandit Nehru, as he had mentioned key aspects of the Sino-Indian talks to Edwina Mountbatten.
The Diplomatic travelogues are by far the most engaging part of the autobiography. The third and the last part of the autobiography mentions his development as a politician. Natwar Singh resigned from IFS in toward the end of the Indira years, and successfully contested form the Bharatpur Constituency after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
As a minister in the Rajiv Gandhi Government, Natwar Singh delves into various details describing his experiences in the Ministry of Steel and then Ministry of Fertilizers, which are quite average. The book quite aptly describes the flaws of the Rajiv Gandhi Government.
Thus it can be rightly concluded that Governments can seldom be run by charisma alone. Proactive planning and politically right decision making is of supreme importance. Much of the concluding parts are more of Memoirs than an autobiography.
He was Man Friday for the Sonia Gandhi and her government for years. Disaster struck and things went haywire after the publication of the Volcker Report accusing him of benefiting from the Oil-For-Food Program with Iraq. Much of the later part of the book is full of clarifications, accusations and allegations. Natwar Singh describes the troubles faced by him and his family in the years following the Volcker Conspiracy. Primary plus point of the book is its lucid language.
However, the book is written as a collection of recollections. This has led to several repetitive instances in the later parts of the book. Had it been written in a chronological sequence, the same would have been averted. The Shocking revelations, Election fever, coupled with the perfect timing for its launch surely takes the readers by surprise. Natwar Singh has presented the facts and tales all and sundry, without fear or favor. Mar 11, Chaitalee Ghosalkar rated it liked it.
The journey from a civil servant to a politician. The transition from a staunch Nehruite to being on the opposite side of the Gandhi family. Or a blemish free individual to one who was left defiled with accusations in the later years. These and many others could be ways of summarizing the book. The autobiographical account gives lot of scope for detailing, and Singh does that well.
He provides you a glimpse of the workings of the government over the years, and keeps you engrossed throughout. It i The journey from a civil servant to a politician.
It is easy to chart the author's meteoric rise as being the most powerful people's right hand man to being their whipping boy. Whether or not Natwar Singh was guilty of the accusation heaped on him is something I shall reserve my opinion on, for me this book is about knowing the history through the eyes of someone who's been there.
Natwar Singh spent many years in the Indian Foreign Service and later joined the Congress party, assuming many senior ministerial positions in the government. His closeness to the the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has controlled the Congress party and the Indian government for most part since Indian independence is well known ad well documented - including by Natwar Singh himself.
He rose within the government, though never so much inside the party, based on this perceived proximity. This book is a Natwar Singh spent many years in the Indian Foreign Service and later joined the Congress party, assuming many senior ministerial positions in the government.
This book is an intriguing account of the way Delhi functions - from someone who had a great view of the process. The good thing about this book is that Singh does not desist from pushing the envelope. This is an ideal autobiography - he attempts to hide nothing or no one. His likes and dislikes are made public and so are his own qualities and shortcomings.
The book explains how the bureaucracy - government relationships work. Singh covers how the bureaucrats stand to benefit by being close to powerful politicians. And conversely how things can go wrong when these relationships fall by the way.
The initial assembling of India's diplomatic missions and positioning of key officials post happened much via these past personal equations - the self sustaining ecosystem where the bureaucrat, the party and the politician was part of the same circle. Singh gives frank opinions on key personalities who he worked with. On Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, he explains how he brought the country together after Independence and how he fell from his high pedestal in the later part of his tenure.
On Indira Gandhi with whom Singh worked the closest, the book covers the qualities - power and authority and the flip side of the same qualities - carte blanche and dictatorial ways of operating in a democracy. At one point, the author describes how he called Indira "the Empress of India", which for a bureaucrat should be ideally unusual.
This part of the book gives the best view - exposing the worst realities - of the Delhi symbiotic ecosystem. On Rajiv Gandhi, the author covers his meteoric rise and then the sudden detachment from political realities leading to the equally swift fall. Finally on Sonia Gandhi, the author explains the reality of her not taking up India's PM role in , which was not as much about principles, as it was about family pressures, the fear of the politics and the advantage of ruling without being accountable.
Singh also covers the tenure and personalities of several Congress leaders outside of the Nehru-Gandhi family. On PV Narasimha Rao, he is not very kind - which is explained by the fact that Singh was himself part of a rival faction which did not get to rule for the only 5 yrs post when no one from the Nehru-Gandhi family controlled the party.
On Manmohan Singh, the author is very clear about the picture of a weak individual not standing by his colleagues and someone who was a beneficiary of a windfall in All in all, Singh gives as many details as one possibly can from such a long and connected career. The only grouse is how he has not connected the dots between the "Oil for Food" scheme in Iraq which caused his downfall, to the eventual beneficiaries, the first list of which contained the name of Congress party.
But he leaves it for the readers to make guesses on how these threads were tied together. Overall, a good read for those interested in Indian politics. Nov 16, Vijay Ivaturi rated it liked it. So, reading the book actually was quite a revelation for me. The author was born in an almost royal family and joined the Indian Foreign Service during the Indian independence years.
His close association with the ruling family of India started with Jawaharlal Nehru and his sisters. Mr Singh gives a clear and unbiased depiction of what Nehru was, where he excelled and his known pitfalls. I found that really helpful since Mr Singh does not make any attempt to go overboard with his loyalty towards to Congress Party. Another very good aspect of this book is the author's close association with India's Ministry of External Affairs - as a diplomat and also as a Minister.
He has a good command of the foreign affairs, India's role in UN, dealings with Pakistan and China at various levels. The writing style is also simple and very seldom he sounds self promoting. Overall, a good book for us Indians who have access to very less books that give us different perspective of past 40 years events. His association with Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi while they were handling various challenges is described really well.
He vents a lot of anger on Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh as he holds them accountable for the sad state of affairs in the Congress Party today. Coming to the drawbacks of this book, I can think of two disappointments.
China war was a disaster for India. The author claims to be our China expert but talks very little about the real reasons of that war, how it progressed, the losses we encountered and how a truce was called. Mr Natwar Singh had a disappointing end to his image in public life due to Oil-for-food scam. While he dedicates a chapter to defend himself, he sounds too rhetorical while doing so.
Does not talk about facts - suddenly the politician and father in him wakes up and emotions are given importance over logic Oct 14, Rupak Banerjee rated it liked it. The book is a very interesting read. It is his autobiography looking back at three decades of working in the fabled Indian bureaucracy, followed by almost three decades in politics.
He joined the Indian Foreign service in , less than 6 years after Indian got its independence from the British Raj. As a young man, he grew up idolizing Gandhi and then when he started his job, it was with Jawaharlal Nehru as the Prime Minister of India.
Both of them could do no wrong. He is at the heart of the generation which voted the Congress to power in every election until the elections. He started his diplomatic travels with his posting to China and then onto many important positions. He was appointed to the permanent Indian mission to the United Nations and met with political leaders who later went on to become the Heads of State of their respective countries.
The main highlights of the book come from the insight he brings to the functioning of an ambassador of India to the different countries. He, sometimes inadvertently, brings forth the realization that India often does not look at foreign policy in the long haul. Natwar Singh has seen the whole spectrum of influence and policy decisions when it comes to Indian Foreign Policy.
The book is a must read for anyone interested in the policy makings and inner workings of the Indian Foreign Service. It should not be assumed from this review that the book comes without any flaws. Those, I save for a later post. Firstly, I am of the opinion that more of such books should be written as they give us a unique insider view of what goes on inside of our political system.
The structure of the book leaves a lot to be desired, non-linear at the best of times and haphazard at worst. Natwar Singh is a typical case of someone who seemed to enjoy all the benefits accruing from his pro Firstly, I am of the opinion that more of such books should be written as they give us a unique insider view of what goes on inside of our political system.
Natwar Singh is a typical case of someone who seemed to enjoy all the benefits accruing from his proximity to India's first family, but cries foul when things don't go his way. Most interesting in this context is his relationship with Morarji Desai; he makes a big issue of being treated badly at the hands of the Janta Party government, without for a moment highlighting that he did receive undue privileges on account of his access to the Gandhi-Nehru family.
It was really intriguing for me that he has made absolutely no mention of Atal Behari Vajpayee's tenure as External Affairs Minister whereas he has gone to quite an extent to vilify Morarji Desai.
Singh would probably have done well to understand that the exalted position he found himself in ,wherein he was the go-to person for those Congress Leaders who had fallen out of favor with 10 Janpath, was only ephemeral, and now the eventual falling out has left him a bitter taste.
Which is not such a bad thing as it does bring out some interesting factoids about our political leaders out in the public domain. Interesting for me being the case where Sonia Gandhi made a senior African statesman change his hotel room as she had a falling out with the owner of that particular hotel! So yeah, books of the sort must be encouraged as our political scene was and continues to remain very opaque, but books like this do help in demystifying it for us.
Feb 05, Saurabh Goyal rated it liked it. Political Autobiographies do two things: And two, they connect those specifics to long sweeps of national history, the eternity as it were. The book carries an aristocratic aura throughout. It is about life of a man who was born in privilege, studied in best possible institutions, married into aristocracy, worked into IFS and walked in high power corridors. Suc Political Autobiographies do two things: Such an aura does give the narrative a touch of high culture and dignity.
But at times you feel that the story lacks earthly connection, the mundane, the ordinary as it were. One just cannot relate himself to the author.
What makes the book interesting is ring side view of big political events in India- Rajiv gandhi's prime ministership, Volcker Report, Sonia Gandhi's refusal to Prime-ministership and so on. However, even in this part, the book reeks of personal liking or grudges rather than deeper objective analysis. Finally, the book does not, or only partly, connect the life events of Natwar Singh with larger national history of India. So it gives you a limited understanding of Indian Politics.
All in all, the book does more of ice-skating, and very little of deep-sea diving. Apr 12, Prabhat rated it really liked it Shelves: One Life is Not Enough by K. Natwar Singh- Autobiography- According to the autobiography, K. Natwar Singh is son of Bharatpur Royal family from Deeg. He qualified for Indian Foreign Service and joined in He remained in service for 31 years.
He served as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs from to He was elected Member of Parliament from Bharatpur constituency. In he was sworn in as State Minister for Coal and Mines. In , he was sworn as State Minister for External Affairs where he remained up to He has described his experiences. A Memoirs of my years in Washington: Thus, Natwar Singh has been an important Indian person in power.
His autobiography could be written in a better manner so as to impress the coming generations about choosing career, difference between newly independent India and developments in 30 years, about his In-laws, the Patiala Royals etc. It is still a good read book. View 1 comment.
Oct 07, Divya rated it it was ok Shelves: I had high hopes from this one. An autobiography by a senior ranking IFS officer present in the tumultuous events leading upto India's freedom and the years beyond that shaped us as a nation from both within, and without - I must confess to a vast sense of disappointment at the end of the book.
There really isn't much that I've learned from reading this that I didn't really know of about India and her policies and her politics - and the only 'insights' that the author offers are when it suits hi I had high hopes from this one.
The prose is grandiloquent at times and the lacklustre editing becomes jarringly obvious every now and then. Again, given the author's self acclaimed stellar educational background, the book seems unexpectedly inspid and didactic. The author professes himself to be a man of humor and dry wit - yet I haven't seen a rare glimpse anywhere in the book except for an incident he narrates of a speech he gave in London at a meeting of British and Indian diplomats. There isn't an opinion ventured that isn't diplomatic - be it regarding the Emergency or the events that have marked rather marred India's progress under recent governments.
It is quite obvious that the author remains in thrall to Indira Gandhi and of late has been quite miffed at her daughter in law - yet any rancor or denouement of the latter is couched in the politest of tones using the sweetest of words. All in all, I wouldn't recommend it for a read unless you're really stuck for choice and have no access to something better with which to while away time.
Aug 16, Jennifer Jacobs rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just got the book as soon as they published it for Kindle: This book,also known as NatwarBomb on twitter is perhaps the most awaited book based on Indian politics! Singh is,he is a bit narcissistic,tad grandiose esp in the light of how he was caught in a corruption probe,on the other hand,his life as a student seems regal,bright and promising..
Thats the unfortunate part,he sure was brilliant,had a superb career as a diplomat,than Congre I just got the book as soon as they published it for Kindle: Thats the unfortunate part,he sure was brilliant,had a superb career as a diplomat,than Congress was taken over by Nehru-Gandhi frauds and in due course,Mr. Singh started with sycophancy of the family,that destroyed him.. Nevertheless,book has tons of merits.. It is lucid,I love his style of story telling,it's as if some1 is talking with you with you being in front of the guy,not the usual dull Marxist style of political memoirs,not random at all!
UPA has a lot to answer,this book and Mr.