Book Review of
Nehru: The Invention Of India by Shashi Tharoor
Jawaharlal Nehru has been an important part of me growing up.
In fact, he is part of every child in India, isn’t he?
We as a kid use to wait for his birthday with excitement and furor.
He has also been an integral part of India’s struggle for freedom.
Jawaharlal Nehru was also free India’s first Prime Minister, who laid foundations on which today’s India stands proud.
Opening Lines: In January 1889, or so the story goes, Motilal Nehru, a twenty-seven-year-old lawyer from Allahabad, in UP,* traveled to Rishikesh, a town holy to Hindus, up in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the sacred River Ganga (Ganges).
Page Counts: 284 pages
Publication Date: November 28th, 2016
In Jawaharlal Nehru’s biography ‘Nehru: The Invention of India’, noted critic and columnist and numerous literary award winner Shashi Tharoor examines the life of Nehru.
With unsparing objectivity and wit, Shashi Tharoor in his elegant writing re-examines Nehru as a person and the impact he had on India. And how his modern principles had favorable and adverse effects on India.
This book takes its readers on vestiges of Nehru’s life through many events that made him a freedom fighter to the political leader of Congress and then a PM.
Unlike his father, Nehru turned out to be a lousy husband and a father, whereas his father Motilal Nehru was a dedicated father.
In this book, Shashi Tharoor far from singing praises for Nehru, he unsparingly unravels the layers of Nehru, replete with paradoxes and vainglory. Maybe, because of this very nature of his, he failed in his leadership in Post Independence era.
The written Language of Shashi Tharoor is unquestionable.
This engaging short by Tharoor is a quick and easy read.
Although at some places I found the narration to be dragging a bit. A bit of a dull moment here and there.
This book has earned a 3 star for Tharoor’s unbiased and beautiful writing style, but the book kind of failed to impress me.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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