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Nayantara Sahgal, born into the first family of Indian politics, is one of India's finest writers. Novelist, essayist, political commentator and memoirist, everything she wrote, whether political or literary, followed the evolution of democracy in post- Independence India. What connects Sahgal's fiction and non-fiction is politics; what propels her politics is the idea ofNayantara Sahgal, born into the first family of Indian politics, is one of India's finest writers. Novelist, essayist, political commentator and memoirist, everything she wrote, whether political or literary, followed the evolution of democracy in post- Independence India. What connects Sahgal's fiction and non-fiction is politics; what propels her politics is the idea of India. The three strands of personal, political and literary are inextricably woven in her writing, and just as it is impossible to separate a writer's life from her text, Nayantara Sahgal cannot be read without reference to the political life of the country. Charged with stepping out of line in her political writing, Sahgal displayed a similar tendency in her personal life, risking both social disapproval and political displeasure. She carried on regardless. This literary, personal and political biography of this important writer is a first, based on interviews, private papers and letters, first-hand information and archival research....

Title : Out of Line: A Literary and Political Biography of Nayantara Sahgal
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ISBN : 9789351365952
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 388 Pages
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Out of Line: A Literary and Political Biography of Nayantara Sahgal Reviews

  • Namitha Varma
    2019-03-07 04:47

    Ritu Menon's biography of Nayantara Sahgal not only looks at the writers' life, but also tells us a lot about the relationships in the entire Nehru household. There are interesting tidbits about Jawaharlal Nehru and the post-independence country-building exercise, and a lot of insight into how and why certain relationships within the family soured. This book also looks critically at the writings of Sahgal, and talks about her writing process as much as her life. The only negative is that it often digresses to talk a lot about Nehru and Indira even where it does not concern Sahgal, which could have been avoided. This book won't be of any interest to people who've never read Sahgal or who don't care about the political situations of her time.

  • Anindya Biswas
    2019-03-23 03:54

    A vivid biography of an observer of the transition of India. The life of Nayantara Sehgal is inspiring and goes on to show her love for the idea of India - something that is now branded as antinational