About the book
Born into the first family of Indian politics, NayantaraSahgal is one of India's finest writers. Novelist, politicalThe finest literarycommentator, memoirist and essayist, she is unique forand politicalhaving portrayed India's post-Independence development inbiography of oureverything she wrote. Her circumstances made her keenlytimesaware of the power relations that inform every facet of life,while her political columns marked her as one of the mostperceptive writers to follow the evolution of democracy andpolitics in the country - from its promise of equality and freedomfrom want to its present crisis of credibility. Though she turnedher back on what many thought was a natural choice for her - a career in politics - sheremained interested in matters of state. Her criticism of her cousin, Indira Gandhi, duringthe Emergency earned her the extreme displeasure of India's most powerful woman at thetime. But her passion for freedom kept her undeterred and she refused to be silenced. Inher personal life too, she risked scandal and censure when she chose to walk out of hermarriage at a time when a divorced woman was considered a social embarrassment - andin her case, a political liability.
Ritu Menon's biography is the first wide-ranging, authorized 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 India's Partition and Making a Difference: Memoirs from the Women's Movement in India.