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First published in 1936, and now available in a centenary edition, this book was written by Nehru almost entirely in prison from June 1934 to February 1935. His account, though replete with autobiographical details, is much more than a personal document; in the words of Rabindranath Tagore, "Through all its details there runs a deep current of humanity which overpasses the ...more
Paperback, 648 pages
Published September 27th 1989 by Bodley Head (first published 1940)
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Vikas Lather
Jawaharlal Nehru, a man I shall always be sorry I never met, wrote a desperately fascinating book! Arguably the most under-rated book of the twentieth century.

Jawaharlal Nehru can only be described as Plato's philosopher king. He was an extraordinary writer, incredible reader, incorruptible statesman, and a technology lover who had romantic relationship with environment, democracy and justice. So it would be impossible to write about him without romantic manner. As Introduction goes, "What is t
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Rahul Khanna
Whenever I read Pandit Nehru I feel like my father is writing to me. The quality of prose is exquisite and seldom other writer match this skill. Nehru's first book I read is 'Discovery of India'. But after reading 'Glimpses of world history 'I became staunch admirer of Nehru. When I was reading 'Glimpses of world history' I decided to read his autobiography. This is long book of 650 pages but book flows with the masterly prose of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. You can find plenty of quotable quotes in ...more
Lavinia
The first 400 pages were just like I felt in India: a mess. It looked like all the Congress activity was chaotic and pointless and all those politicians seemed a bit ridiculous - or maybe absurd? But it was fluently written and in a way it all came together, so I went 'til the end. And amazingly enough I enjoyed the last part: the analysis of a number of social, political and national aspects was a lot deeper than the first part had shown him capable of. Indeed his thoughts were bigger than his ...more
Syed
I started this book, with great anticipation to look at the pieces of Indo Pak history and condition of India (Pre Partitioned), though it give a great deal of light on the personality and life of Mr. Nehru, yet it seized to give a account of the situation.

It shows how hollow the thinking of those leaders of Congress. They were split and they all were having different dimensions, yet the course of history made them hero. I do give respect to the suffering they went into due to the cause of indep
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Sahil Chopra
Exceptionally well written
Bharath Dwarakanath
Opens you into the world of 1920's and 30's. Also the author's impartial take on things is something to reckon.
Tazar Oo
ဘာသာေရး ေနာက္ခံကား အေရာင္ရင့္လွေသာ တိုင္းျပည္ႀကီးတစ္ခုမွ ဘာသာမဲ့ေခါင္းေဆာင္တစ္ဦး။
သို႔မဟုတ္ ဂ်၀ါဟလာ ေနရူး။

ေနရူးျပတိုက္ရွိ စာအုပ္စင္တြင္ ယန္းေပါဆတ္၏ Being and Nothingness စာအုပ္ႀကီးအား ခန္႔ခန္႔ျငားျငား ေတြ႕ခဲ့ရ၏။
Manu
He's quite frank here. Sometimes, I couldn't help thinking "this guy is not THAT brilliant a leader". In that sense, this book gives good insights into the minds of those involved in indian freedom struggle.
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First prime minister of independent India (1947 – 64). Son of the independence advocate Motilal Nehru (1861 – 1931), Nehru was educated at home and in Britain and became a lawyer in 1912. More interested in politics than law, he was impressed by Mohandas K. Gandhi's approach to Indian independence. His close association with the Indian National Congress began in 1919; in 1929 he became its preside ...more
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“What the mysterious is I do not know. I do not call it God because God has come to mean much that I do not believe in. I find myself incapable of thinking of a deity or of any unknown supreme power in anthropomorphic terms, and the fact that many people think so is continually a source of surprise to me. Any idea of a personal God seems very odd to me.” 9 likes
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