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En 1965, Sonia Maino, una estudiante italiana de 19 años, conoce en Cambridge a un joven indio llamado Rajiv Gan-dhi. Ella es hija de una familia humilde de los alrededores de Turín; él pertenece a la estirpe más poderosa de la India. Es el principio de una historia de amor que ni siquiera la muerte será capaz de romper. Por amor, la italiana abandona su mundo y su pasado ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 15th 2008 by Planeta Publishing (first published 2008)
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Raja Subramanian
Why did I even buy this book? It is true that I read any book that I can lay my hands on. I got this book primarily because I read somewhere that Youth Congress fellows burnt copies of the book in some form of protest, and I was curious. As I started reading the book, I realized that the author has put in tremendous efforts to narrate a fascinating tale. A fascinating tale of Sonia Gandhi - a much loved and much reviled person.

The dramatized storytelling keeps the reader hooked. While I have rea
Felicity Gibson
The Red Sari,
By Javier Moro,
Read September 12th 2014
This is the fictionalised biography of Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the Congress Political Party in India today. Mrs. Gandhi is suing the author, Javier Moro, for defamation in writing this book; it is banned in India. I happen to work in India and it is of particular interest to me. I admit the story and the details are fiction, however the core element of the book is real. Sonia Maino was a simple Italian teenager when she went to Cambridge t
If you're not Indian and are interested in India's recent history (post-independence) and politics, then this book is a good introduction and a less boring way to do it than a history book would be. However, it is incredibly long and I felt uncomfortable with the many feelings given to the protagonists (Sonia Gandhi in particular) as well as the family scenes since they have mostly been purely imagined by the writer. The storyline is a lot based on these emotions, so in the end, it feels rather ...more
Excelente libro. Como documento histórico es interesante y como novela es apasionante. Si la historia fuera de ficción, sería no creible, pero es una historia verdadera que de alguna manera nos ha llegado a través de los medios de comunicación, solo que aquí se cuenta con todos los detalles. Se podría decir que es la historia de la India en la segunda mitad del siglo XX: un país increíblemente complejo y lleno de contrastes. Pero sobre todo es la historia de dos mujeres: Indira y Sonia. Dos muje ...more
Sí, empezó siendo una lectura agradable, interesante y enganchante, sin embargo entre más avanzaba la historia más pesado era continuarla.
Me ha resultadodifícil terminarla. La fina línea de biografía novelizada llegó francamente a molestarme. Si bien tengo entendido Javier Moro no contó con la colaboración de la familia ni allegados a Sonia Gandhi para sustentar su historia, el aspecto de la novelización, después de tanto dato histórico tan detallado me chocó mucho y me hizo tedioso el final de
4.0 out of 5 stars -- Engrossing and well documented epic of the Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty

Although a novel, this story of the Nehru-Gandhi family and their dominance of India's fledgling democratic nation as leaders of the Congress Party, is told from the point of view of Sonia Gandhi as she witnesses tumultuous events in history from the vantage point of marrying into the political powerhouse and being the daughter-in-law of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In an almost continuous "reign" with only a f
Keď som začala čítať túto knihu, myslela som si, že je to príbeh Sonie Gándhíovej. Aspoň tak to vyplývalo z anotácie na prebale. Áno, táto kniha začína ako rozprávanie o mladom talianskom dievčati, postupne však prerastá do spletitého rozprávania o osude členov Néhrú-Gándhíovskej dynastie, ako ich autor často nazýva. Červené sárí je rozprávaním o rôznorodosti , kultúre, tradíciách a obyvateľoch Indie. Ale aj o tragédiách, ktoré Sonii a jej rodine prináša politika a verejný život.

Mojej romantick
Lisa B.
My Thoughts - 4.5/5.0

This is the historical fiction story of Sonia Gandhi. Sonia was a nineteen year old, born and raised in Italy when she met Rajiv Gandhi, the son of Indira Gandhi. They fall in love and marry. When Indira was assassinated in 1984, Rajiv became Prime Minister. When he was assassinated, Sonia originally wanted to stay out of politics. She subsequently changed her mind and became President of the Congress Party.

Wow - what a story! Sonia’s transition from a shy Italian teenager t
Pam Thomas
An absolutely brilliant book to read about Sonia Nehru-Gandhi and the loss of her beloved husband Rajiv who was the Prime Minister of India and how his name was on the list of a dozen terrorists, how after the loss of him she had to deal with the pomp and circumstance that befits a Prime minister, takes you back to her lifetime when she met Rajiv, how she herself was a catholic italian and changed her religion for both him and the people of India who respected her. How she was then asked to beco ...more
Amit Tyagi
First things first, it is very difficult for me to understand, as to why did the Congress party object to this book. But now that they did, we the readers should probably thank them than anything else. I picked this book up with great expectations, to atleast tell me some hitherto unknown facet about the life of the protagonist, but sadly the book is a huge disappointment. I must confess that I am not really very familiar with the concept of 'fictional biography', but if it is a genre which over ...more
Sonia Kapoor
An interesting dramatised account of the life of one of the most influential political figures of India. The book is an insightful account of the life of Sonia Gandhi but more so about how she learnt the ropes from the greatest political sensei of them all - her mother in law.
Rahul Sharma
Javier Moro's book has been in news since the time it was first published in Spanish in 2010 but was not allowed to be released in India because of protests by Congress. After a change in government, the book finally hit the stands in India. So, does it live up to the hype? A BIG NO!

The book traces the journey of Sonia Gandhi from her early years in Italy followed by her academic life in Britain where she first met Rajiv Gandhi and then moves ahead tracing her journey as the wife of Rajiv, daugh
The Red Sari is an interesting and engaging read of the lives of the dynastic Nehru-Gandhi family in Modern India. The book does a good job of extrapolating the very private life of Sonia Gandhi through the lens of Indian politics. It is important to note that much of the juicy conversations that sway the reader's understanding of Indian politics and the leaders' response are fictitious. So, it is not a good book to gain insights on the rationale behind the Congress's goveranace. However, it is ...more
Book Readers Review

According to another reviewer, Felicity Gibson, who states that she works in India. This book is apparently “The fictionalized biography of Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the Congress Political Party in India today. Mrs. Gandhi is suing the author, Javier Moro, for defamation in writing this book; it is banned in India”. But the story is based on historical facts. I have not, at this time, finished the book…it is quite long and absorbing, I am almost half way. I find that I need
Maite Martin

Me engancho desde el principio, pero hay momentos en que se hace un poco pesado.Me pregunto cual fina es la línea que separa ficción de realidad y si el autor se ha entrevistado con Sonia Gandhi para conocer sus sentimientos y puntos de vista.
Ankita Srivastava
The Red Sari is chick-lit masquerading as contemporary history of India through the eyes of the Nehru-Gandhi family. The book is not about Sonia Maino's transition to Sonia Gandhi, as one would think - for there is little transition or transformation - she grows from being a good convent school girl, the peacemaker at school, to the good Indian bahu - the peacemaker at home. So little is the dimensionalisation of her character, that she is relegated to the background while the history of India a ...more
Soumya Gudiyella
This book was a great read. The book is a biography of Sonia Gandhi. The major part of the books consist of political biography of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and how their political life has influenced her.

The love story of Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi was gripping. It was interesting to know the perspectives of Indira Gandhi behind the Bangladesh War and Operation Blue Star. The book also delved into the internal family politics of the Gandhi family, between Rajiv and Sanjay, Sonia and Maneka Gan


En esta novela es importante reconocer la ardua labor e investigación sobre el tema del autor. Su narrativa es excelente y sumamente amena, de sus libros se pasan las páginas con rapidez y sin tedio ninguno. Sin embargo, en esta obra, pienso que cae mucho en política y cuestiones de gobierno en la segunda parte y su lectura es un poco más lenta que en la primera que es preciosa.
Narra la vida de una chica italiana que se enamora en
Rohit Ghai
As i finished this book, I wondered...why in God's name would the Congress want to ban this??

The title claims this to be a dramatised biography of Sonia Gandhi...but it comes across more like a hagiography. More on that later.

The book starts well. Rajiv Gandhi's assassination opens the first few pages, and we are soon drawn into the life of the Gandhis. After devoting a few pages to the almost "Mills & Boon"-isque romance of Rajiv and Sonia, the author brings in arguably the most interestin
Silvia Larrauri
buenisimo, apasionante.
Shailesh Wasti
India has a strange history. The country where still a woman walking alone a street fears rape, where a father is reluctant to send her daughter to the school even today because she is often thought as a child bearing machine, was dominated by a Nehru- Gandhi dynasty, mainly by two women Indira Gandhi and her daughter in law – Sonia Maino Gandhi since its independence. In this back ground, Javier Moro comes with the unfolding story. An attempt to dissect family ties of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, ‘the ...more
Alberto Jacobo Baruqui
Esta es la historia de una mujer, de una familia y de un fascinante Pais. Un país tan distinto para el mundo occidental como para ellos mismos, pues adora a cerca de 20 millones de divinidades, tiene el segundo mayor crecimiento demográfico, cuenta con quinientos partidos políticos, habla mas de 700 idiomas, posee una de las pobrezas mas infames de este planeta y paradójicamente es la cuarta potencia mundial de billonarios.
Sonia, nacida cerca de Turin, Italia, de familia humilde pero muy unida,
Al principio fue bastante interesante el libro. Es una historia que te envuelve en un mundo donde la política es la regla de la vida. No puedes vivir con ella pero tampoco sin ella. Sentir que tus decisiones son las responsables de millones de personas es abrumador y poderoso.

Todo el mundo espera la perfección de las personas que se encuentran en una posición política como se encontraban los miembros de la familia Gandhi, pero la realidad es otra. Como complacer a todos los sectores de un país
Preporuka ako trazite knjigu da vas provoza i potpuno uvuce u sebe. Nije poseban kvalitet u pitanju ali sasvim lep stil i dobro vodjena prica uz koju mozete proveriti da li ste i dalje u stanju da se rasplacete zbog likova koje ne poznajete (ali makar nisu pisceva fikcija). Savetujem i da se ne jedite sto su Indira i Sonja imale odnos kao majka i cerka, realno koliko nas ima svekrvu tog kalibra (dok sve one imaju snaje ravne Sonji :D)
I jos jedno zapazanje - kako je Raul Gandi dobar frajer :)
Srikanth Vemula
It gives you a deep insight into Sonia's life and over all well written. Got to know many facts(as they're mentioned in the book) which I didn't knew before. Once you start this book you won't be able to put it down till you finish. It'll leave you sleepless. I finished it in a week though I had spent some sleepless nights just for the sake of reading the book. As am interested in Politics, it kept me glued!
Ranjan Atreya
Mr.Moro you are a sham. This book is more about the Gandhi family rather than focusing on Sonia Gandhi. Then why the misleading title? To sell more books perhaps (of which I am guilty as well). The fact is that Mrs.Gandhi is an enigma that most people want to decode and not many have much success on. What I hoped for from the book was an analysis of her persona, who she is and her impact on Indian politics. Moro gives this section some 80 odd pages. Out of 400! To say this is disappointing is no ...more
Jun 08, 2010 Srinivas marked it as not-read
Shelves: india-relevant
I have the least interest in the person that this book talks about, except that her exploits tell the sad story of the land that I care most about.
If I ever read this book that will be following the principle 'Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer'.
She is a constant reminder of how utterly spineless, and brainless our society has become. During one of my long conversations about India in my college days, a classmate of mine came up with the theory that after being under British rule f
Gloria Elena .

Buen libro. Me sentí en la India desde la primera página, y me sentí dentro de la familia Gandhi (la de Indira). Todo un recorrido por la India posterior a la Independencia, pero con todas sus tradiciones, religiones, creencias, etc. Aunque las novelas históricas mezclan ficción con realidad, este libro me sirvió para profundizar en la historia de la India del siglo XX, a la vez que me entretuvo con las situaciones (con seguridad deducidas por el autor) que ocurrían de puertas para adentro en la
The interesting book. I have learned many interesting facts about India and the Nehru-Gandhi family. I dont like the fact that book provides a very one-sided view of the functioning Indian National Congress party.With all due respect to Sonia Gandhi and to everything that she survived in India this book offers an idealized view of her and her involvement in politics. ...more
I loved reading every page of this book . The content and writing style is so good that I cried many times reading through the struggles faced by the nehru-gandhi family . Extremely inspiring .
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