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Letters from a Father to his Daughter

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During summer of 1928, 10-year-old Indira Gandhi was in Mussoorie. Her father Jawaharlal Nehru was then busy working in Allahabad. During summer, Nehru wrote several letters to tell her stories about when and how the earth was made, how animal and human life came into existence, and how societies and civilisations evolved throughout the world.In his letters, he speaks of r ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Viking (first published 1929)
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My grandfather was a very avid reader. He was the one who recommended books to me when I would spend hours just surfing bookshelves in our local library. It was through him that I got familiar with the works of Tolstoy , Pearl S Buck , Charles Dickens and some great Indian authors like Mulk Raj Anand , K.M.Munshi and Jawaharlal Nehru. I had read Glimpses Of World History by Nehru and loved it but somehow never read this beautiful little collection of letters Jawaharlal Nehru sent his 10 yrs old ...more
Dhara Mehta
This is a wonderful little book about the history of the world for the perspective of at amateur historian as well the first prime minister of India. I was thoroughly impressed with Mr. Nehru knowledge about the world history, this too expressed in letters to his ten year old daughter. To think that this book could have been in a prison without references speaks to the author’s supreme intellect. Seventy years have passed since the first publication of Letters from a Father to His Daughter, hist ...more
لقد سهل علىّ نهرو فكرة أن أكتب عن هذا الكتاب ، اذ أن رسالته الأخيرة لابنته فيها كل ما قد يقال عن هذا الكتاب، و هى الرسالة الوحيدة التى تلمح فيها لماذا أرهق نفسه بكتابة هذه الرسائل ، وهى ليست الا تلخيصه لأحداث التاريخ و قرائته لها، و لا تحمل أى شحنة عاطفية من تلك التى يبثها أب لابنته سوى آخر رسالة و التى منها أقتبس:
"ها نحن ، يا عزيزتى قد وصلنا الى ختام القصة. وليس لدى الآن ما أقوله، و لكن رغبتى فى أن أنهى خطاباتى اليك بنوع من التفاؤل هى التى تدفعنى الى كتابة هذا الخطاب - آخر خطاب!
.........هكذا ين
Vibina Venugopal
The book is a collection of 30 letters written by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru , the first prime minister of India to his 10 year daughter Indira Priyadharshini later Indira Gandhi, who also became the prime minister of the country during a summer in 1928..Though the book might sound out of date for the current era, if you can go back in times, you'll definitely enjoy the book...Nehru's work kept him away from his daughter, it was difficult for him to spend quality time with her, staying away, letter ...more
An excellent introduction to the world for children and grown ups as the focus is on things that matter and ideas instead of getting entangled in dates and details of some rulers.
Nehru raises questions that are bound to arise in our mind and answers them. An excellent exercise in critical thinking.
A good thing about the book is that the answers are "suggestions" and he never says that things were so and so. This is important as we have to remember that what happened exactly is not clear and pe
"Letters From A Father To His Daughter" is a fine collection of letters written by Jawaharlal Nehru to his daughter Indira Priyadarshini when she was 10. Through these letters, Nehru talks to his daughter about the story of the earth, civilisation, nature, history, race, languages, early man, tribes and much more. Written in a style that is amazingly simple, this book is a must read for children aged 8-12. This book opens a child's eyes to the beauty of the world around him/her. As for adults, i ...more
Sai Pitre
My father gifted me this book and I loved it. I think it was his way of apologising for never writing me letters
Gamal elneel
عرض شيق وممتع للتاريخ والثورات السياسية والاجتماعية والحضارية
االثورة الفرنسية العظيمة التى انهكت وانقلبت ع نفسها بعد سنوات من الصراع والتوتر
ثم جاءت الثورة المضادة فابتلعت الثورة الاولى وتحكمت فى الشعب وخرج من رحمها الامبراطور نابليون
ولكن لا الثورة المضادة ولا نابليون استطاع ان يعيد الناس الى اماكنهم القديمة
لا احد استطاع ان يمحو الانتصارات الرئيسية للثورة لا احد استطاع ان يمحو ذكرى تلك الايام التى حكم فيها رجل الشارع حقا ... ولو لفترة قصيرة جدا !!!!

الثورة الروسية
الثورة الهندية
Nidhi Arora
I remember visiting Raj Ghat many years back with my father during summer vacations to collect first hand information for my History project. From the book store, my father choose this wonderful book for me to read. I read it then and loved it. Today, decades later when I am expecting, I had an urge to read the book again. And well, I did.

The book 'Letters from a Father to his Daughter' is a series of letters written by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to his daughter then Indira Pr

Abinash Misro
Personally it's an eye opener for me. Indeed a great start for a journey called Learning!
Sidharth Kumar
I would have kicked it when i would have been small eventhough i read it few years back i liked by sheer pleasure of a father making his daughter aware of surroundings
Should have read it much earlier. Found it a little too simplistic for my age. But good book nonetheless.
Sharat Chandra
Pt. Nehru had got amaging parenting skill.This book is the evidence.
Sameer m
I will be gifting this book for my daughter...sure..!!
Gopi Koirala
Great book in my life
I bought this book for my 10 year old nephew.. I read it before gifting, to make sure that he will enjoy it...
This book is a series of letters written by Jawaharlal Nehru to his 10 year old daughter Indira. Apart from fuelling a lot of inquiry, this book presents the lovely notion of letters! An art that has been completely forgotten in the age of emails. It also presents a more personal side of Nehru and Indira Gandhi’s upbringing.

The letters travel from the big bang – the beginning of solar sy
Suriya Gayathri
It's the story of humanity, nature, science and geography. The author elaborates on how earth, animals, man, civilisation, language, religion, etc. started its existence and how everything has evolved. It's a book of rationale written carefully in a style that would give any reader moments of interesting and informative education.
Radhika Taneja
"Letters from a father to his daughter" is a series of letters written by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, to his daughter, Indira. It is not only a series of letters but according to me, an account of the experiences and thinking of Nehru. These letters seem to be written effortlessly, though it has complex content, so that 10-year-old Indira. The lessons given are indeed very complex for a person to understand at such a tender age. The letters tell us everything, right fr ...more
One of the most endearing books I have ever read. It echoes my own father throughout and the way he talks to me about the world and it's truly wonderful for just that.
This book is a must read, highly recommended for kids and adults alike, a little old but still pertinent.
He has written it so well to try to make his daughter understand about nature and civilisations.
Aung Zin
my friend who had read its translated book told me again and again ' It is must-read.'
I read it once while I was a child, remembered it vaguely. Of late I bought a hardback book for my children and read it again. My children were also moved. The love of PJN as a father and his keen interest to fine-groom his daughter by giving strong roots of the history of the rich Indian civilization and Culture is noteworthy. Like to add here that Indira Gandhi has carried forward this tradition in their family and has written inspiring letters to her children while she was away from them. The ...more
Bharath J
One can learn the art of letter writing by reading this book !!
Shyam Gorak
Excellent book which gives insight of the earlier times.
its an awesome book everyone should read this
Just one line,

What a father!
Harikumar Vasudev
i think it is very essential to read all
Srinivasan Murali
Wish to be a such a father!
الآنسة راء
الحمدلله على هداياه، كما تقول مستغانمي "أجمل حب هو الذي نعثر عليه أثناء بحثنا عن شيء آخر" وطبعًا الكتب بالنسبة لي بمثابّة حبّ أيضًا. لمّا قرأتُ النبذة عن الكتاب تذكّرت فتاةً تحدّث عنها ذات مرّة د.جاسم سلطان في إحدى محاضراته ولم يذكر اسمها للأسف وكنتُ مغتاظة لهذا جدًا ويصعب بالطبع البحث عنها لأنّ الشذرات الّتي جمعها وحكى من خلالها حكاياتها لا تُوصل لشيء إلا السراب، وعرفتُ منذ قرأت نيذة الكتاب أنّها هي ذاتها الفتاة الّتي تحدّث عنها ويالسعادتي للوصول إليها، ناهيك عن أنّ هذا الكتاب إضافةٌ نوعيّة لرف ...more
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