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Letters from a Father to his Daughter

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,284 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
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, 154 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Viking (first published 1929)
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Shonali
Nov 16, 2009 Shonali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Letters from a Father to his Daughter, Jawaharlal Nehru
عنوان: نامه های پدری به دخترش ؛ نویسنده:: جواهر لعل نهرو؛ مترجم: محمود تفضلی؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، 1353؛ در 284 ص؛ چاپ نهم 1358؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، مرشد، 1380؛ در 206 ص؛ شابک: 9646155278؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، علمی فرهنگی، چاپ نخیت علمی فرهنگی 1387، در 280 ص، چاپ چنجم علمی فرهنگی 1391، در 260 ص، شابک: 9789644459238؛ موضوع: نامه های جواهر لعل نهرو به دخترش ایندیرا گاندی - قرن 20 م
Gehna
"The Mahabharata came long after the Ramayana. It is much bigger book. These were the books written in India thousands of years ago. Who but the greatest of men could have written them? And although they were written so long ago, they live today in India and every child knows them and every grown-up is influenced by them"
Dhara Mehta
Jun 16, 2010 Dhara Mehta rated it really liked it
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
Sujeet
Dec 31, 2015 Sujeet rated it really liked it
Now, I know which book to gift my daughter on her 10th birthday….or may be year before.

The Four Stars are not for the content of the book, but for the tone alone.
Swami Vivekananda once said,
"You cannot teach a child anymore than you can grow a plant. The plant develops its own nature. It also teaches itself, but you can help it go forward in its own way. 
The role of a teacher is to "loosen the soil a little, so that it may come out easily. Put a hedge around it. See that it is not killed by a
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Nazila Khalkhali
این کتاب را وقتی 15 سالم بود خواندم. با توجه به آنچه درباره ی هند شنیده بودم که خانواده ها وقتی میفهمند که دختر دارند یا سقط جنین میکنند یا زنده به گور، خواندن نامه های نهرو به دخترش چنان احترام نسبت به این مرد در من ایجاد کرد که او را برای خود سر مشق و الگوی زندگی قرار دادم و از او همان الگوی پدر-همسری را ساختم که هیچ گاه نتوانستم دز زندگی واقعی پیدا کنم.
Vibina Venugopal
Sep 21, 2012 Vibina Venugopal rated it really liked it
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
Dalia
Jun 19, 2012 Dalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-mine
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
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Simran
Sep 21, 2015 Simran rated it really liked it
3.5/5
If I ever have a kid, I'm going to read him/her portions of this book. Some information, however, is outdated (as you'd expect) but it's pretty great as a whole nevertheless.
Urvashi Goverdhan
Apr 22, 2016 Urvashi Goverdhan rated it really liked it
A really good teaching tool to get children interested in the world around them.
Saiesha Hinge
Mar 19, 2017 Saiesha Hinge rated it really liked it
"We imagine we are so important and little things annoy us and worry us. But what are these little happenings in the long history of the world? It does us good to read and learn something of these vast periods of history because we will not then worry about little things much." - JawarharlalNehru , Letters From A Father To His Daughter
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◆ Genre: non-fiction/letters

◆ 154 pages and first published in 1930. 

◆ Former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wrote a series of letters in the summer of
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Akshay
Jul 31, 2014 Akshay rated it liked it
"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
Radhika Taneja
Sep 02, 2014 Radhika Taneja rated it it was amazing
"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
Shashvat Sangwan
Nov 04, 2016 Shashvat Sangwan rated it it was amazing
Each chapter of this book by Nehru refreshes your smile, often inciting tears as well. The beauty of this book lies in its simplicity and purity which stirs up emotions from deep within. Nehru writes to his darling daughter Indira about the vagaries of nature, existence, and basic animal sciences along with essential morals derived from world history and Indian epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, in the form of periodic letters. Indira would grow up to be the first and only woman Prime Minister of ...more
Gamal elneel
Jan 13, 2014 Gamal elneel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Satvik
Feb 09, 2014 Satvik rated it liked it
Shelves: history, india
Should have read it much earlier. Found it a little too simplistic for my age. But good book nonetheless.
Sameer m
Aug 14, 2013 Sameer m rated it really liked it
I will be gifting this book for my daughter...sure..!!
Naseef Gafoor
Apr 06, 2013 Naseef Gafoor rated it really liked it
Inspiring.
Sharat Chandra
Jul 27, 2010 Sharat Chandra rated it really liked it
Pt. Nehru had got amaging parenting skill.This book is the evidence.
Abinash Misro
Jan 12, 2015 Abinash Misro rated it really liked it
Personally it's an eye opener for me. Indeed a great start for a journey called Learning!
Gopi Koirala
Dec 30, 2013 Gopi Koirala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book in my life
Sai Pitre
May 03, 2015 Sai Pitre rated it it was amazing
My father gifted me this book and I loved it. I think it was his way of apologising for never writing me letters
Sidharth Kumar
May 06, 2011 Sidharth Kumar rated it it was ok
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
Saraswathi
Feb 04, 2017 Saraswathi rated it it was amazing
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Prodyut Mukherjee
Mar 15, 2017 Prodyut Mukherjee rated it it was amazing
My father gifted this book to me when I was a kid. I had thoroughly enjoyed going through this masterpiece. Sadly, during my childhood years I misplaced this book. Now I am gifting this to my son, who is eight years now. Will read this along with him and relive the past!
Nidhi Arora
Jul 03, 2014 Nidhi Arora rated it liked it
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

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Ashima
Jun 11, 2012 Ashima rated it really liked it
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
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Malika
Jun 02, 2015 Malika rated it it was amazing
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
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EagerLearner
Dec 10, 2016 EagerLearner rated it it was amazing
The way Pt. Nehru wrote letters to Indira Gandhi is quite beautiful. Simple, elegant and easy to understand. He seems to have some outline already in his mind about how he was going to go about talk about the history of the world.

Reading them reminds you how we as 10 year olds thought about everything, our whole perspective was way different than what it is now. Without a doubt it was more carefree.

I appreciate the idea of imparting basic knowledge of the world via letters in a time when commu
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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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