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Prison and Chocolate Cake

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Paperback, 216 pages
Published (first published 1954)
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The title comes from the author's grandmother, whose name I never can recall, so I always look it up (Swaroop Rani). When Motilal Nehru, the author's grandfather, was sent to prison, their grandmother explained that grandfather had been sent to prison, so they must celebrate; "So we shall have chocolate cake for tea."

The author is a member of a very prominent family in India; the daughter of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, and thus, though she and one of her sisters were sent out of India for a large par
Technically, it's Prison 'And' Chocolate Cake.

The author of this book is the daughter of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. Who was Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit? You remember in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, when Superman walks into the General Assembly of the UN, bows to a small woman in a sari, and asks for permission to speak? That woman was modeled on Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was the sister of Jawaharlal Nehru. While she was never Secretary-General of the UN, she was the first (of only
Oct 04, 2012 Hizzam rated it it was ok
"Prison and Chocolate Cake" by Nayantara Sahgal, which was originally published in the year 1954 throws light onto the life and times of a family who was in the midst of the freedom struggle of pre-independent India. Popularly acknowledged as the country's first family, Nayantara Sahgal was born into the Nehru family. The book gives in a rather creamy layer perspective of the life and times of the Nehrus, and the country at large. The writing style is rather lucid and easy to go by. However I fo ...more
Divyansh Gupta
its a good book for a person who doesnt know too much about India.... being an Indian, and having a decent enough idea of the history of the Indian independence struggle.. the book leaves u disappointed
Absolute gem!
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A young girl's memoir as India approaches independence.

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A beautiful read. Sahgal is a masterful writer, and this autobiography is really amazing. Really amazing.
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Nayantara Sahgal is an Indian writer in English. Her fiction deals with India's elite responding to the crises engendered by political change. She was one of the first female Indian writers in English to receive wide recognition. She is a member of the Nehru family (not the Nehru-Gandhi family as she so often points out), the second of the three daughters born to Jawaharlal Nehru's sister, Vijaya ...more
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