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An Autobiography: Toward Freedom

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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
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jamie
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A bright, thoughtful, lively, insightful and passionate individual, not presented with all the answers in life, but with a strong curiosity to learn. I was moved by his reflections on marriage, religion, colonialism, nature and life.

"I am afraid our veneer of civilized conduct is thin enough, and, when passions are aroused, it rubs off and reveals something that is not good to look at."

"To me these years have brought one rich gift among many others. More and more I have looked upon life as an ad
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Simin Yadegar
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
هند در زیر فشار تزویر و دیکتاتوری دست و پا میزد و تازه اربابان ما دم از دموکراسی میزدند
دهقان هندی همیشه به خاطر قدرت فوق العاده تحمل رنج موجب حیرت جهانیان شده است و همیشه هم مصیبت و رنج به صورت قحطی ها , طغیان ها , بیماری ها و فقر نابود کننده دایمی برایش فراوان بوده است . وقتیکه دیگر هیچ کاری از دست دهقانان بر نیاید بدون هیچ شکایتی هزار هزار و حتی میلیون میلیون روی زمین دراز می کشند و می میرند . مرگ برایشان آسایش و فرار از رنج است .

زمانی که هر یک از ما لغت استقلال را به کار می بریم همه به یک چ
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Vineeth Kartha
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its more on the history of India. beautifully written and Nehru has clearly mentioned the conflicts in ideology he had with Gandhi at times. A better way to learn history of India during the independence struggle.
Razi Shaikh
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is a chapter on Jawaharlal Nehru, subtitled as Dharma, the Self's Aspiration, and Artha, the Self's Purpose, in the book Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India by Ananya Vajpeyi. She uses a curiously accurate term for Pandit Nehru, as someone who was 'a poet of nationhood.'

I was reminded of the term while reading his autobiography, and particularly so in its epilogue. Here's a telling excerpt from the same.


'...I've become quite a queer mixture of the East and the Wes
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Shiven Shiven
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a surprise as I hadn't heard of this book ever. His other books were quite famous and this was never talked about. Miraculously, I got my hands on this book at the Mussoorie Library and was amazed by the honesty of the author. Be it his father's hatred for Indians especially the lowly ones or his blatant weakness for women, he has put everything out in this book. I was rather shocked to read about Motilal Nehru's complete disdain for Indians and his remarriage to a Muslim widow in order ...more
Adarsh Vasista
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Autobiography is, arguably, one of the most difficult genres of literature. It is always in the frontier of self-admiration. So, autobiography is one of the most important ways to paint a person. In that respect, after reading quite many autobiographies, I treat this book as one of the 'truest' autobiographies. Nehru, with his lucid style and eloquence, has surpassed the struggle of writing and made it as interesting as a tale. I rather saw an intellectually stimulating conflicts that rose in Pa ...more
Lavinia
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, history
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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Tamanjit Bindra
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, biography
Really felt like i should have been living during the time. JLN tends to bring out a lot of soul of the pre independence era, his own likes, dislikes, shortcomings, besides his time during his jail terms. I personally felt very near JLN whenever the mentions of his life in jail came up. the book is essentially unputdownable. Tends to bring out the human element of great people.
Manu
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Tazar Oo
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ဘာသာေရး ေနာကခံကား အေရာငရငလွေသာ တိုငးျပညႀကီးတစခုမွ ဘာသာမဲေခါငးေဆာငတစဦး။
သို႔မဟုတ ဂ၀ါဟလာ ေနရူး။

ေနရူးျပတိုကရွိ စာအုပစငတြင ယနးေပါဆတ၏ Being and Nothingness စာအုပႀကီးအား ခန႔ခန႔ျငားျငား ေတြ႕ခဲရ၏။
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Imran
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nehru as a politician, or more precisely as Prime Minister, may not be held in esteem by one and all. But the ideas in this book are definitely worthy of admiration. I would recommend this book to everybody; the richness of his ideas make this book worth a read!
Ajit Kumar
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In just two word, i think , it is a 'Tremendous book'. Got familiar with Nehru ji modern thinking about life, Nation, society, economy, politics etc. Very worthily book to read if you have some ideas about modern history of India.
Sahil Chopra
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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Oct 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Never mind! Wasn't expecting anything fruitful.
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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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