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Author: Siser K Bose
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195641485
In December 1937 wrote Bose ten chapters of his autobiography, providing a narrative of his life until 1921 and a reflective chapter entitled My Faith - Philosophical.
Subhas Chandra Bose's Discovery of India, unlike Jawaharlal Nehru's, occurred very early in life, when he was barely in his teens. How many selfless sons of the Mother are prepared, in this selfish age, the fifteen-year-old Subhas asked his mother in n1912, to completely give up their personal interests and take the plunge for the Mother? Mother, is this son of yours yet ready?.
As he stood on the verge of taking the plunge by resigning from the Indian civil Service in 1921, he wrote to his elder brother Sarat: Only on the soil of sacrifice and suffering can we raise our national edifice.
In December 1937 Bose ten chapters of his autobiography, providing a narrative of his life until 1921 and a reflective chapter entitled My Faith- Philosophical. It is not often that remembrances written later in life can be read together with primary source materials of the earlier, formative phases.
The Autobiography is complemented with a fascinating collection of seventy letters of Bose's childhood, adolescence and youth. This volume thus supplies the material with which to study the influences - religious, cultural, moral, intellectual and political - that moulded the character and personality of India's foremost radical nationalist.
Sisir K Bose is Director of the Netaji Research Bureau, Calcutta, and President, Institute of Child Health, Calcutta.
Sugata Bose is Professor of History and Diplomacy and Director , Center of South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University, USA.
This autobiography is complemented with a fascinating collection of seventy letters of Bose's childhood, adolescence and youth.