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Strictly Personal - Manmohan & Gursharan
Strictly Personal - Manmohan & Gursharan

Strictly Personal - Manmohan & Gursharan

by Daman Singh

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Language

English

Publisher

Harper Collins

ISBN

9789351363248 - Year: 2014 - Pages: 456

Binding

Hardcover

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Author: Daman Singh
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 456
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789351363248

Description

In 2004, Manmohan Singh became prime minister of India. Over the next ten years he led the country through opportunities and challenges, not without some controversy. But this is not that story. This is the story of what went before, and it is told by his daughter Daman Singh.

It charts the journey of a young boy growing up in undivided India, battling family hardship to pursue his dream of higher education, determining his intellectual and moral compass and learning to live life on his own terms. It is equally about Gursharan Kaur, the woman with whom he made that life.

Vivacious and talented Gursharan, the centre of the family and of the circle of friends they shared. And about their three daughters, Upinder, Daman and Amrit, growing up with a resilient mother and a workaholic father who stepped into the limelight.

Based on conversations with her parents and hours spent in libraries and archives, this honest and affectionate memoir provides new insights into the former prime minister and his wife. Moving from Gah, Nowshera and Peshawar; through Amritsar, Patiala and Hoshiarpur; to Chandigarh, Cambridge and Oxford; then New York, Bombay and Geneva; and on to New Delhi, this intimate portrayal of two lives is also the history of a nation unfolding over half a century.

The book is not about Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister but about Manmohan Singh, the family man whose life and loved ones were caught up in the maelstrom of history. The author reiterates the fact that other than Jawaharlal Nehru, no other Prime Minister has had such an influence on India and her economic policies as Manmohan Singh. She also tries to reconcile the intellectual picture she has of her father with his portrayal in the media and comes with a picture of great complexity.

Daman Singh enlightens her readers about the life and struggle of her father - as a young boy he lost his mother to eternity, and his family to the partition. He was brought up by his grandfather and was not very close to his father. She talks of an intellectual man, who after completing his studies at the Cambridge University, decided to return to his country. He then sacrifices everything to work for the government and eventually joined Indian politics.

Pages have been devoted to bringing out the importance of his wife, Gursharan Kaur, in his life - she was from a similar background as him and she brought the concept of family and togetherness to his life. She supported him in every endeavor of his and is described as a beautiful and vivacious lady who lends her strength to contribute to her husband’s success. What Manmohan never got to experience as a child, Gursharan brought into the marriage - a family - and they had three little girls, Upinder, Daman and Amrit, to complete the family unit.

The book also paints the picture of the life the author had with her two passionate sisters, a talented mother and a father who stepped into the limelight for the country, despite his aversion to it. Enthralling yet honest, this book reveals a never-before-seen side of Manmohan Singh.

Based on conversations with her parents and hours spent in libraries and archives, this honest and affectionate memoir provides new insights into the former prime minister and his wife. Moving from Gah, Nowshera and Peshawar; through Amritsar, Patiala and Hoshiarpur; to Chandigarh, Cambridge and Oxford; then New York, Bombay and Geneva; and on to New Delhi, this intimate portrayal of two lives is also the history of a nation unfolding over half a century.

Contents

Contents

1. Getting Started
2. A Village Called Gah
3. The Frontier
4. The Girl on a Bicycle
5. In a Free Country
6. Amritsar
7. The World of Music
8. Hoshiarpur
9. Letters from Cambridge
10. Taking the Tripos
11. Marriage
12. City of Dreams
13. Woodstock Road
14. The Thesis
15. Family of Four
16. Parkway Village
17. Speaking for the South
18. Delhi School of Economics
19. Three Girls and a Dog
20. The Stealthy Seventies
21. Home Truths
22. The Six Plan
23. Carmichael Road
24. Nineteen Eighty-four
25. The Seventh Plan
26. Geneva
27. Nineteen Ninety-one
28. An Idea Whose Time Had Come
29. Purpose in Politics
30. Fortunes of the Party
31. Moving On
32. And On

Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgements
About the Author

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