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Author: Prafull Goradia
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789386141415
Goradia strove heroically to conquer stage fright, and at the age of forty, learned to deliver speeches in Urdu, having lived all his life in Bengal since the age of seven. He found himself drawn towards Hindutva, his form of cultural nationalism which meant upholding Hindu values, though not at the exclusion of other communities.
Such valiant efforts found him a place in Parliament, although his tenure as a Rajya Sabha MP of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was cut short-a happening for which he holds no one culpable. What this writer avers is that even though he did not renew his role as a parliamentarian, his political thought processes continue as before.
For a man whose life has spanned princely times, wartime rationing, Independence, the grisly spectacle of Partition, new threats on the Indian horizon and the purblindness of some of the nation's leaders, Prafull Goradia has plenty to write about.
FROM THE BOOK COVER:
When Prafull Goradia was barely two years old, he made the kind of demand only a child can make of his parents. Looking up at the night sky above his grandfather's house in princely Saurashtra, he told them authoritatively:
'Take me to the moon,
or I won't go to sleep.'
The adult Goradia was to make similar demands of himself - with rather more success. His goal had been politics, a youthful commitment to his country. But such a career needed financial independence to be viable. Therefore the 'giant leaps' throughout his professional and public life.
The first was when he left a prestigious English firm in Calcutta, the largest and oldest tea-broking house in the world, to join an Indian family-owned agency. His well- wishers believed it would jeopardize his prospects in commerce. However, when his new employers were faced with the problem of reviving a terminally ill cigarette company they had acquired, Goradia took up the challenge, and was able to effect a turnaround.
His employers lived up to their promise of the 'insurance' namely, that they enable him to set up his own tea-broking company. Thus, Contemporary' was established, with top-class professionals, and he felt it was time he could relocate to Delhi in pursuit of his dream.
The national capital was yet another leap in the dark. He had no contacts, no godfather, to steer him through the political maze he had chosen to enter. Old political hands felt he was jeopardizing his life and career, on what Disraeli called the 'greasy pole' of public life.
He strove to conquer stage fright, and at the age of forty, learned to deliver speeches in Urdu, having lived all his life in Bengal since the age of seven. He found himself drawn towards Hindutva, his form of cultural nationalism which meant upholding Hindu values, though not at the exclusion of other communities.
Seventeen years later he found a place in Parliament.
For a man whose life has spanned princely times, Independence, the grisly spectacle of Partition, and the sybaritic style of Calcutta's sahib logs, including being present in Ayodhya on 6 December 1992 [raising new questions about who actually demolished the Babri Masjid], and as Narendra Modi's chief defender in the electronic media, post- Godhra, Prafull Goradia has plenty to write.
Why This Book?
1. 1975: Turning Point
2. In Maharaja’s Morbi
3. Lake Terrace, Calcutta
4. Thorns and a Crown at Elphinstone
5. A Nest of Sahibs
6. The Boxwallah
7. A Leap in the Dark
8. Agha Iqbal Mirza
9. Conspiracy at Cochin
10. Politics and Me
12. Narendra Modi
13. In Parliament
15. Some Regrets
16. An Economic Mantra
About The Author