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Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi is the definitive and the first non-partisan biography of Indira Gandhi, one of the most formidable political figures of the twentieth century.

Summary of the Book

Indira Gandhi was voted the Woman of the Millennium in a BBC poll in 2000. Indira’s entire life was influenced by Indian politics - since her birth in 1917, through the Partition and up to 1984, the year she was assassinated. And once she became the Prime Minister of India, she became one of the most powerful and important women in the world. This biography of Indira is the first to be written by a western woman. The book focuses on Indira’s life as a female leader of one of the most complex and politicised cultures in the world.

About Katherine Frank

Katherine Frank is a famous American biographer and author. She has also authored the widely commended biography of Lucie Duff Gordon. She currently lives in England.

About HarperCollins

HarperCollins Publishers India Ltd. is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Worldwide. It has shown phenomenal growth in the past years and publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry by various writers like Nayantara Sehgal, Kiran Nagarkar, Meghnad Desai, Mukul Deva, and Anita Nair. They have also been successful in building a list of talented first-time writers. HarperCollins was the publisher of The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, the winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008. The company has taken its place as a marketing leader in the publishing industry. They have won the Excellence Award at the Asian Multimedia Publishing Award 2009 and 2011.

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Author KATHERINE FRANK
Book Details
Publisher HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS
Publication Year 2007
ISBN-13 9780007259304
ISBN-10 0007259301
Language English
Edition 01
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 197 Pages
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RITU TIWARI
20 Oct 2011
Remarkable book on the life of a remarkable person

Katherine Frank has given a vivid and detailed account of the life of our late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. This well organised book is aptly divided in three parts describing the Katherine Frank has given a vivid and detailed account of the life of our late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. This well organised book is aptly divided in three parts describing the three phases of Mrs. Gandhi???s life viz. Indira Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister Gandhi. It does not start with her birth, but much before that. It traces her ancestry, briefly describes her home and the life of its res... ()

Katherine Frank has given a vivid and detailed account of the life of our late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. This well organised book is aptly divided in three parts describing the Katherine Frank has given a vivid and detailed account of the life of our late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. This well organised book is aptly divided in three parts describing the three phases of Mrs. Gandhi???s life viz. Indira Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister Gandhi. It does not start with her birth, but much before that. It traces her ancestry, briefly describes her home and the life of its res...
Katherine Frank has given a vivid and detailed account of the life of our late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. This well organised book is aptly divided in three parts describing the Katherine Frank has given a vivid and detailed account of the life of our late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. This well organised book is aptly divided in three parts describing the three phases of Mrs. Gandhi???s life viz. Indira Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister Gandhi. It does not start with her birth, but much before that. It traces her ancestry, briefly describes her home and the life of its residents, the major political events and the social background. It ends with her assassination and its impact felt by the country and the world. This book would appeal not only to the readers who are inquisitive to know about Indira Gandhi???s life but also for those who are interested in knowing the political events preceding and following the independence of India.
This book looks convincing as it is a well researched piece of work undertaken by Frank for six years. The first two parts of the book seem to be more authentic and credible since the source of information is the correspondence of Mrs. Gandhi, mostly with her father and her close friends. However, for the last part, the information is obtained from the interviews of the people associated with Mrs. Gandhi. Hence, at times this part of the book becomes feeble as the account appears to be coloured by the opinion of specific people. Nonetheless, on the whole, the events and the causes provided are well explained and look plausible.
Frank not only chronicles the events but also makes an attempt to go into the psychological state in which the protagonist of her book must have been during the occurrence of such events. This is what makes the account more lively and her character more genuine. The otherwise formidable looking Indira Gandhi becomes so ordinary and real. We get to see the glimpse of a woman who is a caring and a dutiful daughter (for both of her parents), a yearning wife, a protective and indulgent mother, an affectionate grandmother and above all, the matriarch of her family. We understand her and even empathize with her. Simultaneously, the other image of her personality- awe inspiring, tough and a strong person, and an astute politician- has also been elucidated by Frank with ease. These two sides of her personality are so contradictory that one wonders how such transitions must have taken place. Frank takes us through her journey of life so effortlessly that these jerks are not felt.
The book is as interesting and eventful as the life of Mrs. Gandhi. Bitterness with her aunt Vijay Laxmi Pandit, her disturbed childhood, romance with Feroze Gandhi and then her marriage falling apart, heart-breaking deaths of her loved ones, her clash with her daughter-in-law, her rise to power with her stature being elevated to that of Goddess Durga, and then her fall to disgrace and still her resilience to emerge again as a strong leader, the use and abuse of power- it has all the elements that a drama can offer.
Though there are many books published on the life of this remarkable woman, this one is well-rounded, compact, detailed and engaging. It is also packaged attractively with young and smart Indira Gandhi bearing an enigmatic smile on its cover page. Considering the exhaustive and comprehensive work done, it has been rightly priced. It is worth a read.

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Sambath Kumaar
17 Aug 2012
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A Perfect Book for An Awesome Woman

She is one my favorite and most inspirational woman in World History.
And yes, Katherine Frank has delivered a classic biography of her.
I am very happy and excited to have got this and actually to have owned it.
Thanks to Flipkart for correct delivery at the mentioned duration.

The B/W pictures in-between the pages are really exciting and it is nice to see them. I never knew how She looked when she was 18 or 20, and here I know it now.

Readers of this review, please dont wait and order it now. A Perfect Book overall is all I can say...!!

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Shreyas SP
20 Apr 2012
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Wonderful Book..!

This book unfolds inspiring non partisan biography of our late PM Indira Gandhi who led this nation very efficiently with so many hurdles in her way. She was undoubtedly responsible for shaping India's destiny and bring us a national self-esteem. It would be shocking to know that her life was fully with challenges though she was brought up in a influential family. Also, it unfolds how she suffered from bad health for more than three decades. In addition to that, Katherine Frank has tried to disclose her personal life disasters which she came across in her life..

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Basavaraj Kanavalli
17 Sep 2014
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THE LIFE OF INDIRA NEHRU GANDHI (English)

Excellent book!! Cannot stop reading it. Many facts about Indira as well as the politics of India during her time are explained in a simple yet catchy manner. Its a no-non-sense book. And as usual Flipkart was at its best in service.

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Alankrita Sharma
22 Apr 2014
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5/10 Rating book

Descriptive writing. The story gets lengthy and boring in between. Some of the chapters are interesting to read but overall it was monotonous.

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INDIRA the GREAT INDIAN

I read this book first some 10 years back. Indira's life was a journey replete with trials and tribulations of all kinds. At times, a reader would have tears in the eyes touched by the sufferings of a woman who was alone most of her life.

I bought this book now again to gift the copy to a frien...
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shiva
25 Dec 2013
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good book

Very good account of Indira Gandhi's life. I finished half book. Happy till now.. I found problem in reading the book using windows phone. I mailed my issue, though there is no response after one week. (View complete review)

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sanjit kumar
19 Oct 2012
Want in some cheap price

I am not able to pay so much high cost. So, anyone who is interested to sell this book in used condition, let me know, please..I love reading books. What a heck to write review in at least 200 characters here. (View complete review)

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