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    Durbar  (English, Paperback, Tavleen Singh)

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    Features
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Hachette India
    • Genre: Biographies & Autobiographies
    • ISBN: 9789350097519, 9350097516
    • Edition: 2013
    • Pages: 324
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    Description

    Durbar is a bold narration of most of the unheard stories from the corridors of power at the central government. It is one of the best-selling books, a memoir, authored by Tavleen Singh.

    Summary of the Book

    Tavleen Singh was not even twenty five when she joined the Statesman as a junior reporter. This memoir begins from the time the Emergency was declared by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the year 1975. The book unravels the nation’s distressed state of waiting for a change in politics in those unfortunate years. Post Indira’s assassination in the year 1984, Rajiv Gandhi came to power. But the intricacies of India’s myriad faces were still unattended as ineffectiveness and nepotism plagued the highest levels of government at the centre. This book chronicles the story of India’s struggle in those unsettled years. The calamities, carnage and revolts, both internal and external have been overwhelmingly recorded by the author who was, at one point of time, one of the insiders involved in society dinners and election campaigns with some of the authoritative leaders in the same corridors of power.

    About Tavleen Singh

    Tavleen Singh is one of the most renowned Indian journalists and an author of best-selling books like Kashmir: A Tragedy of Errors, Lollipop Street: Why India will Survive Her Politicians and Political and Incorrect. She has been associated with The Statesman, The Telegraph, the Sunday Times, London, India Today, The Hitavada and The Indian Express. She has also been associated with STAR Plus television channel. She currently writes columns for Amar Ujala and Jansatta in Hindi and a column in English for The Indian Express.

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      • Hachette India
    • Publication Year
      • 2013
    Contributors
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      • Tavleen Singh
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    Durbar -- Fuedal rule in Modern India

    Ms Tavleen Singh has written an interesting book - "Durbar". The book starts with the imposition of emergency, deals with the rise of Mr. Rajiv Gandhi as a politician and ends with his unfortunate assassination. Ms Tavleen Singh worked as a reporter/ journalist in the 1980s and also met the rich and powerful over innumerable lunches and dinner.

    Written in a conversational and a narrative style, Ms Singh shares her sharp observation skills that convey more than what the spoken word convey...
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    Durbar

    Very good read from an honest Journalist. It gives us an understanding of the reasons due to which the country has lagged behind. How Mrs.Gandhi introduced the Dynastic rule and hence forth the chain of events that have led the country to have such bad rulers. What an timely publishing of this book. Just before the 2014 Lok Sabah elections. Do you want to repeat the mistakes of the past and continue the dynastic rule or become learned citizens and read this book to become responsible citizens...
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    Alphonse Roy

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    Excellent read

    The book is a riveting account of the decade of 70's and 80's from what I would feel a very neutral perspective. It makes you realise the naiveity with which the affairs of our country were handled. For some of these things in other countries actually cases of crimes against humanity would have been registered against certain leaders.

    Looking at it from today's backdrop we seem to make similar mistakes even today due to spineless leaders, sycophants and the fulcrum of nation's destiny being ...
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    Parth Govil

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    13 Dec, 2012

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    Travelled through the time while I was not born at all....Must Read!!!!!

    I have always having a limited knowledge about Indian's troubled time since I was not born then. I completed this book in 1 week & really enjoyed the journey through all the chapters. I appreciate the writing from Tavleen Singh since she was a super woman to be at everywhere in all the tragedy Indian through. She has written so well that through out the read I felt I am in 70s-80s era & everything was happening infront of me.

    Thanks Tavleen for such a great book!!!!!
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    Swapnil Harsh

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    Rajiv Durbar

    Book could have been titled Congress Durbar or Rajiv Durbar for that matter. Tavleen Singh is a known face in Indian journalism and apart from all known facts, what one comes to know Is acquaintance of Tavleen singh with Rajiv and Sonia and Delhi drawing room revelations during seventies and eighties.

    Surprisingly Tavleen has left the hep and happening nineties totally untouched, may be we may expect a sequel of Durbar soon.
    Book starts of with the news of Rajiv assassination and then takes...
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    Anup Singh

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    Modern Durbar for the young Indian..

    A must read for insights on how the most talked about family of India failed the country. Especially if yu were not born around the time discussed extensively in this book. Piece by piece description of some of the major historical events of India post independence and how the lack of a strong and forward thinking leader shaped our present!
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    Neha Mehta

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    18 Dec, 2012

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    Excellent

    Good one. Good account of how socialist lechers of India - the Gandhi family. Who not only destroyed India but also destroyed its essence hinduism. Let pak got away with nukes and didn't took kashmir when it was possible without nuclear explosions. Pushed India to ruins of poverty and extolled poverty.
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    Harshvardhan Sharma

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    24 Aug, 2013

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    Nice Read

    This book is fascinating read but devoid of any literary values . True Tavleen had tried to give what goes between the scenes in New Delhi Power circle but it was without any idealogical rant ( gen leftist writers or other writers give ). But i felt too much space is devoted to Gandhi family , Those are dangerous decades for India and if we had statesman instead of demagogues Punjab wont burn or Kashmir trajectory was different. But this book is idealogical neutral that's refreshing and this ...
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    Manvendra B Nigam

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    5 Dec, 2012

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    Known facts and Gossip, marred by factual inaccuracies

    The book covers an important period of modern India's history- essentially from the Emergency (1975) to Rajiv Gandhi's death (1991). It is, therefore, a pity that other than gossip, it divulges little on the important events of this period which is not generally known.

    And there are factual inaccuracies:

    -"Saddam Hussain's invasion of Kuwait happened when Chandrashekhar was prime minister..." (page 302). [The invasion actually took place earlier when V.P. Singh was PM]

    -"...Rajiv's decisi...
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    Rajanikanta Verma

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    16 Mar, 2013

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    Average read

    Tavleen Singh seems quite dismayed with the Gandhis while writing this book. Time and again, she openly mentioned it in the book too. This somehow leads the book towards a bias against Congress, and especially Gandhi family.

    She has been more expressive about the ambiance, decor and outlook of the places she visited than the events she witnessed. A reader of non-fiction and political gene would be more interested in reading in detail about the incidents that shaped the modern India than the ...
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    Rachit Bansal

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    26 Dec, 2012

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