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On Balance  (English, Paperback, Seth Leila)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
    • ISBN: 9780143101390, 0143101390
    • Pages: 510
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    On Balance is the autobiography of Leila Seth, the first woman judge on the Delhi High Court and the first woman to also become Chief Justice of a state High Court.

    Summary of the Book

    This is an intimate, often amusing, and heart-warming portrait of Leila Seth, her family and her times, all in her own words. Being the first woman to top the Bar examinations in London, Justice Seth has been the first woman to scale the heights she had in her illustrious career. In this autobiography, she talks about jubilant as well as tough moments of her career. Depicted prominently are her early years of homelessness and struggle, her drifting into law while in England with her husband, and later practising in Patna, Calcutta and Delhi; and her happy marriage of more than fifty years with Premo, including the experience of bringing up three talented children – the writer, Vikram, the Zen Buddhist dharmacharya, Shantum, and the filmmaker, Aradhana. Interweaving her family life with professional, Justice Seth poignantly describes the years after her father’s untimely death. There are also witty essays: Premo and her turning an old mansion into a splendid home in Patna; Vikram’s writing of the novel, A Suitable Boy; Shantum’s initiation as a Buddhist teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh; Aradhana’s marriage to Peter, an Austrian diplomat, and her commendable work on films like Earth and Water.

    About Leila Seth

    Leila Seth was born in Lucknow. She joined the Bar in 1959 and practised under Ashoke Kumar Sen when she was in India. Justice Seth has sat upon enquiry commissions that examined several controversial cases during her career.

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    • 216 mm
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    • 135 mm
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    The story of a rich life

    One of the most engrossing autobiographies I have read. It's candid, funny and emotional all in one. It must have been hard to part with certain personal details but we are glad that Leila Seth, who has had such a rich life, decided to write her memoirs. The story of her life is beautiful and touching and we can easily relate to her thoughts, efforts and struggles.

    It's an added treat for the fans of her son, Vikram Seth, especially of A Suitable Boy. You will be glad to find the similaritie...
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    23 Feb, 2012

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    Must buy!

    Very good book. Online payment option should be given after cash on delivery order I think☺
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    Review - On Balance

    Excellent Book. Covers Vikram Seth's childhood stories too & narrates how he was different from other children at school. It is the best autobiography to read.
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