One Life Is Not Enough : An Autobiography

One Life Is Not Enough : An Autobiography (English, Hardcover, K. Natwar Singh)

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One Life Is Not Enough : An Autobiography  (English, Hardcover, K. Natwar Singh)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: RUPA
    • ISBN: 9788129132741, 8129132745
    • Edition: 1st Edition, 2014
    • Pages: 464
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    Former Minister in charge of External Affairs, Kunwar Natwar Singh’s autobiography One Life Is Not Enough is an honest, searing account of the veteran’s life as a bureaucrat, politician, and cabinet minister. Natwar Singh talks about his experiences in Delhi’s political corridors and sets the record straight on several events, including the Volcker controversy.

    Summary of the Book

    Natwar Singh joined the Indian Foreign Service and served as a bureaucrat for 31 years. He joined the Congress Party in 1984, and became a Minister of State in the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s council with the portfolios of steel, agriculture, and coal and mines in 1985. In this much-awaited autobiography, the former cabinet minister talks justly about his experiences and services in various ministries. Singh has played a significant role in Indian politics for more than twenty years and has been a part of some of the most epochal events of independent India, including Indo-China talks and the formation of Bangladesh. In 2004, when the Congress party came back to power, Natwar Singh was appointed as the Minister for External Affairs. But his eventful career saw its end with the Volcker Report in the year 2005. His name appearing in the Iraqi food-for-oil scam forced him to resign from the cabinet and eventually from the Congress party. Singh talks about all these events and the ups and downs of the Congress party in One Life Is Not Enough, an account of an insider. His association with the party allowed him to observe some of the historical events closely, and he talks about Pakistan in the 1980s, under the rule of President Zia-ul-Haq, Indo-Chinese and Indo-USSR relations among other sensitive developments.

    Reviews:

    Natwar Singh is one of the great raconteurs of modern India. - Siddharth Varadarajan, Hindustan Times

    “…it would be a book worth reading.." -- Sidharth Bhatia, The Asian Age

    This is a very readable book on many counts. - Harish Khare, Open Magazine

    “.. given his ( Natwar Singh) long association with Nehru-Gandhi family his view can’t be dismissed lightly..” - NCP

     

    About K. Natwar Singh

    Kunwar Natwar Singh was born on May 16, 1931. He studied in some of the most reputed institutions including the Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University and Peking University in China. After serving in the IFS for about 31 years, he joined politics. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan award in 1984. Singh was a cabinet minister and served as the Minister of External Affairs of India, until his resignation, post the Volcker Report controversy. One Life Is Not Enough is his autobiographical account.

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    Publication Year
    • 2014
    Book Type
    • Non Fiction Book
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    • K. Natwar Singh
    Author Info

    • Kunwar Natwar Singh is a diplomat and politician, who served as Indias External Affairs Minister in the UPA government from 2004-05. He received the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India in 1984.
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    Ratings and Reviews
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    One Book is Enough

    Pedestrian prose. Eminently forgettable. Mr Singh labors to create the impression of being a well read and erudite man and ends up coming across as a tourist, ticking off places visited on a map.
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    Vinod Das

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    20 Aug, 2014

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    One life is enough

    I'm fond of the author for his elegant prose and wit. The book is a sum of many parts; those many parts were part of his earlier books. Therefore, the book in part is a rehash and interest flags. I have liked the author's style of writing. I had not read about his early life before. So, that part is riveting. The piece on Rajiv is charming, written with great warmth. The piece on Morarji was there in Walking With Lions and yet it made me read it with intterest again.
    The author took upon the...
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    K. Chandrahas

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    5 Aug, 2014

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    Good read

    Full of political anecdotes.
    Book is mainly about Natwar SIngh as an IFS officer.
    Less about Natwar Singh - as a person - less private life content. More about Natwar Singh's public life.
    Political anecdotes keep the book alive.
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    Pankaj Preet Singh

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    16 Aug, 2014

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    Good Book

    If you would like to know about bureaucracy and what they do, how they do and how they influence with political leader, if good book for you otherwise it's boring. First few chapter is very boring, since they have talked about their childhood, i think one is care about that. Most of people bought this book for Sonia Gandhi controversy but nothing much for the same, if you are looking only that part , so i would not recommend you.
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    Amaresh Pandey

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    14 Aug, 2014

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    Natwar Singh's Autobiography

    It's a fantastic book giving the reader an insight of what happens in foreign service and politics..the book has evoked more interest in topics which were touched upon but not dwelled in detail..The Srilankan saga was very informative ..The journey from Nehru to Sonia , the muddle crossing at every stage and slippery diplomatic pathway..wow..kudos to Natwar Singh..you cannot have a better person for foreign policy .
    Wish him good health and long life and await his next book..cheers.
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    Kottaram V. Ramesh

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    18 Aug, 2014

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    LET TRUTHS PREVAIL

    Still, I have not read the book .However ordered for the same has been placed at on-line book store " Flipkart. Only read the book' summary that has appeared at the site of Flipkart.If Natwar Singh has honestly written the book or reveals all truths, then, it is ok.Common people of India should know the leaders that ruled or rule India.People generally genuinely want their leaders to be honest and faithful for the sake of good governance. To some extent, India is yet to tas...
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    Maheswar Deka

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    2 Aug, 2014

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    One Life Is Not Enough

    Natwar Singh started off well,his easy style and facility of expression raising high hopes initially. However, it soon deteriorated into factual and all tto brief extracts from his diary and eventually into diatribe against Sonia Gandhi. There are in addition reams of his 'defense' against the Volcker report, very like an affidavit in court, but no light was shed on his own role, or how he was involved in the murky deals.
    The perpendicular pronoun was amply evident throughout. Mr. Singh coul...
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    Dr. R. Krishnan

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    19 Aug, 2014

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    Devadas

    One paragraph or one page is not enough to describe the beauty of language Natvar singhji used in his autobiography One life is not enough. Not going too much deep in to his personal life, he has made an honest attempt to caricature his official life in his inimitable style of writing. Every anecdotes he uses to describe his encounters with the who is who of the world takes Natwarsingh to the top of seasoned diplomats our country has ever produced.

    A person who stood shoulder to shoulder ...
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    Flipkart Customer

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    27 Aug, 2014

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    Wonderful

    Good paper quality.
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    Suchit Priyadarshi Swain

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    24 Feb, 2018

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    Awesome

    Nice Book
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    Advait Puntambekar

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    20 Sep, 2017

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