Letters from a Father to His Daughter (Book Review)

 

Today I am going over Jawaharlal Nehru's book "Letters to His Daughter."

One known seasoned leader wrote the letters to another renowned seasoned leader (Indra), a political figure in India. It is an invaluable collection that can only be characterized as "valuable."

Indira Gandhi moved to Mussoorie with her mother and younger sister after finishing her tenth year of school, while her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, was in Allahabad. The entire summer, Nehru wrote her a series of letters about the universe's beginnings, the evolution of human and animal life, and the emergence of civilizations and cultures. Nehru discussed these topics and more with her.

Described how people have progressed throughout the history of the world, providing an accurate assessment of humanity and the universe.

Nehru's dedication to people and the environment is shown in these letters from 1928, which are as vivid and essential today as they were when they were written. Nature's story, he believes, is "far more intriguing and engrossing than any other story or fiction you have ever read."

The letters comprised instructive writings on a variety of topics, including natural science and human history. Nehru was in Allahabad at the time of writing, while Indira was in Mussoorie, both in northern India. 

Even though Nehru's initial letters were written in English, they were later translated into Hindi and published under the title Pita Ke Patra Putri Ke Naam by Hindi novelist Munshi Premchand. The Cuban translation into Spanish, published in 2014, accompanied Rodolfo Zamora's song "Cartas a mi Hija Indira," which was a critical triumph in Cuba. In addition, five extra letters were added to the book in that edition. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi exchanging letters, the Cuban and international press issued a new edition with additional information.

I read the Sindhi version, which was translated in 1990 by Parwez and is written more formally. The book is in its second edition, which the same publisher published earlier in its first edition.

According to the book's designers, this gorgeously illustrated edition of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's globally recognized book should be essential reading for all children and teenagers worldwide, particularly in underdeveloped countries.

These thirty brief letters have distilled thousands of years of human history into thirty brief letters while not excluding any significant events that occurred during that time, from the beginning of time to the splendor of the Vedic times. Furthermore, this timeless classic provides a view into the mind of one of history's most innovative minds, who was primarily responsible for shaping India as we know it today after the country's independence. 

This collection of personal letters reveals Nehru's true nature as a well-educated man with solid ideas on a wide range of topics, including scientific discovery, history, culture, and religion. Everyone should read this book when the world is grappling with rising prejudice and intolerance along religious and racial fault lines. 

Anyone of any age should read this book who wishes to appreciate the beauty inherent in an open and fair worldview.

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