20 October, 2020

Baton And Eggs

This short autobiography by one of the greatest conductors of our times is remarkable for its candour.

Baton And Eggs
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This short autobiography by one of the greatest conductors of our times is remarkable for its candour. Zubin Mehta is not squeamish, even while recounting the failure of his first marriage and the extra-marital affairs he had during his second marriage. His second wife, Nancy, remained supportive throughout and Zubin is conscious of the pain and hurt she suffered: "The fact that she did not leave me helped me a lot in dealing with my mistake and the difficulties that followed."

Zubin hails from a traditional middle-class Parsi Zoroastrian family. Despite his grand musical successes abroad and the many awards he has received across the globe, Zubin considers himself an Indian. "I never gave up my Indian passport. Now as ever I feel a sense of belonging to the country I come from." He insisted on a Parsi religious ceremony after his church marriage; and wore the traditional Parsi costume—a dagli—when he conducted the orchestra at the Brabourne stadium in Bombay. He considers himself a true Parsi, and is distressed by the orthodox...

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