30 September, 2020

Chronicle Of The Ego

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Chronicle Of The Ego
IT requires an immense ego and one's own sense of one's importance to history (or to the unwitting reader) to produce something like Natwar Singh's latest offering. It also has something to do with what Natwar himself calls his "very great, good fortune to have, interacted intimately, at a very young age, with men and women of the highest distinction in a variety of arenas".

People pass through their entire service lives with little to recall but their postings, seniors and juniors. Natwar is one of those blessed with the rare combination of having held the most important positions, interacted with the biggest and best personalities of his time, received much more acclaim and awards for his work (diplomatic as well as literary) and still managed to retain all of it for a publisher.

As he says, "we Indians are bad correspondents lapsing into indolence and indifference by middle age. For most, life does not begin at 40, it ebbs away at 30". His correspondence with Rajaji (in his nineties), Nirad Chaudhari...



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