22 April, 2021

Living A Full Life

B.K. Nehru had a lot going for him, so what's he carping about?

Living A Full Life
IT is one thing to have mingled with the mighty, and wined, dined and danced with their wives; it is quite another to write about them in a way that holds the reader's interest. B.K. Nehru had more than his share of rubbing shoulders with world celebrities; he is not as successful in telling us about them.

B.K. Nehru had a lot going for him. He was a tall, dashingly handsome, debonair young man of undoubted ability and integrity. He held many important positions. He was closely related to Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. He got his degree from the London School of Economics, qualified for the Indian Civil Service, did his probation in Balliol College, Oxford. He opted for the Punjab cadre and served in many districts till he joined the ministry of finance in the central government. He was member of many Indian delegations to foreign countries, was India's ambassador to Washington, high commissioner in London, governor of Assam, governor of Jammu & Kashmir and then of Gujarat. He was perhaps the only senior bureaucrat who could stand up to Pandit Nehru and Indira...

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