Alex von Tunzelmann, author of Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire, published by Simon & Schuster India, speaks on Nehru’s persona and his intimate relationships
Priyadarshini Sen: Is it right to say that there were two pleasures Nehru could not resist: the vitality of mountain scenery and the company of an interesting woman?
Alex von Tunzelmann: Well, in Indian Summer I wrote that he found both of those things when staying with the Mountbattens in Mashobra. I do think Nehru was generally happy to be among either mountains or interesting women. Perfectly understandable on both counts.
Is it true that in their romantic lives, Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten had always sought intimacy without suffocation
That was my reading of their romantic lives. From their own writings and letters, and those of their friends, I formed the impression that both of them were free spirits. Edwina Mountbatten often travelled, lived and worked away from her husband, Lord Mountbatten,...