Monday, September 6, 2010

Niradbabu framed

Well, this should be worth waiting for: a new biography of Nirad C. Chaudhuri by his eldest son, Dhruva, with a treasure trove of photographs “complementing” the text.

“The famous author and family friend, Sardar Khushwant Singh, has been kind enough to write the foreword,” Dhruva tells me.

He has also included “many interesting reproductions of documents bordering almost on a scoop”.

“The name of this biography has been finalised as Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Many Shades, Many Frames,” says Dhruva, who has been working on the project since 2006 when his last book, Delhi, Light, Shades, Shadows, was published.

This time, too, the book will be published at the end of October by Niyogi Books, whose managing director, Bikash D. Niyogi, appears to have an emotional involvement in its publication.

Dhruva adds that his daughter, Satarupa, an editorial manager at Oxford University Press India, “is doing the very last chapter, a reminiscence about her grandfather in Oxford from 1979 when she was 11 till the fixing of the Blue Plaque in 2008 (outside 20, Lathbury Road)”.

Full report here Telegraph

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