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Nayantara Sahgal (born 10 May 1927) is an Indian writer in English. Her fiction deals with India's elite responding to the crises engendered by political change; she was one of the first female Indo-Anglian writers to receive wide recognition. She is a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, the second of the three daughters born to Jawaharlal Nehru's sister, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.

Her father was a successful barrister and classical scholar who translated the Kashmiri epic history Rajatarangini into English from Sanskrit. He was arrested for his support of Indian independence and died in Lucknow prison jail in 1944, leaving behind his wife and their three daughters Chandralekha Mehta, Nayantara Sehgal and Rita Dar. Sahgal attended a number of schools as a girl, given the turmoil in the Nehru-Gandhi family during the last years (1935—47) of the Indian freedom struggle, wherein her father would die in prison while Nayantara and her sister Chandralekha were overseas attending college. Her uncle Jawaharlal Nehru too was in and out of prison, as a political prisoner, in the 1930s and 1940s. Ultimately, she graduated from Woodstock School in the Himalayan hill station of Landour in 1943 and later from Wellesley College (B.A., 1947), which she attended along with her sister Chandralekha, who graduated 2 years earlier in 1945. She has made her home for decades in Dehradun, a town close to Landour where she had been in boarding school (at Woodstock).

Sahgal, who has been married twice, was later married to E.N. Mangat Rai, a Punjabi Christian who was an Indian Civil Service officer. Rai died aged 87 in 2003 in Dehradun, where Sahgal and he had lived for several decades, in the house once owned by her mother. Though part of the Nehru-Gandhi family, Sahgal developed a reputation for maintaining her independent critical sense. Her independent tone, and her mother's, would lead to both falling out with her cousin Indira Gandhi during the most autocratic phases of Mrs. Gandhi's time in office in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Indira Gandhi canceled Sahgal's scheduled appointment as India's Ambassador to Italy within days of her return to power. Not one to be intimidated, Sahgal would (in 1982) write a scathing, insightful account of Gandhi's rise to power.

Gita Sahgal, the writer and journalist on issues of feminism, fundamentalism, and racism, director of prize-winning documentary films, and human rights activist, is her daughter.

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Total Books: 35
Indira Gandhi Tryst With Power
2012 - Indira Gandhi Tryst with Power (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143067351
ISBN-10: 0143067354
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

2011 - Relationship (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788172236823
ISBN-10: 8172236824

Jawaharlal Nehru Civilizing a Savage world
2010 - Jawaharlal Nehru Civilizing a Savage World (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780670083572
ISBN-10: 0670083577
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Storm in Chandigarh
2008 - Storm in Chandigarh (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143102762
ISBN-10: 0143102761

Prison and Chocolate Cake
2007 - Prison and Chocolate Cake (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788172236892
ISBN-10: 8172236891
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Mistaken Identity
2007 - Mistaken Identity (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788172236885
ISBN-10: 8172236883
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Plans for Departure
2004 - Plans for Departure (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788172235246
ISBN-10: 8172235240
Genre: Literature & Fiction

This Time of Morning
2000 - This Time of Morning (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788186706282
ISBN-10: 8186706283
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Rich Like Us
1999 - Rich Like Us (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788172233754
ISBN-10: 8172233752
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Prison  Chocolate Cake
1997 - Prison Chocolate Cake (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788172232436
ISBN-10: 8172232438
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

The Day in Shadow
1991 - The Day in Shadow (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140154689
ISBN-10: 014015468X

Situation in New Delhi
1988 - Situation in New Delhi (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140116038
ISBN-10: 0140116036
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Day in Shadow
1975 - Day in Shadow (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780904388039
ISBN-10: 0904388034
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Day in Shadow A Novel
1972 - The Day in Shadow a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780393332223
ISBN-10: 0393332225
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Indira Gandhi Her Road to Power (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356091662
ISBN-10: 035609166X

Point of View A Personal Response to Life Literature and Politics  A Book of Personal Addresses to Literary Conferences
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