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Durbar

Tavleen Singh

Shoutline: The Bestselling Memoir that Took the Country by Storm

'Riveting. [Durbar] has the stories, the anecdotes and the sheer gossip that only a Lutyens’ zone natural can provide.' - Deccan Chronicle

'A cautionary tale of the illusions of courtiers and elitist delusions...of personal and professional betrayals, political failures and hope squandered.' - Business Standard

Tavleen Singh’s acclaimed and bestselling memoir begins in the summer of 1975 when, not yet twenty-five, she started working as a junior reporter in the Statesman in New Delhi. Within five weeks, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared the Emergency, and soon reckless policies said to be authored by her younger son were unleashed on India’s citizens. In 1984, following Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Rajiv Gandhi became Prime Minister, fortified by a huge mandate from a nation desperate for change. But, belying its hopes, the young leader chose for himself a group of advisors, friends and acolytes just as unaware as him of the ground realities of a complex nation. It was the beginning of a political culture of favouritism and ineptitude that would take hold at the highest levels of government, stunting India’s ambitions and frustrating its people for years to come.

A sharp account of these turbulent years, Durbar describes the Nehruvian era of Singh’s childhood, the Emergency of her youth and the political shifts that followed, bringing with them insurgencies, massacres, and crises internal and external.

This remarkable memoir, vivid with the colour of election campaigns and society dinners, low conspiracies and high corruption, reminds us of this truth: that if India is to achieve a better future, the past cannot be ignored or forgotten. 

  • Classification : BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
  • Pub Date : NOV 15, 2013
  • Imprint : Hachette India
  • Page Extent : 324
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789350097519
  • Price : INR 599
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Tavleen Singh

Tavleen Singh is the author of three books,Kashmir: A Tragedy of Errors, Lollipop Street: Why India Will Survive Her Politicians and Political and Incorrect. She spends her time between Delhi and Mumbai and writes four weekly political columns, in Hindi for Amar Ujala and Jansatta, and in English for syndication and an exclusive column for the Indian Express.

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