New Memoirs

Posted on May 7, 2013


Joseph Anton: A Memoir
By Salman Rushdie

On the night of February 14, 1989, Salman Rushdie found out that Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini had issued a fatwa against him following the publication of his controversial novel The Satanic Verses. From that moment on, Rushdie knew he was a dead man. For a decade, his life involved moving from one safe house to another, constantly guarded by the police, facing death threats and the public outcry, a failed marriage, and writing under an alias. In this memoir, Rushdie shares his life in hiding and what it was like to give up his identity.

The Insider’s View: Memoirs of a Public Servant
By Javid Chowdhury

Covering everything from failed policies, corruption within the government, inner bureaucracies, and high-profile scams, former Indian Administrative Services officer Javid Chowdhury tells tales of his passionate—sometimes frustrating—four decade-long career in public service. The author, who describes himself as a welfare socialist, reflects on some of the most compelling cases—including the Gujarat communal riots of 2002—that have shaped India’s current social and political states. But not all is serious and politically governed; through his witty writing, he shares amusing anecdotes of people—some in high places— whom he has met during his career.

Lucknow Boy: A Memoir
By Vinod Mehta

Lucknow Boy details the life of an army brat born into a Punjabi refugee family in the 50s, who went on to become one of the most respected veteran editors of India. Starting as the editor of Debonair men’s magazine, once renowned for its centrefold featuring topless women, Mehta began a decades-long career in publishing, lending his name to publications such as Sunday Observer and Outlook. In his memoir, Mehta details his struggles with editorial freedom against political pressure and dishes on scandals that shocked the nation.

Leela: A Patchwork Life
By Leela Naidu, Jerry Pinto

Former Miss India and once one of the 10 most beautiful women in the world according to Vogue, the late actress Leela Naidu was more than just a pretty face. Born to an Indian nuclear physicist father and an Irish Indologist mother of Swiss-French descent, Naidu lived a life both glamorous and unconventional. She married, became a mother of twins, and divorced all before turning 20. She later married Goan poet Dom Moraes and modelled as Madonna for Salvador Dali. She also dubbed Hong Kong action movies and edited magazines. In this memoir, Naidu relives her life, filled with a cast of colourful characters and oddball anecdotes.

By Sonali Deraniyagala

In this memoir Sonali Deraniyagala describes the day she lost everything she knew, the day the 2004 tsunami took away her parents, her husband, and her two young children. Eight years later and still living with guilt for not having saved her family, Deraniyagala relives the nightmare that changed her life—from the rescue effort, her state of fear, to her ways of dealing with the truth.

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