South Asian Conversations - Part 3

Writers and Company

This week our special 5-part series South Asian Conversations continues with writer Nayanthara Sahgal. Born in May 1927, she comes from a political family: her uncle Jawaharlal Nehru was India's first prime minister, her mother was the country's first ambassador to the U.N., and Indira Gandhi was her first cousin. Sahgal's whole family was involved in the struggle for Indian Independence. Both her parents and her uncle were often in jail during her childhood, a period she recalled in her first memoir "Prison and Chocolate Cake." She has written numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as a wide range of literary and political commentary. She spoke with Eleanor onstage at the recent Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka.

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