Kasturba Gandhi is the fictionalized
biography of Kasturba Gandhi, a lady as
strong and great as Mahatma Gandhi. A
lady who earned a place in history because
of her personal sacrifices and strength of
conviction in what was right as much as
on account of being the wife of Mahatma
Gandhi in his fight for basic human rights
for Indians in South Africa and the Indian
Freedom Movement. She was the first Indian
woman who voluntarily faced a jail sentence
in a‘foreign soil—in South Africa—in her
fight for basic rights for Indian women.
The book gives a-glimpse of how a
strong woman can empower herself staying
within the folds of tradition and convention.
It offers a rarely portrayed facet of
Gandhi—a family man, a father, a husband.
It shows how his transformation from
Mr Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to
Mahatma Gandhi happened with the
support of a woman who was a silent partner
in the struggle. How she Jet him realise his
larger goals at a cost to herself and family
in the larger interests of mankind. How
she willingly courted jail terms in Africa, an
alien land with no grip on the language and
keeping her vegetarian habits intact. How
she took up the causes started by Bapu, when
he was jailed in India and was imprisoned.
How she breathed her last in jail-in Agha
Khan Palace-where she was jailed last.
With a literary career spanning
more than half a century, Giriraj
Kishore has mastered the art of
storytelling. His writings include
award winning novels, short-story
collections and plays: .... Dhai
Ghar, Jugalbandi, Chirtyaghar, Log, Panshist, Yatha
Prastavit, Yatraein, Do and Pehla Girmitiya, to
name a few.
As Registrar of IIT Kanpur, he founded
the Centre for Creative Writing. He has been
Convener of the Hindi Committee of Sahitya
Akademi, Delhi, a Fellow of the Institute of
Advanced Studies, Shimla, and Emeritus Fellow
of the Ministry of Culture.
Giriraj Kishore has been honoured with
many awards including the Padma Shri, the
Sahitya Akademi Award, Saraswati Samman
and the Sahitya Bhushan Award from Uttar
Manisha Chaudhry is a leading
bi-lingual editor, writer and
translator. She began her career
in India’s first feminist publishing
house, Kali for Women, and has
been a consultant to a range of organizations
in the development sector including OUP, Yatra
Books, Pratham Books.
Her translation of Chandrakanta’s Hindi
novel was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South
Asian Literature 2012.
Active in multilingual children’s publishing
over the past fourteen years, she has spearheaded
many initiatives to bring equity in primary
education. Her work has been located in both
the activist and literary space.
Currently she heads Manan_ Books,
a publishing house with an activist profile.
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