The Unforgettable Nehru

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Item Code: NAE671
Author: P.D. Tandon
Publisher: National Book Trust, India
Language: English
Edition: 2017
ISBN: 9788123740997
Pages: 236 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Weight 330 gm
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This book presents vignettes regarding glimpses of Nehru’s dauntless courage generosity, irritability, his personal joys and sufferings, and the warmth of his heart. It has been written by someone who knew Jawaharlal Nehru quite well and had watched him at close quarters for years together.

About the Author

P.D. Tandon was a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, and advisor to the state’s Chief Minister in 1989 He was also the president of the state’s Working Journalist’s Federation. During the 1942 revolt against the British Raj, Shri Tandon was imprisoned in Naini Central Jail, Allahabad.

Shri Tandon has written about forty books in five different languages, which include Flames from the Ashes (his autobiography); Indira Gandhi—Lingering Echoes; Echoes from the Past (letters of Gandhi, Nehru, Bernard Shaw, Lord Mountbatten, Indira Gandhi, and several others). He has also written various articles for many newspapers, magazines arid periodicals.


Nehru was such a large-hearted person that few could be compared with him in the grandeur of human spirit. Earl Attlee, after the death of Nehru, had observed. “There are few, if any, parallels in history to the magnitude of Nehru’s achievements and, whatever storms in future may blow up, India will he eternally grateful to the man who piloted the ship of the State on her maiden voyage, with few errors of navigation. He will rightly go down in history as one of the world’s great men, who lived up to the high ideals.

He despised pettiness and it stood snubbed in his presence. He was rather a short-tempered man, but his anger always blew itself out in a few minutes. There was no trace of malice or bitterness in it. Anything below the normal standards of things, he could not endure and they easily infuriated him.

He was a kind and outstanding person. He fully understood the human urges of man; that was why he was so tremendously popular. He helped people and forgot about it. When he gave something to anybody, he always felt that he had not given enough and felt shy while giving it.

When Nehru died, many people felt the death of a part of themselves and in India he is still loved and remembered. It is so difficult to forget him.

I must not fail to thank Rohit Tandon, my grandson, for his ungrudging and loving help in the preparation of this book, and also Haseen Ahmad for his most sincere cooperation.

I think Ms Manju Gupta editor NBT for her encouragement photographs have reproduced form Jawaharlal Nehru for which I am thankful.


Kind and Gracious3
Very Bold5
Work was His Worship7
Father’s Fury9
‘Father Drinking Blood’11
Fascinating Face13
Dragged Me to Dining Table15
Hated Communal Riots17
Fond of Nature19
Mystery of Churidar Pyjamas21
Face Soaked in Sorrow23
Broke into Tears25
Never Petty or Small27
Concern for Minorities29
Bandaged Fingers33
Played with Children35
Fell Asleep while Dictating37
Very Short-tempered39
Compelled to Speak49
A Lonely Man51
Prison Days55
Paid for Injuring Cow59
‘Don’t Leave Your Meal’61
Driver’s Apology for Governess63
Serve Country or Earn65
Father’s Prophetic Judgement67
Fury over Pensioners’ Plight69
Extraordinary Love for Children71
Gracious in Dealings73
Dealt at Human Level75
Helped and Forgot77
Letter for Future Help79
‘Be My Guest’81
Angry but Helpful83
Condolence Message from Tibet85
Pillow Wet with Tears87
About an Hour’s Talk89
‘Fathered by the Starry Sky’93
Leapt out of the Window95
Nursing He Loved97
Bapu Immensely Pleased99
Father’s Touching Tribute101
Power of Health103
Aristocrat turned a Revolutionary105
Genuine Love for Masses107
Discouraged Feet-touching109
Hardly ever Fell Ill111
Mover of Men113
Always Remembered Servants115
Admired by Gandhi117
Above all very Humane119
‘Take away Anand Bhawan’121
‘Cowardice is Contagious’123
Expert in Writing News125
Delhi Weakens Intellectual Faculties127
Anand Bhawan Historically Important129
Prison His other Home133
Millions Adored Him135
Utterly Indifferent to Money137
Khadi Yarned for Gandhi139
Disliked Wasting Food141
Controlled Crowds Quickly145
Refused to meet Mussolini147
Brave, Dared and Suffered149
Deeply Loved Allahabad151
His own Estimate of Himself155
Rode on an Ekka161
Considerate to Pressmen163
Never Forgot Old Comrades165
Endured Shocks with Equanimity167
His Zest for Holi169
‘Where is the Banana Skin?’173
‘You are a Strange Person’175
Gift from Prison177
His Colleagues Loved Him179
‘Ask ED. to Autograph it’181
Immersing Feroze’s Ashes183
A Superb Draftsman185
Gandhi Trusted Nehru187
‘Now Break Your Fast’189
Fond of Simple Food191
Wrote His own Speeches193
Got Less, Deserved More195
His Love and Longings197
Ignored Sister’s Letter205
As Friend and Father209
Man of Great Vision211
His Confessions213
A Genuine Democrat215
‘His Death Shook Me Deeply’217
People Deeply Adored Him219
His Moving Letters to Indira221
Could have Lived Longer223
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