Badr-ud-Din Tyabji’s first volume of memoirs is a personal record encompassing half a century of India’s recent history. The momentous changes this period witnessed are chronicled by Tyabji from a unique position of vantage. Diverse cultural and intellectual influences – an enlightened Islamic and strongly nationalist family tradition, tempered by a liberal Western education – shaped his forceful personality and distinguished career. This volume traces the author’s childhood and youth under the Raj, his experience as a civil service officer, the rough crossing over into Independence under the shadow of Partition, the shaping of the new sovereign republic, and his experiences of the Indian Foreign Service in its infancy.
The Tyabji family rose from a background of entrepreneurial prosperity to social prominence in an age when emerging nationalism was propelling the country swiftly towards a final confrontation with its colonial identity. These memoirs bring to life personalities and events of this vibrant period, not too distant but already sadly fading from national memory. The value of the book as a historical documentation is greatly enhanced by the author’s robust wisdom, eye for detail and wry sense of humour. But his sharp observation, unflinching candour and cutting wit are always mellowed by a lively curiosity and instinctive generosity of heart. A self confessed egoist, Tyabji counter – balances his nostalgia for the past with pragmatic evaluation without detracting from its essential period charm. ISBN: 9694020182 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
Nazir Akbarabadi (1735-1830) was a remarkable Urdu poet of the sub-continent, who stands out as being distinct from the romantic or mystic mainstream of medieval Urdu poetry. He was a private tutor by profession but despite tempting offers never made poetry a trade. Nazir’s poetry is at once objective and large-hearted. Absorbed in the zest for life, its joys and sorrows are for him only passing shadows on the stage. It is this down-to-earth realism that makes him so relevant to society today. He adopted a new idiom which was firmly rooted in the soil and had direct links with the masses. This is the first time any Pakistani has attempted to shed light for the English reader on Nazir and his many moods. ISBN: 9694024471 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS