MY FAVOURITE BOOK
Of all the possessions in the world, books are the most valuable possession especially to those who are lover of books. Indeed books contain priceless treasure which friends cannot match, brothers cannot divide and the time cannot destroy. I have read a number of books, but the book which I like most is Pandit Nehru’s Autobiography.
My favourite book is Pandit Nehru’s Autobiography. Its author is Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, who was the great leader and freedom-fighter. He was the first Prime Minister of our country.
I got a copy of the Autobiography as a present on my birthday last year. There were many other good presents but this book attracted me the most I remember how I sat up late that night reading the life history of our Prime Minister. The first sentence of the book gripped me. I cannot think of a more arresting beginning. How often I repeat to myself this memorable opening. An only son of prosperous parents is apt to be spoil especially so in India and when that son happens to have been an only child to escape the spoiling.
The autobiography is highly interesting. I read it like a novel. Every line has the ring of sincerity. The book is a faithful record of two things, the writer’s personality and the growth of India’s freedom movement. It is both autobiography and a history. I confess. I like the autobiographical portion more than historical. The story of Panditji’s life has made a great impression on me. I remember every detail. I could not help bursting into a healthy laugh on reading how Panditji, in his childhood received a severe beating from his father for stealing a fountain pen. Several incidents of his life in England stand clear in my memory.
Some portions of the ‘Autobiography’ are extremely touching. The account of Panditji’s Jail life, the death of Pandit Moti Lal Nehru and illness of Mrs. Kamla Nehru brought me to the verge of tears. Panditji usually writes with an Englishman’s reserve. Unlike Gandhiji, he does not give many personal details. For instance, he dismisses the story of his marriage in a single sentence: My marriage took place in 1916 in the city of Delhi.
Panditji’s strength of character is revealed throughout the book. He appears in its pages as a penetrating thinker. He was a man of firm determination, a lover of action and enterprise. Sentiment and weakness of heart does not touch him thought he is a man of strong emotions, like and dislikes. As the book was written in prison, it shows certain bitterness against the British rulers who had made Panditji a jail bird. There is a tragic note in his reference to prison life.
The autobiography has won fame all over the world. It was one of the most popular books. It has placed Panditji among the great men or leaders of the century. It has been hailed as one of the great autobiographies produced in modern time. Eloquent tributes have been paid to Panditji’s command on English.