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Nayantara Sahgal, pioneering novelist and member of India’s most prominent political family, the Nehrus, published her autobiography in two volumes by the time she was thirty-five. This chapter explores the continuities and discontinuities in her life as presented in the two volumes and suggests that the disconnect between the personal and the political, following her marriage, lies at the heart of her disquiet. This is why the two books cannot be read in the same register, though they are about the same life. Nevertheless, they become the spur for her writing and offer a clue to how she finally resolves her dilemma, in her fiction.

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