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Amma's daughters : a memoir

Author: Meenal Shrivastava
Publisher: Edmonton, AB : AU Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Our lives--diary, memoir, and letters.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As a precocious young girl, Surekha knew very little about the details of her mother Amma's unusual past and that of Babu, her mysterious and sometimes absent father. The tense, uncertain family life created by her parents' distant and fractious marriage and their separate ambitions informs her every action and emotion. Then one evening, in a moment of uncharacteristic transparency and vulnerability, Amma tells  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Autobiographies
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Shrivastava, Meenal, 1971-
Amma's daughters.:
Edmonton, Alberta : Athabasca University Press, 2018.
(CaOONL)20189009667
Named Person: Meenal Shrivastava; Gandhi, Mahatma; Gandhi, Mahatma
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meenal Shrivastava
ISBN: 9781771991957 177199195X
OCLC Number: 1002661237
Description: xiv, 312 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: PrefaceA Note on Forms of Address1 Dislocations2 Many Homes3 No Easy Path4 Meeting Babu5 City of Conquests6 Battlegrounds7 Departures8 Crossing Thresholds9 Letting GoEpilogueWriting Amma's StoryAcknowledgementsList of Interviews
Series Title: Our lives--diary, memoir, and letters.
Responsibility: Meenal Shrivastava.

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"As a precocious young girl, Surekha knew very little about the details of her mother Amma's unusual past and that of Babu, her mysterious and sometimes absent father. The tense, uncertain family life created by her parents' distant and fractious marriage and their separate ambitions informs her every action and emotion. Then one evening, in a moment of uncharacteristic transparency and vulnerability, Amma tells Surekha and her older sister Didi of the family tragedy that changed the course of her life. Finally, the daughters begin to understand the source of their mother's deep commitment to the Indian nationalist movement and her seemingly unending willingness to sacrifice in the name of that pursuit. In this re-memory based on the published and unpublished work of Amma and Surekha, Meenal Shrivastava, Surekha's daughter, uncovers the history of the female foot soldiers of Gandhi's national movement in the early twentieth century. As Meenal weaves these written accounts together with archival research and family history, she gives voice and honour to the hundreds of thousands of largely forgotten or unacknowledged women who, threatened with imprisonment for treason and sedition, relentlessly and selflessly gave toward the revolution."--

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