Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In the Path of Service: Memories of a Changing Century

In the Path of Service: Memories of a Changing Century
Ashoka Gupta
Translated from the Bengali by Sipra Bhattacharya with Ranjana Dasgupta

demy octavo hb 254pp ISBN 81-85604-56-8 Rs 450 Feb 2005; rpt, April 2008

Born in 1912 and bearing witness to nine remarkable decades, full of change and movement, Ashoka Gupta writes an account of her life and times. These were decades, she says, ‘of new beginnings and new learning. These were also nine decades of turbulent change in the life of a nation-in-in-the-making eager to find its place in the sun’. Thus she knits her personal and public life together. Of particular interest is her narrative of the Bengal Famine of 1943, of Noakhali where she undertook relief work in 1946, under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi, and her work after independence.

Ashoka Gupta was the former president of the All India Women’s Conference and its patron. She was a member of many social welfare organizations and spent her life in social work.Sipra Bhattacharya teaches history and is a translator; Ranjana Dasgupta works as a research assistant at the Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata. 

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