On Balance: An Autobiography

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Penguin Books India, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 474 pages
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A Delightful Read The Hindu

The First Woman Chief Justice Of A High Court In India, The First Woman Judge Of The Delhi High Court, The First Woman To Top The Bar Examinations In London: Leila Seth Has Led A Full Life. In This Autobiography, Leila Talks About Its Joyous As Well As Its Difficult Moments. Figuring Prominently Are Her Early Years Of Homelessness And Struggle, Her Straying Into Law While In England With Her Husband Premo, And Later Practising In Patna, Calcutta And Delhi; And Her Happy Marriage Of Over Fifty Years, Including The Experience Of Bringing Up Three Remarkable Children: Writer Vikram, Zen Buddhist Dharmacharya Shantum And Film-Maker Aradhana.

Intertwining Family Life With Professional, Leila Movingly Describes The Years After Her Father S Premature Death When As Children They Were Obliged To Live With Friends. There Are Also Delightful Vignettes: Premo And Her Turning An Old Mansion Into A Splendid Home In Patna, Vikram S Writing Of The Novel A Suitable Boy, Shantum S Ordination As A Buddhist Teacher By Thich Nhat Hanh And Aradhana S Marriage To Peter, An Austrian Diplomat, And Work As Art Director On Films Like Earth And Water.

Intimate, Intricate, Charming And Often Amusing, On Balance Presents A Rich And Heart-Warming Portrait Of An Exceptional Woman, Her Family And Her Times.


 

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Vikram Seth is not the only excellent author and all round amazing person in his family. His mother was India's first High Court judge (India's High Court being the second most senior in the hierarchy ... Read full review

Contents

Memories of Father and a Home
27
A Suitable Boy
49
Batanagar
71
FROM BAR TO BENCH
87
Afraid of Bats
125
White Pillars
138
Ira
174
Emergency
198
My Lady or My Lord?
249
First Woman Chief Justice
314
A SENSE OF FREEDOM
343
Standing Up
358
Leila Seth Commission of Inquiry
375
Law Commission
392
The Family Again
424
On Balance
464

Disgraced
230

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