Home Fire

That rare thing—a memoir that reads like a novel.
Home Fire
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+0553
And All Is Said: Memoir Of A Home Divided
By Zareer Masani
Penguin | Pages: 236 | Rs. 299

The Masani family had three things in common: they were all very good-looking, successful and uninhibited. The one I knew best was Meher. She was head of the External Services of the All India Radio. Her name was attached with a succession of directors-general of India’s broadcasting services. Meher never bothered to get married. She was much sought after in Delhi’s elite circles and was active in defending Nirad C. Chaudhuri who was being relentlessly persecuted by the government for provocatively dedicating his Autobiography of An Unknown Indian to the British Empire, which “made, shaped and quickened” all that “was good and living within us”.

Advertisement opens in new window

Zareer Masani’s father, Minoo, was into multiple marriages. He had two broken marriages before he married Shakuntala, the daughter of Sir J.P. Srivastava, then member of the Viceroy’s executive council. Pandit Nehru denounced him as the most corrupt minister in the government. The Minoo-Shakuntala marriage proved disastrous from the start and soon ended in a divorce. But she left behind a son, Zareer, who settled down in London with a job in the BBC. He is gay and gifted. Minoo went on to marry twice again. Shakuntala had numerous love affairs before she died a painful death in London.

Zareer’s account of his parents’ unhappy marriage makes good reading, and is that rare thing—a memoir that reads like a novel. I recommend And All is Said to all readers.

READ MORE IN:

Post a Comment


You are not logged in, To comment please / Register
or use
Next Story : On The Sun That Never Set
Download the Outlook ​Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store
THE LATEST ISSUE
CLICK IMAGE FOR CONTENTS
REVIEW
Review
Every step of the way to Arunachal is weighted down by older or later colonial history. Once there, this travelogue springs into lush, joyous life.
MAGAZINE September 15, 2017
Review
Except on our ties with West Asia and jehadi terror, Saran’s lucid account correctly details our national interests, with an advocacy of a multi-polar world
MAGAZINE September 15, 2017
Review
In this collection of recent material, a master foreteller of economic phenomena dazzles with his unpacking of the complex interplay between polity and finance
MAGAZINE September 15, 2017
Review
The enigmatic MGR understood the masses and was loved in return. But, as this biography shows, he was not blameless, and sowed the seeds of future discord.
MAGAZINE September 07, 2017
Review
Homen Borgohain’s short fiction breathes the Assamese way of life in vivid detail. In background and versatile characterisation, they are enduring gems.
MAGAZINE September 07, 2017
read more>>>
Advertisement

OUTLOOK TOPICS :

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

or just type initial letters