The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Thursday 31 July 2014


“I will write my own book and then everyone will know the truth. I am serious about this and I will be writing.”

That will be a book to read, a must read.

And going by the intent that it intends to be a befitting reply, it will come soon, when Sonia Gandhi will still be one of the most powerful political personalities in the country.  

And such a book by Sonia Gandhi will make for round the clock headlines, for weeks.

This one, turns out, will be relatively, intellectual, going by the level of Indian politics that has apparently no standard left to follow.

The grudge of one person will be answered by the resultant grudge of the other person, one of the subjects of the grudge of the person, in an intellectually resounding (wish so) way.

Sonia Gandhi today, within 24 hours of Natwar Singh going air-borne with interviews on his upcoming memoir, said she would write a book answering what all was being said and what all was being ‘revealed’.

So, the insider accounts in Natwar Singh’s soon to be released ‘One Life Is Not Enough’ will have their expose by a book written by, undoubtedly, one of India’s tallest political figures in the contemporary times, and Natwar Singh is no match for her stature. (I just got Flipkart’s message, the online retailer, that it will be delivered by tomorrow – I had placed the pre-order on July 29.)

Sonia Gandhi’s life, her life with the Nehru Gandhi family, her life at the top of the Indian politics and her life as a caring mother trying to have her children a secure future and a book by her, if it comes, will be a must read, for the facets of a personality having so many layers, going through so many lives, it will reveal, if Sonia Gandhi decides to make it an autobiography of her years so far.

And it will make for big and enveloping news points.

But equally true is she will not need to and she will not speak about her book, like Natwar Singh and others had to do.

Sonia Gandhi is news while Natwar Singh is not. And Natwar and others like him need elements to take their words out, giving them the outreach to be noticed, giving their books the marketing mileage to sell copies.

This turn of event in Indian politics is, though having the trademark elements of settling scores targeting personal details, is different in the sense that the person targeted has decided not to speak, but to write on what would be her response.

A book (or the books targeting the Nehru-Gandhi family post Rajiv Gandhi days) will get the questions and revelations answered and exposed by a book by Sonia Gandhi! Great indeed!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -