Books In English

The Women Who Inspired Me

(2013) Pages 126

Tandon’s interactions with and perceptions about some of the leading women personalities of the 20th century India. One can get valuable insight into the making of their personalities and working of their ever-inquisitive minds.

Acharya Kripalani – Memoirs of P D Tandon

(2015) 86 pages

Based on Tandon’s interactions and experience with Acharya JB Kripalani, a staunch Gandhian, social worker and President of Indian National Congress in 1947. A powerful writer and an eloquent speaker, he contributed to Indian politics both in pre and post independence era.


(2003) 223 pages

Nehru was such a large-hearted person that few could be compared with him in the grandeur of human spirit. He was a kind and outstanding person. He fully understood the human urges of man that was why he was so tremendously popular. He helped people and forgot about it.


(2004) 331 pages

In the history of every nation, there are great men and women who help in giving a direction to its affairs and shape destiny of its citizens. They carve out suitable paths for their countrymen to follow. They leave an impact of their deeds for generations to come. It is one thing to read and know about persons through biographies and write-ups.


(1998) 182 pages

The major part of this book is a historical sprinkling of the last sixty years of immense joy and piercing pain. The reader may find here something which are now known to him, events he has not heard about and attitudes with which he is not familiar.


(1995) 147 pages

Letters are like a gold-mine which provide useful material to historians, re-search scholars and biographers.This book is a treasure house in the form of letters by different personalities to the author. Some of these great personalities include Gandhi, Nehru, George Bernard Shaw, C. Rajgopalachari, V. V. Giri, Jaiprakash Narain, Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi,


(1991) 73 pages

This is a collection of letters written by Indira Gandhi to the author between 1964 and 1984. In the beginning there is a sketch by the author ‘Indira : A Personal Portrait’.


(1990) 131 pages

The book is a highly personal and intimate record of some of the less known facts of a very complex, rather enigmatic personality, Indira Gandhi. These have been woven into a well-knit, coherent pattern, mainly from her letters to the author and the talks she held with him from time to time during their long and close association in which she has revealed, freely and unreservedly, and without any attempt at striking an attitude, her innermost thoughts and feelings, her reaction to people and events.


(1989) 127 pages

This book is intended to rouse the interest of young people in various subjects and themes, especially regarding some great men and women of the world. Although it is in the form of letters to some youngsters. It is meant for all young people. It contains stories, anecdotes, and inspiring thoughts of great men and women, told with an intimate touch. Some of the interesting among 27 chapters are Fantastic growth if ice-cream, Our Joan of Arc,Life is a queer affair,Some famous pronouncements.


(1981) 342 pages

This book is not only the story of the author’s life, but of his times, of men and women who have made history and have added to the richness of life. The book is not about one man but many men who made their mark in different fields of life. It gives a glimpse into the India of slavery and the India of freedom. It portrays the struggle of a man who from his childhood was but one of the millions. His sorrows, his joys, his sufferings, his endeavours, his triumphs and his tragedies were typical of innumerable people who toiled and braved difficulties with faith and confidence. This book is a reflection of the life of a man who has delicately woven some trifles into a pattern that is appealing and enjoyable. The publication abounds in interesting stories and anecdotes which hold the readers interest right through the book.


(1975) 126 pages

The private thoughts of great people are usually hidden and mysterious. Letters reveal the character and personality of the writer and are photographs of men’s mind. Here, in letters written to a friend the leaders of our country have shared their joys and sorrows, their hopes and disappointments. These selected letters reveal the art of letter-writing. This book is a compilation of letters written to the author by great personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, V V Giri, Jaiprakash Narain, J B Kripalani, Vijay Lakshmi Pandit, Mrinalini Sarabhai.


(1975) 47 pages

This book is not a biography of Mahatma Gandhi. It contains some letters that he wrote, in his hand to children. Here are stories, incidents and anecdotes also which show how intensely he loved youngsters. He knew it well that India’s future was largely in the hands of children and if they developed well the country would gain in an abundant measure. The book is completely free from politics and tiring biographical details.


(1975) 125 pages

In this book three of India’s numerous notable women, Kasturba Gandhi, Sarojini Naidu and Indira Gandhi have been written about. Each one of them was a distinct personality and each made contributions that earned her the designation ‘distinguished’. These three women have been honoured because they made their contributions through democratic policies and deeds and faith in the power of non-violence. This book seeks to place before the public objective accounts of these three lives, so that the record may more easily serve as an inspiration to the people of India today, confronted as they are with severe social problems.


(1971) 190 pages

This book is a portrayal of of some pioneers and patriots whose lives are likely to inspire the young. The reader would find the intimate glimpses into the lives of those who have achieved renown and are honoured by their countrymen. A total of 32 personalities are depicted here with whom the author had the privilege of knowing or having their friendship and had first hand knowledge about their work and achievement.


(1968) 150 pages

In this book intimate stories and anecdotes by one who observed him closely for thirty years. Published after the death of Nehru, we are able read some anecdotes about the human face of Nehru. The book also has some rare photographs of Nehru in various moods.


(1969) 133 pages

Published by National Book Trust in 1969, this book was brought out in the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi. The aim of the book is to project Gandhi in the right perspective to the modern world, thereby underlining his relevance, not only for our time but also for the future of mankind itself in this nuclear age. If a way is to be found to avoid the catastrophic end of the human race in a new world war or a violent world revolution be it from the extreme left or the extreme right, the Gandhan way may be the ony one that mankind can risk. The Foreword of this book is written by B V Keskar.


(1957) 121 pages

The focus of the book is entirely on Nehru the Man. Nehru the Statesman is kept completely out of the picture. This book reveals little known and half forgotten details and episodes of Nehru’s life.


(1959) 229 pages

This is basically a collection of speeches of Acharya J.B.Kripalani. These speeches were mostly delivered in the Parliament toching various areas of economic affairs, , reorganization of states and international affairs. According to the author, the speeches are singularly free from conventional oratory, hackneyed suggestions and stereotyped ideas. They are noted for the vitality of expression and the originality of thought.


(1957) 183 pages

The men and women whose life stories have been told in these pages were makers of modern India, many of whom were alive when this book was written. In their own way they had fought for their country’s freedom. The special feature of this book is that the articles included in it have been written by those who know their subjects well. Nehru’s tribute to Gandhi, Gandhi’s assessment of Vinoba Bhave, Sarojini Naidu’s picture of Acharya Kripalani, Aruna Asaf Ali’s sketch of Maulana Azad and Pattabhi Sitaramayya’s estimate of C.Rajagopalachari are some such examples.


(1946) 130 pages

Vinoba Bhave (September 11, 1895 – November 15, 1982) often called Acharya (In Sanskrit means teacher), was an Indian advocate of non_violence and human rights. He is best known for the Bhoodan Andolan. He is considered as a National Teacher of India and the spiritual successor of Mahatma Gandhi.


(1955) 157 pages

There are 21 biographical sketches of national leaders which will give the reader a glimpse of the life and work of those who have had a hand in winning freedom for the country. All these leaders were heroes in their own right and played their part in the struggle for freedom. Notables amongst them are Mahatma Gandhi, Rajendra Prasad, Radhakrishnan, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vinba Bhave, Valabh Bhai Patel, Sarojini Naidu, Rajagopalachari and Gobind Ballabh Pant.


(1948) 131 pages

In this book one can find articles by famous personalities on one of the greatest figures of Indian politics in the forties Acharya J B Kripalani . The contributions are by Sarojini Naidu, K Rama Rao, M Chalapatirao, B V Keskar, S C Kala and others. The last chapter by PD is A Rare Intellectual.


(1948) 252 pages

The foul hand of the assassin had killed the greatest man on earth. A fanatic by his mad deed had plunged the world in sorrow and orphaned this country Messages of sympathy came to India from all corner of the world and world’s biggest personalities paid genuine tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his demise. Some poignant tributes and sincere messages of sympathy and sorrow have been compiled in book form. There are about 40 article, the main contributors being Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Clement Atlee, Harry Truman, Sarojini Naidu, JB Kripalani, Pearl Buck, Mira Ben, Govind Ballagh Pant, Dr. Chia-Luen Lo, Dr. Bhagwandas, Walter Lippman, Sir Alfred Watson, K Ramarao.


(1946) 90 pages

In addition to the experiences of the tour of the author with Congress President, the book also imparts information on the different statements made on Noakhali. Originally wriiten in article forms in National Herald under the headlines With the Congress President in the land of Butchers, the publishers took special permission from the newspaper to publish the article in the book form. The book starts with a special chapter Malaviyaji’s Last testament- Madan Mohan Malaviya’s last words to the nation from his death bed.


(1946) 178 pages

The book contains 26 articles written on Nehru by personalities like John & Frances Gunther, Vijay Lakshmi Pandit, K N Katju, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Sampurnanand, K M Munshi, F.R. Moraes, Acharya Narendra Deo K Ramarao, Purnima Bannerji, Horace Alexander, Basil Mathews, Sigrid Peterson Gould etc. An extract from Tagore’s address on Nehru titled Rituraj of India is also included. There is also a Self Portraiture of Nehru under the pseudonym of Chanakya and under the heading Rashtrapati which was earlier published in Modern Review. According to Tandon, Nehru’s mind was essentially subjective but in this interesting exercise of self-delineation he portrays himself with rare and artistic detachment.


(1946) 156 Pages

Over the years P. D. Tandon has written several books about Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi and many other prominent Indians. His books have been written in his studio. Actually, his studio with the typwriter and the table-lamp on the big desk in a room, where he is surrounded by books and newspapers and pictures, is a kind of extension of the vestibule or maybe it is the opposite way around. The picture to the right shows him teaching Indira Gandhi how to ride a bike. If you want to see him together with Nehru, you’ll find him on the page


(1946) 232 pages

This was the first book of P D Tandon, when he was a student of Allahabad University. It is a collection of 17 convocation addresses. The book contains addresses by Pt. Jawaharalal Nehru, Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, J.C. Bose, Tej Bahadur Sapru, Hasan Suhrawady, Sir Herbert Emerson, Rev. P. Carty, the Nawab of Bhopal among others. The purpose of the book was to bring together the educational views of some of the greatest leaders of thought. The foreward is written by K V Rangaswami Aiyangar of Benares Hindu University. The Anthology has been prefixed by a short essay by Tandon, titled ‘Whither Students’, in which he has dealt with some of these fundamental questions.


PD Tandon was a freedom fighter, eminent author and journalist, whose name appears on fifty two books in Hindi and English, of which some were translated into Urdu and Tamil also. During the Quit India Movement of 1942.

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