In the Shadow of Freedom

In the Shadow of Freedom

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In this dazzling true story, one mana€™s life and loves spans the seismic changes of two continents in the twentieth century. In the 1930a€™s Ayi Tendulkar, a young journalist from Maharashtra, travelled to Germany to study. He soon married Eva Schubring, his professora€™s daughter. Shortly after the hasty marriage broke up, Tendulkar, by now also a well-known journalist in Berlin, met and fell in love with the filmmaker Thea von Harbou, former wife of Fritz Lang. She and Tendulkar married and built the foundation for a shared life in Germany. Many years his senior, Thea became Ayia€™s support and mainstay, encouraging and supporting him in bringing other young Indian students to the country. Hitlera€™s rise to power put an end to this cultural influx, and on Theaa€™s advice, Ayi returned to India, where he became involved in Gandhia€™s campaign of non-cooperation and where, with Theaa€™s consent, he married Indumati Gunaji, a Gandhian activist. Caught up in the whirlwind of Gandhia€™s activism, Indumati and Ayi spent several years separated in Indian prisions, being able to live as a married couple only after their releasea€”Gandhi himself blessed their union, provided that they remain apart for several years a€˜to serve the nation.a€™ In this unique account, Indumati and Ayia€™s daughter, Laxmi Tendulkar Dhaul, traces the turbulent lives of her parents and Thea von Harbou against the backdrop of Hitlera€™s Germany and Gandhia€™s India, using a wealth of documents, letters, newspaper articles and photographs to piece together the intermeshed histories of two women, the man they loved, their own growing friendship and two countries battling fascism and colonialism.friend, who had done the cutting ofthefilm. ... relationship between the 42yearold ladyandthe 25yearoldIndian was againstany conventionand attractedattention even amongthe liberal film circles of Berlin. ... Itheld acollection of carpets, rugs, masks, wall hangings and figurines fromallover the world. ... He satdown, a littleintimidated bytheplush interiors. ... Welcome to my home, and thank you for the honour, a€

Title:In the Shadow of Freedom
Author:Laxmi Tendulkar Dhaul
Publisher:Diversion Books - 2014-03-04


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