A man is like a book. Only when you read it, you know its quality.
I remember to have seen a book . Being in a library, it had lost the cover and the name of the author etc. I opened it and the very first paragraph captivated my heart.
An excellent novel by Malayalam writer Pavanan, I believe.
So also some people. Seeing them , you may not be impressed; Talk to them and you will fall in love with them. It is the mind that is beautiful. A book too reveals the mind. That is why we admire the authors. While writing, the author may deliberately hide things. That way, a diary is more authentic.
I like Taslima Nazrine because she has not tried to hide anything!
Charles Dickens is very famous. His novels give the impression of a kind hearted man, but in real life he was extremely cruel to his wife who bore him a dozen children. He kept her in a separate house and gave her a pension. She was not invited even for the daughter’s marriage!
Mark Twain would seem very rude and rough. He was very devoted to his handicapped wife.
The western media have drawn a black picture of Hitler. His autobiography reveals a different man. After the first world war, Germany was butchered by Britain. His struggle was for redemption . It was the United States that gave him arms for the war. This has been described in THE EAGLES GATHER, an American novel
I did not like Nehru’s autobiography. He has tried to be a hero. Subash Bose’s auto is very illuminating. He had only contempt for the British and misbehaved with the English lecturer, who pushed him in the college in Calcutta and had to be transferred to Cuttack, where he, along with other students, volunteered to nurse cholera patients, risking his own life. Had he been the President of the Indian National Congress, history would have been different.


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