THE LIVES OF FREDA: THE BLOG
Last night, The Lives of Freda was launched in Mumbai. Kabir Bedi, Freda's son, talked movingly about his mother ... Malavika Sangghvi, whose parents were friends and comrades of the Bedis in Kashmir in the 1940s, hosted the evening ... and that's me on the left.
It was magical to hear from one of those who came along about living next door to the Bedis in Lahore's Model Town in the 1940s. Others spoke about coming across Freda and her family in the 1960s.
More than a hundred people attended and the event was organised by LiteratureLive!, with particular thanks to Anil Dharker and Amy Fernandes. And by my count a dozen or more Bedis were in attendance.
It was so nice that commanding figures in the BBC in India, Yogita Limaye and Sameer Hashmi, came along. Thanks guys!
The Lives of Freda is reviewed in today's issue of the Jammu-based paper the Daily Excelsior - the reviewer is Ramesh Tamiri, a very considerable expert on Kashmir and particularly the progressive strand within Kashmiri politics. As you would expect, the review focusses on Freda and B.P.L. Bedi's political activity in Kashmir, and the left-wing current within Kashmiri nationalism that they championed. Ramesh Tamiri is himself writing about the history of the Kashmiri left.
Here's the link to the review: https://www.dailyexcelsior.com/bedis-s-kashmir-connection/?fbclid=IwAR13pduAXotKJvsR4LFqU-bmxc3wLpqa4DJXtG2xapC7kzjn-O2jdZ7ZCh4
The hosts of the launch, the Oxford Bookstore, have posted more photos of the event on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxpVm2TnWx2/?igshid=1cis7b54lax0j
The Lives of Freda
- a blog about my biography of Freda Bedi