THE LIVES OF FREDA: THE BLOG
A lovely post on Facebook by Amitabh Mattoo - professor of disarmament studies in Australia and India and a real authority on Kashmir. This is what he said:
"The Lives of Freda is essential reading for all those are interested in Kashmir beyond the tragic headlines that occupy the mind space of most of us today!
"The life of an English woman who constantly “reinvented” herself: from Oxford University to the idealism of Sheikh Abdullah’s Kashmir to life as an ordained Buddhist nun now strangely makes you believe once again in the indomitable potential of the human spirit. At a time when bigotry and sectarianism is the esprit de corps of the sub continent, every young woman, man and the child in all of us, must read this brilliant biography of the woman who helped draft the Naya Kashmir Manifesto. If that sounds like a blurb, it is intended to be one : so that at least the leaders and pretenders in J&K can read and resuscitate the energy and idealism that was part of Freda’s times in Kashmir."
There's also a short review in the Mumbai daily, the Afternoon Despatch & Courier - and the Hindu has listed the book as among the week's best reads.
The Lives of Freda
- a blog about my biography of Freda Bedi