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A Sailing Ship, a Girl in Love, and the Setting Sun A Memoir

Author Name: Neena Gandhi | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

Caught in the terrifying blood bath of the partition of India, a young boy flees the city of Lahore on one of the last trains to newly independent India. One of the few passengers to reach Delhi alive, he struggles to begin a new life. An Indian Navy advertisement inspires him to join the Navy. Amongst his many postings are a deputation to the Nigerian Navy, where he is witness to the Nigerian military coups, and to Jamnagar in Gujarat during the Indo Pak war of 1971. A Sailing Ship, a Girl in Love, and the Setting Sun: A Memoir is written from his daughter Neena’s perspective who sketches his life in pre-partition Lahore, his narrow escape to Delhi, his life in the Navy, and his marriage to Chanchal Khosla.

As Commander Shivraj Krishan Sarin’s grandson wonders what his aging grandfather must have been like in his youth, the years unfold, and we read a story of love, loss, and fortitude. 

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Neena Gandhi

A graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, Neena Gandhi has MPhil and PhD in English from Delhi University. Her work focuses on race biology and colonialism, the devastation of indigenous cultures, and the importance of the postcolonial perspective. The major themes in her publications are identity and migration, hybrid cultures, language as a reflection of cultural power, and the evolution of a collective community in a democracy. 

Neena Gandhi is an associate professor at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. She has taught at Zakir Husain College, Delhi University, too. She has over three decades of university-level teaching experience and has developed and taught a range of literature and writing courses. 

Neena was born in Lagos in Nigeria and educated in schools across India due to the frequent transfers of her father, who was an officer in the Indian Navy. She is married to Akshey Gandhi and has two children Kartik and Kanika.

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