A Bonsai Tree: An Autobiography

Paper Type: Book print paper | Size: 216 mm x 140 mm
All colour; 257 photographs, 8 maps & 276 illustrations; 236 pages; Hardback
ISBN-10: 8193393562 | ISBN-13: 978-81-933935-6-7


A Bonsai Tree is not a memoir; it is an autobiography. Memoir is a selective slice of life focused to advantage; autobiography is the whole messy life as it unfolded. It is the story of one of the millions of families whose lives were shattered by the Partition – also called Independence of India–in 1947. It continues as a narrative of India through the prism of one life. Post-Partition hardship and singular effort launches the author on a coveted career. Hilarious snippets of a young bumbling couple keep you glued to the book. The scenario then changes to an epic private battle with the ‘bottled devil’. Narendra Luther has hitherto written about others. Here he tells you his own gripping story with his trademark wit, optimism and unusual candour. Looking back, he finds a pattern emerging out of a chequered life, bringing him to questions of destiny.

Narendra Luther
Narendra Luther

Late Narendra Luther was a former civil servant. He occupied the high table of humour for a long time and had won several awards for his books. He organized the World Humour Conference in 1985. He was an eminent authority on the history and culture of Hyderabad and had written a number of books and articles on the subject, some of which have been translated into different Indian languages. He was also the president of Society to Save Rocks and chairman of Yudhvir Foundation. He received the Chishti India Harmony Award in 2016. He had also written another book Legendotes of Hyderabad.