02 Aug 2017: Reba Som’s “Margot: Sister Nivedita of Vivekananda” launched



Margot: Sister Nivedita of Vivekananda, authored by Dr Reba Som and published by Penguin Viking was released in a grand launch cum discussion program organised at a packed C D Deshmukh auditorium of the India International Centre, New Delhi on 31st July 2017. The book was launched by Rajya Sabha MPs and distinguished scholars Dr Shashi Tharoor and Dr Sugata Bose, along with the author herself. And Prof Malashri Lal moderated the discussion.

A fascinating and well-researched biography of Margaret Noble who later came to be known as Sister Nivedita, one of the foremost disciples of Swami Vivekananda, the book comes in the year which also marks the 150th birth anniversary of the remarkable European woman who devoted her life to the cause of India and the propagation of Indian culture as well as nationalist sentiments. The enriching discussion with the eminent panelists brought out several crucial aspects of Sister Nivedita’s life as delineated in the book, which weaves the narrative from over 800 letters, apart from underscoring the contemporary relevance of her thought to the India of today.

Reported by: Kalyanee Rajan, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College, University of Delhi

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