I am going to write you short accounts of the story of our earth and the many countries, great and small, into which it is divided…I hope [these] will make you think of the world as a whole and of other people in it as our brothers and sisters . . .' —Jawaharlal Nehru
Letters from a Father to His Daughter is a collection of 30 letters written by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1928 to his daughter Indira Gandhi when she was 10 years old, teaching about natural history and the story of civilizations.
When Indira Gandhi was a little girl of ten, she spent the summer in Mussoorie, while her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, was busy working in Allahabad. Over the summer, Nehru wrote her a series of letters in which he told her the story of how and when the earth was made, how human and animal life began, and how civilization and societies evolved all over the world.
Written in 1928, these letters remain fresh and vibrant, and capture. Nehru's love for people and for nature, whose story was for him 'more interesting than any other story or novel that you may have read'.
As a forcibly absentee father, Nehru wanted both to explain his absences and play a role in her life and upbringing. The letters were his gift to her - an indication of his love and caring and a way to educate her in his world view..
These books are far more than an intellectual exploration of Indian and world history; they were the seeds from which modern Indian history grew. A precious gift, indeed