Of Dhyan Chand's wizardry and Hitler!

Dhyan Chand

In the early 1930s Ayi Tendulkar, a young journalist from a small town in Maharashtra, travelled to Germany to study. Soon, he married Eva Schubring, his professor's daughter but the marriage was short-lived. Tendulkar earned fame in Berlin as a journalist and married filmmaker Thea von Harbou, divorced wife of Fritz Land.

Many years his senior, Thea became Tendulkar's support and mainstay in Germany, encouraging and supporting him in bringing other young Indian students to the country. Hitler's coming to power put an end to all that, and on Thea's advice, Tendulkar returned to India, where he became involved in Gandhi's non-cooperation movement, and where with Thea's consent he soon married Indumati Gunaji, a Gandhian activist.

In this unique account, Indumati and Tendulkar's daughter, Laxmi traces the turbulent time lives of her parents and Thea, against the backdrop of Nazi Germany and Gandhi's India, using a wealth of documents, letters, newspaper articles and photographs to piece together the inter meshed histories of two women, the man they loved, their own growing friendship, and two countries battling with violence and non-violence, fascism and colonialism.

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