About the Author
When Neelima Dalmia Adhar wrote Father Dearest: The life and Times of R.K. Dalmia in 2003, she was on the bestseller list and labelled a daredevil “family chronicler” who had exposed some fiercely-guarded secrets. She then wrote a novel, Merchants of Death in 2007 to be established as a mistress of the genre.
Educated in a convent school and a reputed college in Delhi, she has a Master’s in psychology with a specialization in “Personality”. Her first and only job was to teach psychology to undergraduate students of Delhi University.
A passionate “people-watcher”, she is drawn to oddities and thrives on writing about personalities and human behaviour, from the quirky to the mysterious to the bizarre, a subject she does chillingly close to the bone.
She lives in Delhi with her husband, children and two grandchildren.
“I don’t know what evil resides in me” he wrote to a friend, “I have a streak of cruelty in me that compels people to attempt the impossible in order to please me.”He is the Mahatma, a man the world venerates as a prophet of peace. But for Kastur, the child bride who married the boy next door, Mohandas was a sexually-driven, self –righteous and overbearing husband.Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was sworn to poverty, celibacy and the cause for India’s freedom; Kastur spent sixty-two years of her life juggling the roles of a devoted wife, a satyagrahi and sacrificing mother; who was eclipsed because of a man who almost became God for India’s multitude. Gandhi was an intolerant father to Harilal, his wayward son, driven to debauchery; Kasturba paid the price for her son’s unending misery.Kastur is long dead, but she lives on in the pages of her diary… Renowned author Neelima Dalmia Adhar lays it bare to tell the world what it meant to be Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – in a gripping tale of unconditional love, passion, sex, ecstasy and the ultimate liberation that every woman seeks.