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MARGOT SISTER NIVEDITA OF VIVEKANANDA

1 September 2017

Reba Som

In the late nineteenth century, an Irish woman named Margaret Noble arrived in India, took a vow as a brahmacharini and decided to devote her life to Indian nationalism. She became a disciple of Swami Vivekananda, who named her “Sister Nivedita,” and was closely associated with prominent figures such as Rabindranath Tagore and Aurobindo Ghosh. This new biography sketches a picture of Noble’s spiritual journey, particularly her close relationship with Vivekananda, by drawing on three volumes of letters that she wrote throughout her life.

Viking, 336 pages, Rs 599

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