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Biography of Boshi Sen, Gertrude Emerson Sen released
New Delhi | March 17, 2007 4:07:34 PM IST
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One of the interesting books to hit the Indian market is the biography of Boshi Sen, a Bengali agricultural scientist, who was a freedom fighter, a spiritual thinker and someone who valued Indian relationships along with his wife who was an American.

Boshida, as Boshi Sen was fondly called, and his wife Gertrude Emerson Sen stayed in Almora for 25 years and contributed the advent of the Green Revolution. Boshi did some pioneering work to bring about a revolution in agriculture.

Friend of the Sens and senior bureaucrat and diplomat Girish N. Mehra, has authored the 815 page book "Nearer Heaven Than Earth -- The Life and Times of Boshi Sen and Gertrude Emerson Sen" which traces the social milieu in rural Bengal at the time of Boshi's birth, his innate values, his spiritual journey with his master Swami Sadanand, his 12 years with Dr J C Bose in pursuit of science and the marriage life together of Boshi and Gertrude

The book also presents glimpses of the couple's relationships with Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Einstein, Tagore and Carl Jung.

The Rupees 995 book was released here recently at a function, by former Union Minister K. C. Pant. Also present at the function were Rajya Sabha member Dr Karan Singh, P. C. Alexander and Justice Leila Seth.

Pant spoke about the scientist who worked closely with Swami Sadanand in Almora. Calling it more than just a biography, Pant, who too is from Almora, congratulated the author, and described the book as a moving account of a journey of life and a reflection of the depth of the relationship between Sen and his spiritual Guru Swami Vivekananda.

Dr. Karan Singh said that Dr Sen was not just a remarkable person but a great scientist as well. About the Sen couple he said that though they came from different countries they were bound together by a common agreement which was spirituality, and the book which spoke about science and spirituality was a personal tribute from the author to the most remarkable couple.

Mr. Alexander said Mr. Sen was not just one of the country's foremost agriculture scientists who helped ushering in the Green Revolution but he was also a deeply religious man.

The book contains letters exchanged between the couple and their friends and their photographs, mostly from the author's personal collection, who first met them the 1960s during his posting in Almora as deputy commissioner.

Girish Mehra, who retired in 1992 as India's high commissioner to Canada was Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh and was the Secretary of many Central Ministries including Information and Broadcasting and Industries. (ANI)

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