12.7.07

Eine große Liebe

Die indische Autorin Laxmi Dhaul erzählt in den nachfolgen Zeilen von ihrem Vater Ayi Tendulkar, der in den dreißiger Jahren mit Thea von Harbou in Berlin liiert bzw. nach hinduistischem Brauch mit ihr verheiratet war. Das Photo zeigt das Paar in jenen glücklichen Tagen, von denen auch Thea von Harbous zeitweilige Sekretärin Michaela Sarma zu berichten weiß. - Die vorliegendene, kleine biographische Skizze streift aber auch das bemerkenswerte Verhältnis von Thea von Harbou und der Mutter von Frau Dhaul. – Sie erzählt darüber hinaus vom indischen Freiheitskampf und weiß ferner von den Bedingungen einer Eheschließung zu berichten, wie sie ihren Eltern in Gandhis Ashram auferlegt wurden…

My Father Dr Ayi Tendulkar died in 1975, when I was just 20 years old. I have several memories when he spoke of Thea von Harbou with great affection and regard. He always said that meeting her had been a turning point not only in his life but also became the fulcrum of many others too. He would always talk about her large hearted generosity. When they met in 1932 my Father was pursuing a doctorate in statistics. Thea von Harbou insisted on his pursuing a program in Mechanical Engineering as well as she felt that once India obtained independence from the British Raj there would be a tremendous requirement for industry etc. I think my Father also worked with AEG and then Siemens between 1936 and 1938. He returned to India in December 1938.

On his return he went to Belgaum, which in spite of being a small town was extensively fortified by the British due to its proximity to Goa. Goa, at that time was a Portuguese colony. My Fathers experience in the field of journalism through his work at the Berliner Tageblatt came in handy when he returned to India. He started a local Marathi paper called “Varta”.

Always outspoken, the British Commissioner in Belgaum had to warn him several times, to be careful. Tendulkar had been in Germany for so long that the British kept him under tight surveillance. He had once offended the British by hoisting the tricolour flag of the Indian Congress party, from the roof top of his house, despite warnings.

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1 Kommentar:

Anonym hat gesagt…

Dr Tendulkar had two children from his second wife Indumati. The eldest son Gautam was born in Bombay in 1950.

Indeed Mahatma Gandhi performed the wedding ceremony between Dr Tendulkar and Indumati.

Interestingly Gautam was sent with his mother Indumati to stay in Berlin with Thea von Harbou in 1952 until she died. Thea brought him up as if he were her own son.