Padma Shri and late Hindi author Shivani's memoirs of studying at the experimental school set up by Rabindranath Tagore. -A rare view and stories of life inside the Ashram, of how the students' intimate relationships and interactions with Tagore and other towering personalities shaped them. -Includes tributes to other iconic personalities who called Shantiniketan their home, such as Satyajit Ray and Pandit Hajari Prasad Dwivedi. -Written with such warmth and filled with laughter, this book can be enjoyed by both adults and children. -Translated into English for the first time by Ira Pande, the author's daughter and Sahitya Akademi winner for her translation of Manohar Shyam Joshi's T'ta ProfessorThis charming memoir is a loving homage to a grand institution and its legendary gurus. Written from the perspective of a child and young girl, it retains the freshness and innocence of an age when experimental education was not merely a trendy movement. Shivani's vivid pictures of the Ashram and portraits of her teachers and fellow students remain as alive as they seemed when she first wrote this memoir nearly fifty years ago. Along with the moving tributes she wrote when some of her beloved contemporaries passed away, this slim memoir is a sort of diptych that captures the spirit of the Ashram and the liveliness of its inmates, many of whom went on to become iconic Indians. Shivani's recall of her time there takes the reader into an enchanted garden that remains as inspirational to her as it was when she went there all the way from Kumaon a lifetime ago.