Book – Time and Chance
Author – V.A. Mohta
Publisher – Rupa Publications India
Pages – 304
Genre – Memoir
About the book –
Born of a highly respected Maheshwari family in a small town called Akola, the author’s journey begins in 1933. Charting his steady rise from a District Court lawyer to the Supreme Court, the narrative is filled with anecdotes that delight and intrigue, such as his interactions with Lord Denning, Nehru, Naushad, Mohammad Rafi and Dilip Kumar.
A man who rose to the pinnacle of success through grit and determination, challenging every issue he found wrong or unethical, Justice Mohta has stood steadfast on his chosen path despite numerous obstacles, and many of his achievements are legendary. Lucidly written, it is the record of a fascinating journey that melds experience, ideals, honesty and a great firmness of spirit—hallmarks of a life well lived.
Time and Chance is a memoir of the judge V.A. Mohta. It makes me kinda sad that now that his life work is out for the public to read, he no more lives.
The book is very informative and highlights his entire life stages by stages. It introduces me to various new streams which I never really thought about consciously.
The Beginning, his professional and personal life in Akola, his days as a judge in Bombay High Court, Chief Justice in Orissa High Court and the days post his retirement is talked about. Discussing about the luck factor and how important hard work and ethical practices are in order to achieve our dreams and be successful.
I have read many biographies and autobiographies but never about a High Court judge. I am glad that I read this one because this is a book full of information and teachings.
Recommend. Plus, I loved the hardcover! Looks very classic, simple and subtle.
About the author –
Vallabhdas A. Mohta was born on 26 April 1933 and spent his early years in Akola, a small town in erstwhile Vidarbha. His journey into public life began when he was appointed as Governor’s Group Representative for Akola, Amravati, Khamgaon, Bhusaval and Jalgaon in 1968- 69. He was elected member of Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1968 and 1973, and unanimously elected as its Vice-Chairman in 1974. In a spectacular career spanning several decades, Mohta rose to become Judge of Bombay High Court, Chief Justice, Orissa High Court and Senior Advocate, Supreme Court Of India. Acclaimed for his contribution in the field of Arbitration Law, his name was included in Who’s Who in the World, 2002 Edition, and also in The Cambridge Blue Book by International Biographical Centre, Cambridge. Justice Mohta remains an honoured name in India’s galaxy of legal luminaries.
– Kinjal Parekh