Author: N. S. Ravi
I get frustrated when I hear my own people criticizing India. I feel sad when I realize that more than half of the Indian population is unaware of what we have achieved in the recent past. It is unfortunate that we seniors along with the government have jointly failed to make our younger generation know how great this country is. We teach them about Ramayana, Mahabharata and few selected leaders during the independence movement. We name all our new schemes after one or two leaders as if they were the only ones who did everything. India is more than just a few leaders. India has been a movement which assimilates everything which comes into contact with it and it is people who live here who make it happen. The last fifty years have seen tumultuous changes world over. These have had vibrations in India as well. Let us re-live these years.
“Those were the days” is an amazing book. The narrative is based on personal experiences, the author does not allow it to degenerate to an autobiography nor does he use his writings to build a personal image. This book is a pleasant journey where you encounter various facets of how life has evolved in India over the past fifty years. There are interesting twists and turns as the voyage unfolds to uncover different views and perspectives. A nice read that will appeal to both young and old. Author N.S. Ravi has taken great efforts in visualizing the events and to present it in an interesting manner. He has analyzed and discussed every detail to the core. It is like we are seeing those days through his writings. The younger generation will know about India in early years and its growth thereafter. The author has seen India changing and he has narrated his vision about India to us. He does it by writing letters addressed to his son and daughter. This is the first book I have read wherein the narration has been done using letters as the medium. He talks about the postal system of India, the buses, the trains, the radio systems, the typewriters, the cameras and many other things. The narration is in simple English and very much understandable. The author’s love for our country is visible in his writing.