Book Review – Those Were the Days by N.S. Ravi

Title: Those Were the Days

Author: N.S. Ravi

Publisher: Frog Books

No of pages: 249

Honestly, I am not much fond of reading non fiction books. When I was contacted to read and review this book, I was not sure If I can do justice while reviewing. I gave it a try and I am happy I didn’t deny to read this book.

Talking about the title and the cover of the book, it’s interesting and impressive!

As I always say, a blurb and cover of the book shouldn’t be taken for granted. They play an important role in creating an impact on the reader’s mind. Blurb of the book is something that created excitement in me to read this book.

Blurb of the book says, 

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 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.

About the Author:

N. S. Ravi holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and has had a distinguished and chequered career in senior positions in public and private sector enterprises dealing in jewellery, infrastructure and textiles and apparel in Europe, Africa and India. He speaks Tamil, Hindi, English and French.
Ravi is married and has two children.
‘Those Were the Days’ is his debut non-fiction work.
He can be reached at nuranisravi@yahoo.co.uk

Inside the book:

This book contains in total 30 chapters. Each chapter had something new and exciting to offer. Various positive aspects regarding our country are covered in these chapters which are generally seen but ignored. This book will give you reasons to feel proud for your motherland. Aspects like, music, technology, astrology, banks, property, pets, teachers, schools, pencils, pens and ball pens, tuition, radios,etc. Is being inscribed wonderfully, this shows the mature writing skills and observation skills of the author. These kind of work and stories require a lot of patience and research, the author has done it all and it could be easily seen in his Lexis.

In my view, if there’s any ounce of patriotism within you, this book will touch your heart for sure. What I personally liked about this book is, the author has tried to highlight the positive points of our nation rather than criticizing our motherland.

Positive Points of the book:

  1. The language used by the author is easy and understandable. This will surely help author to reach the maximum readers.
  2. I liked the concept of the book. I got to read something different. Something unusual and something which is not commonly chosen to read and write.
  3. Mature writing skills can be observed while flipping the pages.
  4. Simple yet catchy title.
  5. The book is written in a letter based conversation. Interesting!
  6. No such editing errors were found in the book.

Conclusion:

Uncommon plot. This book can be read if you’re bored of reading the same Chiclets which has nothing new to offer. This book must be read by the youngsters to understand the worth of our motherland, to understand the journey of our motherland.

A great effort done by a debut writer! I would definitely love to read more from him.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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