Sometimes when life turns topsy-turvy and I am almost on the brink of giving up, I shut down and simply fall down the memory lane, right back to my childhood. Now, there is a happy childhood and then, there is a blissful time period. I have been extremely blessed and fortunate to have known ‘bliss’ and what paradise looks like.
The book up for review today is exactly what this is: a walk down the memory lane to paradise: Malay Kumar Roy’s An Elsewhere Place from Speaking Tiger Books. This is a memoir of his childhood spent in Hazaribagh from the 1950s to the early 1960s. This isn’t your typical chronologically written account of someone’s ascent to an achievement but rather of the phase of one’s life which left a profound, lasting impression on their person.
Written in small chapters of anecdotes about people, things, places and incidents, it talks about the impact those seemingly small incidents left on the author. It teaches about humbleness, love, compassion, kindness, loneliness, character and so much more. The more I read it, the more difficult it got for me to put it down and not think about my own childhood. I finished it within 2 hours, reminiscing and smiling to myself.
The writing style is simple yet impactful and the author has a natural flair of making the scenes come alive vividly. The description of Hazaribagh with its countless orchards and gardens made my heart wrench with longing. I have said it before and I will say it again that I have been fortunate enough to read beautiful books with 2017 being too benevolent on my reading and I’m so happy to see my year ending with such stunning reads as well.
Needless to say, it’s a 5 star read, recommended to people of all age groups. This is more than sharing a piece of someone’s life; it’s like living through a time line of their life through their eyes.
Until next time!