Miscelleneous

92 UNITED by Rajgopal Krishnamurthi

Book Blurb:

Pleasant memories are an excellent source of energy. They flash across without notice and bring about an instant change, something that you would have tried hard to accomplish without much success. If every memory of an event could bring a smile to your face, you know that your database is worth looking at quite often.

“92 United” is an interesting narration of our first reunion which happened after twenty-seven years, too long a wait after stepping out of school, but then, there is a time for everything to fall in place. Isn’t it?

Genre: Non-fiction/Personal Essay

Pages: 53

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 123 INR/$2.99
  • Paperback (available only in USA): $9.99

My Rating: 4.6/5

The book narrates a personal essay experience of the author, wherein there is a reunion of 12th Std students after 27 long years.

A nostalgic and insightful read about school days and rekindling old bonds.

What I liked about the book:
->I lived relived my school days through this book. It took me through each and every place that holds memories in the school campus right from the classrooms, to my favorite subjects and teacher, from the playground to the many games played on it, the canteen and its most popular dishes, and much more. The writing is so powerful that it invoked my memories, causing pleasant aches, heartwarming yet with some pain, drawing smiles yet some tears too.
-> Besides being nostalgic, it hands out so many insights about our lives and thinking.
-> It teaches important lessons like:
a) One should never forget their roots
b) It’s always a good idea to meet up with the people you grew up with.

What I did not like about the book:
-> The usage of ‘did’ (It did occur, it did happen, et al)
-> The names are thrown around assuming the readers know about the people. A little context about each person named in the essay would have helped. After all, it’s not just the people in the book who are going to read it, if the book is available worldwide for everyone and anyone to read.

Quotable quotes :
-> The attributes that define you could have been inherited from your genes, no second thought about it but to put them together and produce the person you are today, has a lot to do with the school you were in.
-> Pleasant memories are an excellent source of energy. They flash across without notice and bring about an instant change, something that you would have tried hard to accomplish without much success.
-> If every memory of an event could bring a smile to your face, you know that your database is worth looking at quite often.
-> There is a time for everything to fall into place.
-> The word weekend was often insignificant for people who have a six-day work routine to abide by. “Monday Blues” are specific to people who retire to home on Friday and return back to work on Monday, we remain the exempted lot.
-> Conversations provide insights about the people and the culture they represent.
-> You wouldn’t fall for the cappuccinos and the lattes if you knew exactly what a cup of filter coffee can do to your senses.
-> Clocks have remained a reference for discipline. They always operate at the same speed throughout the day. Sounds monotonous? Could be for you and me, but they never complain. Instead, they have a lesson to offer, if you are keen enough.
-> Things that were once simple and very much a part of the culture are now back in the reckoning with incredible tags that will make you forget the fact that they had existed for decades without much of a hype. 
-> The modern world is a consequence of inventions that eased up the daily chores allowing men and women to concentrate on a fast-paced schedule. Later, when they had to strive hard to find avenues that could relax their nerves, in comes the age-old practices disguised in various attractive names and you falling prey instantly and posing as a rightful ambassador to things that you had once stayed away from, in the name of adapting to modernisation. 
-> Funny people we are, when we realise that it is a cycle rather than a straight line we are subjected to. When trends define us, thinking about getting back to your roots is a sign of wisdom and if you feel that you are one among those, pat your back, you are on track again. 
-> The salute to the National Flag with the National anthem playing in the background is never a mere ritual, it was and will always be a goosebump moment.
-> Any narration about a crowded classroom wouldn’t be complete without a note on the characteristic buzz, the one that instantly transforms into a greet when the teacher steps in. Nobody rehearses, yet the wish never sounded disorganised.
-> Writing on a blackboard was an art once, an exercise too.
-> The source of water has changed and so was the intent to indulge. Guys resorting to mineral water bottles after washing hands with the water from the tap summed up the situation. We weren’t close to nature and we say we have evolved; we are the modern men of the contemporary world. 
-> The strongest of the bonds are born out of sharing,
-> If a Super Sunday is in store after a scintillating Saturday, all that you need is a good night sleep to wake up fresh and remain so throughout the day. 
-> Getting up late isn’t the way to start a day that had a lot to offer.
-> Coffee by the pool, at six in the morning, with friends by your side and the breeze for company will easily go down as the most interesting way to welcome any off day.
-> The first meal of the day does wonders to your mood.
-> A satisfying meal is all about a proper start and a perfect finish, a relaxed approach holds the key.
-> For the children of the new generation, age is just a number, their evolution is no longer a surprise.

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