Sunday, 28 June 2015

Like It Happened Yesterday: A Review

Ravinder Singh's Like It Happened Yesterday is one of the most loved books. It is a different book as compared to his love story novels. As we know he is one of the appreciated novelists and his works are highly recommended by people. I am one of them. 

'Like It Happened Yesterday’ is a memoir of the author’s growing up years and how the experiences in his childhood have influenced his life at a later stage. It is a small depiction in which the author talks about his old days, his school time, good and bad incidents, crushes. This is a common story like every person has. The same happens with us when we enter the young age. This is a common phenomenon but Ravinder's common story inspired me.

This is an autobiographical novel and has all the traits of a typical domestic novel. For a change Ravinder picked up a different subject. The language of the novel is simple, clear and has brevity in it. He has used the simple technique of novel writing. Though many people didn't like it because they were expecting a yet another love story from him. But I believe an author must try different genres. This is true somewhere that he didn't do much justice to this one as compared to his other love stories but I guess this novel might be closed to his heart as it has all the small anecdotes of his life.

There are some things that I loved the most in his novel. First of all, the the incidents are episodic and are divided  and well arranged in chapters according to the growing age. The best segment is of the author's meeting with his teacher with whom he is attached. This incident talks of Ravinder's adolescent period where attraction is a normal phenomenon. The special thing  about each chapter is that he has given us small lessons through his experiences. The reader will feel connected to him.

So, I would like to suggest my readers to read it and give your own opinions.


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