Title: Childhood Memories: Part 1: True Stories from Shimla
Author: Satish Sridharan
Published on: 9th October 2018
Genre: General Fiction
Link to Buy: Amazon
I used to be a voracious reader a long time ago. Science Fiction would be my favorite genre for a while. Over time I switched to reading self-help books and true stories. It was during one such story by Ruskin Bond that the seed of thought for chronicling my own life planted itself in my mind. It eventually resulted in my first book, “The Other Face of Indian IT”. This process of chronicling has now turned into a hobby and in this second book I narrate some of my childhood experiences. The stories are not necessarily all thrillers and most of them have no particular ending. They are just some of the memories that are etched in my mind forever. All the stories are true and are based out of Shimla(a hill station at the foothills of Himalayas), where I grew up as a child and spent over 9 years before moving to Bangalore. It is an opportunity for my childhood friends and my family to re-live some of these memories. My neutral readers should also find the stories interesting and entertaining, especially the townsfolk of Shimla.
Word of Thanks
I got a book review request from the author. Thanks Mr. Satish Sridharan for giving me an opportunity to read your book. Thanks for providing me a review copy in exchange of an honest review.
The book is a memoir of sorts where the author reminisces his childhood stories.
As the author mentions in the synopsis, these are childhood memories and not really stories, so do not expect a beginning, a middle and an end.
The author has chronicled some memories from his childhood and his stay in Shimla. From dealing with a dog, to a bully in the school; from spider to the ghost to the make-shift playground; most of the things were so relatable. It was sort of nostalgic.
The writing is good and all the entries make for a good and quick read. For me, the most enjoyable and witty was the Spider, especially the last paragraph.
Excerpts / Quotes / Highlights:
I spray citronella oil, and burn incense sticks regularly, but the spiders still consider me to be their best friend.
I had managed to sleep a bit as the sound had turned into violently constant, rhythmic lullaby.
Overall rating: 3.5/5