Author: Bobby Sachdeva
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
Stories of Us and Once there was me by Bobby Sachdeva has always portrayed values which are sincerely missing in our Indian society. It is a memoir which truly engulfs a reader and makes them want to really bring about a change in the society. The book starts with the dark scene of how the author goes through the riots that were started between Hindus and Sikhs. The way they had lived in a terrifying way is truly heart-aching and how the author really worked hard in India and even in America during his stay motivates a reader to work hard in their life.
Being a memoir, though some parts were fictional but it felt so surreal and connected with the lives of the author and his family. The narration of the story is intriguing keeping the reader hooked throughout. One can easily connect with the book from the very first page.
The simple and gripping language and engaging writing style make this more interesting. The cover of this book is serene and lovely. I liked how this book turned out to be. An amazing book.
Caught in the web of communal violence repeatedly, Bobby Sachdeva stares at his burning house set afire by the bloodthirsty mob of the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi. As a fourteen-year-old, his world turns upside down, exactly at the age his father had escaped from Pakistan during the Partition of India. Recovering from the trauma, Bobby re-builds his business and journeys across the US and China, experiencing a life unhindered by religious animosity. Having experienced both sides of religion – of immersion and detachment – he starts questioning the role of religion in our lives. Based on his vision of an emergent India, Bobby finally submits a PIL in the Supreme Court for religious shrines to distribute their excess income for the downtrodden. What happens next as religious hardliners turn against him?