Book Nook: India, memories and a thousand shades

Inspired by his love for India and deliberate by his diverse childhood experiences in the country, Vikas Dhawan launched his literary celebration of growth titled “India India Feeling” this week in Chandigarh.

“This book is a light exploration of India. It unveils some of my wonderful experiences and fond memories of childhood, growing up, the warmth of family and friendships…sketching a vibrant essence of the country when it had an old-fashioned charm,” said Dhawan, a former civil servant from The United Kingdom. Dhawan grew up in Punjab and Chandigarh and part of his schooling was at GMSSS in Sector 35, Chandigarh and DAV College, Sector 10. Dhawan enjoys writing for leisure as well as professionally and has experience of work in the education sector within the UK Civil Service and the University of Cambridge.

As you turn the pages of this book, you’ll take part in fun journeys of tongas riding to school, families traveling on scooters, impromptu street parties during power cuts, neighborhood cricket matches and stag parties. -flyers that colored the sky in a festival like no other. From humorous conversations with the author where a single household in a locality with a telephone or television was given iconic status, to a nostalgic trip down the backstreets to sample the street food, TV programs and newspapers that defined growing up – this book brings what India was like back then.

The book talks extensively about Chandigarh, with references to Sector 17 (bus stop, mall, the real estate office, court complex, Sindhi Sweets, Indian Coffee House), Tagore Theatre, traffic rules in Chandigarh, newspapers in the Tricity, Timber Trail in Parwanoo, Kasauli, Shimla, Khushwant Singh, Jaspal Bhatti and Flop Show, Astrologer P Khurrana and his son Ayushmann Khurrana, Columnist H Kishie Singh and Panchkula Urdu poet TN Raz among others.

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