Book Review - Journey from Guwahati to Machhiwara

"Slow down Mummy I know you work a lot. But sometimes Mummy, it's nice when you just stop. Sit with us a minute and listen to our day. Spend a cherished moment, Because our childhood is not here to stay." - Journey from Guwahati to Machhiwara

Journey from Guwahati to Machhiwara, by Rajiv Bakshi

Genre Memoir, Short Stories
Price Rs. 200
Pages 152
Format Paperback
Publisher Notion Press
Availability, Flipkart
Rating  (3 Stars)

About Author

Rajiv Bakshi is a 62-year-old writer; with 35 years of banking experience from Guwahati in East India to Machhiwara in North India; A post graduate in English Literature, he discovered his passion for writing early at the age of 8. He is a Punjabi at heart, living in Punjab (North India) with his wife post retirement; with the encouragement and support of his family he decided to share his stories with the world.

Book Review

As a young adult, I would often sit with my grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts; listen to their lives stories and their many experiences throughout their journey. What were the thought process, the culture, customs and beliefs? Each story was unique in it’s own way, but the message was pretty much the same. And I have learnt a lot from them, the chief and unanimous lesson being – Live life righteously. Do what you want, but never harm anyone on purpose. We gain a lot from these stories, majorly sensibility and the phenomenon of time. Time changes everything, heals wounds, and leaves you with memories that last forever.

This book is a collection of 20 short stories, from the life of a man with 35 years of experience as a banker and a family man. We can conclude that this book has been writing itself for past 35 years, which the author mustered the courage to share with everyone post his retirement. He shares his memories – his first day at his first job in a new but small town, funny moments that stings him even today, encounter with people from different walks of life, innocent mischief, poetic & emotional adios to friends, and tales of fellow travelers on his journey.

What I like about this book is that Mr. Bakshi’s stories are sincere and authentic. They have a lot of honesty and truth to them, some more than the others. One of the stories made my eyes moist. There were two poems in the book, one written by his daughter in law and the other was picked up from a social media post, and both were beautiful. He reminds you that the greatest life lessons, or joy in life, reside in smallest occurrences; which has a significant impact on our personality and future. We must take a moment to appreciate all that we have, embrace the set backs and remember to get back up every time.

What I didn’t like was that, in some stories the author fails to mention his relationship or connection with the person he is writing about. Some readers might be fine with that, but I personally enjoy knowing small details when reading a memoir. Some of the stories were well thought out, but lost its way in narration, struggling to make an impact on the reader.

Final Thoughts

The book is written serenely and emphasizes on the lessons learnt, with subtle humor every now and then. Since they are short stories, you can read them on the go. It’s seamless and an enjoyable book to read at teatime (Or coffee, whatever your poison is!). Keeping in mind that Mr. Bakshi is not a professional writer, but aspiring to be one, I would say the book is penned decently with scope for improvement.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Love & Peace


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