Children know how to celebrate life, irrespective of their social and financial constraints. If circumstances are unfavourable, they devise ways to make the most of them.
A Slice from the Past narrates the tale of young Raju and his two elder sisters, who have been sent to their late mother’s parents for their upbringing. Though the family there is quite large with several children and poor finances, life for all is still enjoyable and worth living. The children are trained in the basic human virtues like love, cooperation, honesty, respect for elders and traditions. Life teaches them how to manage with limited resources.
The story graphically describes the socio-economic condition of life fifty to sixty years ago, when morality and straightforwardness were prized and inculcated. Besides witnessing various festivals, the reader also witnesses the status of the girl child, her education, social restrictions, people’s faith in God, marriage and suicide in the family. The narrative is extremely graphic and intimate.
A Slice from the Past ---- a must-read for everyone.
Thakur K B P Sinha was born in 1941, at Gaya, Bihar. His interest in literature began in his school days, when he consumed all the books, magazines available at home. He also borrowed books from a local library all the time; the books could be of any genre – poetry, stories, novels, travelogues, satire, mystery thrillers and scientific fiction. In addition to writing ten English books in a variety of genres, the author has also published about fifteen Hindi stories, travelogues, and satires in reputed magazines. Besides writing, he also had the opportunity to broadcast four talks and some poems for children from Akashvani,(All India Radio), Darbhanga (Bihar).
Even at seventy five, he is actively engaged in literary activities in both the languages. In future, apart from fiction, he also plans to publish a collection of Hindi stories and English poems.