by T K B Sinha
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.