Every minute in life, you are at a crossroad.
Do you feel it? The heart pounding, breathtaking, exhilaration of it all? If
not, you aren’t alone.
This is a book for those moments when you feel
stifled, constricted or just simply not where you want to be. Take a journey
into a seemingly haphazard past spent off the beaten track. Starting with a
disillusioned college kid and continuing on into the life of a somewhat grown
man, these twelve tales offer entertainment but also insights into the true
flavors of rural and urban life, rooted in an ancient yet developing country
like India. Meet people whose trysts with their daily lives hold insights into
friendship, love, justice, pain, inspiration and more. This is a book of both
adventure and reflection. It is for the soul.
As the adage goes, ‘Truth and amla (wild gooseberry) are the same –
they are bitter at first but sweet and healthy in their aftertaste.’ These
stories deal with some questions that may well echo those that you hold. The
meanings you derive from each story, or choose not to, should be of great
interest to you, for therein lie the seeds of the learning in your own lives!
Born in 1965
in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh in India, Rajeev’s schooling took place in
Jammu, Sanawar in Himachal and Delhi. His four years spent studying electrical
engineering, marked a period during which many interesting life-changing
experiences unfolded. Forfeiting a conventional career and responding to an
inner urge, he lived and worked with tribal communities in Nadurbar in
Maharashtra. Two years later, he returned to
Himachal where he established and supported a host of initiatives and NGOs in
the fields of environmental, social and economic development, while also
advising on a number of government and bilateral development programmes.
He moved in
2004 with his family to Lesotho in Africa, where he advised the establishment
of its first ever Local Government system. Followed by a short stint in Ghana,
he moved to Mumbai in 2011, helping establish developmental projects throughout
India for the social inclusion wing of a leading Indian company. In 2016, he
went back to working for an international development agency. His thirty years
of rural development work has seen Rajeev travel across 21 countries and most corners
of India, experiencing the varied contexts of these societies.
lives in Delhi, dividing time between his passion for his work and for bird
watching, photography, travelling and reading.