Book: Once There Was Me
Author: Bobby Sachdeva
Caught in the web of communal violence repeatedly, Bobby Sachdeva stares at his burning house set afire by the bloodthirsty mob of the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi. As a fourteen year- old, his world turns upside down, exactly at the age his father had escaped from Pakistan during the Partition of India. Recovering from the trauma, Bobby re-builds his business and journeys across the US and China, experiencing a life unhindered by religious animosity. Having experienced both sides of religion – of immersion and detachment – he starts questioning the role of religion in our lives. Based on his vision of an emergent India, Bobby finally submits a PIL in the Supreme Court for religious shrines to distribute their excess income for the downtrodden. What happens next as religious hardliners turn against him?
So to begin with, the cover and title of this book were enough to grab my attention. The concept and colour shades are really beautiful.
I don’t usually read emotional books, but I am glad I read this book. This book was a huge emotional roller coaster ride for me. It usually takes me a day or two to grasp a book, but this book got me hooked up from the first page itself. Very beautifully narrated, this book throws light on many untouched and sensitive topics. This book had the power to shake me from the core. Easy language and medium paced makes this book a page-turner.
Overall this book was a mindblowing ride. If you want to read something that will touch your heart then this book is for you.