….THEN & NOW
R.V.Rajan’s literary journey started as a young writer in his vernacular language, progressed as an avid reader of books in English and has culminated in authoring three books in a span of four years post his retirement. The title of his latest book divided into two main sections is self explanatory as the 40 odd essays though mostly deal with his reminiscences ranging from the mundane to the serious, enable the reader to establish an instant connect with the author. ‘Embarrassing Moments’; ‘The ubiquitous velaikari’; ‘Forgetting-A Disease’ ;’Put your hands together’ are some which need special mention. In the second section Rajan talks with nostalgia juxtaposing the past with the present and how he continues to cherish the former. Here he writes about people he came across, places he visited and the different modes of transport he had taken in the country.
There are three other sections Rajan has included : ‘Travelogue,’
‘ Tributes’ and ‘ Excerpts from my Autobiography’ which all make very interesting reading .He seems at his best where the first genre of writing is concerned as he takes the reader along from the onset of his journey to its destination, be it a pilgrimage or a holiday. He concludes the last section with an extremely touching personal experience of losing his life partner Prabha who fought through her illness with fortitude but was ultimately conquered by it.
With this third book of his, Rajan has arrived as an Author and readers will eagerly look forward to more of his writings in future and he should see to it the price of his books is made more affordable to the common man.
n.meera raghavendra rao