25 years past schooling, the author and his friends think about a reunion of their school classmates. A few of them travel from Chennai to Tirupattur, a town in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu and the place where their school is located. Grey & White Day Scholar is all about the memories the author recollects as he travels to his old school. They travel in search of their other classmates and eventually discover the whereabouts of a few of them.
The author has realistically brought out the little joys, that towns in Tamil Nadu would have offered its school boys in the 1980s. Readers who did schooling in the same period in a similar town can not only relate to the author's experiences but also can drench in beautiful memory showers.
A school exhibition in which his son displays a project, reminds the author of his own school days. A coincidental call from one of his classmates a few days later about a school alumni meet, sparks their interest to revive their school friendship. They plan to celebrate the silver jubilee year after their schooling, by organizing an alumni meet. However, of the 60 students, they have contacts of only 6. So they decide to drive to Tirupattur in pursuit of the rest.
The childhood joys of little boys - tour adventures, meeting movie celebrities like Rajinikanth, local town festivals and many more - form the main scoop of the book. All of it have been written with unadulterated nostalgia in the real sense. Also, the author sincerely discusses several historical facts in the book. The evolution of English language, history of Don Bosco, the political history of Tamil Nadu, the medieval Indian history - such quick, compiled information would, for certain, interest history lovers.
The book also subtly touches the emotions and thoughts of parents of today whose childhood were a lot different than their children's. The necessity to cope up with the advancements in technology and acquired social status have found a significant stress on our everyday lives. As a final note, the author advises his readers:
'Do not forget to pass on to your sons and daughters certain important lessons about life - cherish the little things you have, have confidence, and believe in yourself and in the power of hardwork'.
Through a new Facebook page, the author was able to gather half of his classmates and hopes to celebrate their silver jubilee alumni meet soon.
The flow of narration and conversations is good though at some places, the content seems to drift away from the main scene. Readers who fail to be in sync with the author's nostalgic emotions (specifically readers who belong to a different time period and region as that of the author) might find it difficult to appreciate the depth of the work.
Over all, Grey & White is a nostalgic treat!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy from the Author in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Title: Grey & White Day Scholar: Colourful Dreams
Author: Raj Sekar
Publisher: Self-published through Notion Press
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