Vintage stories always fascinate readers because they talk of days gone by. Rajaji has penned several stories, 37 of which have been included in this book. The stories tell of real people who were sensitive, emotional and part of India's history. Each story is different, a whiff of the emotional past of South India.
The 37 stories included in this book deal with various aspects of life, a pulsating, lively, often tender and sometimes saddening past. They are down to earth stories of people who loved, lived, enjoyed and suffered. The stories are fascinating as they talk of a time when none of the readers of the book were alive and they have heard of such happenings only through the voices of their aged relatives. Some of the customs, traditions may no longer be there but Rajaji has made them immortal. 'The Jasmine flowers' deals with a man's recollection of his dead mother when he sees a hurt young woman because both of them smell of jasmine flowers. 'Crackers' talk of a young boy's obsession with fireworks during Diwali and how he gets them. The end is mysterious and interesting. Each story is different, some were written by Rajaji in Tamil and translated, others were written in English and they have been written at different times of his life and all of them were written with a purpose of improving the social causes.
About The Author: C. Rajagopalachari :
Chakravarti Rajagopalachari is a distinguished founder member of the Bhavan. A great patriot, astute politician, thinker, visionary, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, he was a great statesman. A freedom fighter, he was also the Chief Minister of Madras, Governor of West Bengal, India's Home Minister and the first Indian Governor-General of Free India. Rajaji popularized books on Ramayan, Mahabharat, Bhagwad Gita ,Upanishads and several others by writing in his inimitable style which has appealed to millions of people. He wrote in English and Tamil, his mother tongue. He passed away in 1972 at the age of 94.