Love’s taken a back seat and its nostalgia that Ravinder Singh has banked upon for his new novel,Like it Happened Yesterday.This ones not a love story unlike my previous two, said Singh,who was in Chandigarh for the release of the book (Penguin; Rs 140). Singh said the book will bring back memories of childhood the time you broke your first tooth,the first crush,the days when lifes most complex choices had a simple solution of flipping a coin in the air,when the rains were welcomed by making paper boats,and when waiting at the railway crossing meant counting the bogies of the trains passing by.
A coming-of-age story,the book is about growing up in a small town the pains,joys,anxieties and apprehensions of those wonder years. A journey replete with adventures,Singh hopes the book will make the reader relive their own childhood,in a refreshing way. Like It Happened Yesterday is Singhs third book,with his earlier books I Too Had a Love Story and Can Love Happen Twice being bestsellers. After having spent most of his life in Burla,a small town in western Orissa,Singh an engineer and MBA by qualification has now quit his corporate career to turn full-time writer. Writing,he says,happened by chance as his first novel was a result of watching people using social networking sites to connect and share experiences.