Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Merry on Little Things based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
We knew about the author's distinguished career as an engineer, and deservedly so. But we were unaware of his literary talents. The book is autobiographical. But that is not telling what it actually is. This book captures and chronicles in detail, the way of life of the largest section of the Bengali middle class of our times--------30s, 40s and 50s of the last century------who were generally well educated, but most often belonged to the lower rung of the society in economic terms. I also belonged to this group. And in that sense this could almost be my story as well. Yet, it is this section that formed the backbone of the Bengali culture, and its heritage. The book is a social history of our times--- written in a captivating style. I liked the structuring of the book, and the easy flowing language which retained readers' interest throughout. I also admired, and thoroughly enjoyed the blending of the author's current life and experience in the US with that of yesteryears in a kind of 'flash forward' (?) style. Characters such as Abdul, Gita, and Jatin and their stories have enriched and enhanced its literary value. This is Amit Banerjea's first book. We hope more would follow. Congratulations !!!
It is important that books like this is written, books that preserve the history of ways of life which are becoming lost. The book has many touches of humor, very poignant, very real and human. Written very well, fluidly and comprehensively. WONDERFUL