-Rachana, author of the blog FLYING HOPES
"I have gone through some pages of your book but my wife did not allow me because she wanted to finish it first.In our nation ladies first rule is there so I have taken the backseat.I can judge how good your book is..... after seeing her so happy.I also liked it as it has opened some pages of my life also of those days.How sweet.... those.... days were".....
"Wishing you all the success for your book from both of us"...
-Deepak Bajaj, Rachna's Husband
"I just finished reading your novel...a gripping story I must confess, I didn't take a single break while I read it"."I'm glad you're done, now you can find a publisher, sit back and have him help you with the editing. I must mention that the poems are especially beautiful...my favorite lines, which i think are profoundly lyrical "I was not born, I did not die"
Keep that spirit up.
-Sanjukta Parashar, IPS (Hyderabad, India)A writer and a civil servant and the author of the blog Insanity/Ennui
"As soon as your book is published, I am buying several copies."
"Al hamdu il allah...I have already gone through first chapter from your blog..Congrats for completing your first book. I am curious to know about your first reaction, feelings after finishing book.All the Best!!!Keep it up...Naguib Mahfouz (Egyptian writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988 for "Cairo Trilogy") in making".....
-Rajesh( An Indian Diplomat in Cairo,Egypt)
"Please accept my congratulations on completing the book.It seems very engrossing although I must admit that I have not read the entire book.But I must commend you for coming out with a personal but riveting story.At first glance,it is very interesting as it represents the churning and changes that are happening across India where pedigree no longer matters."
I hope this is just a beginning.
-Anjani(An Indian Diplomat in Mexico)
"First of all I take this opportunity to congratulate you on writing a very nice book. When the manuscript landed on my table, I just had a glance on the 'Introduction' of the book. It raised interest and I started reading the book, thereafter there was no stopping till the end. I am not a scholar or a qualified critique, but from a common reader's perspective having below-average level of knowledge of language/literature, I can say that it is a well-written book. Sequences are nicely arranged and keeps the reader engrossed till the end. I liked the story more because it looked somewhere like my own story. I am sure many-many more will relate themselves in the same way, specially the Hindi belt youths. The story is capable of hugely inspiring the youths having ordinary background specifically Hindi speaking ones and Biharis. Being a resident of Gaya and belonging to a ordinary farmer's family, the story really touched the core of my heart.
I felt, the end should have something more. Perhaps something should have been said about the political journey that the country has undertaken during last 50 years, and more specifically during last 20 years, about the energy that was unleashed in Hindi speaking belt among middle castes after Mandal and its impact on such phenomenal success stories. This is just my humble and may be ignorant opinion.
I once again wish you a all the best and hope the book will find a good publisher and will be a grand success. I sincerely believe that it has real potential of becoming a famous book.
It will be more purposeful if the book is published in Hindi as well. Right now, I am not aware of a person who is good in Hindi writing, but I will keep this in mind and let you know if somebody comes to my knowledge. I shall certainly recommend the book to my friends. I once again wish you all the best."
-Manoj Verma( A colleague working in Moscow )
"Thanks for sharing the book.I read it two times over and found it very moving. I realized that it really takes a lot to crack the civil services exam. I doubt how much of patience I have to sit and prepare a second time for the exam. And both my optionals are new to me. Anyway, I am not giving up so easily, will go through the motions to know it for myself. "
"Its nice to know that that four publishers have shown their interest to see your book"Three Generations". Best of Luck! looking forward to attend your first book release function or at least get a signed free copy of your book. I have downloaded the soft copy of your book and read part of it including your JNU days. Its interesting read but I think, still better if you can relate your biographical account with something bigger. To give an idea I recently read 'In An Antique Land' by Amitav Gosh He traces a story of a mysterious Indian slave of a Jew Merchant who settled for some years in India in 11th century, married an Indian woman along with his own story ( he did his PhD work in Egypt) , So he is able to tell more than just narrating his own life experience. Arundhati Roy wrote her God of small things from his barsati in Delhi.I am just giving an idea how you can mix biography along with some bigger idea. "
"River Valley to Silicon Valley" is a vivid, touching and inspirational account which majority of Indians would relate to."
- Dr. Aman Puri, A dentist turned diplomat, Brussels, European Union
You will not believe this I was able to read your book in one sitting.I really liked the simple and down to earth style of telling the story,being a civil service aspirant myself, I could identify myself with the protagonist in various situations.One thing I felt was that the book ended so soon,and suddenly the focus was shifted from you towards your brother,but throughout the book there is no parallel plot running about the struggles which your brother might have gone through.I get the feeling the last chapter was written (which may not be the case) to justify the title Silicon Valley whereas the whole book talks about you as the central character.On balance I would say it is really a appreciable attempt,I enjoyed lovely poems which were put at the appropriate places,I would call your book a memoir,true life story.I also suggest if you could go for a Hindi translation of your book it will be inspiring to all those young Hindi speaking people who have a dream to fulfill, in one line if I have to express my opinion I would say "Its a simple child like account of a dream coming true despite all obstacles."
- Dr. Sumit Seth, Diplomat and author of the book "Review of the Forensic Medicine"
I deliberately caught the train to work rather than drive (I have a company car) as it provided time to read your fascinating book. I must say for me River Valley to Silicon Valley is written in the style of a master story teller, it captivated my interest on the train so that I was totally absorbed and unaware of passing stations and stops. I quickly became interested in your early family life, your aspirations and that of your family, struggles to matriculate and later life at college. I immediately felt as if I was walking with you in your life and hence have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The footnotes are also an excellent idea, as is the beginnings to quote a distinguished poet.
-Lindsay Byrnes-Author of the Blogs Lindsay Lobe & Malawi Group, Melbourne Australia
I started reading it and must admit, you have done a fantastic job. I was taken to your father's village and the charming atmosphere you paint so vividly. Rural India has always drawn for its simplicity and mystique quality, and your book has a touch of lyricism that brings about those facets in a wonderful way.
Bhaswati Ghosh- Author of blog "At Home, Writing and of her forthcoming book "Making out in America"New Delhi, India
In my opinion this book is good inspiration for young people all around the world, who does not have anyone for supporting. They need to be driven by this book to achieve more. It was easy to read it, very touching, amazing relations with friends and family too.
You want to know what the book has changed in me- it showed me the way I want my kids to bring up.
- Malgorzata Kucharska, Wrocklow, Poland
- J.S.Dua, Civil Servant, Moscow, Russia
-Gokulakrishnan P, Military Wing, Embassy of India, Moscow
I liked ‘River Valley to Silicon Valley’ a lot....finished reading it at one go...but I think it was too short....I wanted to read more....maybe you should start work on the sequel!
- Maitreyee Buragohain, Suwan, South Korea
I just came to Delhi after a month long external tour.
I finished your superb book within few hours. It is very inspiring.
Hope it will motivate lakhs of River valley kids to reach Indian Foreign Service and Silicon valley.
- Dr. A. Prabaharan, Students for Harmony, New Delhi
-Rajasree Banerjee, Lecturer, Kolkota, West Bengal, India
River Valley to Silicon Valley takes you to the world where you yourself find being the protagonist of the novel.
- Aditinandan, New Delhi
In fact in my opinion the children living in small places and small towns are doing much better than children in big cities,since availability of resources makes them complacent and there is absolute lack of motivation in there life.
-Taranjit Kaur, Hubli, Karnataka, India
Great to know that the book is making impression in the Indian media. Have got the book and tell you what, I finished it in a day! It is inspirational.
- Prince Thomas, Economic Times, Mumbai, India
Just finished reading your inspiring masterpiece. I have no words, except to say, I'm proud to have known a person like you.
- Sadia Khan, Banglore
I am happy that you wrote such an honest account of your life.It is very much like my own generation's story with different characters and different twists. I can easily identify myself with your story.
-Vishvambhar Nath, USA
I think you write something very brilliant with exact and keen expressions!
Your work has clear and honest ideas about India so that it wasn't difficult to understand the culture, society, atmosphere of Indian education(hmm..that's why Indians are so clever), mentality of three generations,... I'll happily translate your work from English into Korean.
- Youjin Huh, Freiburg, Germany