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A Slick Life

An Oilman's Biography
Richa Bhatt Badola
Type: Print Book
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History
Language: English
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This is a biography of an oilman but has been written in the first person as if the protagonist is narrating his life's story himself. It is soon after India’s independence and the dust has just started to settle after the humdrum of the freedom struggle. Satish Chandra Bhatt had an in-absentia father involved in the fight for independence even as his mother was left with the duty to raise her own as well as take care of the extended family that Satish shared with. It was a full house that made for the most fertile ground for much happiness, laughter, banter, struggles and strong bonds that got translated into societal relations, making lasting friendships, and living life in the moment. As the common man carried on living on a day-to-day basis while hoping the government to deliver the dreams of a strong, prosperous and scientifically advanced India that would be based on the ideals as set by Mahatma Gandhi and the practical wisdom of Pt.Nehru, they are faced with a reality quite different from what they had envisioned.
Satish gets actively involved in the school and college dramatics playing flute and getting much popularity which alarms his parents and he is forced to take up law to stay away from such distractions. His outgoing and adventurous nature feels stifled under these circumstances. He wants a way out somehow and he gets that with an opportunity to work in a tube well company. That is the beginning of his tryst with deep drilled wells that lead him on to the nascent indigenous oil company the Oil and Natural Gas Directorate (now Corporation) that turned into one of the finest economically strong companies of the country. While being a small cog in the wheel in the building of this company, Satish proved himself as an endearing and a good role model for young men as he lived a simple yet passionate life. A Slick Life!

About the Author

Richa is a freewheeling writer, educator, small time journalist, keen gardener, big time mom and greatly anxious (in a nice way!) for her country. She is a post graduate in English and has a degree in Journalism as well as in Education. Apart from teaching primary level classes, she writes short stories for women’s magazines and news articles for local papers. She lives with her husband and two children in Dehra Dun, India- a place that finds its echo in almost everything that she writes. She is currently working on a collection of short stories based on the lives of the people of Garhwal in Uttarakhand. Watch out for it on her social media!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9789352123353
Publisher: Self-published
Number of Pages: 304
Dimensions: 5"x7"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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ss5742918 3 years, 6 months ago

Re: A Slick Life

Soujanya: A Slick Life provides a detailed insight into the life of a man who saw India through its inception after Independence. The vivid portrayal of India in the first three decades which encompass the struggle to innovate and renovate, the politics, employment, life of its citizens, wars, riots, and nationalism are strikingly described presenting a picture of how India glowed and dulled throughout the time frame. The situation of common people during the wars is showcased with success. Some parts are humorous, conversations are engaging while some parts brim with emotion.
The book strives to engage its readers throughout the narrative, while the choice of words in many sections is also laudable. The change of the narrative in some sections is also surprising.
Some parts and structures of the narration, i found, ran slightly erratic and could have been handled in a more coherent and structured manner.
The novel is a success in its attempt to diminish the senses and make the reader experience what the author has to offer.

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