Beloved Childhood by Vidushi Garg Review

beloved childhood
Illustrator: Vidushi Garg
Published: 22 October 2018

People who went to boarding school or residential school will always have bittersweet memories and anecdotes to share. My husband who was away from home for most of his student life has so many stories to tell that I envy him sometimes for the kind of experience he has acquired from his hostel life. For such readers, the novel Beloved Childhood by Vidushi Garg will be a ride down the memory lane.

Story in Brief

The story is about Teena who gets admission into one of the top English medium school Navodaya but away from home. She was a pampered child and finds difficult to adjust to the hostel life where she was all on her own. The novel is about her struggle, then giving up and trying once again to adjust in hostel environment for the sake of her mother.

Nostalgic

Many people will relate to the character of Teen. She reminds me of my kid brother who was the king of our household and pampered duly by all the four women of the family : grandmother, mother and two sisters beyoand the liking of my father.

He was sent to hostel for better education. My kid brother's condition was very similar to that of the protagonist. Unlike Teena, my brother didn't survive the hostel life and was back to home after a year. But he was a changed lad by that time.

Writing Style

The story has been written in the simple and easy going manner. It was fairly predictable with no major twist to take you by surprise. But sometimes it feels good to see the story unfolding from the character's eyes. 

My Takeaway

Teena's character was relatable. We all struggle to come out of the protective umbrella cover of our parents. But once it's done, then the joy of falling and flying is one unique experience itself.

She is a perfect example of people who has dreams to reach the top of the mountain but don't want to endure the struggle to climb it and reach the top. That is the reason many people fail to realize their passion. But not in case of Teena. Once she became decided to give one more try there was no looking back for her.

The story of Teena will teach you the importance of coming out of your comfort zone because real success lies in your uncomfortable zone; importance of mingling with a group and also to keep intact your individual identity; importance of forgiveness. One of the character, Gunjan says,'' You know, forgiveness is the most difficult thing, I have ever learned, but it is the best way to release yourself and the other person from all the anger and guilt.”

The Verdict

If you are looking for a light read on school days Beloved Childhood by Vidushi Garg could be the one.

Overall Score

Beloved Childhood

People who went to boarding school or residential school will always have bittersweet memories and anecdotes to share. My husband who was away from home for most of his student life has so many ...

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