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Like It Happened Yesterday

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  4,716 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Has anyone ever asked you—What were the best days of your life?

That one period of your life you always wanted to go back to? And live that life . . . one more time?

When asked this, I closed my eyes and went back in my own past. And I thought . . .

. . . of the days, when life's most complex choices had a simple solution of Akkad Bakkad Bambey Bo!
. . . of the seasons whe
Paperback, 196 pages
Published June 2013 by Penguin
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Pankaj Sharma
Jun 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
The first thing I felt while and after reading this book:

I wish if it had never happened, I mean the book – Like it Happened Yesterday.

‘I TOO HAD A LOVE STORY’ was Spontaneous and Sincere, ‘CAN LOVE HAPPEN TWICE?’ was Deliberate and (overly) Dramatic, and here comes the worst – ‘LIKE IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY’, a Forced and Failed attempt.

It seems somebody has made Ravinder Singh to write this book on the gunpoint.

Narration falls flat though it is something that I’d expected from him considering
Rohit Sharma
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
To be honest, I was never Ravinder Singh's fan. I liked only a final few pages of his first book- ITHALS. Over all, that book was a decent first attempt, with no much competition from other books. His second book was a big let down.

Today, he is one of the most celebrated Romance-Fiction writers of India, and I, a naive author, look up to him Somehow, there was an eagerness within me too see how Ravin will bounce back, considering his anthology was not appreciated either! That's why I thought of
Arush Ul islam
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent account of life of Ravinder Singh.

The title is completely appropriate for the book as all the memories that Ravinder Singh shared with us are the memories that are unforgettable and we will remember these memories till the very last breath.

The author shared with us how he made his friends in schools, how he participated in the rat race, and how he shared a quality time with his classmate.

The book is about the school life of the author.

His best friend in guru Nanak public school was Sus
Jasmeet Kukreja
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was travelling while i chose this book to read and i forced myself to read till the end and compelled to hv passed my time in the train. The writer has lowered down the expectations and his own level which was developed via his first book. A dissapointment and unrecommended, Indeed!
Pooja Banga
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought it had romance in it😂

It may have been more well written..It was a ok read for me
Meghant Parmar
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
A third book from the author and a very highly anticipated one. He's a celebrated author after all. A lot has been said in the first two novels about love and its loss and then loving again.

But this time its completely different. It's a journey into his past. It's a journey into our childhood memories.

It's a sweet and a pleasant story narrated by him. Ur mind gets refreshed by reading it as u can relate urself with the situations that we might have found ourselves in our young times.

It's smoo
Anu Dev
Jul 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Big not want ti give even a single star...Book is just like pages from my old diary entry ...lame writing..felt wasted my money n time
Sourav Saha
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really makes you fall in love with one's childhood all over again..:) ...more
Jeevan Sharma
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A good book, perhaps could have been a lot better, if more emphasis is placed on childhood and teenage memories rather than spending too much time on Puberty and sexual attractions. But I Love end, it is motivating and refreshing. Overall not a bad read..
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
After reading two books on Ravinder’s love life, I was expecting this one to be a love story too. I thought maybe this will be a school love story and every second I would be expecting him to be falling in love. But that’s not what this book is about; this is a story of a boy- from his birth to the time when he qualifies for the college. It’s about all those little moments which we all have lived and even forgotten about.

I have read some of reviews in which the people have actually criticized th
Kanwarpal Singh
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Review: This is a down the line of a memory lane of childhood and school life.
From crazy experiment with fire crackers to biology chapter on reproduction excitement, from doing some masti on diwali to get burns from that fun. From roaming with friends to fights. A fail senior in class and fun with teachers and teasing school girls to enjoying Playing outside is all the enjoyable moments of childhood makes you feel nostalgic. But pace of the novel is slow and that is making story bit slow to rea
Priyanka Lal
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
A nostalgic trip down memory lane. Far far better from the author's previous works. Deals with the time of innocence to the journey of growing up. A boy's experience put in simple words which enriches the reading experience. All descriptions could be pictured, enjoyed and one could connect to them. Kudos to the writer and the editing team. A great deal of care has been taken to bring out a quality product. All will have an easy and fun time reading. ...more
Gargi Bhardwaj
nicely arranged incidents of childhood. rite from the 1st bicycle to first crush and first movie in theater to 1st position in class, all have been placed very carefully and nicely.
Not a great novel but a light one...which would bring smile to your face.
Archana A
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
"It was my first day in school. I had been admitted to nursery class. My father had held my left hand in the warm safety of his right hand. All I did was to keep pleading with him to not leave me alone. Till then, I had never been away from my family."

If you are looking for a light read, which would end up in bringing a smile on your face, then this book is for you.

The author has narrated his childhood events in a series. While reading, I too had a lot of memories popping up from my childhood d
Amrish Verma
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book long ago but read it again in lockdown !!?
Ravindra Singh is a really good story teller and he performed his job very nicely here too. While I was reading this book it took me to my school days. The most of the events are somewhere very familiar experiences of all of us when we were kids. But sometimes the repetition of sentences makes the story little bore. But I surely enjoyed it !!!
Ravi Malvathkar
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a good book ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Makes us re-live our Childhood Days…

This book is about the true real-life incidents, golden memories and experiences in author’s life during his childhood and school days.

Everybody can relate to in one way or the other…Written in easy language which adds to its beauty.

First Day at School, About his Family, Beautifully description about the City he was born  and his house, Fear of going to the hospital, his exploration for the first time in Photo Studio, Protective for his sibling, his innocence,
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like It Happened Yesterday is a wonderful and fictional journey through Ravinder Singh's childhood. From vaccinations to final exams, the book is filled stories that almost all of us can relate to. The book is popular in metropolitans and B-towns alike.

Like It Happened Yesterday takes you through a series of first times, both good and bad. You might find yourself getting lost in your own childhood adventures. Be it the first day of school, the first time you lost a tooth or the first time you ma
Sonali Khan
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the story of Ravinder. From his choldhood till growing up. Nicely narrated and written. I did not loose interest even for once.

The reference of an old studio with white umbrellas inclined at different angles. These memories are so nostalgic. I remember going to them as well as a kid and getting myself clicked. Also dad’s luring their kids with frooti, I totally get that. Only that frooti is not Rs 3 drink anymore 😜. I totally related to wiping the leakage of my ink pen in my hair but I w
Shantanu Lakhotia
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
I have only one word for this book "POOR". I think any Ravinder Singh fan who must have read this book must have seriously lost any respect he/she had for him.
There is not much to expect from the story, no thrill,No big heroic work.
The flight of excitment I got from reading the back page of the book had crashed after reading the first 2 chapters.
There is no effort on the authors side to make this book interesting. I had to drag myself to read the chapters.
This book is a waste of time, money an
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Purchased the ebook in 2013. But had a chance to read it only last week. Not sure if it's a real story. But enjoyed it except some areas. May be he is trying to be genuine which is a quality for writing a biography. He is good at narrating and
attention-to-the detail. Ex: Narration of Mahabharat intro speech of every episode will take you to the mid 80s. I feel the book is cut-short and I wanted more throughout the school life. At some point in time, I felt like reading my own diary. When I was
Harsha Sudhir
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this book reminds me of a quote by f.Scott goes like this," That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong"..
we can relate to it completely.. and very few books does that. it gives a nostalgic feeling from the beginning to need. A must read by every 90's kid.
Megha Sharma
Jul 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Utterly disappointing.
Immature writing, no story.
The message the novel is trying to convey is commendable but the author fails to deliver it miserably.
Its time ravinder singh starts writing stories which are not inspired from his real life and put the thinking cap on and come up with some interesting stories.
Kavya Bhardwaj
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
As the writer of the book is Ravin, loved the book. coz he is my favourite. luv u Ravin....... but i felt that the book was quite boring on some parts. still good, simple, sweet and would bring a smile on face.
Harshita Thakur
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
in love with ravinder singh!!!!!!!!
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nostalgic moments brokes in my heart.......
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
BOOK-- Like It Happened Yesterday
AUTHOR-- Ravinder Singh
PUBLISHER-- @penguinindia
GENRE-- fiction
PAGES-- 195
PRICE-- 140/-
FORMAT-- paperback
Has anyone ever asked you—What were the best days of your life?
That one period of your life you always wanted to go back to? And live that life . . . one more time?
When asked this, I closed my eyes and went back in my own past. And I thought of the days, when life's most complex choices had a simple solution of Akkad Bakkad Bambey Bo!. . . of the s
Ekta Kubba
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay, why a Ravinder Singh book? For a person, who is postgraduate in English Literature, who has read a lot of thought-provoking books, books about serious issues, about deep and diverse topics; evocative, informative, realistic, and witty books (okay I am done with adjectives 😝); what is the point of reading a simple book, written in simple vocabulary, just a memoir of an ordinary life. Yes, I thought like this too. That's why this book remained unread on my bookshelf since 2013. This was the ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The book is a part of author’s own life story. The childhood, first day of school,school shift, grade 10 and then the first love forms the whole story. Its enduring how author takes you back to his childhood and makes you remember yours. It is a delightful read that will stay for long.
The book takes you on a ride of the most cherished part of everyone’s life :- the school and home memories with parents, siblings, friends and teachers. The cover of the book exactly describes the book. It would h
Ananya Thakur
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Has anyone ever asked you- what were the best days of your life ?
That one point of your life you always wanted to go back to ?

Indeed everyone wanted to go back to their childhood days. "Like it happened yesterday" is a book on Ravinder Singh's complete childhood. From his days in Gurdwara's rented apartment, to his life in Guru Nanak public school, every incident is precisely described. All his notorious acts, his family background, his enjoyable days, his hard work to achieve first position,his
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Ravinder Singh is a software engineer who works with a prominent IT company in India.

He was brought up in a very small town of Orissa called Burla. After spending most of his life there, he has recently moved to Chandigarh. Owing to the Nature of his work, he has visited various parts of the world and he wishes to continue doing the same in future. Apart from reading and writing, The Author has a

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“A scene of Mahabharata where the Surya Devta(Sun God)would come to bless Kunti with a baby

The child watching this on TV says "I have been taught that Neil Armstrong had taken several days to reach the moon.Surya Devta took only half a minute to land up in the Kunti's room; that too, he didn't even need a rocket-he had simply walked. Science and Sanskrit had always appeared contradicting subjects to me at school:-)”
“When I say you're mine.
A butterfly flies so soft,
Wings silent but tender,
The Roses dance gentle in the wind,
Flows love into the fields,
My face hits the sweet air in a feeling I cannot describe,
Only touch with my heart,
Only feel in my spirit,
Only hear in a silent smile.

When I say you're mine,
Longing in a world,
Tenderness gone away as dried dust in the winds,
Feet walked on sands of despair,
Sore from love gone,
Legs tired from walking on ever ending roads,
Roads to longing for a hand,
Longing for a touch,
Longing vote a voice in this cold world,
To say, 'I love you'.

When I say you're mine.
Once the passing of many moons,
So long ago, so far ago,
Making the world not a home,
Making the so life so barren,
Dry, loveless, careless,
The moon no longer had her beauty of sliver,
No longer had magic in the shine,
Now dull, now dark, now lonely,

When I say you're mine,
Sun and earth together,
One needs the other,
The sun needs earth,
The earth needs the sun,
Life, love..balance out,
Love grows, love flows,
Perfect, perfect as you,
Orbit, love, life,
From heaven, from destiny,
For eternity.

When I call you mine.
You, are my world,
You, are my moon,
You, are my sun,
You, are my earth,
Back, perfect, back..
When I say you're mine,
It is because my dear,
I am all yours.....”
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