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My Allahabad Story recollects the author's privileged childhood in a prominent family of the city he is obsessed with. He traces his growing years in the large middle class Kayastha family bringing out in amusing detail, some quaint social customs and traditions that existed half a century ago.

The author wonderfully describes the changed complexion of the city with a tinge
Paperback, 232 pages
Published February 12th 2018 by Bloomsbury India
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Tavleen Kaur (Travelling Through Words)
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My Allahabad Story is a memoir of the author as he recounts his journey and his relationship with the city of Allahabad starting from 1946.

I love the process of penning down your thoughts and memories. I also agree with the author as he mentions in the introduction that memories can be powerful, precious possessions and should be preserved for posterity. I was extremely excited about reading about the author and his family in Allahabad and their customs and traditions from the 1940’s

Madhulika Liddle
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I began this book with some trepidation, dreading a sentimental and melodramatic paean to Allahabad. Many Indians driven to write their memoirs tend to be overly sappy or (at the opposite end of the spectrum) too salacious for my liking.

So it came as a very pleasant surprise to read Himendra Nath Varma’s My Allahabad Story, which consists mostly of memories of Allahabad from around the last 1940s (when Varma was a small boy) to about 1966, when he left Allahabad—though with frequent visits to t
Saurabh Pandey
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Being from the city to which the author belongs, I was a bit interested in reading this book as it talks about the development which took place in the last century. The author has done his job beautifully and has covered almost all the aspect of the city. He nicely puts up the features of the city & he also tells us about the relevance of a particular place in context to the event that has taken place.
This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to know about the city of Bungalows i.e. Allahaba
Anuradha Goyal
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely language, old world charm. Detailed review - ...more
Amartya Singh
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Book is like a Time Machine,you wont realise when you would feel as if you are sitting inside the Author's Living Room on 7 Elgin Road and seeing the events mentioned in the book unfold.
The boom takes you back to the pristine glory of Allahabad.
Truly a must read for every Allahabadi
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would not have read this book, if it had not been lent to me by my good friend Gurjit Cheema. I am usually suspicious of reminiscences by retired people, and the first few pages seemed to confirm my prejudice. However, the book drew me in pretty soon and I finished it in a few sessions with a glow of nostalgia. I had spent two years of my late teens in Allahabad for my graduation from the famed Allahabad University and the book brought back many pleasant memories.

Allahabad used to be the intel
Suvansit kumar jaiswal
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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'My Allahabad story' by Himendra Nath Verma

"Memories can be such powerful, precious possessions, and should be preserved for posterity, after all , histories are moulded from them."

This book is memoir of Allahabad in it's golden age of 40's 50's and great 60's although the author claimed this book covers accounts of his family stories but the book offer you much more than that,

The best thing it offer you along with its smooth writing and captivating humourous is a glimpse of bygone era of simpli
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it

My Allahabad Story is a biography that takes us on a beautiful nostalgic journey with the author, in one of India's prominent city, Allahabad.

It starts from 1946, where the author is not even 3 years old. The author narrates his first-hand experiences and few incidents that were narrated by his father and elder brothers over dining table conversations. From his schooldays to the time when he left Allahabad, the author gives a clear picture on the incidents he wishes to share with us and also men
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