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The Penguin book of schooldays: Recess

Ed. P. K. Mehrotra
Penguin
Published 2008
ISBN 978-0-14-310011-9
Chapter by Mihir Bose – Excerpt taken from ‘A Maiden View: The Magic of Indian Cricket’

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Whatever else we forget in our lives, memories of our schooldays stay on forever. We may think of them with longing or wish we could forget about them, but there’s no getting away from them. That crucial winning run scored in an inter-class match will act as a salve for all future failures; that prefectship denied in high school will fester despite the progress one may have made in life thereafter.

Recess: The Penguin Book of Schooldays brings together over fifty moving and human accounts of school, covering a period of around 200 years, as seen through the eyes of some of the finest minds India has produced – from Lal Bhari Dey and Dayananda Saraswati to Premchand and Harivansh Rai Bachan; from Andre Beteille and Nirad Chaudhuri; from Ismat Chughtai and Sheila Dhar to Dilip Simeon and Shuddhabrata Sengupta.

This magnificent collection casts a clear and mostly unsentimental eye over a familiar childhood battleground, making us recall and re-examine our own schooldays. Subversive and honest, Recess will remain the definitive record of the Indian experience of school for years to come.

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