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You can give this one a miss
17 July 2016
I am not sure why I picked this up. I think the word "Uncollected" sold it for me. Or maybe it was the price. I knew this going in, I think. It wasn't going to be a great read. They are articles from a time long gone by, so save for nostalgia, how much interest could they possibly evoke now? There are four main sections to the book, as indeed the index will tell you: "Unforgettable People", "Memorable Places", " The Indian Way", "A matter of Politics".
I was hoping the book might inform me about the seventies and eighties - back when I was too young to understand or make sense of the newspaper - may be help me put the pieces together, as it were, but it didn't do much towards that end. Predictably, a few articles were better than some others. But they are newspaper clippings, written to context and limited in scope, they can only do so much. Among the ones that are interesting: the one about Raman Raghav from which the book derives its name, then Lata Mangeshkar and Dev Anand. I thought the section on "Memorable Places" might be interesting - but nothing really worth the epithet to write home about either.
You can give this one a miss. If you are looking for a Khushwant Singh anthology - "99 Unforgettable" (Aleph) or "Not a nice man to know" (Penguin) are more representative and comprehensive. Those should serve you better.