Those Days in Delhi by Yashodhara Lal | Book Review

Title: Those Days in Delhi

Author: Yashodhara Lal

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Fiction

Page Count: 304

Published: August, 2019

Rating: 4.5/5


Delhi in the Nineties. And this time, it’s going to be Gudia’s summer. So what if she’s the quintessential awkward middle child? So what if it seems like everything – from the hair sprouting on her legs to teachers making her life miserable – is conspiring against her? She’s taking matters into her own hands, and there’s no way that she’s going to fail. After all, there are three things Gudia is obsessed with – Basketball, the Boy with the American accent…and Winning. But in her desire to win this campaign of middle-school one-upmanship and conceal her plummeting grades, Gudia might just lose all that’s important to her – including herself. Best-selling author Yashodhara Lal is back with this funny, bittersweet and entirely relatable story about growing up; of that summer of innocence, when the world was simpler, and even our problems seemed sweeter.


“Childhood” is a necessary stage of our lifespan. No matter how old you get, you will always remember your childhood and the things that associate with it will definitely give nostalgic feelings. Those were the fun-filled days of our lives. Playing with friends, fighting with siblings, doing silly mistakes, speaking all nonsense, the curiosity, the stubbornness, these days never come back, but Yashodhara Lal with this book will definitely make you revisit your childhood. She captured her middle school years with lots of humour and also covered her perspective of dealing with problem in childhood and teenage years.

She also mentioned that parents needs to understand a child’s feelings and should communicate with him/her openly. These days parents get so involved in their work and life that they couldn’t give enough time to their children. This affects children more than anything else and can interfere with their emotional development.

Reading this book feels like turning the pages of our childhood photo album which has you crying to have Ice cream and being happy after getting your favourite toy.

The cover is so beautiful and creative.
The characters of the book are relatable and realistic. I’m damn sure this book will make you revisit 90s.
After reading this book, one sentence keeps coming in my head — “Vo bhi kya din the (Those were the days)”.

About the Author:

Bestselling novels, mother of three children, marketing professional, and fitness instructor. She lives in Gurgaon with her family, her husband Vijay and three kids – Peanut, Pickle and Papad – who never fail to provide her with material for her blog.

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