A Slick Life

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
A vivid glimpse of India during and soon after its independence viewed from the observant lens of an oilman from Dehra Dun, India. An enjoyable recollection of the sepia days and how the oil industry grew in the country. More

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Words: 78,370
Language: English (Indian dialect)
ISBN: 9781311480750
About Richa Bhatt Badola

Hi,
This is Richa here, a school teacher, a gardener, a mother (and that takes care of all other professions in my repertoire)!
I have two children. I am a post graduate in English and my hobbies include reading, cooking and yes gardening that surprisingly relaxes me with the manual effort that it demands of me. I am fond of everything God has created and find imperfections perfectly perfect! :)
I have now graduated myself from my other roles to become many other things by becoming a full fledged writer.
I've debuted with a short poetry book called 'The Vagrant', that will greatly appeal the younger lot as well as school teachers although it has seen appreciation from other quarters as well.
My second book 'A Slick Life' is an interesting memoir of an interesting oilman whose life saw the many changes happening in India and its people. It makes for a good read as well as make you a part of its own as you'll proceed.
Thanks for buying this book. Would love to hear your views on it as well.
Love and God bless

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Review by: jikalau1997 on Sep. 13, 2018 :
I would like to begin with the title. A slick life is a clever wordplay about oil and the kind of life that was behind it. Since I'm from Assam I have seen oil refineries from the outside and heard stories of the British and of revolution but never really knew a lot about the details of leading a life revolving around this black gold. The book is much like a long afternoon session when your grandparents recount anecdotes from their rich lives but the perspective here is interesting since its a biography written from the point of view the person's voice. The overall I have is positive as I was really drawn into his life and got a sense of his personality and his relation to the experiences he went through. One can really see a progression in his personality’s growth. Knowing about the mechanics of the oil drilling process was interesting but at points it gets very technical and since I can't really keep up with it imaginatively it gets dense. That made the reading slow. The plotline and the structuring is good. As a millennial it is nice to see what life was like in times way before my birth. And much of the book covers important political and historical events so that was lovely. Almost like a snapshot into that time. Unlike how we learn from history books. The values and thoughts at that time and the sentiments also come through. Barring grammatical edits and the stuff I mentioned it was a pleasurable read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Troy Stevens X on March 01, 2018 :
A Slick Life provides a detailed insight into the life of a man who saw India through its inception after Independence. The vivid portrayal of India in the first three decades which encompass the struggle to innovate and renovate, the politics, employment, life of its citizens, wars, riots, and nationalism are strikingly described presenting a picture of how India glowed and dulled throughout the time frame. The situation of common people during the wars is showcased with success. Some parts are humorous, conversations are engaging while some parts brim with emotion.
The book strives to engage its readers throughout the narrative, while the choice of words in many sections is also laudable. The change of the narrative in some sections is also surprising.
Some parts and structures of the narration, i found, ran slightly erratic and could have been handled in a more coherent and structured manner.
The novel is a success in its attempt to diminish the senses and make the reader experience what the author has to offer.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)

Review by: BeatManipulator09 on Feb. 10, 2018 :
The life of a man told in a simple & at the same time, in a fascinating manner that makes one feel as if he or she is right there witnessing the hopes and many aspirations as well as the struggles that makes it quite a lovely & an unputdownable reading.
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)

Review by: SwatiTewari on April 15, 2015 :
It is a riveting memoir of a man in the drilling profession about an eventful life filled with excitement and verve in the years immediately after India's independence marked by hope and idealism.The protagonist 's grit and humour in the ups and downs of life is narrated with simplicity .
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)

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