India: The Wasted Years, is a series of essays that were originally blogs. These have been arranged not in a chronological sequence but under subject-heads, making them a cohesive commentary on the times we live in, in India, about which the author writes. While not a work of history, the book is instead the shout of a wounded civilisation. These essays will find place in the annals of India’s evolution through the 21st century. Uncompromising in his analysis, the author studiously cites the dark clouds of political, social and economic failures, that seem to be without the proverbial silver lining.
“I can’t think of anyone whose blogs have been as interesting and enlightening as Avay Shukla’s. Through the darkness of the pandemic he shone a light that revealed the stark and undeniable truth many did not want to recognise or accept. I applaud his honesty and boldness which I am certain the government perceives with fear and despair.”
Karan Thapar, television anchor and journalist
“Avay Shukla’s blogs are not only a pleasure to read, but are keenly awaited by many. His style is simple and yet racy; the subjects he chooses are topical. He mixes humour with sobriety and his occasional tongue-in-cheek remarks actually lay bare the saucy truth. A collection of his blogs, India: The Wasted Years, will not be so for his many admirers. The book is a terrific read, to be chewed and digested. Relax and enjoy!”
Madan Lokur, Justice (retired), Supreme Court of India
“Avay Shukla’s writing is sharp, skilled and surgical. He points out the stark reality that we currently live in and pulls no punches when calling out the collective culpability of those who brought us to this point. Shukla’s experience as a bureaucrat and his keen understanding of the functioning of governance arm his criticism. A must-read.”
Faye D’Souza, journalist and entrepreneur