REVIEW OF THE BOOK RAWAL FAMILY OF AMKA BY MAHENDRA SINGH
Rawal Family Of Amka By Mahendra Singh
August 18, 2022 min read The Literature Times
“Life is a beautiful gift and we must make sure that when we look back at the days of our lives then we do not have much to regret. We should be able to have a happy memory of our golden old days and stay content in our present too!”
Well, before starting the review of this amazing title, “Rawal Family Of Amka” by Author Mahendra Singh, let me mention that this is the third edition of the book. In this book, the author has made a brilliant effort to mention all the members, who had been the part of his family line. The author highlights the members of his family, his roots of origins; also, he recollects the memories of his family and his native place. This is truly an incredible read and the readers are bound to love the author’s journey. The author has dedicated this book to his parents, ancestors, and the Rawal Family of Amka falling under the district of Gautam Budh Nagar in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
About the Authors: Author Mahendra Singh, was born on 14th of August 1940 in village Amka, now in Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. His early education was in Delhi. After graduating from Delhi University, he did his Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. He also completed a course in Management of Agricultural Cooperatives from Cooperative College, Loughborough UK. Shri Mahendra Singh retired from the post of Managing Director of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED).
Author Mahendra also worked as the Managing Director of National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India for about two years on deputation from NAFED. Shri Mahendra Singh has written Personnel Manuals of some national level apex organisations. In 2003, as Country Consultant of International Cooperative Alliance, he conducted a Critical Study of Agricultural Cooperatives and Informal Cooperative Farmers Movement in India. The ICA has published it in a book form. The recommendations of the study was discussed in their Colombo meeting. Name of Shri Mahendra Singh was also mentioned in INFA Publications’ of India’s Who’s Is Who Book 1991-92.
This book of Shri Mahendra Singh describes the Rawal Family of Amka. Great great grandfather of Shri Mahendra Singh established this village Amka in the year 1818. On the occasion, of completion of two hundred years of the village, the book is written to pay tribute to his parents and also to all other ancestors of the family.
Book’s Introduction: This book, “Rawal Family Of Amka” by Author Mahendra Singh, has been written to pay tribute to his parents and his ancestors on completion of two hundred years of his village Amka, which was established by one of the author’s ancestors – Thakur Mohar Singh, seven generation ago in 1818. The book is the description of family members of all seven generations. Each family member has been identified and his or her photographs are included in the book present very much generation wise in the section “Seven Generations”. Out of 146 total members, dead or alive in the author’s family, the photographs of 125 persons have been included in this book. Some photos are not there because the technique of photography was not in vogue at that time or because some members are not traceable!
Well, for this achievement, the name of this book has been mentioned in India Book of Records. Some of the members of the author’s family who have excelled in life and brought name, fame and glory to his family have been have been included together with details of their achievements under the section “Jewels of the Family”. The author’s ancestors constructed three storey pucca buildings during the 18th Century. Some of these buildings are called Havelies and they are still standing strong. Their photographs and a small description about them has been given under the head “Havelis of Amka”.
In this book, the history of the author’s family has been traced since 1526 until date. Every direct descendant has been named from 1526 to 1818. There after members of the family have been described in the book from 1818 to date. The family tree of each branch of the family has also been included at the appropriate place. It was not possible to construct single family tree. Therefore, it has been split according to various branches of the family!
Readers Connect: Through this book, Author Mahendra Singh has attempted to present as many members of his family as possible in order to pay a tribute to them. The aim behind creating a book like this is very beautiful and it encourages the readers of the modern generations to pay tributes to their ancestors in the similar manner as well. Even though, the book seems to be a private affair of the family members of the authors, still it covers a lot for the general readers as well. From the mentioning of the history of the author’s native village, Amka to even the mentioning of Lord Krishna and the various sects of the Rajputs are things, which are related to our history and those things can be taken up by anyone for a better and deep knowledge of those subject matters.
Verdict: A book like “Rawal Family Of Amka” is for sure a Must Read one& deserves a chance by the readers. The way author had intended to pay tribute to his parents and to his ancestors is truly praise worthy. The book is written for the benefit of posterity. The coming generations of the author’s family will feel proud of the achievements of their ancestors. It will also be a source of inspiration for them. The author hopes that the book will inspire many other such prominent families to dig out their past and reveal valuable heritage for the sake of posterity!
Shri Mahendra Singhis a promising Author, who is very honest with his thoughts, which the readers can feel through his spectacular writings. In addition, his hard work makes this book even more reading worthy.
BOOK REVIEW OF RAWAL FAMILY OF AMKA BY MAHENDRA SINGH
November 7, 2022 By Tasnima Yasmin
This book is a work of non-fiction which presents a detailed insight into the Rawal family of Amka, Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. Rawals are a sub caste of Bhati Rajputs and they used to have many villages under them in Uttar Pradesh such as Amka, Dhoom Manikpur, Dadri, Ghori Baccehera, Hajipur, Samauddinpur and Jaitpur. Later they spread out to various other places. It is said that while the members of this lineage are small in number but their contributions to the society and country are huge in number. The eye for detail and the depth with which the family history is charted along with a detailed look into the each and every member of this family, their respective roles and contributions pans put in a systematic and well maintained manner. It creates a sense of balance that does not go overboard with the information nor does it underplay the importance of the family history. This makes the book an enticing, thoroughly educational and highly scholarly work of non-fiction from someone who deeply dotes on each of the members of this family and is proud of this lineage. In fact, the book comes with a chronological fashion of relaying the information that makes the book informative without taking it to the ends of boredom. This also explains why the book has reached its third edition in such a short span of time. It has a lot to do with the fast selling nature of the book, its accuracy in penning important ideas and the deep reverence with which the history of the Rawals is noted while also bringing forth their challenges and the manner in which they dealt with those challenges. This makes their story a relatable one to the common person. The purpose of the author is to explain the joint family system, which is fast integrating in a modernized and fast paced world. At 226 pages the book is moderately lengthy and has a well-done out book cover that comprises of a portrait of the male ancestors of the Rawal family which was taken in 1917. The book begins its contents with a family tree of Maharaja Jait Singh of Jaisalmer whose descendant Mohar Singh Ji established Amka in 1818. The contents page has a refreshing, well organised arrangement that is new and thoughtful which gives the explanation and the hint in terms of the manner in which the ideas that are collected in this text are going to be presented. An overview of the village of Amka elucidates the importance and significance of this small place, which is followed by a poem in Hindi titled Aamon ka Sehra. This bilingualism breaks the feel of the nonfiction book as something, which is extremely difficult to understand and interpret, and instead puts in its place the idea that this book is approachable and easy to grasp. This has a lot to do with the narrative style of the text. It does not maintain a formal decorum and does not strictly adhere to protocols of non-fictional prose that will make the book reading a tedious process. Instead, the simple language, simplification of thought, adherence to clarity of expression and an overall tone of connecting with the readers, reaching out to their senses and making them get a feel of the place adds a romanticized angle to this text. There are not too many hard or difficult words that are presented and there is a sense of balance in the kind of language used for this text in the sense that facts are presented without over appreciating any of the members or undermining any others. This is the beauty of this book. The overall balance in everything shows that this is a work by someone who has thought out every nook and cranny of this book in a detailed manner. The nomenclature of the place Amka is explained in brief which is followed by some interesting facts about Amka that are numbered one after the other making the book highly scientific and systematic to read. The twists and turns in the story of Amka and its Rawals family comes when the mythological and religious angle to it is revealed as the Rawals are said to be the direct descendants of Lord Shri Krishna who is an avatar of God Vishnu. In short, the book not only introduces the Rawal family but also provides information on their lineage, its historical backgrounds and the manner in which they sustained themselves as a family and as a people, whose efforts made them earn so much respect in society. There are photographs that have been given about these members and it helps to relate to the content and connect with each of these individual’s lives and its many turns. The fact that the history of the Rawal family is not only restricted to Amka but to other places where the Rawals were found helps to ascertain the reach of this widely spread out well educated and influential family. The photos are clear proof of the sense of good upbringing and sophistication that the individual members share which comes from belonging to an intellectually well -off family lineage. On the whole, the book is worth multiple readings as it has a lot of depth of thought that will take time to absorb in the mind of the reader.
Name of Book: Rawal Family of Amka
Author: Mahendra Singh
Reviewed by: Tasnima Yasmin