By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 11 Sep: Retired senior bureaucrat Reva Nayyar, an IAS officer of the 1968 batch, visited the Natraj Bookshop on Rajpur Road, here, today.
Nayyar was on a visit to Dehradun to beat the G20 lockdown in Delhi and, on her way back, dropped in at her favorite bookshop on Rajpur Road. She shares an old association with the bookshop since her training days at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.
She browsed through the sections at the bookshop and found several books of her interest. She recalled that she had visited the bookshop during her training and later whenever she was in Dehradun and reminisced that her Director at the Academy at that time, TN Chaturvedi, who himself was a book lover and a voracious reader, inspired her and her co-trainee officers to visit Natraj Bookshop.
Reva Nayyar retired as Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development. She also served in senior positions in Ministry of Finance and the Planning Commission. She is currently Chairperson, Bal Sahyog.
During her interaction with Upendra Arora, owner of the bookshop, she emphasised on the importance of physical bookstores and expressed the need to sustain them for future generations. During her visit, she was presented with a copy of ‘Memoir of Dehra Dun’ by GRC Williams, which is a timeless classic on the history of the Doon Valley.
“Memoir of Dehra Dun” is replete with delightful anecdotes and lavish in its praise of the natural beauty of the valleys. This book is necessary to the collection of every resident of the Doon and also to the many who have passed through or merely heard of this exotic and unique valley.