The year was 1947. The Partition changed the lives of thousands of people across the Indian Sub-continent forever. People on both sides, in India and Pakistan, had to abandon their homes, risk their lives, and cross the new border drawn out by the makers of history. One such family of booksellers from Pakistan with Lala Narain Das at the helm moved to Ferozepur Cantonment, a border town in India. He set up a bookstore and began training the young boys in the family to sell newspapers, import magazines, and books and run a bookstore. They catered to the literary needs of the English officers in the area.
After a few years, Lala Narain Das sent his three sons to Dehra Dun to open a branch of the bookstore. Dehra Dun is a town in the foothills of the Himalayas, and like Ferozepur has a military cantonment and is home to military training institutions. Once the sons settled in, and their families grew, each of them went on to open separate bookstores in the same town. Sohan Lal Arora started Natraj by ordering small shipments of books from the United Kingdom, stocking Indian titles and went on to gradually publish books and also a regular Current Events journal which he edited himself.