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Chaddi Buddies Kindle Edition
"A delightful, must read" – The Speaking Tree, A Times of India publication
“A moving story of youthful friendship and idealism” – The New Indian Express
"Worth a read" – Bangalore Mirror
“An emotional trip down the memory lane of childhood” – Daily Bhaskar--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B01F3ZO516
- Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors (1 December 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 2002 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 194 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,302 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from India
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Equal in parts exhilarating and heart breaking, this novel is a pleasant surprise. It doesn't overdo the saccharine sweetness flavors that it starts with. It starts off sweet, waits for the reader to savor the sweetness before it throws just the slightest hint of bitterness. Maybe that's how life is
But unlike RK Narayan’s Malgudi Days, which are different short stories, Oswald weaves various interesting episodes in the life of the protagonist and narrator Robert Pereira, to form an integral, complete novel. It’s as if he has written a novel with many short stories that link to ultimately become one story, each with a unique tale and twist of its own. The chapters are short and filled with incidents of fun, childhood pranks, adventure and humour. The language is easy flowing, the descriptions are vivid, and, overall, the story is simply beautiful.
Robert, a sensitive and intelligent, but clumsy kid, lacking the speed and street smartness of other kids is ridiculed and made fun of by the other kids, which includes his bullying elder brother Victor, who instead of helping his younger brother, joins in the ridicule to nickname his brother —Pondya—a feeble, weak person.
Robert finds solace in Hill Mansion, a ramshackle hut on the top of a hill, where he is more at ease than in his own modern home, happy to be in the company of his chaddi buddies Anand and Baloo and his hero, their elder brother Dattya, children of a domestic help. Their love and support do wonders for his deflated ego and self-esteem. Dattya mentors and trains Robert to regain confidence and strength to fight the ridicule of his peers and his elder brother Victor. Oswald captures Robert’s transition with great aplomb, portraying his emotions very realistically, bringing out Robert’s psychological trauma brilliantly.
The author also poignantly captures the characters of his father, mother, his siblings and his relationship with them that any child or adult would connect with and relate to in daily life.
Though the story is of a boy from the age of 9-17 years, I think the book has a universal readership and I would recommend Chaddi Buddies as a must read for children, young adults and the older generation too. I enjoyed reading the book and laughed and cried, and often pondered as I read this fantastic tale that has left a deep impact on me and would be an inspiration to anyone who reads it. Most importantly, Chaddi Buddies, is a work of great literary merit, unlike today’s commercialized paperbacks.
The book is absolutely delightful. Just these two words are enough to describe this book.
Love - such a simple, comes with no cost but so rare, including one's home. Author makes us understand live and care are so much sought after by kids.
It is very engaging as the story develops, how the title character, the protagonist develops into a better, more brave, skilled teenager and is very reminiscent of real life development of skills, characters, personality. Everyone, including teenagers and adults can relate to this story as it is about challenges, romance, feelings, school, religion and growing up.
It is fun to read about the experiences of teenagers growing up in an environment where there were no computers, video games, mobiles in circulation. It is about the pure interaction with the environment, friends, family without any other distractions and a communication of feelings, plus challenges with the environment, and in school.
Top reviews from other countries
The book captures some touching moments in a child's life, struggling with insecurities and bullying. It also encapsulates life in a small village (where he grew up), and brings to life how kids of all backgrounds and religions dwell together in harmony, despite strong influences that make a small child wonder, yet secretly hold his own opinions and come to terms with reality.
Don't want to talk more about the book, least I give out the whole story...
I am sure you will enjoy the book!