- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; 1 edition (15 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8184958250
- ISBN-13: 978-8184958256
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ranga is an adolescent who discovers that all the boys in his class have graduated to full pants as a part of their school uniform while he remains the only one wearing half-pant. The other boys start to make fun of him enough to make him want a set of full pants for himself. Then there is also the fact that his arch-nemesis and his best friends seem to be getting closer by the day. On the other hand is Prasad who has fallen in love with Tabassum and he would do anything for a life with her. But there is the matter of a politician’s nephew who has other plans for him. When Prasad and Ranga’s lives cross paths, relationships are forged and unexpected things happen.
Ranga and Prasad are two very different characters, yet both are loveable. Ranga’s immaturity at times reminded me of how young he is. But he does find his voice as the story progresses. Prasad’s composure on the other hand managed to impress me. There are quite a few side characters in the story and they have been developed equally well. The character of Vishwa really added to both the story and the character of Prasad. The plot is simple and mostly predictable. It is more of coming of age story with the characters finding their way through life. The author has done a good job with the story telling by giving us just enough details and keeping things simple.
If you aren’t aware of the school uniform codes here, boys wear half pants till they are considered adolescents and then they were full pants. Girls wear a skirt and then graduate to a Kurta(tunic) with a dupatta(scarf). So Ranga being the last boy wearing half pants in his school leaves him embarrassed and desperate to get himself a pair. Alas, his parents aren’t wealthy and it’s not exactly easy to get a pair of pants at the drop of a hat. To top it off he is from a Brahmin family, which means every single expense will be vetoed by the elders with some excuse or the other.
Add to this mix a brave boy who’s stood up to the local rowdy and somehow replaced him, a best friend who is slowly blossoming into a crush, an annoying villain who’s a politician’s nephew and you’ve got yourself a perfect story based in Andhra. This might seem like an unrealistic story but trust me, it isn’t. And it is also a perfect story to make into a movie (which is why I’m going to tweet this book to all my favourite actors).
The only negative is the ending and the lack of female main characters, while there is a portion where we get a female characters POV the rest of it is just men and it got a little sausage festy for me. But since this was placed in a time period and social class where women and men didn’t really spend much time together, it was reasonably forgivable. I’ve heard how difficult it was for people to talk then (I don’t know. I wasn’t alive yet in 1986)
Perfectly paced and smooth flowing, Ranga Half pants is a story that will pull you in with its 80s nostalgia and the childlike thoughts of the main characters. He’s a silly selfish boy who doesn’t really mean any harm but somehow manages to screw up all the time. A delight to read. I’ll definitely be picking up Suman Kumar’s next book the second it comes out. I gave it 4.5 stars.
Update: The Kindle edition is a messy affair. But the book was all kinds of fun and madness.
I loved Ranga Half-Pants for it staying true to it's nature.
I'd say great job to the Author. It's a book that brought back the love for books in me. That feeling of finishing a book and feeling fulfilled,
Okay, I digress. I loved Ranga Half Pants
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Superb story telling and great characters. I lost myself in the plot and enjoyed reading the story.