Well! “Racist’ I was really looking forward to reading this particular novel. My first thoughts going by the title was that it would be a novel with a serious story (I hadn’t read the book’s summary on internet.) As I started reading it, I went on to read almost half of the book in one go minus the little breaks that I took to take care of my little one.
Book Title – The Amazing Racist Authors – Chhimi Tenduf-La Genre – Contemporary Fiction, Humor Publisher – Hachette India Published in – (January 2015) Pages – 240 Available Formats – Paperback & Kindle Edition Price – Rs. 295, Rs. 335 for Paperback Edition Available Online at – Amazon.com & Flipkart.com
Okay! I will be honest that the first few pages of the book reminded me of ‘Two States’ book by Chetan Bhagat. In that story, a couple of different religions but same nationality reach out to each other’s parents to get their consent for getting married. But then as the story proceeded with the twist of racism plus the relationship struggles between a father-in-law and a son-in-law went on to make the novel an interesting read.
The protagonist, Eddie Trusted, lands up in Colombo to teach in an international school. He meets Menaka who is the ‘Heroine’ of novel sense). Love strikes them and then the attempts of Eddie to please his ‘to-be’ father-in-law begin.
A turnaround comes in the story when Eddie finds out that Menaka’s father wants her to get married to a boy of the same race, caste, nationality and religion. Perhaps Menaka’s father, Thilak Rupashinghe, wants to make sure if Eddie really wants to get married with his daughter and whether he would be able to fit in his definition of ‘the suitable boy’ for her daughter.
What Didn’t Work for Me:
Many encounters mentioned between Thilak and Edward are very interesting and hilarious, but there are few incidents that give you a feel that they have been intentionally added to continue the story.
What Worked for Me:
The humor filled conversations.
The beauty with which Sri Lanka has been described.
The depiction of Father-in-law and Son-in-law encounters.
About the Author:
Having the exposure to vivid cultures and lifestyles of Hong Kong, London, Delhi and Colombo, the man behind this book is ‘Chhimi Tenduf-La’. He is half English, half Tibetan by birth. I am sure this book, ‘the Amazing Racist’ would be very special to him since it is his first book that has been published. His second novel is set to be published later in 2015.
My rating for this book would be 4/5.
My last thoughts on this hilarious story of fair-skinned, Edward and his attempts to woo his ‘to be’ father-in-law are first it is a heart touching novel of relationships that extend beyond blood relations. Secondly one might have seen, heard and read many times about the sweet-sour relationship between a daughter-in-law and mother-in-law but this is a tale of two men sorting out to settle in a relationship with a connecting link, Menaka. Ultimately it is a sweet story of relationships, love and family handled with lots of humor.