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Length: 256 Pages
Publisher: Rupa Publications
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In the late sixties, Sergeant Samar, a minor employee of the air force, his wife Basanti and their four sons move from small-town Barrackpore to Bombay. The four boys grow up in the rapidly changing, cosmopolitan city that is just beginning to recognize its aspirations. Kalu, the third son, dreams of being an artist.

But dreams are easily obscured by circumstances. Kalus parents drift apart under the pressure of mutual resentments and casual violence. In school, Kalu cannot keep up with his rich English-speaking friends; only art gives him solace. But even as Samar grudgingly accepts his sons artistic aspirations, he is unwilling to support him. Faced with the possibility of joining the air force in his fathers footsteps, Kalu is forced to make an impossible choice.

As much a story of a difficult childhood as a snapshot of India of the 1960s, The Sergeants Son is a must-read.

About the Author
Ashim Choudhury was a corporal in the air force before he crash-landed into journalism and cartooning in 1992. Soon jobless, he got a break with the UN in Delhi, where he hopped several agencies. He also worked at the UN missions in the African states of Liberia and Sudan. An avid storyteller, his dream of becoming a newspaper columnist was never fulfilled. An inveterate traveller and a self-professed environmentalist, painting landscapes still remains his first love.

Specifications of The Sergeant's Son (English) (Paperback)

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Author Ashim Choudhury
Book Details
Publisher Rupa Publications
Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13 9788129121103
ISBN-10 8129121107
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 256 Pages
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20 Feb 2013
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An excellent experience

I took a chance to buy a first attempt of an unknown author. But the title and the cover design attracted me as also the excerpt. As a first attempt, it is superb. I do not have an iota of doubt that the protagonist is the author himself, and when he describes "Kalu", he writes about self. However, there are places where the author could restrain himself - he could avoid the detail description of a new game, long chapters on sex, repeated attempt to establish antithetic characteristics of his parents, etc. Although he almost successfully establish his father as a villain in the no... ()

I took a chance to buy a first attempt of an unknown author. But the title and the cover design attracted me as also the excerpt. As a first attempt, it is superb. I do not have an iota of doubt that the protagonist is the author himself, and when he describes "Kalu", he writes about self. However, there are places where the author could restrain himself - he could avoid the detail description of a new game, long chapters on sex, repeated attempt to establish antithetic characteristics of his parents, etc. Although he almost successfully establish his father as a villain in the no...
I took a chance to buy a first attempt of an unknown author. But the title and the cover design attracted me as also the excerpt. As a first attempt, it is superb. I do not have an iota of doubt that the protagonist is the author himself, and when he describes "Kalu", he writes about self. However, there are places where the author could restrain himself - he could avoid the detail description of a new game, long chapters on sex, repeated attempt to establish antithetic characteristics of his parents, etc. Although he almost successfully establish his father as a villain in the novel, he fails to convey that it is his father's grit and wish (of sending his children to quality English Schools), which resulted into the becoming of a not-so-extraordinary Ashim Choudhury into an English Fiction Writer. His father deserved a much more in-depth analysis of his characteristics.

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05 Aug 2013
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A compelling read, beautiful, nostalgic and poignant!

You don't judge a book from it's cover they say, I did and I was definitely not disappointed in this case Ashim Choudhury has used his splendid descriptive abilities to the full as he relates to us his childhood experiences as Kalu Biswas, in retrospect.

The Sergeant's Son is an exceptionally well written account of the life of a boy as he grows up among his 3 brothers in a lower middle class Bengali family in Mumbai and later in Allahabad, the quest for his identity, his penchant for art and the choices he makes between his passion and his responsibility in the face of insurmountable odds...
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You don't judge a book from it's cover they say, I did and I was definitely not disappointed in this case Ashim Choudhury has used his splendid descriptive abilities to the full as he relates to us his childhood experiences as Kalu Biswas, in retrospect.

The Sergeant's Son is an exceptionally well written account of the life of a boy as he grows up among his 3 brothers in a lower middle class Bengali family in Mumbai and later in Allahabad, the quest for his identity, his penchant for art and the choices he makes between his passion and his responsibility in the face of insurmountable odds...
You don't judge a book from it's cover they say, I did and I was definitely not disappointed in this case Ashim Choudhury has used his splendid descriptive abilities to the full as he relates to us his childhood experiences as Kalu Biswas, in retrospect.

The Sergeant's Son is an exceptionally well written account of the life of a boy as he grows up among his 3 brothers in a lower middle class Bengali family in Mumbai and later in Allahabad, the quest for his identity, his penchant for art and the choices he makes between his passion and his responsibility in the face of insurmountable odds.

A promising debut novel, my best wishes to the author for his next!

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19 Feb 2013
Nostalgic & tende

As reviewed, Nostalgic & tender. Clearly depicts those days of a simple living life.
Characters are so enlightened, can not stop reading in half-way until you finish the whole story.
Though I am yet to finish it, I recommend this is a must read to calm the texture in you and this novel indeed justifies the tenderness.

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23 Jan 2013
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The Sergeants Sons

The sergeants son Hero is an artistic boy Called "kalu". u can related with hero, kalu definitely going to touch ur hurt,every small feeling is explained in a very dramatic and touching way..... Author very charmingly describes every things........i personally like it very my.......all the best .....everyone should read it

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24 Jan 2013
A must read

superb....it was really wonderful and significantly had enriched the culture of indian writing in english...... because after chetan bhagat everybody started to publish a trash but this was really great....bringing out an ace debut novel.

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