Lovely lovely read! Part Malgudi Days,part God of Small Things.'Anuja Chauhan, best-selling author
Aruna's experience as a writer and columnist is evident with her language.Humour flows effortlessly for her,which is the biggest strength of the novel.'
The Hindu'I am very grateful to have my faith in new Indian fiction restored.This is a classic,timeless book that illuminates and entertains by turn.'Suchi Govindarajan,writer and blogger,former Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle columnist
'A delightful read from start to finish.There were places where I was grinning so much as I read it that my kids were looking at me strangely.But under the humour,the frivolity,the nostalgia of an Eighties life,there are several growing-up lessons taking place.Yet,the book never gets maudlin.although it does leave you with an ache for things that could have been.Brilliant writing.'Andaleeb Wajid,writer
Set in small-town Kerala of the 1980s,Mango Cheeks,Metal Teeth is part coming-of-age story,part social satire and part comedy of errors.Geetha,elevenish,is off for the annual family vacation in Kerala and is looking forward to all the fun with her cousins-visits to the beach and trips to the market to buy glass bangles and kites and shuttlecocks,evenings in the veranda listening to her grandfather's ridiculous ghost stories which he swears are all true,marathon card games and ferocious boys-versus-girls battles with the bristles of brooms made from coconut fibre.
But as the summer unfolds,Geetha finds herself spending more time instead at the back of the house with the free-spirited cook,the hypochondriac cleaner,the virile gardener,a cheeky helper girl.And Babu son of Koovait Kannan,the bumbling plumber who made good.Babu's family is immersed,meanwhile,in the wedding preparations for Babu's sister,who is marrying the most eligible bachelor in the neighbourhood: Constable Venu,an expert thrasher of suspects and son of that wealthy black-marketer of supplies,Ration Raaman.But Babu's mind is otherwise occupied.with thoughts of a face as rounded as a Malgova mango,of an oiled plait as thick as the ropes used to tie the fishing boats,of eyes that sparkle like the sea on a sunlit morn.
As Geetha and Babu's closely linked but widely divergent lives intersect,both are about to lose some of the blissful ignorance and innocence of childhood.Charmingly quirky and often laugh-out-loud hilarious, Mango Cheeks,Metal Teeth gently explores the themes of growing up,loss of innocence and the intimate yet aloof nature of upstairs-downstairs relationships.