MANGO CHEEKS, METAL TEETH
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    MANGO CHEEKS, METAL TEETH (English, Aruna Nambiar)

    MANGO CHEEKS, METAL TEETH  (English, Aruna Nambiar)

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    • Language: English
    • Publisher: TRANQUEBAR PRESS
    • ISBN: 9789383260546, 9383260548
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    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.

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    • Authored By
      • Aruna Nambiar
    • Author Info
      • Aruna Nambiar is a writer and editor who grew up in Mumbai and now lives in Bangalore. After an engineering degree and a post-graduation in management, she worked with an international bank, before rekindling a lifelong passion for writing. Her short stories and travelogues have been published in the anthologies Curtains, The Itinerant Indian and Winners Vol. I and articles and essays in publications like Timeout Bengaluru, Deccan Herald, Indian Express, Economic Times and India Today Travel Plus. She also conceived and wrote the text for Portrait: Kerala, a coffee table book about the state. Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth is her first novel.
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    A Bubbly Travel Companion

    Aruna Nambiar’s slice-of-life novel set in sleepy, small-town Kerala follows in the delightful tradition of R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi tales. Her writing is smooth and unpretentious, and the book fizzes with a cast of colourful characters. Yes, these are unsophisticated people who lead simple lives; they are often flawed and foolish, and yet the reader cannot help empathizing with them because they seem so vulnerable. A welcome bonus – generous dollops of wry, tongue-in-the-cheek humour! An ideal...
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    Veena Seshadri

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    31 May, 2014

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    Innocent and authentic!

    ‘Mango Cheeks Metal teeth’ is a light fiction. Reading this book is like revisiting your childhood spent playfully in vacations.

    The writing style of the author is neat and crisp. Events are described so realistically that it gives the story a certain kind of authenticity. There's a nice touch of humour and innocence that often brings a smile. Characters are well defined.

    For me it was a sweet read but frequent usage of Malayali terms and so many characters made it confusing for me. Ther...
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    Tarang

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    16 Oct, 2014

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    I loved this book. Ms. Aruna Nambiar's language is simple and beautiful. I started reading the book and till i finished it, I could not read anything else. I especially enjoyed the use of malayalam words in the book . The book reminded me of my vacations

    I loved this book. Ms. Aruna Nambiar's language is simple and beautiful. I started reading the book and till i finished it, I could not read anything else. I especially enjoyed the use of malayalam words in the book . The book reminded me of my vacations in my native place. very interesting.
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    savidha mohan

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    A must read

    A beautifully woven story of the parallel lives of the people in different social strata in a Kerala village, their small triumphs and failures, their jubilations and sorrow, seen through the eyes of young Geetha spending her summer vacation days. The excitements, and, at the same time, the poignancy of growing up are wonderfully captured by the author. Long after reading the book, the cast of characters, sketched with deep empathy, and with colourful names such as Ration Raaman and Koovait K...
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    Amit Basu

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    15 Mar, 2014

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    An entertaining and enjoyable book

    A thoroughly enjoyable book-light hearted with entertaining characters which captures the joys and pains of growing up.

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    4 Feb, 2014

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    Thoroughly entertaining & enjoyable

    Great book - very well written, humorous and a great read. Highly recommended for those who enjoy light fiction.
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    Madhvi

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    25 Jan, 2014

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    A playful coming of age story

    Really funny and yet poignant. Described Kerala very vividly and captured the excitement, fun and frustrations of childhood and growing up. I'm not sure what I like more, the crazy characters or the hilarious descriptions and conversations.
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    Sadhu Swarup

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    8 Jan, 2014

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