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Eddie Trusted, an English school teacher in Colombo, wants to spend his life with Menaka Rupasinghe, a vibrant Sri Lankan beauty, but as with all matters of the heart, there’s an obstacle. If Eddie wants to wed Menaka, it is Thilak Rupasinghe, her orthodox terror of a father, whom he must woo and whose farts he must kiss – Thilak wants his daughter to marry someone of theEddie Trusted, an English school teacher in Colombo, wants to spend his life with Menaka Rupasinghe, a vibrant Sri Lankan beauty, but as with all matters of the heart, there’s an obstacle. If Eddie wants to wed Menaka, it is Thilak Rupasinghe, her orthodox terror of a father, whom he must woo and whose farts he must kiss – Thilak wants his daughter to marry someone of the same race, religion and caste, and if possible from the same locality.In a desperate bid to make his dream a reality, Eddie tries to connect with Thilak in other ways – eating curries that make him bleed spice and breathe fire, driving drunk through red lights, threatening co-workers with violence, and sleeping with snakes. But will Eddie ever be good enough for a man who hates the colour of his skin?Sparkling with wit and featuring an endearing cast of characters, The Amazing Racist is the story of a man who finds a home among strangers, of a father-in-law whose bark is worse than his bite, and of bonds that grow to be stronger than family ties....

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The Amazing Racist Reviews

  • Nilu
    2018-12-02 06:42

    Eddie Trusted is an Englishman who is also a teacher in a leading International school in Colombo. He is smitten with a local girl Menaka , who wants to marry him as soon as possible. The only hitch is Menaka's overbearing father,Mr.Thilak Rupasinghe, who thinks of Suddha buggers as bloody colonialists who plundered his Motherland. There is no way in hell he will consent to a marriage between Eddie and his daughter.That's the premise of this hilarious yet affecting novel.The author is Half English and Half Tibetan. His parents started the esteemed education establishment ;namely Colombo International School. He has spent most of his life in Sri Lanka and has got each local detail down to a tee. In short , this book can be called a good debut in the local literary scene.There's an unlikely Bromance in the book that keeps every reader involved and invested till the story ends.Recommended to anyone interested in a funny story related by a Tibetan , about a British man , set in Sri Lanka. P.s - due to the numerous references to "Spirits" local or otherwise, it will be advisable to keep a chilled beer or any brew of your choice nearby while reading this.

  • Rukshala Illukkumbura
    2018-12-03 11:51

    Hilarious at first, incredibly moving later on. I loved the way in which Sri Lankans are portrayed - especially that of the typical father-in-law. The characters just blended in wonderfully to the vivid setting of my beautiful, frustrating, chaotic homeland.

  • Maliththa
    2018-11-27 13:10

    The Amazing Racist By Chhimi Tenduf-laI was coerced to read this book by a few bossy characters from this group. Unlike Uncle Thilak, they were subtle.At the beginning Chhimi annoyed me by giving substance to my pet hate. I don't like reading books written about Srilanka/Srilankans by people who have really not lived there , because they usually get their facts wrong. Anyway that's all I was doing at first. Being an amazing racist. My friends listened to my rantings with unusual patience.It was apparent that Chhimi missed the fact that a driver who can say "neither can I " has a higher level of English use and he won't then the next minute say, "my boss is want you to touch him" to mean "boss wants him to get in touch with ".Also, because I was being rather petty, I thought he should know that the tea tasters have to abstain from smoking,alcohol and spicy food. And not knowing the character fully, I thought I knew how a Srilankan girl might not behave.Eventually, I started to admit grudgingly that he knew the society he was talking about. The people were real. They were shallow, they had depth. No one black. None white. Definitely not the suddha.I don't remember thinking after I passed the half way mark. I was only feeling. The book is peppered with smart a** jokes , but my smile was pensive. It's a strange book. Just like the society it's set in. It's very superficial in many aspects, but deep in places where you wouldn't even think possible.It gave me the happy ending that I was craving for, but Chhimi took his sweet time delivering it. Just like Uncle Thilak.Suffice to say " I love the bugger!!!"

  • Sucheta
    2018-11-26 10:07

    This book was sent to me by the publishers as a part of the Goodreads Firstreads program. I have not read a book this good of recent. The humor is of course, the main highlight of The Amazing Racist, but so is the wonderful relationship between two of the main characters, which gives it a fresh perspective. The book is a page-turner and although it is a light read, it touches your heartstrings somewhere, especially when you read the end. Also, the twists and turns in the plot keep you hooked and wanting to read more of it.The only disappointment...it is too short a book. I wish there were more pages.

  • Siobhan Daiko
    2018-11-19 08:00

    Tenduf-La has written a wonderful novel. Initially, the story struck me as being in the lad-lit genre, but part 2 changed that impression. The relationship between Eddie and his father-in-law, the irascible 'racist' Thilak Rupasinghe, developed complex and endearing threads held together by their common love for Eddie's daughter, Kiki. I won't give away any more of the plot and urge you to read this book. You won't be disappointed. I'm looking forward to enjoying more of Tenduf-La 's work, and can't wait for his next novel to be published.

  • Nicole
    2018-12-11 10:10

    The first 30% of the book were laugh-out-loud funny. Then it became more of a bromance but the characters were really likeable (well, those who were supposed to be likeable) and I rooted for the protagonist until the end.

  • Taarshi The Star Lord Stalker
    2018-11-16 07:51

    A book that shows the everyday deeds of a Sri Lankan father in law. One of the funniest books I have read to date and I can wholeheartedly tell you, that every single saying, habit, gesture and joke are truly what makes a true Lankan!

  • Sharadha
    2018-12-07 12:02

    Interesting and funny read.

  • Priyadarshni Palanikumar
    2018-11-29 09:02

    I chose to read this book after watching some sessions by Mr Tenduf-La at the Bangalore Literature Festival, 2017. His expression of speech was hilarious and very much attracted me to his writing.I was not disappointed. The plot is simple and down-to-earth; the characters are very familiar and reassuring; the setting is simply beautiful (I want to visit Sri Lanka now). But, the best part? The language. I loved his narration throughout the book. Very magnetic at the start of the book, and very determined to force the reader to not put it down through the middle of the book. The end did not disappoint either.So, if you want something light and giggly to read, pick this one up. I will review the next books by Mr Tenduf-La next!

  • Sumeet Sehgal
    2018-11-17 05:10

    Impressive Debut. Unusual storyline with a multi cultural theme intertwined with a good sprinkle of humor and emotion.

  • Yasoda Wijerathna
    2018-11-23 08:01

    Amazingly moving... I wouldn't hesitate to say this is one of the best books I've ever read. Simply couldn't put it down until I was done.

  • Archita Mitra
    2018-11-27 11:07

    A half-English, half-Tibetan author penned down a book set in Sri Lanka, narrated by an English protagonist, and which I, an Indian reader, loved reading. It won’t be wrong to state that Chhimi Tenduf-La has penned down a global novel.Written from the point-of-view of Eddie Trusted, an English school teacher who moves to Colombo and falls in love with a native girl, ‘The Amazing Racist’ explores in intricate details the many idiosyncrasies of South Asian countries: our pride of our rich, past heritage; the anger we still feel towards our erstwhile colonizers, the poverty, our culture, our work values that stress on achievement and financial success, the potholed roads, the insufferable heat, the corrupt bureaucracy and finally our hot curries. The book explores all this and more in a poignant and witty package.The story is one which has been told a numerous times in many Bollywood movies: boy meets rich girl at a party. They fall in love and wish to get married. They visit the girl’s father to seek his blessings but he balks at the idea of having his daughter marry (in this case) “a white guy”. Like all South Asian parents, Mr. Thilak Rupasinghe, wants his daughter to marry a man…“…of the same race, religion, caste, literacy, social club, library, the same town, the same street, the same house. Someone with the right horoscope, the right job, salary, house, car…and skin tone”.A white teacher from England just doesn’t fit the bill.However my favourite part of the novel is the second half; after Menaka and Eddie’s marriage and the birth of their daughter, Kiki. Eddie and Thilak have to set aside their differences to look after Kiki, as her mother Menaka immerses herself in war reconciliation efforts that leave her with no time for her family. What slowly fosters through brilliant narration and witty anecdotes, is a bond stronger than blood.The Amazing Racist is an amazing book!It beautifully describes the changing South Asian social fabric, and tackles many contemporary issues like divorce, inheritance, extramarital love and stereotypes like that of the house husband and the career-driven mother.The book will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Through his words Chhimi Tenduf-La will draw you into the world he has created: a world of white suddhas, lush paddy fields, extravagant fundraisers, hypocritical mothers, forbidden romance and an orthodox father-in-law with a sharp tongue and a golden heart. You will fall in love with the well-nuanced characters. The author describes them with such vivid details that you, as the reader, start feeling like you know them as intimately as a close friend: their fears, their ambitions, their triumphs and their weaknesses, all are laid out in black and white. The place and character descriptions are vivid, without being tedious.The only fault I could find with the book was its depiction of Menaka as a negligent and selfish mother only because she prioritizes her career over her family. I find it wrong to pigeonhole women like that.To conclude it is definitely one of the better books that I have read in quite a while now. A fantastic debut by Chimmi Tenduf-La. I can’t wait to see what further literary masterpieces come my way from his pen.My rating for this book is very high. I simply loved it. I loved the witty descriptions of a tropical country that closely resembles my own. I loved Thilak Rupasinghe’s sarcastic comments and blustering arrogance. I loved Eddie, Caroline, Kiki and even Menaka.And most of all I loved the simple narration of everyday life of simple, everyday people that culminates into a piece of literary brilliance.Also published on mitraarchita1995.wordpress.com

  • Sanduni Kulatunga
    2018-12-01 07:40

    LOVED it!!! Can't wait to read Panther and Loyal Stalkers.

  • Rekha Mishra
    2018-11-30 06:59

    The last sentence of the book will surely land any readers into tears. When I had closed the book, I could actually see the trailer of the novel in front of me. It’s surprising that a funny and hilarious novel can make you cry at the end! The cover picture and the tile actually seem to have no relation unless you read the book. The Amazing Racist is the best book that I have read so far. This book covers all the emotions brilliantly. The story is about a Colombo guy Eddie who is in love with a Sri Lankan woman ‘Meneka Rupasinghe’. Eddie tries hard to convince Meneka’s dad who is and orthodox. Tilak Rupasinghe, Meneka’s Dad wanted her daughter to marry a guy of the same race, religion, country and skin. To convince him for the marriage he many weird things like- driving like a drunkard through the red lights, sleeping with the snakes, eating curries that made him bleed spice and so on. Finally, they both got married but Tilak Rupasinghe still hated the White skin guy ‘Eddie’. The first part of the story is quite common; you can say ‘Har ghar ki khahani’. But the second part is intriguing. The second part of the story deals with Meneka giving a baby girl and then getting busy into her work so much that she doesn’t have time for her daughter, husband and father. It shows how Eddie and Tilak’s bond gets stronger with ‘Kiki’ (Eddie and Meneka’s daughter) entering in their life. They both filled the gap of her mother and how they argued on every matter related to Kiki. Their relation was like neither they can live together nor without each other. Then comes the separation part, where Meneka decides to part away from Eddie and Kiki as she feels she no more loves Eddie and is in a relationship with her cousin Gayan. Eddie asks for second chance in their life but Meneka rejects it. The patrogonist Meneka’s nature is so selfish that she tries to use Kiki to get the wealth of Rupasinghe. Eddie does everything to keep her life ‘Kiki’ with him. Mr. Tilak Rupasinghe who once had fought with cancer was again diagnosed with cancer and then his painful yet funny and hilarious journey has been described. Caroline coming in the picture and becoming a part of their Eddie, Kiki and Rupsinghe is touching. At the end of the book Tilak’s real nature has been described that will melt your heart. His death was again painful as his funny, aggressive and hilarious dialogues plays in your mind. The best part of the book is, how after Mr. Rupasinghe’s death Eddie misses him a lot despite his abuses, mocking and finding fault in everything Eddie did.Coming to the writing style, the author has described each character very nicely and they look real. His writing is simple and interesting that helps you to picture every scene in your mind. Tilak Rupasinghe and Kiki are my favorite characters from the book. The dialogues in the books can actually make you laugh when you are crying and it can make you cry when you are laughing.I am sure; Chhimi Tenduf-La will have a great career in writing. Good Luck to the author!

  • Lisa Wydeman
    2018-12-06 11:48

    An Awesome ReadI got ‘The Amazing Racist’ by Chhimi Tenduf-La, as a birthday present...and this is by far the best ever gift of a book I have ever gotten. I just loved it. I haven’t laughed out loud while reading a book in a long time. My whole family were giving me strange looks as I just kept reading and laughing, an almost permanent grin on my face. I haven’t spoilt myself taking non-stop – ‘me time,’ the way I did with this book. I only stopped to coach my 7 year old daughter with her exams...then back to reading while eating, while everyone else slept, and well into the wee hours of the morning. I just couldn’t put the book down. ‘She kicked me in the stomach, onto Uncle Thilak’s leather chair. His throne. The chair in the portrait behind his desk. Now my bare arse against it. Sticking to it. Sweating on it. Leaning over me, she swooshed her hair across my bare legs, against my chest. Her muscular legs held her above me without touching. Teasing. The greatest bloody tease of all time.’This is just one scene that I loved, but the best parts are the conversations between Uncle Thilak and Eddie (suddha) that are rib tickling, reeking with sarcasm with an unbeatable witty flow to the words, that make you hate and love the old fellow at the same time. Your descriptions are so colourful.The way you portray Sri Lanka hilarious yet, so touching that reading this is like looking at a spectacular painting of a myriad colours. The style of writing is so engaging that you just have to turn that page and keep going and going and, going. The humour is excellent and the plot is simply lovely. It’s the kind of book that’s not just captivating, it HOLDS YOU CAPTIVE! You just have to read it till you finish it...and when you do, you just sit back and wish the story hadn’t ended, that there was just a little more. Just a little bit more to chew on.I finished the book and then thought...really, this guy is genius. You had made me laugh all through the book, fall in love with an old sarcastic character I would normally dislike and then, feel that feeling......I can only compare to as the type of satisfaction you get after you have just indulged in a delicious dessert and you finish the last drop, practically lick the dish dry and then you have that unbearable urge to have - just that one spoon more.Well, that was the exact feeling that I felt when I reached the last few lines. Oh! I just loved your book and I just can’t wait for the other book you say you are writing to come out.

  • Nibha
    2018-11-17 10:04

    If you think that the book is about some racism that it isn’t for sure. Being a debut novel, this is a perfect start for the author to carve a perfect writing career ahead. The setting of the story is in the Sri Lankan backdrop. Indian readers can find a few similarities between their own and the neighboring country. The story causally moves forward with daily insights into Sri-Lankan Life. The story is simple and shares the experiences of an Englishman in the south-Asian foreign country. It brilliantly depicts the pre and post marriage struggles of a white man in a foreign land. The flow of story is lucid and doesn’t bore even when it goes slow. It does become a little stretched at times. A few things in the story seem to be pretty obvious throughout the story but are still handled very well. The language of the book is also pretty simple and beautifully describes the beauty of Sri Lanka.Charaters seem to be directly inspired from real life people and are totally understandable through their words and actions. The protagonist will surely make you feel sad and you might pity his plight. But his love and care for his daughter is undefinable. The strength with which he decides to fight against all the odds just to be with his daughter is impeccable and will surely move you. His character shows no changes from the start to the end. However, you might hate the female protagonist, Meneka, as the story moves forward because you never imagined the twists that were in waiting. Moreover, the character of Uncle Thalik, you thought you can only hate in the starting turns out to be otherwise. He is one character that will make you realize how most of us truly are, a little flawed and far from perfection but goodness of heart still preserved somewhere. Other characters fill in the spaces very perfectly.Book is a light read with perfect sense of humor tickling the reader’s stomach yet touching the reader’s heart deeply just by its simplicity. The author strikes perfect balance between the tragic circumstances with his words of humour. The book leaves a smile the face when it ends.

  • Yasoda
    2018-12-07 09:47

    I bought this book 6 months back, and finally read it because of a friend’s review. We bought this on a random shopping trip to Odel. It was the colourful cover which attracted us to the book. However, when we read the back cover, we felt that it was an ordinary story. What triggered the buying decision was that there were copies with author’s signature. There had been a book signing the previous day, and few copies with the signature were left unsold.This is the story of Eddie Trusted, an English school teacher in Colombo, who falls for a Sri Lankan girl on his first day in the country. But the girl he falls for, is not an ordinary girl. She is the daughter of prominent lawyer Thilak Rupasinghe, who is the amazing racist. Eddie wants to spend his life with Menaka Rupasinghe, but the issue is that her father hates white people. Thilak wants his daughter to marry someone of the same race, religion and caste, and if possible from the same locality. This is the story about Eddie winning the hearts of not only Menaka, but also Thilak and then the story of his marriage and family.To me, the first few pages were boring, and could not understand what my friend was raving about. There were too many similes. But after that, it became interesting. It was hilarious. What has made the ordinary story extraordinary is the writing style. The author is able to grab the reader’s attention with the funny way of telling the story. Towards the end of the story, I was laughing and crying both.All in all, it is a book I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to any reader.

  • Alka
    2018-11-10 08:53

    The debut novel by Chhimi Tenduf-La is highly recommended for all those who are looking for a good laugh and smiles at the banter from each character and intended for a light reading. Don’t go by the title of the book to think it’s going to derive sadistic pleasure out of anyone’s sufferings!Read more at my Ethereal Jinxed blogI started reading the book hardly expecting to like it. Mid-way through the book, it felt like I had heard the story multiple times, though the language was lucid, the flow well-balanced and the story an amusing one. And that’s when the Part 2 of book started. The author perfectly captures the essence of an unusual family and the eccentric but embarrassing bickering over nothing. He takes on the take of sasur – damad (father-in-law – son-in-law) relationship instead of multiple books on saas – bahu (mother -in-law – daughter-in-law) relationship.There are moments when you cannot help but smile at the slangs thrown with ample mix of emotions. The characters delve deep and you see evolvement as people interact with each other and the love grows; not just the romantic love but familial one too. There are relationships that outgrow over time and there are others which are like just made in heaven where one cannot help loosening the ties even after day after day struggle. The characteristics, the musings, and even the bitter battle of emotions is refreshing. And it definitely makes you want to visit Sri Lanka for all its beautifulness and culture.

  • Avishek Bhattacharjee
    2018-11-26 12:44

    Yes..this is my first Sri Lankan novel(Though I wanted to start with Chinaman:The Legend of Pradeep Mathew)..and i must say i thoroughly enjoyed it.It is disturbing,irritating but at the same time it is humorous.Full credit to the author for bringing up the dark sides of a society in such a hilarious manner.Truth is harsh always bitter but if you present it on such a platter readers will enjoy...they will read more,they will try hard to know the culture,explore the unexplored.Coming back to the story,like all other reviewers i also thought this book is all about CB's 2 states set up in a different country,different culture.But the debutant author has more to provide you and in a much better way.A white guy trapped in a different country in all possible messy situations.Though it is a work of fiction..still the conversation which Eddie Trusted had with his father in law canvas such a bitter and sweet relationship.The characters like Menaka,Gyan,Caroline all are nicely characterized doing justice to the plot.Hats off to the author for bringing Cricket,racism,war,messed up society and the noble deeds all in a same book woven so beautifully.I will recommend this book to all my friends..read it..You will love it.Who is this Thilak Rupasinghe....OMG..He is an Amazing Racist!!

  • Viju
    2018-11-11 09:48

    This book was sent to me by the publishers as a part of the Goodreads Firstreads program. At times, you need that book with a simple story which can get endearingly close to home that you are happy that you picked up the book. The Amazing Racist is one such book. In a mix of Two Days in Paris meets Cheeni Kum (Hindi), The Amazing Racist has a solid first part followed by an okayish second part. This is the story of a British guy in SriLanka who happens to meet the love of his life only to realise a little too late that it wasn't what he planned on getting into, with a nice character - a father-in-law - who drives the story forward entertainingly. For a debut author, the author definitely seems to be in a great spot and he seems confortable too. If only the other had worked a little more on that characterisation of the female protagonist, which seems to fall a little too flat, he would have had a more solid book. With some interesting portrayal of the SriLankans, who coincidentally seem no different from their Indian counterparts, This Amazing Racist is definitely more than how amazing I thought it was going to be.

  • Sushmita Malakar
    2018-11-20 13:01

    The book is pretty witty and humorous, as I have already mentioned. However, at places the humor gets too dark and could have been avoided. The book is a great piece of work and for a debut novel, it is just perfect. The depiction of human emotions, strengths and weakness is uncanny, However, the book somehow lost the balance when it came to sexism. The book might have glorified the concept of house-husband but at a price of keeping a career oriented woman in a bad light.I could somehow identify with Thilak. Call me a racist or call me a daddy's girl, but his emotions were truly what any father's emotions when it comes to marrying off your daughter to someone from a different land and culture. The depiction is way too good. But keeping everything aside, the book portrays Sri Lanka so beautifully that you might want to visit that place!For a detailed review, please visit :http://welcome-to-my-confused-world.b...

  • Malvika
    2018-12-06 09:44

    I received the book through the Goodreads Giveaway. It took me over an year to get round to reading it, i have no clue why, but I'm glad that I read it now- it got me out of a reading slump!The plot is amazing, the writing style, even better. A page-turner in the true sense. The story describes the relationship between Eddie, a Brit living in Colombo, and his to-be(and eventual) father-in-law. The story progresses beautifully, describing the culture, and the mannerism of an orthodox yet loving father perfectly.The book has many instances of humour but moments like the cast finally coming across a waiter named Sunil, and Eddie realising that 'Aiya' literally means older brother, subtly try to and succeed in making one laugh. Loved the book, will definitely go back to it again, and will love to read more by Chhimi Tenduf-La.

  • Dhyuthi Krishna
    2018-11-18 13:07

    So,finished with Amazing Racist...A language so trendy,an experience so soothing,a bonding undefined and silence (political) untold ! Loved reading.A male of Eddie's sort is something I can't get with.Plain,simple yet heavily emotional.That's what perhaps make his perspective trouble -free and unbiased.And simply 'Tilak -Bugger' combo rocks ! could relate since I have accustomed to 'old timers' in Colombo and am convinced they hate to 'waste'.The random few of the country...Traffic,schools,mosquitoes - you didn't skip any of them..Menaka stands for Eddie's naivety and void where as Caroline perfectly fills in his life..Well,Amazing Racist (such a superb title) finally reconciles that in spite of being racist or extremely political,you are just a victim of your circumstances..

  • Chris Stubbs
    2018-11-14 05:46

    Yesterday evening I finished your book The Amazing Racist, I just wanted to say what a wonderful read it was, definitely a book of two parts, that made me laugh out loud, cry and made me remember with such clarity some of the events and times, I have had in Sri Lanka married into a Sri Lankan family.The last sentence of the book is a stunner and I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as I closed the book.Thank you Chhimi for a totally brilliant read, I am recommending it to friends and acquaintances all around the world, that have known me in Sri Lanka and have spent time in Sri Lanka with me over the past 30 years + Looking forward to your next book.

  • Gishanka
    2018-11-18 12:49

    Fantastic debut Novel by Chhimi Tenduf-La. A truly hilarious novel that captures great insight into Sri Lankan culture and habits. The Thilak Rupasinghe Character is comedy gold and one keeps waiting for his character to emerge with his whip crack quips of searing universal racism!Act 1 of the book kept me in stitches while Act 2 adds a deeper dimension and insight into the heartbreaking turmoil most of us may have gone through in our earlier years. At once stomach crampingly funny, while making you care and feel for it's flawed but likeable protagonist and his supporting cast. Highly recommended.

  • Anushka Jagtiani
    2018-12-01 06:03

    A delightful book. I actually missed the characters after I finished reading it. I hope there will be a sequel one day. This book takes some very unexpected twists and turns which is the beauty of it. Just when you think it's going in a certain direction it takes a sharp turn in another. The protagonist, a teacher from England who has secured a job at an elite school in Colombo, is very loveable and you really begin to admire him. The book brings out the idiosyncrasies of Srilankan culture in a very humorous way. A fantastic first novel!

  • Jairam Mohan
    2018-11-15 07:43

    An extremely heartwarming book which has parenting, grandparenting and human relationships firmly entrenched in its core. While the title itself is humorously misleading in terms of what to expect from the book, the author has done a good job of looking at Sri Lanka from an outsider's perspective while narrating what is at heart an universal story of love and relationships.Read the complete review at https://mahabore.wordpress.com/2015/0...

  • Moushumi Ghosh
    2018-12-10 13:10

    A very unusual and funny book from contemporary Sri Lanka. I laughed out loud at all the verbal and situational comedy that peppers the book. It's a light travel read. Tenduf La has a very British sense of humour and that worked for me. Midway through the book the tone changes but it's enjoyable nonetheless. Read because you have time to kill and you want nothing heavy.

  • Gyatsang Sey
    2018-11-12 12:45

    Coming from a fellow Tibetan, I picked up this book on a trip on Delhi. This book is a treat in every sense of the word, great comic timing and oodles of wisdom. It was a joyous read. I am looking forward to read Chimmi's next novel. I only hope Chimmi has plans to tackle Tibet in his future novels.

  • Debashish Irengbam
    2018-12-07 05:55

    A brilliantly crafted socio-politico-rom-comic tale that had me in splits throughout the narrative. Was hooked on from the very first page itself. Wittily written with characters and moments that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. Panther is next on my list. Looking forward to many more works from the author.