Book Journey: Panther

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Panther by Chhimi Tenduf-La

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Book Name: Panther
Author: Chhimi Tenduf-La
Pages: 261
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins India

I cried, I laughed, frustrated with the struggles of Prabu, the lead protagonist wanting to score a normal life. Wanting to just pull away from the parallel life – the two lives. One always in the background, never letting go, with nightmares erupting again and again and resemblances in other people. Like there’s something which will never leave. Like he cannot be all happy ever till the very end, or probably never. Like you want to hold his hand and keep him safe. But will the story end on a happy note, you keep on wishing so.

Yes, that’s how the book called out to me. A three hour flight and this book was all I had wanted the time to act in my favor, since a long long time.

Chhimi Tenduf-La casts another tale from Sri Lanka, this time in the background of war. No love story this time, but all emotions at fair play with humor thrown in between to relax the strain. An irresistible tale of lies, betrayal and shame as well of happiness in friendship is strung together. However, once or twice I felt losing the character touch with forceful intrusion of more pain and I felt myself wandering, but still will rate it 9 out of 10.

Perfect for a good read. Can’t wait to read the next one.

And yes, I am going to visit Sri Lanka the next year.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
I see you. Legs like toothpicks, body and face all ribs and cheekbones. And that hair. Come on, what is it? Like friggin’ barbed wire. I see you with a hand-me-down cracked bat creaming a leather ball, in a sock, hanging from the branch of a mango tree.

Being accepted into an elite international school on a cricket scholarship doesn’t mean your life is going to change. Except it does, because hunky Indika – I for Indika, I for Incredible – takes you under his wing, drags you to posh restaurants and shows you pictures from glossy magazines of women who … well, never mind, that’s not the point. The point is: if your best friend snogs your girlfriend, can he still be Incredible? Was he ever? But don’t sweat the small stuff. There are cricket matches to win, examinations to pass, a horrifying past to forget, a sinister schoolmaster to avoid … and, of course, a first kiss to finally experience. Prabu’s life is never going to be the same again.

Funny, diamond-sharp and unapologetic, Panther is a novel about that familiar, fractured passage to adulthood that can make us magnificent if it does not kill us.

About the author:
Half English, half Tibetan, Chhimi Tenduf-La grew up in Hong Kong, London, Delhi and Colombo, where he now lives with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Tara.

Rating: 9/10

About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

Posted on July 5, 2015, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hey Alka,

    You should read and review Akhil Sharma,s Family Life


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