Review of Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth by Aruna Nambiar

About Author:

 Aruna Nambiar is a writer and editor who grew up in Mumbai and now lives in Banglore. Her short stories and travelogues have been published in the anthologies Curtains, The Itinerant Indian and Winners Vol. I, and articles and essays in different publications. She has also wrote the text for Portrait: Kerala, a coffee table book about the state. Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth is her first novel. 

Writing Style: 4/5

Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth will take reader on ride of your childhood. The setting of novel is in Kerala and timespan backs to era where Sridevi was ruling box office and Kapil Dev was rocking Cricket playgrounds. This wonderful book by Aruna will take us on ride of a treasure box where we all have kept our childhood memories of vacation. In India, for children, vacation means visit to grandparents, maternal or else paternal. Visit to a small village which seemed heaven to all of us due to the freedom and extra ordinary care we enjoyed.
Geetha is a girl who has just finished her childhood and is about to enter in teenage comes to fictional town of Ambalakunnu in Kerala.  Geetha is eleven, she has cum to her maternal grandparents to enjoy the lazy and carefree days of vacation, which includes completion of daily chores as per her wish. No rulebook or schedule to follow. Her idea or expectation of vacation changes with unexpected turning of events at village, with his friendship with Babu. It’s really a treat for non-Keralite person, who comes to know about rituals and tradition of Kerala family. Story of novel is presented through Geetha as she is the protagonist. The thing I enjoyed about this novel is the name of few characters according to their characteristics or specialities like Kakoos Kannan, Ration Raman. The story revolves around families of Nairs, Kannans and Raamans. The fights and love between cousins, Geetha’s feeling of solitude and her indulgence in gossiping of kitchen, playing cards, these all seem wonderful events throughout novel. Writer’s style is quite good and wish to see many more works from Aruna Nambiar

My overall rating for this work is 4/5. 

Genre: Fiction
Paperback: 225 pages
Publisher: Tranquebar
Language: English

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