Spotlight n Review of Half Pants, Full Pants Real Life Tales from Shimoga by Anand Suspi
HALF PANTS, FULL PANTS
REAL LIFE TALES FROM SHIMOGA
Half Pants Full Pants is a sort of childhood autobiography set in Shimoga of the 70s and 80s. Given the era and milieu that he grew up in, it carries a flavor similar to that of Malgudi Days. All the characters in the book are real and most of them are still in Shimoga, of course now in their mid-40s. Quite a few are from prominent families and are now active and important members of Shimoga. The book vividly captures the real childhood adventures of this generation of people in Shimoga. It’s a glorious reminiscence as well as a tribute to this wonderful town.
R. Balki says:
“After Malgudi Days, I could never imagine that someone could create a childhood classic for adults to regain their innocence even for a few hours. Suspi’s tales would have made R K Narayan smile. Oh! That beautiful Kannadiga gene!”
For starters, I was fascinated by the title, and that made me sign up for this blog tour to read/review this book.
Conclusion: I had no regrets!
Half Pants, Full Pants (HPFP) has stories that will tickle your heart if you are from the era of 70's and 80's when life was simpler and well-defined. The author has done justice to the art of storytelling via the many incidents that he has experienced in his childhood.
The writing style is clear, concise and easy to read as the author tries to relive his past while planning for his future. The stories are subtle, simple and sweet with not much twists, and for the most part, if you grew up in the era of the 80's you will be able to connect with the drama that unfolded in the author's life.
Although I wish the font were bigger since had to squint quite a bit to read. Also, the dialogues in native language could have been omitted since it tends to hinder the progress of reading.
The author has written quite a few delightful stories, however; there are certain stories that refused to leave my heart and mind are: "Why! Unnecessary!", "28 Monkeys", "Religious Stampede," "Banana to Babylon," "The Greatest Exchange."
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About the author
An advertising writer for over 20 years, he started with Mudra, Mumbai in 1995 and subsequently spent a large part of his career in Lowe Lintas working under Balki. He was the Creative Head of Lowe Delhi between 2007 and 2010. Currently, he lives in Gurgaon and is the co-founder of an ad agency called AndAnd Brand Partners.
Half Pants Full Pants is his first book, a sort of childhood autobiography set in Shimoga of the 70s and 80s. Given the era and milieu that he grew up in, it carries a flavor similar to that of Malgudi Days. The notable difference would be that every story is real and the characters are all in their mid-40s now, often reminiscing about the gloriousness of their growing up years.