Book Review: Half Pants, Full Pants by Anand Suspi

Paper Boat has always managed to surprise me with the ease with which they manage to take me back to my childhood whether it’s with their drinks or their advertisements, the little surprises they send across during festivals and now finally with a book – Half Pants, Full Pants by Anand Suspi.

Half Pant, Full Pant is  a collection of short stories about a boy growing up on a small town in Karnataka. The book is divided into two parts, half pants talks about middle childhood and early adolescence of the author’s life and the full pant part all about his adventures when he was a teenager.

The book is based on the little adventures the author shared with his family and friends and each chapter talks about a new experience.  I couldn’t help but relate to the stories talking about giving one self a cooler name ( I was pretty unhappy that my parents gave me such a complicated name for a good part of my childhood), fascination with learning something new because it was on the television, making big plans for even bigger projects and just getting pissed on being treated like a kid.

Each chapter was accompanied with a good dose of nostalgia and took me back to the days when I was an innocently mischievous and couldn’t wait to grow up so that no one could boss me around. I pretty much read the whole book in a single seating because I just couldn’t keep it down. The narration is simple and the pace is well-balanced so you do not feel bored at any point in the book. It was one of those books that make you feel all warm and fuzzy when you are reading it and leave you with a smile as you turn the last page.

All in all, this book is definitely on the top of my recommendation list at the moment and would recommend you to grab a copy.  I plan to keep my copy handy for my “I don’t want to be an adult” days and I definitely planning to keep an eye out for the author’s next project.

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