I think most of us would have become nostalgic for childhood at one time or another. Sometimes it’s triggered by photographs, at other times by items we treasured back then. In its essence, this book has that effect. It’s like a time machine back to the innocent days of childhood, as well as the moments of mischief we might be able to relate to.
The first part of the book has stories from childhood (half pant stories) while the second focused on teenage and after (full pant stories).
I smiled remembering the days of eating “boti” or being fascinated by Western names. I could even relate to many things being considered unnecessary and studying towards good grades being the only goal parents might have had for their children. There are also moments of rebelliousness that felt familiar. The author narrates in a simple manner but laced with humour. The stories are set in a time much before electronic gadgets came into the picture as well.
Given the author’s family background is different from mine, I couldn’t relate to some aspects but that’s expected of course. Would I reread the book? I’d go to favourite tales directly and read those alone. Do I reco? Why not? It’s worth a trip back in time.
Title: half pants full pants
Author: Anand Suspi
Genre: Short Stories
No. of Pages: 221
Rating: 8 out of 10