Home / Entertainment / Arts/ Chhimi Tenduf-La launches second book ‘Panther’

Chhimi Tenduf-La launches second book ‘Panther’


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Friday, 19 June 2015 00:00


Book signing at Barefoot tomorrow

 

If you’re a former child soldier, being accepted into an elite international school on a cricket scholarship doesn’t mean your life is going to change. 6

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.

After the critical and commercial success of ‘The Amazing Racist,’ the release of ‘Panther,’ ChhimiTenduf-La’s second book, is eagerly awaited. Published by HarperCollins India, Panther is now available in Sri Lanka, ahead of its official launch elsewhere. 

“Although I have attempted to inject humour into ‘Panther,’” Tenduf-La said, “it is a harder-hitting and more disturbing book than ‘The Amazing Racist’. In my opinion, it is a much better novel, but I guess that is for others to judge. Test readers have said they liked the suspense and plot twists and found the characters more relatable and endearing. My wife took 196 days to read my first book, but finished ‘Panther’ in one sitting, even missing an episode of the Kardashians in the process which really worried me.”

“I set out to write a coming-of-age, fish-out-of-water high school story, but the book also explores the trauma of being a child soldier, and although it will look like I am writing about the war here, I am not. I have made up a terrorist group, the Panthers, because I think it would be arrogant of me to pretend to know the ins and outs of the real war here.”

Manasi Subramaniam, who acquired and edited the book at HarperCollins, said of ‘Panther’: “It reminds me a lot of the first Junot Diaz book – smart, contemporary prose that’s gorgeous in a postmodern kind of way. A darkly humorous book – chilling in parts and beautiful throughout.”

Kanishka Gupta, South Asia’s leading literary agent, who represents Tenduf-La, said, “In ‘Panther,’ Chhimi has written a remarkable coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of war.”

Chhimi Tenduf-La will be at Barefoot Café Book Shop between 11 a.m. and 4:30p.m. on 20 June to sign copies of ‘Panther’ purchased there. 

‘Panther’ is available at Barefoot, Vijitha Yapa, Trunk (Cinnamon Grand and Ramada), Odel, Paradise Road, Sarasavi, MD Gunesena and Expographics. Also available online at Takas.lk.


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi


The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


Columnists More