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Loyal Stalkers by Chhimi Tenduf-La

…’Are you Sri Lankan?’ the lady asks.

‘One hundred per cent Sinhala Buddhist,’ Janith says.

‘You don’t have to be Sinhalese to be Sri Lankan.’

‘But you have to be a Sri Lankan to be Sinhalese,’ he says, without knowing what he means. ‘Why do you ask?’

The lady smiles. ‘It’s just that, Sri Lankans normally ask more personal questions…’

And trust me, Chhimi Tenduf-La knows all that there is to know about Sri Lanka; its idiosyncrasies, its tenacity, its alluring charm and its signature head-nodding smile. His latest book, Loyal Stalkers, is seeped in the essence of the Emerald Isle. Woven together, are fifteen dark, witty, heart-wrenching and contemplative tales of  love, manipulation, greed and  compassion. A seventeen year old rape victim, a smuggler, a self proclaimed prophet, a cheeky tuk-tuk driver, along with an over-enthusiastic gym instructor, skittish cricket aspirants and an impetuous security guard, and a not to forget a rescued dog(AIYO!), are the main protagonists of Chhimi Tenduf- La’s latest anthology. They all have their own stories, but masterfully, Chhimi links them together.

Yet again, he proves that he can write about Sri Lanka, without being Sri Lankan( he has spent many years here and has an outsider-insider view of this unique nation). The stories are quintessentially Sri Lankan and having lived in Sri Lanka since 2000, I totally get them. And don’t worry if you don’t know anything about the country. The stories are full-on entertainment and well worth the time spent( in my case a little over 3 hours and I was done!)

The Amazing Racist and Panther were highly recommended by us; for their authenticity, their pace, the deft writing and their lovable characters. The protagonists of Loyal Stalkers also connect and can easily be the people next-door or those you cross path with while roaming the streets of Colombo.

The stories are feisty and come alive as the pages turn. This one is an all-nighter; once you start, you just can’t stop. In the end, all the pieces of the puzzle fit in.

Happy Reading!

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About artikabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika co-manages thegoodbookcorner.com. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master's degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika's articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror and Daily News and various blogs, such as, talkingcranes.com, sikhchic.com, sikhnet.com. She is actively involved with SAARC Women's Association of Sri Lanka. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. Her short stories have been published online and she is also working on her own novel. Artika has published My Little Sikh Handbook and is currently working on her second children's book, with Sikhism as its central theme. You can reach Artika at bakshiartika@gmail.com .

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This entry was posted on May 30, 2017 by in Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fiction and tagged , , , , .
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