Sweet stories

16 04 2010

This week I had the pleasure of reading my first Telugu book of this year  – Poleramma Banda Kathalu by Mohammad Khadeer Babu. And God, what a book it is! It is a collection of 25 stories about 4 friends(boys) in their high school. The stories certainly make one nostalgic about one’s childhood and school days. And they are so hilarious. I usually read most of my books straight-faced, but I couldn’t stop chuckling to myself and often times laughed aloud while reading these awesome sweet stories.

These stories are in fact taken from the author’s life and can be considered as autobiographical.  All the stories take place in Kavali town of Nellore District and the title of the collection alludes to a landmark in the town.

The author has written the book in his native slang of Telugu (Nellore slang) and that makes the stories and also the characters all the more real (of course they are real, but what I meant to say is that the writing makes you connect to them more). Reading the book made me feel like I was watching the scenes from my window. My association with Nellore might also have helped. (Nellore has been my home town since I was in 9th grade.) 😛

It was very aptly compared to the modern Indian classic Swami and Friends by R K Narayan by one lady in the preface of the book.

I recommend this book to all Telugu readers. This one is not to be missed! And kudos to the author. He used to work for Andhra Jyothi (Newspaper & Weekly Magazine) at the time of writing these stories. I think he has also written another series of stories for the magazine, called Dargamitta Kathalu. I vaguely remember reading one of them long time back. Even though I don’t remember anything about it, I’m sure that series rocks too.




13 responses

19 04 2010

Sounds very interesting…Where did u get this book?

19 04 2010

I found this at my friend’s house.

20 04 2010

oh…will see where I can get this book…

20 04 2010

I was going to ask you the same question.. I will have to get the book from India, I think! Reading something in our mother tongue and moreover something that you can relate to and cherish is so nice~!

22 12 2010
25th Annual Book Fair of Hyderabad « Peek Inside My Mind

[…] Kathalu by Mohammad Khadeerbabu. I was bowled over by the author’s previous work – Poleramma Banda Kathalu – that I pounced upon this collection eager to get the same experience again, with a new set […]

26 12 2010
My reading in 2010 « Peek Inside My Mind

[…] the previous one. I tried a few authors for the first time this year – Mohammad Khadeerbabu (Poleramma Banda Kathalu), Chilikamarti Lakshminarasimham (Ganapathi) and Bhanumathi Ramakrishna (Athagari Kathalu). I loved […]

3 01 2011
2010 in review « Peek Inside My Mind

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6 01 2012

I also have gone thru the book.. they stories are like RK Narayan’s Swamy n Frnds with Telugu Nativity.. Some times we see ourselves in our childhood….Good book

14 03 2012

it the beginging of Andhryajyothi news paper and MD.Babu Poleramma Banda kathalu was comin in sunday magzine.By looking at name we did not see.One day after reading one story i have become fan of Babu and store narrated to all children of our family many times.Ech story is funny and relastic.I have styayed in Nellore and know the Kavali area The style and story telling the beging is all superb.Like to read and talk to the Writer


10 10 2012
dvk rao

he copied writer namin subramanyam naidu…..

11 10 2012

Quite possibly. Is the similarity so stark? Or is it only the theme that he imitated?

21 11 2014

hello all, can anyone pls share copy of poleramma banda kathalu and darga mitta kathalu, i have tried all the possibilities but could not find the books anywer..thanks in advance!

21 11 2014

Never came across a digital copy. Getting a print version is your best bet.

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