Author: Will Randall
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0349116784
Will Randall thought teaching in an inner London comprehensive was a difficult enough job. But that was nothing compared to his next assignment: saving as slum school in the Indian city of Poona.
Learning as much as he is teaching, Will finds his life transformed by his remarkable class of orphans: Dulabesh, the head-standing joker who lost his parents on a crowded railway platform; Prakash, who learnt self-sufficiency the hard way by scavenging in skips; the nutty yet charming Tanushri, fan of the singer Maradona.
When the slum barons threaten to level the school, Will hits upon the idea of a fund-raising play to save it: the 24,000-verse Indian epic the Ramayana, ever so slightly condensed.
Funny, sharp and poignant, Will Randall's second book is gloriously life-affirming, exposing the India the tourist doesn't see.
The School and the Spark Plugs
Where to, Auntie?
A Most Noble Profession
One Very Dumb Fellow
Wilbur the Pig
Let's Go Fly a Kite
I'm Getting Married in the Morning
The Play's the Thing
Play Up and Play the Game
One Fellow from England
Everything Became Very Quiet
Come on you Ashram!