Author: Sundeep Chakravarti
ISBN/UPC (if available): 014400013X
So there we were, Fish, Porridge, PT Shoe and I, Brandy. We were brothers without barriers, friends until death.
In an elite boarding school in Rajasthan, fifteen-year-old Barun Ray, aka Brandy, lover of canned fish and beefsteak, hater of Kipling, worshipper of Michael Caine and Mick Jagger, meets his soulmates-Fish, king swimmer with a domineering, Muslim-hating father; PT Shoe, a princeling who wants to run away to America and marry a gora chick; and Porridge, a cereal-loving jester caught between warring churches at home.
Together, the four boys set about characteristically irreverent, sometimes hilarious rebellions against their regimented fishbowl existence at a brown-sahib institution in a turbulent, changing India. But growing up isn’t always a breeze, and even as they eat toothpaste for dessert and make ambitious plans to write their own musical, Get Lost on the Ganga and All That, they struggle to make sense of incomprehensible adults, Indira Gandhi, the Emergency, urine therapy, girls, and try, above all, to preserve innocence in the face of unspeakable tragedy.
Wry, witty and utterly unsentimental, Tin Fish is an exhilarating ride through the wonder years of coming of age.