Book Review: Beyond School: Chitra Anand



Beyond School by Chitra Anand colourfully interlaces among the sequence of events of four central characters, effortlessly bringing together the past and present of Shail, his parents Urmila and Sushil and his guide Gladys, in a tale that is straightforward, shattering, witty and at the end of the day, extremely human.

The book draws attention to a lot of spots that have gained massive connotations in the existence of folks who are at the cusp of maturity with the uninhibited access to information, thingamajig offensive, forthright advance towards sexual concerns and a lot more are ingeniously intertwined into the framework of the story.

Along with 17 year old Shail’s passage from boyhood to adulthood, the book centres upon the weeks leading up to , the main protagonist Shail’s concluding board examinations, as his globe turns out to be a stress hob along with the burden of getting ready for the examination sends him running away treacherously in the other direction.

As countdown begun for his board examinations, his parents Sushil and Urmila are at their wits ends and cannot come across any means to persuade their offspring to swot up for the board examination while Shail relaxingly goes about accomplishing his other actions, which consist of catnapping with abandon, dreaming about football or his girlfriend, watching replays of football games on TV, texting on cell phone for hours and much more.

In short, a classic day in his being does not have any scope to have room for learning time, conversely, what Sushil and Urmila are unconscious of is Shail's resolution to not appear for the examinations at all this year when Glady, the counsellor in the school is approached for Shail's state of affairs who has a way of demonstrating the learners the plane of the portrait that they appear to be ignorant of.

Glady is a great analyst without being sermonizing and her manner of covenanting with such circumstances is to get the student identify with why and how a particular obsession of mind and spirit fires up steering the decisions and when that addiction is gratified, how the stress bubbles away and provides a fresh facet to Shail's imagination so that he does not stay trapped.

A few additional sub-narratives are entwined by the side of with Shail's storyline, together with that of Glady's prickly times of yore, Sushil and Urmila's effort to get united and Roha, another student necessitating Glady's counsel where through the narrative of Shail of her first book, the author sought to expose the shadowy as well as droll face of the education structure that is believed as significant for edification.

The author is delectably candid in the countenance of senseless rules forced by anxious as well as badly informed puritans and most crucially, the writer refuses to censor reality with euphemism, notwithstanding the standard settlement limitations and is in the same way frank in relation to the recklessness of teenage narcissism save for endeavours to have compassion instead of being judgemental or moralistic.

A great interpretation, with an assortment of research on the way of thinking of present day young people the words and recounting the exchange of ideas were extremely attention-grabbing with a gasp of frankness as of a cohort that characteristically declines to understand, on an age band that in general makes certain it can't be understood.

A suggested read for young adults and their parents the novel doesn't pretend to portentousness but unassumingly and intensely gives an account of characters well-known to any welcoming Indian commune, with its individual endearing prosaic eccentricities and struggles with the book is simple yet resplendently engaging with a yarn in which each young person and parent can see their individual expressions in one of the many fascinatingly woven characters.

Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 201 ♥ Publisher: Leadstart Publishing ♥ Published: January 2014 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9383562404