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Poona Company

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In this collection of linked stories, young Farrukh recounts his yearsgrowing up in a Parsi neighbourhood in Poona during the nineteen fi fties.Sarbatwalla Chowk is the centre of the world of those he remembers:Eddie the Inventor and his Big Boy ; the massive Samson, who lives on the street and refuses to get a job; the blind man and his guide, Black Dog, which is supposed ...more
Published (first published February 7th 1985)
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Vinitha Naidu
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Unique entry into the world of Parsis in India. What they ate, their concerns, and how they survived among the general populace in the India of the 1940s.
Poonam
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of Harper Perennial series. It is set in Poona of 1940s with slow, pre-Internet era life around Sachapir chowk. There are 9 stories about titular characters and have been told with mirth and wit.
André
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A entertaining journey into small-town India shortly after independence.
Somyajeet
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Good Old Days! Most of the stories or as the author says, are incidents and accidents from his own life experience at Poona. Bit of a disappointing though. Had expectation of seeing more and more of Parsi life and culture, not just one or two scarce details here and there. Overall, ENJOYABLE!
Dayanand Prabhu
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Poona Company by Farrukh Dhondy is a mixture of Khushwanth Sings voyeurism, Ruskin Bonds innocence and Mulk Raj Anand's sense of Tragedy. A collection of short stories penning the nostalgia filled yesteryears of Poona(not Pune Mind you).
kitchensink drama
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a joy! This little gem of short stories is written with such humour and affection, I just could not put it down. Great characters, wit and pathos. I'd recommend it very highly.
Sayantan Ghosh
Lived-in yesteryear splendors.
Louise
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
I never could really get into this one. I appreciated the humor but that was all. I'd give it a 5 on my scale of 10.
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Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Decent read, not brilliantly strong, but somehow sweet.
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Farrukh Dhondy is an Indian-born British writer, playwright, screenwriter and left-wing activist of Parsi descent. He is well known not only for his writing, but also for his film and TV work.
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