Hill Mansion wasn’t really a mansion; it was just a ramshackle hut on a small hill. But for Robert Pereira, it was better than any place he had seen in his village Golvada. His chaddi buddies Anand and Baloo lived there with their elder brotherDattya – his hero and the village cricket team captain. Robert had named their hut, ‘Hill Mansion’, moved by love for his buddies. It didn’t matter to him that they were the sons of a domestic help. Robert loved Hill Mansion more than his own modern house, because the poor but strong residents of Hill Mansion hadgiven him the courage to live and fight, bestowing on him the pet name Samson. On the other hand, his siblings and village bullies made fun of his clumsiness and weakness, and nicknamed him Pondya – an indolent, feeble fellow. Will Robert be able to fight the village bullies and erase the shameful ‘Pondya’ tag to his name? Will his love for his buddies stand the test of time and social barriers as he grows up? Chaddi Buddies is a tender story of friendship, love and brotherhood, loosely based on the author’s childhood,which will kindle sweet memories as you read on.


Oswald Pereira has worked in senior editorial positions for leading newspapers and magazines like The Times Of India, Financial Express and Outlook. He has taught journalism at The Times School of Journalism,and is also an English language trainer. He is a contributor to The Speaking Tree column in The Times Of India and his spiritual articles have appeared in four speaking Tree anthologies. Oswald was born in Thane, Maharashtra, and studied at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He now lives with his wife and son in Noida.
He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels The Newsroom Mafia and Revenge of The Naked Princess.
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There are book, I read and reminded me of my school days, reminded me of my friend circle, reminded me of my stupid crush and relationships. But then those books reminded one single phase of my life. But Chaddi Buddies reminded me of my childhood to my present age. The cover of the book was so good and touchy. This book is totally different from all other books available in market. Memories of childhood which people forget once they grow up. Chaddi Buddies is an interesting read. The author has very well written all the parts. True friends are only those who know how to make you laugh. Only who knows how to enjoy, support each other and have fun. Even they tease you to the fullest but when some one else teases you, they are the one who are ready to kill that person  first. Chaddi Buddies is the story of Robert. From Robert childhood to his teenager life and from that phase to when he grows up. Oswald Pereira has described each character very well and has given equal importance to every character. I enjoyed reading each and every chapter. Many parts in the book made me laugh so much. The story line was brilliant and the language was easy to understand. The book was well-edited. Even belonging to a good family, Robert loved being at Hill Mansion with his friends Ananad, Baloo and Dattya. The author very well showed the protagonist’s life journey. Even Robert teen age has been showed well. Robert’s meeting with Rachel, Sonam and Priscila D’sa are presented in parts but well written. Everything is quite interesting to read. With those childhood friends, Robert learnt million things but when he grows up things changes. This book will be a good read for everyone ,no matter which age group you belong to. I won’t say it is a one time good read, because actually if a person read it even twice they will still enjoy reading each part.

RATING : 4/5




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