Aditya Pawar, the author is from prestigious Scindia school Gwalior in the league of greats like the Mayo college Ajmer, Lawrence school Sanawar, Doon school and this clearly reflects in his book ‘From the Fort Walls-how it began’. You can actually feel the characters and see them right in front of you, as you read through the fiction he has written. Fiction is supposed to be fictitious but this looks pretty real. You are able to feel that the author has lived with the characters – Ashwin, Govind and Kartik and others.

A school boy crush.

This is a boy next door kind of story- fast paced- which we all have lived during our school days. The setting is for real and you are taken back to the song ‘School boy crush’ created by Average White Band in 1975.The setting is of 1980 though. Aditya beautifully crafts harmonica of hormones that all boys and girls at that age experience. Crush, infatuation and love, back to crush- you don’t know what hit you. Innocence holds you back as hormones play havoc as a teenager.

Band of three friends, now more like sworn brothers spend time at the ‘adda’ which is a fort wall in Gwalior. We all found our nooks and corners for little pranks during our school day and the entire experience is very relatable.  All three are from lower middleclass back ground but get admission under management quota in the prestigious school called RIPS -Royal India Public School a school where only the very rich could afford to send their kids to study. Their parents mostly employed in the non-academic staff with limited salaries had this privilege. These three have the freedom to move around in the town as day scholars while other- rich and mighty were not allowed to go out of campus being hostelers as a norm.

Many if not most during their school days did have a crush on a lady teacher and one of these three went through such experience too.

Sometimes boys and girls go astray in these silly entanglements and their academic performance takes a southernly turn and in this case too it happened to a couple of them. Yet they made a serious course correction to finally do well in board exams.

A message for the youth

How teenagers bounce back when it comes to competitive exams is a big message the author gives to the youth of our nation who feel that life is a cake walk. How middleclass parents save every penny to foot the bill of education of their children is very vividly depicted. Youth must understand this and should not let their parents down. In this case to the trio demonstrates some sense of responsibility.

Jilted over crush has become pretty common today as everything is so much in your face. ‘Breakups have become earth shattering as if. Small town growing up does have its positives- a lesson you learn is to move on.  There can be nothing more important than focussing on your career. This is every one’s story very well put together with its characters whose life moves in tandem yet taking very different directions.

A sequel

 A sequel in the making. Very cleverly the author lays out a plot for his next book…when it matters most. The connect is brilliant- like Jurrassic park where Spielberg plants something in your mind by showing a helicopter leaving the Isla Nublar and some birds flying out too thus setting up the sequels which were equally well received.

Highly recommended-a great racy read- go pick up a copy from Amazon

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