'A beautiful collection full of affection and an extremely funny book.' - Salman Rushdie
In this collection of nine linked stories young Farrukh recounts his years growing up in a Parsi neighbourhood in Poona during the fifties.
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 supposed to have special powers; Terry Soakum the Australian crybaby who has his eye on Farrukh's swimming trunks; Confession D'Souza the scholarship boy who loses favour with the Jesuits over a 'dirty book' and later becomes a courageous journalist; Chamak a permanent pimple on his big nose who wants to win the college elections and the heart of 'Jhansi-ki-Rani'. There's Farrukh himself distressed over a pair of broken spectacles or a knife-fight at school.
Warm funny sometimes sad but always delightful Poona Company seems as fresh as when it was first published in 1980 and presents a picture of small-town India observed with a sharp eye and a fond heart - a combination still rare in Indian fiction.