The Song of Kahunsha

The Song of Kahunsha

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In 1993, Bombay is on the verge of being torn apart by racial violence. Ten-year-old Chamdi has rarely ventured outside his orphanage, and entertains an idyllic fantasy of what the city is like - a paradise he calls Kahunsha, "the city of no sadness". But when he runs away to search for his long-lost father, he is thrust into the chaos of the streets, alone, possessing only the blood-stained cloth he was left in as a baby. Chamdi struggles for survival in the harsh streets. But when he is caught up in the beginnings of the savage violence that will soon engulf the city, his dreams confront reality, and Chamdi finds himself growing up very fast.
ISBN: 9780385662291
0385662297
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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GLNovak
May 01, 2013

Chamdi is ten years old and has lived cloistered in a Bombay orphanage all his life. When he hears the orphanage is closing he decides to go and search for his father out in the city, a city he has never been. Although he is met with ugly reality he never loses sight of Kahunsha, the magical place he has envisioned where all is colour and light. This is an easy read but leaves you with a clear picture of the poverty, violence and desparation Chamdi finds. Life there is hard.

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