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The Merry Adventures of Harshabardhan and Gobardhan  

Region: South Asia, India

Author: Shibram Chakraborty

Original Language: Bengali 

Translator: Arunava Sinha 

Illustrator: Shreya Sen Handley

Character: Harshabardhan; Gobardhan 

Descriptors: adventures; brothers; mishaps; exploration; puns; witty; fun; humor; wordplay

Genre: Contemporary fiction

Age: 12+ years old


 The Merry Adventures of Harshabardhan and Gobardhan is a collection of 20 zany stories following the two brothers named in the title; it was created by Shibram Chakraborty, who also writes himself into the stories. Dada, nicknamed for Harshabardhan being the elder brother, and Gobra, as Harshabardhan nicknamed his younger brother, both take turns finding themselves in mishaps, traps, and reckless exploration. In “Harshabardhan Hunts a Tiger” in hopes to kill it with a gun, but comes across a slithery surprise, “Harshabardhan vs Gobardhan” where the two brothers bicker and drive each other mad with puns and twisted words aplenty, even poking fun at the author himself, “You Think it is Easy to Bell the Cat?” featuring Harshabardhan’s wife Boudi, who, while sleeping with her mouth wide open, attracts a real rat and cat of a problem, or "Gobardhan Follows Instructions” in which Harshabardhan gives complex orders for Gobra to get rid of Boudi’s annoying cat but the cat has other plans, there is no shortage of wacky, sharp-witted fun to partake in while reading Chakraborty’s brilliantly bizarre musings. While Chakraborty, known for his trademark humor and wordplay, invented the peculiar world of Harshabardhan and Gobardhan, Arunava Sinha offered translation that reads fluently and, despite having some unusual sentence structure, this translation allows the clever, comical stories of the two brothers to be shared beyond their original Bengali audience. Because of some crude language and humor, these stories are best for readers 12 years of age and older.   

More About This Book

Reviewed: e-book (2014) by Hachette India. ISBN: 9789350097496.


Reviewed by Tiffany Bowers

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