Book Review: ‘The Amazing Racist’ by Chhimi Tenduf-La

Finding the love of your life is a privilege that not everybody gets in their lifetime, but sometimes, the race to a ‘happy ending’ doesn’t end at meeting your soulmate. There are many things that need to be prodded and pricked, people who have to be pleaded to and convinced if you wish for your love to reach its natural destination. What happens when there is a HUGE cultural and ahem…racial gap between you and the people you wish to make your family? The result is a wonderful book called ‘The Amazing Racist’ by Chhimi Tenduf-La!


We have 20 copies of ‘The Amazing Racist’ by Chhimi Tenduf-La up for review, and you don’t want to miss out on this engaging book about the hoops that an Englishman has to jump through for his ‘Happy Ever After’ with his Sri Lankan lady love, all because of the man he hopes will be his father-in-law.

Overview of the Book:

Eddie Trusted, an English school teacher in Colombo, wants to spend his life with Menaka Rupasinghe, a vibrant Sri Lankan beauty, but as with all matters of the heart, there’s an obstacle. If Eddie wants to wed Menaka, it is Thilak Rupasinghe, her orthodox terror of a father, whom he must woo and whose farts he must kiss – Thilak wants his daughter to marry someone of the same race, religion and caste, and if possible from the same locality.

In a desperate bid to make his dream a reality, Eddie tries to connect with Thilak in other ways – eating curries that make him bleed spice and breathe fire, driving drunk through red lights, threatening co-workers with violence, and sleeping with snakes. But will Eddie ever be good enough for a man who hates the colour of his skin?

Sparkling with wit and featuring an endearing cast of characters, The Amazing Racist is the story of a man who finds a home among strangers, of a father-in-law whose bark is worse than his bite, and of bonds that grow to be stronger than family ties.

Know the Author

40 years old, Chhimi Tenduf-La is half English, half Tibetan and grew up in London, Hong Kong, India and Sri Lanka where he now lives and manages a school. He was educated at Eton College and Durham University. His second book, Panther, will be released by HarperCollins India in July 2015.


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11 Replies to “Book Review: ‘The Amazing Racist’ by Chhimi Tenduf-La”

  1. I request BA team to also make the eBook available for future book review programs as I ‘listen’ to eBooks nowadays using an app on my tablet. I can’t read because of eyestrain due to excessive browsing/reading. Thanks.

  2. Am quite keen to read and review this one. My interest is already piqued as trying to win ones love and in-laws always makes quite an interesting and amusing plot.

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