Chaddi-Buddies

Oswald Pereira’s Books

Chaddi Buddies: A Srishti Publishers & Distributors Title

A tender story of love, friendship and brotherhood

Hill Mansion wasn’t really a mansion; it was just a ramshackle hut on a small hill. But for Robert Pereira, it was better than any place he had seen in his village Golvada. His chaddi buddies Anand and Baloo lived there with their elder brother Dattya – his hero and the village cricket team captain. Robert had named their hut, ‘Hill Mansion’, moved by love for his buddies. It didn’t matter to him that they were the sons of a domestic help.
Robert loved Hill Mansion more than his own modern house, because the poor but strong residents of Hill Mansion had given him the courage to live and fight, bestowing on him the pet name Samson. On the other hand, his siblings and village bullies made fun of his clumsiness and weakness, and nicknamed him Pondya – an indolent, feeble fellow.
Will Robert be able to fight the village bullies and erase the shameful ‘Pondya’ tag to his name? Will his love for his buddies stand the test of time and social barriers as he grows up?
Chaddi Buddies is a tender story of friendship, love and brotherhood, loosely based on the author’s childhood, which will kindle sweet memories as you read on.

The Newsroom Mafia: A Grey Oak Westland Book

India’s first book on the unholy alliance between the fourth estate, the underworld and the government

When supercop, Donald Fernandez declares an all-out war against the invincible Don, Narayan Swamy, he fights back with a formidable Mafia – a private army of armed thugs and a motley gang of corrupt police officers, backed by powerful politicians. What follows is a battle of raw power, sleaze, wits and dirty tactics by both the law breakers and the law enforcers blurring boundaries between good and evil. To save his skin, the Don fires his most lethal weapon, The Newsroom Mafia. In this novel, veteran-journalist-turned-novelist, Oswald Pereira provides an insider’s view of the growing culture of planted news and reveals the fine line between fact and fiction in the newsroom. A racy, compelling crime thriller,The Newsroom Mafia captures the unholy alliance between the fourth estate, the underworld and the government.

REVENGE OF THE NAKED PRINCESS

A Dark Tale on Forced Conversions

India’s first novel on forced religious conversions in the 16th century

On a hot, humid morning in May 1545, a joint conversion brigade of the Portuguese King and the Pope set out to spread Christ’s message of love and compassion, but they leave behind a deathly trail of murder and mayhem. Armed with a monstrous cannon and scores of firearms, the brigade raids Princess Darshana Kamya Kathodi’s palace in Tana, carrying the King’s inviolable conversion order, sealed by the Pope’s promise of a new heaven. The beautiful, 18-year-old tribal princess fights back with her ace archers’ poison arrows. Revenge of the Naked Princess shows how brutal, forced conversions can blur the line between religion and carnage.

CHADDI BUDDIES In The Media

CHADDI BUDDIES Review in Times of India’s Speaking Tree

CHADDI BUDDIES Review in The Sunday Standard

In a six-page freewheeling interview with Society, Oswald Pereira reveals the inside story on his novel, “The Newsroom Mafia” and some riveting secrets about reporting on crime, business and politics.

Oswald Pereira's Society Interview

A full-page feature on The Newsroom Mafia in the Mid-Day

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Blood in the Newsroom, an article in the Midday.

Superlative Praise for Revenge of the Naked Princess from Times of India’s The Speaking Tree: Macabre, Brilliant, Delightul, Hugely Enjoyable. Oswald Pereira has a manner — that only a few good writers have — of making a dark tale so thoroughly readable.

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Unique Review of Revenge of the Naked Princess on Storizen TV

Oswald Pereira’s interview with Bangalore Mirror

The Sunday Standard (The New Indian Express) recommends Revenge of the Naked Princess for the “freshness of theme and its bold treatment.”

Dfuse.in: Dark humour is the greatest strength of the book … very novel, very fresh … characters show an amazing depth.

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Oswald Pereira’s Interview with Best-Selling Author Ismita Tandon Dhankher

Videos and Pics on Revenge of the Naked Princess launch at Crossword Bookstore, Juhu, Mumbai on 19 December 2012


Ashwin Sanghi cried while reading Revenge of the Naked Princess

Oswald Pereira’s interview with Deccan Chronicle

The Telegraph: The Newsroom Mafia may be made into a feature film

The Telegraph points to the possibility of The Newsroom Mafia  being made into a feature film, as Oswald Pereira talks to the newspaper about his passion for writing in his childhood!
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Launch of The Newsroom Mafia at The Suryaa in New Delhi on March 21, 2012

  

Oswald Pereira (Second from Right), with Mani Shankar Aiyar, MP, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN18 Network, Dr UNB Rao, IPS (Retd) and Greesh Bindra, VP, The Suryaa.

Fact and Fiction in The Newsroom Mafia–it’s hard to tell

Oswald Pereira gets candid about corruption in the media in an interview in Helter Skelter with award-winning American novelist Ronald Malfi
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Launch of The Newsroom Mafia at Crossword Bookstore, Kemps Corner, Mumbai on December 8, 2011

Praise for The Newsroom Mafia

DNA

This book is a film crying to be made. A racy read, it is also a roman à clef of sorts that lifts the lid on the murky goings-on in the world of newspapers, the police, the underworld and politics … a scathing indictment of corruption in newspaper … details the way articles are planned and stymied and even planted.

Times of India’s Westside Plus

A very good read: To use a journalists’ cliche, this book is a ‘scoop’; the ‘real’ deal about the unholy nexus between the underworld, the government and the Fourth Estate. A fast-paced, no- nonsense novel, it explains in surprising detail, the intertwined fellowship between the system and the ‘unsystematic’ underworld.

Deccan Herald

Through this work of fiction, journalist Oswald Pereira manages to bring out the bitter truth of what goes behind the news. The harsh truths tumbling out are severe indictments of a noble profession debauched by unscrupulous scribes. Pereira’s expose on the dirty deeds of some black sheep is a timely reminder when the Indian media scene is witnessing a churning process.

Times of India’s What’s Hot

A hard-hitting book, it scrapes the depths of the infamous media-government-underworld nexus. Although it’s fiction, many situations leave you guessing, wondering which reality the author is hinting at!

Oswald Pereira’s article in The Times of India edit page


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