Beyond School by Chitra Anand Book Review

Beyond School by Chitra Anand Book Review

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd * ISBN: 978-93-83562-40-4 * Year of Publication: 2014 * No. Of Pages: 201 * Cover: Paperback * Language: English * Type: Reality Fiction * Price: 125 * Rating: 4/5         
My Review:

Lots of incidents happen in every school, as the author is from the education field she has a perfect eye, provided the detailed mindset of today’s youth.  Now a day’s family are getting nuclear, there are no siblings so the upbringing of every child results in too much of pampering, and the outcome is children become obstinate.

Its a must read for parents. The communication gap between father and a son is a universal matter, author has very well portrayed that gap, always seen that son is more attached to his mother, actually proper communication between father and son will help to bridge the gap betwen two.    

What I didn’t like about this book is ending; I think end is diverted from the main plot of school child. Also some of the incidents and jargons of Physics is unnecessary which could have been edited.

A highly recommend for your adults and their parents.


Shail a twelve grade student studying at Indian School in Muscat. Sushil and Urmila were too much frightened because of his son’s board examinations countdown has begun. On the other hand Shail doesn’t want to attain board exam so he was spending time in sleeping, chatting with her girl friend on mobile, playing football with friends and watching recorded football match on TV. In short he wants’ to skip exam for one another year. While his parents Sushil and Urmila were unaware about Shail’s plan so they were forcing him to study everyday for exam preparation.

To overcome this situation Shail’s parents approaches Glady, the school teacher and a good mentor of students. Glady is a good counsellor, so she conveys the importance of exam by intertwine the situation of football and exam to Shail.

There is also very interesting character of Shail’s friend Roha, whose situation is somewhat similar to Shail. The incident of Roha is eye opening; also the communication gap between Roha and his father is very well described by the author. Further many sub-stories of Glady’s past her situation in India, how she shifts from India to Muscat etc is very well narrated, In short its a must read book for today’s generation.

Also the author Chitra Anand has highlighted many areas, like mobile usages by teenagers, a handy access to internet which results in pornography, no proper knowledge about sexual issues. This book provides a perfect reflection of society in which every youth is upbringing.        

About The Book:

Beyond School centres upon the weeks leading up to 17-year-old Shail’s final board exams, as his world becomes a pressure-cooker and the weight of preparing for the exams sends him fleeing rebelliously in the other direction.
Along with Shail’s journey from boyhood to manhood, Beyond School vividly weaves between the narratives of four main characters, seamlessly uniting the past and present of Shail, his parents-Urmila and Sushil and his mentor- Gladys, in a story that is honest, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately, incredibly human.

About The Author:

Chitra Anand was born in Mumbai. She is a postgraduate in Physics and holds an Education degree. Beyond School is her first novel inspired by her journey as an educator.

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