Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth, debut novel by Aruna Nambiar, is set in a Kerala village of early 1980s, and narrates the happenings during a summer vacation, when the children and grandchildren living in different parts of India come to stay at the ancestral home of the Nair family.
One thread of the novel, a kind of coming-of-age story, is narrated from the perspective of 10 year old Geetha, while the other thread is about the affair between Kamala, a maid servant at the Nair tharavadu and a village boy. In a subtle way, the author brings out of some of some of the aspects of the gradually dying feudal system of Kerala through this novel.
The underlying humor that is present throughout the narrative makes the novel a very delightful reading, and I liked the characterizations too. The book is a very promising debut from the author.