Ranga Half-Pants

Young Adult, General Fiction

By Suman Kumar R

Publisher : Jaico Books

ABOUT Suman Kumar R

Suman Kumar R
Suman Kumar–a former IT employee–is a stay at home dad, movie writer, and a stand-up comic. He was born in Madras, went to school in Chittoor before he worked in a string of really boring jobs. He lives in Bangalore now with his gorgeous doctor wife and their beautiful, six year ol More...



How horribly wrong can a boy’s dream of owning a pair of full pants go? Set in a small town in Andhra Pradesh, Ranga Half-Pants is a breathtaking, coming-of-age tale of courage, love, and friendship.

Ranganathan aka Ranga, 14, goes to school after Dasara holidays to discover that he is the only boy in his class still wearing half-pants. All the other boys have moved on to full trousers making Ranga the butt of cruel jokes and bullying. Things reach a real low when his arch-nemesis, Joel, becomes friends with Ranga’s best friend, Kaivalya.

Prasad, 24, is a man forced to live by the sword. Now he wants to give it all up for the love of his life, Tabassum. His rivals, however, have other plans for him.

The worlds of Ranga and Prasad clash on a fateful, violent night. Will Ranga get his full pants? Will Prasad outwit his foes?

Suman Kumar – a former IT employee – is a stay-at-home dad, movie writer and a stand-up comic. He lives in Bangalore with his gorgeous wife and beautiful six-year-old daughter (who threatened to throw him out of the house if he didn’t include them in his bio). His other interests include bird-watching (feathered ones), movies and books.


"Full Pants, an angsty, adolescent dream"

- http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Full-pants-an-angsty-adolescent-dream/2016/06/02/article3461582.ece

"Perfectly paced and smooth flowing, Ranga Half pants is a story that will pull you in with its 80s nostalgia and the childlike thoughts of the main characters. He’s a silly selfish boy who doesn’t really mean any harm but somehow manages to screw up all the time. A delight to read. I’ll definitely be picking up Suman Kumar’s next book the second it comes out. I gave it 4.5 stars."

- https://booksandstrips.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/coming-of-age-in-in-boy-shorts/

"Suman has put in words the nascent teenage innocence and vulnerability very well. The hesitance that somehow sprouts up when you have to go talk to a girl (it used to be a big thing in school), how for anything big or small you cajoled our mother to persuade your father, how in an attempt to enter manhood early you tried shaving your facial and body hair, and how proud one feels when one’s local hero accepts him in his circle."

- http://indiannerve.com/ranga-half-pants-by-suman-kumar-book-review-23307/