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Oops! Who do we have here?

Green and aggressive pigs. Cerebums from Holibutt. Amorous penguins seeking matrimonial alliances. A boy who chuckles. A girl who knows it all. And wait, a hero who is out to be their saviour. But is actually a pumpkin.

Oops! Do we have a story here?

Oops the pumpkin (read Gurgle please) would presumably say, “Yes, but I am NOT a vegetable.”

When RamG Vallath set out to write his children’s book, Oops The Mighty Gurgle, the Angry Birds phenomenon had taken the world by storm. The game about angry birds being aimed at hideous green pigs unsettled the Groinks, the antagonists of his story who are now up in arms. Their single-minded aim is to take over the world, one planet at a time. Not only is Earth their next target but also they want scientists to devise another game called Angrier Pigs!

With a plot like this, RamG takes us on a wacky ride across the intergalactic realm, chewing through space-time with the help of live worms. (Of course wormholes are caused by live worms. Who suggested anything about them being a mathematical concept?) The story gets weirder and weirder with the turn of every page and that’s where the fun lies. Imagine a place where beer is the chief source of energy, where creatures worship their butts because their brains lie there and where newborns are usually named Oops, Oh, Ouch, Ah and Gotcha.

The language is high-energy and funny. Brace yourself; all your sci-fi notions are going to completely take a toss. That’s how this Duckbill publication has made it to our most-loved books list. The book ends with (not giving out any spoilers, relax) congratulatory messages and two absolutely hilarious appendices. Miss not!



PS – If you like it, let’s all just convince RamG to write the other two books in his promised trilogy!



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