Nikesh Shukla’s ‘Coconut Unlimited’ was shortlisted for the Costa debut Novel Prize. An easy read, it is a bittersweet ‘coming of age’ book about three Asian boys, in a posh public school and their gauche attempts to form a hip-hop band. I know nothing about hip-hop. My music kind of came to a stop when 50 cents, Eminem etc started the ‘mantra’ like noises. I preferred the old music where you could understand the lyrics. Yet this book had me giggling and reading on. Sad on one level that even in the 90’s the racism was rife from pupils and teachers alike at his school and on both sides of the racial divide.His parents working hard and constantly reminding him of their sacrifices for his education was the theme throughout the book. The scene with his mum choosing a pair of jeans from C&A instead of a ‘cool’ shop was hilarious. So if you have a few hours spare and want to indulge in Amit, Nishant and Anand’s struggle through their teen years pick this book up.