Srikumar Sen’s personal schoolboy memoires are engaging and powerful. He very effectively conveys the story, depicts the context, communicates the feelings and reactions. The sadistic punishment regime of the Catholic brothers shames their religion, and distorts the consciousness of the schoolboys. The tender young Sabby adjusts to live with it, but later recognises its perverse effect on him. The boys manage to develop a close knit social group to survive it. The education itself is shallow. Such regimes were not uncommon, and Sen’s graphic denunciation has moral power.