AMMA, TELL ME ABOUT DURGA PUJA/HOLI/DIWALI!

AMMA, TELL ME ABOUT DURGA PUJA/HOLI/DIWALI!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Amma, Tell Me about Durga Puja!
The city is abuzz with fanfare and fervour, giant idols under wraps, ready to be unfurled, colourful pandaals receive finishing touches to host the biggest outdoor festival in the world! Celebrate the homecoming of a loving daughter, victory of the goddess and a demon’s defeat, See how Ma Durga outshone even the mighty gods, how a woman achieved an impossible feat!

Amma, Tell Me about Holi!
Here is the magical story of Holi – the Indian festival of colours in all its glory, as told to Klaka, a little boy, by his Amma, with a lot of joy. First, a story of colours and fun: naughty young Krishna and Radha, his loved one. Next, we celebrate the end of an evil fraud: a monstrous king who thought he was God. He threatened his own son, who did not think him divine. But against the evil king, faith and miracles did align. A story of faith, devotion and love. Passed down to children, from generations above…

Amma, Tell Me about Diwali!
Brilliant firecrackers lighting up the night, diyas twinkling like stars – what a sight! This is Diwali, in all its glory, as told to little Klaka, by his Amma – a magical story. First the celebration of Prince Rama and his homecoming, his victory over Ravana, the evil demon king. Next a story of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, who rewards her true devotees with fortune and good health!

SNAPSHOT REVIEW

  • Books about festivals are popular in all cultures, an opportunity to learn about our backgrounds.
  • The covers are appealing, even though the central images (of Durga, Krishna, Lakshmi, etc.) have a one-dimensional, computer-generated look.
  • The books are generously illustrated.
  • The rhymes are not particularly reader- or listener-friendly, and the flow of sound and sense isn’t always elegant.
  • There stories have a “same old, same old” feel, with no attempt to contemporise, analyse or adapt; seems like an opportunity missed.

CONCLUSION

These are instructional books, possibly suitable for readers of all ages who want to know about their “culture”, but oversimplified and overstated.

BOOK DETAILS

AMMA, TELL ME ABOUT DURGA PUJA!
Author: Bhakti Mathur
Illustrator: Maulshree Somani
Language: English
Page Extent: 40 pages
Price: Rs 350.00
ISBN: 978-988-12395-9-4
Publisher: Anjana Publishing, 2016
Subject category: Fiction/Festivals/Series
Age-group: 5+

AMMA, TELL ME ABOUT HOLI!
Author: Bhakti Mathur
Illustrator: Maulshree Somani
Language: English
Page Extent: 28 pages
Price: Rs 350.00
ISBN: 978-988-12395-3-2
Publisher: Anjana Publishing, 2016
Subject Category: Fiction/Festivals/Series
Age-group: 5+

AMMA, TELL ME ABOUT DIWALI!
Author: Bhakti Mathur
Illustrator: Maulshree Somani
Language: English
Page Extent: 32 pages
Price: Rs 350.00
ISBN: 978-988-15028-8-9
Publisher: Anjana Publishing, 2016
Subject Category: Fiction/Festivals/Series
Age-group: 5+

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