Xerxes’ mother wants him to be like JRD Tata, but all Xerxes wants is to be like his grandfather. His mother, though, thinks Grandpa is a bad influence on him and wants to separate them. Xerxes cannot let that happen! If Grandpa learnt to fly, it might just solve the problem. But Grandpa isn’t interested in any plans for him. Whatever is Xerxes to do?


  • Today, first-time grandparents are older than they used to be a few generations ago. Thus, many grandchildren only get to see them in their last years. This story attempts to explore one such relationship.
  • Reading between the lines, it’s possible that Xerxes’ grandfather is suffering from some form of dementia. Nothing is explicitly mentioned, but a young reader might see parallels with their grandparent and empathise.
  • It is interesting to read about life in a Parsi family and catch a glimpse of their customs and culture.
  • While the idea of the book is beautiful, it could have been so much more. The writing is somewhat disjointed, conversations don’t ring authentic, and some situations are contrived.
  • There are no explanations/consequences for the mother being a bully. Moreover, there are some pistols hanging on the wall (metaphorically speaking, that is) that are never fired in the story.


There are few stories exploring realistic grandchild-grandparent relationships. This one makes a fantastic attempt but falls short in the execution.


Author: Madhuri Kamat
Illustrator: Niloufer Wadia
Language: English
Page Extent: 80 pages
Price: Rs. 199.00
ISBN: 978-93-87103-12-2
Publisher: Duckbill, 2108
Subject category: Fiction/Chapter Book/Adventure/Family
Age-group: 7+

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