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I had no expectations when I started reading this book. Rather I had reservations against this book, that its going to be another cliched one - funny, self-mocking and aiming to be a best-seller. The Title and Cover confirmed my assumptions. But I was very surprised. I wouldn't say its an eye-opener but it would certainly make you mull over your parenting style, if you are a NRI particularly.
The Author pleased me right at the preface - no empty promises or hype. But she is only being humble, the content is more than mere 'joke or an anecdote'. The first two chapters are pretty good. I liked the way that she started chapter 1 with a piece of writing by her daughter(which is very neat and to the point). Exactly when I was thinking Dance & music classes and Diwali parties aren't going to be enough to give an Indian identity, am getting the answers(or atleast a part of it) on Chapter 2. Chapter 3 was good too but wasn't leading anywhere. Ofcourse, the Author might have intended to just present facts still I felt little stranded after reading that chapter.
Thank you for your feedback Gayathri. And so happy you empathised with my feelings.
Can't say how much I loved this book! The Rakshasas story is the one I loved most. With Illustrations, the little girls and the periya paati are going to come alive and this story is going to steal hearts. This story is for younger Audience compared to the other two.
The other two stories need rework, I believe, in terms of writing(not the storyline). Tara's story is beautiful but has many grammatical errors and too much detail at times. Loved how the Author brought in Gandhi chakra into the story(Smiled to myself when grandpa said that it became history too soon).
The third story is funny but its a little tough to absorb(may be, I read it too fast). The idea is novel, took me back to carefree childhood for a moment.
Overall, lovely book and made me feel so good and nostalgic :) The book might need endnotes for non-Tamil readers.