This is the heart-wrenching story of 13-year-old Jamlo who was compelled to walk home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown from the chilli fields of Telangana, where she picked chillies for a living, to Chhattisgarh. The story exposes stark inequalities rampant in our society and enables the reader to see the disparity. One can hope that through this book readers across age groups and geographies can learn to empathise with their fellow humans in their varied daily struggles.
This is a profound story presented through a simple narrative. It unfurls a sensitive issue, following Keya, the protagonist. She faces life-altering situations of confusion, conflict, and finally finds a resolution, after an emotional upheaval. The illustrations are captivating and aptly reflect Keya’s feelings and experiences.
This sensitive and wonderful story on inclusion and friendship, and portrays empathy beautifully. Adil communicates through sign language, or as his friends see it words dancing to the and music within him. The book does not glorify Adil. Instead, it portrays him as a child who cannot hear but is able to communicate differently from other children around him. The illustrations play an enhancing role in this book.
This book gives readers a peek into the cultural element of the Parsi community. The book also gives mention to noteworthy names of the community across various fields. The information supported by illustrations makes this book special.
“The book talks about the charm of small towns, making new friends, repairing old friendships. The child character explains the complicated words in an organic way in the narrative – a great device that will help enhance the vocabulary of children.”