This is a refreshing anthology of short fiction set in Kashmir. The stories are varied and multi-layered, and they talk about people living there, people who were compelled to leave and about visitors who come and go. The book is set on a cord where beauty and pain run in the same vein. The stories bring in the reader to the daily experiences of struggle, dissent, helplessness, love, compassion and courage of people living in Kashmir, and to the uncertainty that constantly looms.
This is an unputdownable book of a strong young girl finding her voice and feet in the complex changing world of 1857. What choices are available to her? What choices will she make? These questions call out to the reader as they leaf through the book. This brilliantly nuanced piece of writing challenges the single, lop-sided narrative of people and events around the mutiny immortalised in the annals of history.
“This book profiles the lives of 50 inspiring and legendary women – some alive, some no more. The text is easy to read and the illustrations by Niloufer Wadia are beautiful. This book presents many role models for young readers to aspire to.”
“The book takes up an idea that is important – how children cope when parents separate. This graphic novel sensitively deals with the issue and urges to build their lives moving on. The illustrations are softly bold and the child’s joys and sorrows are beautifully conveyed.”