Part and Parcel of India

Part and Parcel of India

N.H. Senzai, an Indian-Pakistani American writer, was inspired by her husband’s family history to write two children’s novels, Shooting Kabul and Kabul Corner. The acclaimed writer now gives us Ticket to India, a novel sparked by her own family’s story. When India was...
Saving Grandma: Grandma and the Great Gourd book review

Saving Grandma: Grandma and the Great Gourd book review

GRANDMA AND THE GREAT GOURD, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Roaring Brook Press, 2013. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, one of my favorite writers, whose twin strengths are an ear for language and an innate storytelling prowess, is not only prolific, but also versatile....
Dreams of the Raj

Dreams of the Raj

ALL MY NOBLE DREAMS AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS, by Gloria Whelan. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. Gloria Whelan, who won the National Book Award for Homeless Bird, a touching novel about a widowed Indian girl, is a children’s writer I have come to expect...
Love Connection

Love Connection

Betsy Woodman, who spent most of her childhood in India, has created a series revolving around a widow of Scottish descent, Jana Bibi. Her debut, Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes, (India Currents, October 2013) set in 1960, introduced the eponymous character. Hamara...
A Pictorial Spread

A Pictorial Spread

Marcia Williams has delivered a sumptuous feast with a pictorial spread of retold fables, The Elephant’s Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India. The sources of the eight stories are the Hitopadesha Tales, the Jataka Tales, and the Panchatantra Tales. The tales may...