Published By: Tulika Books
Story: Sandhya Rao
Illustrations: Nina Sabnani
I love the way it makes me dream.
In a Sentence: The children’s love affair with their mothers’ saris.
What is it About: I just said it 🙂
Form and language: It’s rare to come by a more optimal use of words. Sparingly-used, but loaded with emotions, every word in this book makes us look at a sari through a child’s eye.
What makes it snuggly: Children romancing the sari in every possible way. My favourite is ‘Then when I am tired, it wraps itself around me.’
What Stands Out: The sheer simplicity of the thought behind this book, and of the brilliant execution of the idea. Nina has used photographs of both traditional saris (from different states) as well as the modern ones to give a textured feel to the pages, with illustrations of kids peeping from all sides. This, coupled with spare text, lends an evocative lingering tint to every page.
Will be best enjoyed by: All children between 1 and 101 years of age. I’ve seen my husband go all gooey when he sits next to my ma-in-law. He’s forty. I suspect it is the sari.
From snuggly to snugglier: We can’t thank Sandhya and Nina enough for the step by step illustrated (idiot-proof) guide to tying a sari. Invaluable information for little girls fawning over saris, teenagers dressing up for their school farewell party, the moms who can’t tie one to save their lives, and for cross-dressers.
Ha Ha! Quotient: 3
Touches The Heart Quotient: 4
Cuts Through The Clutter Quotient: 5
Visual Appeal: 4
Encore Quotient: 4
Thank God it’s not moral science: 5
Show, don’t tell: 4
Hey, this is a really important book!: 4