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Review – “Ghar Aaya Mera Bholu” By Kavitha Punniyamurthi

Until recently, I hadn’t had the chance to look into Indian authors working in the children’s section. It was a conscious decision and also the fact that Covid-19 led to the prices of imported books rise like a high tide that I had to shift focus on our local indie authors. And boy, I am glad I did. Never had I imagined the Indian literary world was full fo such gems! One such gem that I and T are now hooked to is Ghar Aaya Mera Bholu by Kavitha Punniyamurthi (English – When Bholu Came Back) I got the Hindi version because T isn’t very comfortable in English, she listens but doesn’t grasp it completely until I translate in Hindi, so I decided to make her collection a mixed bag of both the languages.

Bholu keeps coming back to his master Beni Ram despite being sold off numerous times. He simply loves his master and can’t bear to be without him. While Beni Ram struggles to make ends meet for both of them because of the motorization of the travel system, Bholu does something to get them out of their misery for once and for all.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Illustrations, illustrations, and illustrations. They are simply one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. Each and every emotion is so well expressed, both I and T stay enchanted each time we open the book. By the way, it’s her top favorite these days.
  • Story. Simple and heartwarming, nothing can beat a happily ever after.
  • The relatability to our culture (we have our roots in Rajasthan, although the setting can be either Gujarat of Rajasthan, I like to think of it as our native)
  • And of course, our dear Bholu, the ever-loyal companion of his master.

WHAT WE DISLIKED nothing, nothing, and nothing. This book couldn’t have been better in any way than it already is.

A must-have for young readers. Published by Tulika Books. Recommended age 2+ years.

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