Want to instill a sense of understanding about India in your kids without being too pushy or preachy?
Grab the charming debut, Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani.
What is the book about?
Pashmina is a wonderful story of an Indian girl, named Priyanka, living in the United States who yearns for India despite her mother’s reluctance to talk about her past.
Till Priyanka finds a pashmina shawl tucked away deep in a trunk!
It takes her on quite an interesting magical ride similar to the flying carpet.
What does it do? Where does it take her?
Well it wouldn’t be fair to reveal all now, will it?
One downside is of course it gives a very touristy idea of India at the beginning which I think the protagonist herself also recognises.
It would also be better if it were inclusive of all of India instead of focusing on things that India is most famous for such as elephants or the Taj Mahal.
Another fact mentioned in the book I am not very sure of is that pashmina shawls are weaved all the way in Warangal in Telegana instead of somewhere in North India.
(Side note: Pashmina is a type of wool obtained from specific goats in India’s northernmost state, Jammu & Kashmir).
One last reason to pick it up?
It’s a graphic novel! Told through rich and elegant illustrations, Indian graphic novels are hard to come by and Indian graphic novels for children and teens even more so.
Need I say more?
If you insist, here is one last one. I promise:
Its arranged as a book within a book with the protagonist being the writer of the very same book you were reading!
Check out this interesting trailer by Harper Broadcast about the book where you get to know the story as well as some of the drawings: