Thatha at School
Richa Jha and Gautam Benegal
32 pp. Paperback.
27.5 x 24.7 cm.
Tags: Be yourself. Demons in the mind. Perfect read aloud to quell a young mind’s insecurities
It is Grandparents Day at school, and everyone is excited. Not little Oviyam, who is embarrassed at the thought of her school mates seeing her grandfather in a Lungi. She tries her best to convince her Thatha to skip the function but he insists on attending. The only option left with Oviyam is to excuse herself from his side so that no one gets to know he is her grandpa. Will Oviyam rise above her insecurities and own up her lungi-wearing Thatha in front of everyone? Will she realise that external appearances don’t define a person?
Richa Jha’s light, breezy words, along with Gautam Benegal’s soft playful colour palettes and vividly illustrated frames help the reader both empathise with Oviyam fears and strongly hope for her baseless insecurities to rid her troubled mind.