Whenever I get worked up due to physical exertion that parenting demands on a daily basis, my husband comes up with his repetitive million dollar wisdom bite.
“It’s just these couple of years, when you get to run around them, hold them and do things for them. Once they grow up, you will have none of this physical proximity. It’ll all be at an emotional and intellectual level”
Yeah! Yeah! But I still have a long way to go that route. I respond as I roll my eyes. But that also sets my thoughts rolling as I contemplate. Once the kids become self sufficient on a physical level, my job as a parent is going to become even more complex. I will always have to be on a high alert to tune into the emotional frequency of my kids and understand their aspirations, fears, insecurities and much more. I know I will have a tough job at hand.
And why am I speaking about this in this post that’s supposed to be a book review? Because that’s what ‘A Girl In the New Town’ by Alpana Deo is all about. Read on….
Book Review – A Girl In The New Town
‘A Girl In The New Town’ by Alpana Deo has a seven year old girl as its protagonist. This young but bubbling-with-life girl gives her parents the jitters of their lives, when she goes into a shell at the knowledge that the family will have to change their residence to a new town. What follows is the story of an extremely uncertain ‘Ria’ and how her parents get her to open up and talk freely about her insecurities. How she deals with separation from her best friends? What are the challenges she faces in her new neighborhood? And how her before and after worlds merge to bring in a lot of happiness to her life!
Alpana Deo’s account of the whole episode in this short read (oh! Not so short for the kids this book is meant for) is praise worthy. She has dealt with the emotional aspects of the entire affair (about shifting places) with extreme sensitivity.
I especially liked how Alpana Deo has brought to the forefront the fact that in foreign lands, friends are more than your family and relatives. The play dates, overnight stays, mommy dates etc. form a significant part of their life-style.
It is commendable how Alpana has tactfully dealt with the transition of the plot. She has catered to an entire life cycle of the process of shifting to a new town from a kid’s as well as her parents’ perspective.
‘A Girl In The New Town’ definitely makes for a fun read for kids and their parents. I for sure envision myself sitting with my son a couple of years down the line, over some milk shake, discussing the emotional turmoil that Ria must have gone through.
A little put-off: At certain places while reading the book, I felt that the editor of the book could have done a better job at weaning out the grammatical errors. (that is, if a professional editor was involved). Or else my advice to Alpana would be to contemplate getting it edited and then releasing an updated version.
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