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Strong Roots Have No Fear by Aditi Wardhan Singh

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Aditi Wardhan Singh

Book Review – Strong Roots Have No Fear by Aditi Wardhan Singh

This book provides you with a simple framework within which you can raise your little ones to grow into empowered thought leaders in our constantly evolving multicultural world. If we raise our children with a culturally aware mindset, we need not fear the future.

What you find in this book –

The confidence to be intuitive as a parent.
Timeless strategies for a confident mindset
An honest look into mindful living.
A global outlook for your multicultural family.
How to be culturally sensitive and rooted within self.

Book Review – Strong Roots Have No Fear by Aditi Wardhan Singh

Who do you go out seeking advise from on any matter ? Somebody who has been there, done that. Right? Well I was in a situation. So you see that my parents belong to two different states and communities, while I myself married in an extremely different community and environment from where I grew up. As a result, I often suffer from cultural identity crisis. At the same time, I am proud that I am an extremely balanced human being, because I fail to understand the polarization among communities. And most importantly I often feel scared that my kids might suffer from a similar crisis, but at the same time I want them to be large hearted enough to assimilate the good values from every culture. And given this prerogative of mine, I am glad that I happened to read Strong Roots Have No Fear.

When the author, Aditi Singh Wardhan talks about Strong Roots, she covers varied topics related to parenting which include parent-child communication, discipline, Cross-cultural exposure and cross cultural conditioning. It even talks about how to teach kids tolerance through the concept of Karma and preparing them early in life for adversities.

Aditi Singh Wardhan comes from a background where she has lived across three countries herself, and has been extremely conscious of how her own growing up years in a foreign country led to her deepened sensitivity of how rooting kids to their culture is extremely important. She goes to an extent of comparing her childhood with her kids to create anecdotal understanding.

What I liked most is that unlike most parents of this generation where the parenting philosophies revolve around stretching the limits and parents being constantly pushed around the corner, she strongly advocates discipline and non-breachable boundaries.

In my view most of what the author writes is a sure shot recipe of instilling confidence in the children early on in life.  I couldn’t agree more with Aditi when she writes –

“You don’t have to take the trouble of wondering how to be or is someone is looking at you differently. You feel naturally accepted.”

Such a simple thing to teach the kids and help them brave through the world.

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vidhya thakkar April 22, 2019 at 8:26 am

The title gives an important message! Adding it to my TBR

Deepika April 22, 2019 at 9:33 am

The title sounds very interesting and I am nothing down the book details, will check it very soon. Thanks for sharing.

Deepa April 22, 2019 at 10:19 am

My kids have stayed in 2 different countries and many different cities. So I know it’s not easy but kids become more adaptive. Looks like a helpful book for such parents who lived in different places.

Mann April 22, 2019 at 10:23 am

I also believe that it is important to stay connected to our roots…it gives our existence a meaningful purpose. Exploring other cultures and taking good from them is second best thing to do. Your posts are working an impetus for me to add these books to my book self soon. Thanks.

Surbhi Prapanna April 22, 2019 at 11:37 am

I could co-relate with this thought so well. we had been to the USA for the last 4 years and my kids had developed mixed cultural values of India and USA both. I agree as a parent we need to develop a sense of respect and large-hearted behaviour for other culture. the book seems a great read and had such a relevant topic. I had missed a few of your posts, will go back again after challenge over and note down the name of all books again for future reference. such a useful series and you had given me a deep insight of useful parenting books which for sure I would love to read and adopt its goodness to my practical life as a parent. great work and keep it up!

Abhijit April 22, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Nice post. A deep root protects a tree from turbulent weather. So does a culturally deep root protects a child form turbulence in society.

Sonia Chatterjee April 22, 2019 at 3:01 pm

We returned back to Kolkata to make our son feel rooted. Somehow when I look at him now, I’m really glad that he’s growing up amidst the love and affection of his grandparents. Yet a part of me knows that he is over protected and sheltered. It is a constant conflict. This looks like an interesting book but your personal back story makes it more intriguing.

Mayuri Nidigallu April 22, 2019 at 4:28 pm

This sounds like a book written by someone who knows what she is talkng about. I am sure it is a promising read.

kushal April 22, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Strong Roots have no fear… I quite agree with setting clear boundaries and disciplining kids…

Trapti April 22, 2019 at 7:11 pm

Love the explanation!!!!!

Harjeet Kaur April 22, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Children bloom in stability…..seems like a great book.

Shilpa Garg April 23, 2019 at 12:24 am

A book based on personal experiences carry a lot of weight. I like the author’s focus on discipline and non-breachable boundaries. Seems like a fab read, hope to pick it up.

Vartika Gakhar April 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm

I am of a very strong opinion that we should never forget our roots, no matter which part of the world u live in. I try to imbibe the same values in my girls as well, we speak in Hindi, celebrate festivals, wear Indian attires and do everything that tells them the importance of our place. This book really sounds so much like me, will check out.


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