Shashi Deshpande ☆ 7 SummaryReferred to as Amma and the emaining children Babu and Manju Are Forced By Circumstances To Move Over To Narayanpur are forced by circumstances to move over to Narayanpur stay with a strict but benevolent friend of Amma s father Annu kakaNarayanpur an otherwise sleepy townvillage erupts into action when the fervor of the uit India movement slowly seeps in to engage its esidents The strong arm tactics of the police especially the incident when small children are brutally beaten up and a little girl dies in a stampede catalyzes the Entire Community To Rise Up community to ise up protest against the British occupationShashi Deshpande is a well known author who uses very simple English and makes the narrative extremely engaging at the same time I simply loved the way the characters are developed One can empathize with each one of the characters The
illustrations by Jaideep Chakravarti are simple and elegantI strongly ecommend this book toby Jaideep Chakravarti are simple and elegantI strongly ecommend this book to of all ages While this might have been written primarily for young The Confederate Privateers readers there is much toead enjoy and Big Bad Detective Agency reflect for oldereaders as well I was a big fan of Sashi Deshpande s books when I was a child and it was sheer nostalgia that made me pick this book up Not disappointed Particularly like the strong female protagonists Enid Blyton s Famous Five was a huge part of my childhood I ve The Placer read every book in that series and I loved the way the kids get together going on adventures and eventually solving mysteries Well this book is even better than that Set in the pre independance era precisely during the uit India Movement the story involves four kids who end up together trying to do their best to contribute to the independence movement I am a big fan of Shashi Deshpande especially for the way she portrays the female protagonist in her stories In this book too she has sketched the lead character Amma in a way that you will almost immediately start falling in love with her. U suddenly find themselves part of all this as their schools close down and their father is put behind bars Their daring brother Mohan goes underground and theest of the family moves to Naraya. I loved this book as a child It had a huge influence on me and the way I viewed the Indian freedom movement My grandfather was a freedom fighter His name was Major E Bhaskaran and he was Subhas Chandra Bose s secretary His stories of what happened in Burma were enthralling When I ead this book it made me even fascinated with the freedom movement and colonialism I have never stopped The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, reading about it oresearching it I particularly liked the little girl in this book very much This book Jane Eyre Swami and Friends all the Richmal Crompton William books and Enid Blyton s Wishing Chair hugely influenced my tastes in books as a child What the hell I still like Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness reading all of them today You can t uiteading this one Finished the book in one goFor most of us freedom and freedom struggle mean getting away from the ules and estrictions imposed on us by family and society This book is about what freedom and freedom struggle meant to our grandparents It is
about the hero in every ordinary citizen and about the power of collective goalsNarrating history through fiction is not an easythe hero in every ordinary citizen and about the power of collective goalsNarrating history through fiction is not an easy especially when the author wants to stay true to facts and yet spin a yarn around them Shashi has managed to strike this balance with aplomb and graceKids who hate history and there are many I am told would lap up this book like they do a graceKids who hate history and there are many I am told would lap up this book like they do a This book was originally published in 1998 I just got my hands on it and completed eading this within a few hoursThe story is about ordinary citizens in a small townvillage called Narayanpur performing extraordinary things during the uit India movement call from Mahatma Gandhi Mohan Babu and Manju are youngsters who are caught up in the struggle for independence as their father gets arrested during a speech in a marketplace Mohan the oldest of the three kids goes underground to carry on the freedom struggle The mother mostly. 8 August 1942 uit India' Gandhiji warns the British As he and most leaders are put in jail the very next day the people ise in protest and so begins the uit India movement of 1942 Babu and Manj. ,
Amma is not the typical housewife who takes care of the kids cooks at home and of the kids cooks at home and for the husband to eturn Hell no She is bold she is well ead she inspires the kids to do their part in the movement she assures Appa to carry on with this struggle although she knows he might end up in jail she takes care of the family when Appa has been jailed she translates Gandhi s works in the local language and takes copies of it and distributes it even though it is strictly prohibited There is an instance when the brother tells his younger sister during the fight that she is a girl and she can t do anything Amma immediately snaps the boy and uotes Sarojini Naidu as an example and says that women can be a part of this too
another instance where she persuades other women toinstance where she persuades other women to the freedom movement and says When there is so much work to be done will we sit in front of our fires thinking of nothing but what to cook for the next meal Even when the police take her away for an interrogation and threaten her by pointing out that the kids will suffer she doesn t give up and instead tells herself that the kids would manage themselves and even they wouldn t want her to give up on her mission This book also shows how even the commoners who were Der Bilderwächter reluctant till a point of time to join the freedom struggle decide to give a tough fight and contribute in a tiny but significantole
"It Was Nice To "was nice to a book from the perspective of a kid with the Independence struggle fever all around himA nice ead indeed I HAVE READ THE NARAYANPUR INCIDENTIT WAS VERY NICE As simple as it can get to Story of the esidents of Narayanpur a village in India during the pre independence period Its a neat well written package of those tensed moments of British ule emotional drama with not a pinch of overdose innocence of its characters Rare piece of fictional drama of the British uled Indi. Npur a sleepy little village seemingly untouched by the turbulence in the country But Narayanpur is seething within and it all comes to a head when a group of children dare to confront the polic.