Book Name: Who Clicked That Pic?
Written By: Nandita da Cunha
Illustrated By: Priya Kuriyan
Publisher: Ektara Trust
No. of Pages: 32 pages
Recommended age: 8 years+
This review is being posted on behalf of my 10 year old son, Divit who loves reading and reviewing books for kbc!
This book by Nandita da Cunha is about India’s first woman photojournalist Homai Vyarawalla. Born in the year 1913, she dared to dream to do something that was unheard of in those times. And this book takes us there.
The author has wonderfully weaved in the different instances from Homai’s life in this story that revolves around a girl called Pari. Set in old Bombay during the Ganpati festival, Pari is looking for one perfect click. She sets out with her friend Parvez, hauling her enormous Rolleiflex camera that had only 10 photos left, in search of that perfect festival pic to earn one rupee. And do you know what she planned to buy if she earned that 1 Re? A new photo roll! Yes she loved clicking pics clearly. But was it easy for a girl to run around in a saree, on a bicycle with a huge camera and be recognised for her work. Not really! Those were different times when a woman was not expected to be running around taking photos. But Pari had her heart and mind set on it, so she went against all odds to do what she loved.
The story is about her determination and her many adventures to fulfill the desire to get her photo printed in the newspaper. Without caring about what the world thinks, she was out there to capture some lovely candid shots, each telling a beautiful story.
But do you think she will manage to get the perfect one she is looking for? Will Mr. Nakhrawalla like her pic and print it? The author takes you on a ride with Pari to not only show you the daily humdrum of Mumbai streets but also how the streets come alive during Ganpati festival that is celebrated with huge pomp and grandeur in our city of Mumbai. I really enjoyed the ride with Pari and felt like I am also on an adventure with her. The illustrations by Priya Kuriyan are absolutely gorgeous and being the story to life.
I loved to read the trivia shared about Homai at the end of the book. Homai’s incredible journey to establish herself as an photojournalist is very motivating and I admire her for daring to go against the norm to live her dream.
Other books by the author are Just like Papa (read review here) and The Magic in My Fingers. Do check out Pedru and the Big Boom which is a chapter book for 10 years+ . We all love The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street deeply; The Miracle on Kachhua Beach is the next book in this series.
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Disclaimer: Achira and her sons are part of the #kbcReviewerSquad and received this book as a review copy from the author.