Jun 272023
Want to Know, How Not to Get Wet in the Rain? [Review]
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Book Title: How Not to Get Wet in the Rain, 21 Tales for Tricky Times
Author: Sunanda Kulkarni
Illustrator: Debasish Sarma
Publisher: Puffin (Penguin Random House India)
Type: Paperback
Pages: 148 pages
Recommended Age: 8-12 years

Extraordinary Tips for Tricky Times!

I’m posting this review on behalf of my 10 year old daughter, Lakshana.

How Not to Get Wet in the Rain, 21 Tales for Tricky Times is a remarkable book on how people used fascinating ways to solve difficult problems. Do you know the trick to not get wet in the rain or to distribute 5 oranges equally among 7 people? These tales show how to overcome unusual situations.

I found the story ‘All That Sparkles Isn’t a Diamond’ very astonishing and the solution extraordinary. There was a poor and homeless man called Venkatesh. As he knew all the mantras and rituals for worshipping the gods – he earned money by performing the rituals in villages. One day he found an abandoned idol in a dilapidated temple. He decided to stay there. He cleaned the temple daily and worshipped the God daily by singing beautiful bhajans in praise of the deity.

Hearing his songs, visitors came and gave small donations to him. Weeks passed, Venkatesh got many visitors and soon he got plenty of money as donation. He used the additional donation money for the temple development.

Years passed by, he got married and had a son named Narayana. Venkatesh taught his son everything he knew. Narayana took charge of the temple’s responsibilities after Venkatesh passed away. But unlike his father, Narayana was very greedy.

One day a poor couple came and asked him to pray for them to have a child. But he asked for a diamond necklace in exchange for offering rituals and prayers to the divinity of the temple. The couple didn’t have any other option but to agree. Soon they were blessed with a child. Narayana was called for performing the rituals of the naming ceremony of the baby boy of a poor couple. Narayana in turn asked for a diamond ring as his fee in addition to the diamond necklace he was already owed. The poor couple agreed to get both a diamond ring and a necklace for him.

What do you think, how the poor couple would have arranged for such expensive things? Keep guessing and find out about the real solution by reading this book!

There are 20 other similar short stories in this book that make you wonder, right till last paragraph, how you would overcome such difficult scenarios! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and asking riddles to my parents and grandparents about how they would have reacted if they were in the same situation. A big appreciation to Debasish Sarma for illustrating this book magnificently.

If you enjoyed this review and wish to learn some tricks and tips to tackle tricky times, you might want to buy the book from Amazon (kbc affiliate link),


Disclaimer: Roshna and her daughter are part of the #kbcReviewerSquad and received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

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