Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Rajasthani Treat

Indian Sweets for @WNBA_Charlotte
Last week I ran into the Indian market, looking for authentic treats. I used to frequent markets like it when I lived in Abu Dhabi, so the aisles full of spices, rices, and chapati flat breads were tempting.

The kids were off from school, so I dragged them along with me. They had a different experience. As they wandered, they noticed people noticing them. 

Later, at the Women's National Book Association's international event, author Monika Schroeder made the comment: "Tourists come to look at India, but really India is looking at you", and my boys understood what she meant.

The rest of her presentation opened all of our eyes.

Monika explained the extensive field research she used for Saraswati's Way, and gave examples of how she "Fit reality into the story."
  • An article by the Telegraph about "British patios fueling child labor" turned into Akash's obstacle.
  • A tour of the New Delhi train station with a social worker, and a glimpse of the street children's hiding place turned into the Akash's temporary home.
I could go on and tell you more about the book, but you should read it yourself, and don't miss the chance to hear Monika speak, if you get one.

Praise for Saraswati's Way:

“This rare combination of math and culture is a boon for discussions and makes this stand out.”
2010 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Asia/India/Middle East
CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)
NCSS Notable Social Studies Tradebook
for Young People
A Bank Street College -
Best Children’s Book of the Year
Selected for North Carolina's Battle of the Books


Golden Eagle said...

It sounds like a really interesting book!

And those sweets look good. :)

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