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Mayil Will Not Be Quiet (English) Paperback – 1 January 2015
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- Publisher : Tulika Publishers (1 January 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 104 pages
- ISBN-10 : 8181468554
- ISBN-13 : 978-8181468550
- Reading age : 10 - 14 years
- Item Weight : 141 g
- Dimensions : 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
- Country of Origin : India
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- #3,146 in Children's Literature & Fiction (Books)
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Mayil is an aspiring writer who lives with her grandpa, parents and younger brother Thamarai in Chennai. The diary is given to her by her Appa with the fond hope that she will 'talk' her heart out in the diary, and spare everyone else. Talkative, curious Mayil is at first irritated at this effort to muffle her voice, and perversely decides to get back by actually pouring her thoughts onto the pages- for Mayil will not be silenced!
The book is full of the hallmarks of adolescence- old 'best' friends moving to new friends, crushes, inferior self-image, discussions about periods (aka chums!), curiosity about sex, and dawning realisation about adult problems like being losing a job or suffering domestic abuse. Mayil thinks she is not pretty, and thinks that she is OK with it- till a boy in school mocks her about how the guy she is ostensibly crushing on likes her friend Jyothy because "Jyothy is dumb, but she is pretty. You are not dumb, but you'd be much better looking without a face." Then come the tears and self doubt....but not before she punches the guy in the face! But she regains her balance and perspective after a frank (and amazingly sensible and sensitive) conversation with her Amma. So much so, a few months later, when the same boy tells her he "likes" her, she replies with equanimity that she likes him just like she likes her other friends, and they actually become friends.
In this story of Mayil's journey of self-discovery, the supporting cast is fabulous, particularly her Amma and Thatha. Amma is sensible, frank, strict when required yet can be friends with her kids; while Thatha is young at heart and gently funny.
In short, this is a highly recommended read for girls aged 11-13 years, and for all women who want a flashback into their teenage years. :)
The authors have managed to create the diary of a curious and intelligent 12-year-old with great authenticity and into it they have distilled the magical ordinariness of childhood along with sage, non-pedantic commentary on issues as diverse as sexism, domestic abuse, gender-based discrimination and more. All this without making it heavy handed. A delightful, laugh-out-loud book, as much for young girls as it is for adults floundering in their attempts to do right in a child's world.
loved it a lot and went ahead and bought the sequel too!!
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My daughter said it was like the Dork Diaries or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but with Mayil, a junior high student in Chennai, at the center of the story. It was funny and charming--there are so many more similarities between young people growing up in Indian cities and in US cities than you'd anticipate.