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Reviewed in India on 12 December 2020
"Life's not always fair . . .
and neither are we"

Ever since childhood, we've grown up seeing on television, reading in books that the only acceptable skin tone is fair. We grew up believing that we can only be considered beautiful if our skin is of a certain shade. Thanks to the whitening creams, the unrealistic European beauty standards and the ignorance and inability of our prejudiced society to see beyond these superficial standards. I was wondering if I will ever come across a book that not only brings something different to the table but also challenges these societal beliefs that have become the norm.

Unfair by Rasil Ahuja is just the book I was looking for. A story worth reading just for the message it sends.

The story revolves around Lina who wants to be a part of the seventh-grade annual play but her teacher, Miss Deepa thinks she is not of the right shade to fit the part. All Lina wants is a fair chance to try out for the role. Lina becomes distraught and withdrawn and goes to her best friend Meher who finds maths more fascinating than her best friend's play or her problems. The lack of support soon puts their friendship on the line but the importance of dismantling colorism in a society that claims to be diverse brings them together, stronger than ever.

I enjoyed every bit of this story. Maybe I am biased because I fell in love with the concept even before reading it but I won't shy away from giving credit where its due. The plot is interesting and has a lot of potential and space for development. I praise the author for choosing such a wonderful and important topic to talk about. Both Lina's and Meher's character, though opposite, have been nicely portrayed where they came off as real people with real world problems that a lot of us can relate to.

The writing style is simple and easy yet completely capable of leaving a strong impact. The illustrations are beautiful and they make everything better.

Overall this is a great book for all ages and I would definitely recommend it to everyone, especially kids.

PS - I love the title and the cover. They do complete justice to the book.
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By Honey on 12 December 2020
"Life's not always fair . . .
and neither are we"

Ever since childhood, we've grown up seeing on television, reading in books that the only acceptable skin tone is fair. We grew up believing that we can only be considered beautiful if our skin is of a certain shade. Thanks to the whitening creams, the unrealistic European beauty standards and the ignorance and inability of our prejudiced society to see beyond these superficial standards. I was wondering if I will ever come across a book that not only brings something different to the table but also challenges these societal beliefs that have become the norm.

Unfair by Rasil Ahuja is just the book I was looking for. A story worth reading just for the message it sends.

The story revolves around Lina who wants to be a part of the seventh-grade annual play but her teacher, Miss Deepa thinks she is not of the right shade to fit the part. All Lina wants is a fair chance to try out for the role. Lina becomes distraught and withdrawn and goes to her best friend Meher who finds maths more fascinating than her best friend's play or her problems. The lack of support soon puts their friendship on the line but the importance of dismantling colorism in a society that claims to be diverse brings them together, stronger than ever.

I enjoyed every bit of this story. Maybe I am biased because I fell in love with the concept even before reading it but I won't shy away from giving credit where its due. The plot is interesting and has a lot of potential and space for development. I praise the author for choosing such a wonderful and important topic to talk about. Both Lina's and Meher's character, though opposite, have been nicely portrayed where they came off as real people with real world problems that a lot of us can relate to.

The writing style is simple and easy yet completely capable of leaving a strong impact. The illustrations are beautiful and they make everything better.

Overall this is a great book for all ages and I would definitely recommend it to everyone, especially kids.

PS - I love the title and the cover. They do complete justice to the book.
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