‘Moongphali’ by Neha Singh and Mukesh Chhabra

9788129148131.jpgWhen we were young and would travel by train, there would be vendors who used to sell the groundnut or the Moongphali in the train and call it ‘timepass’. Maybe they still do. I remember precisely that I would have been five or six and had never seen the groundnut with its outer shell, so when I saw it for the first time while travelling, I told my mother ‘Dhakkan waali Moongphali’ or groundnut with a lid and the name has stuck with our family. In the hostel, there were these two brothers, who would come and sell them in papercones and we would spend our afternoons shelling and eating the nuts. This nut is still a favourite in almost all Indian households during the winter with different names.

I received the book ‘Moongphali’ by Neha Singh and Mukesh Chhabra as a review copy from the publisher Rupa Publications. This book has been beautifully illustrated by Sonal Gupta Vaswani. I would like to thank them for the same.

The blurb:


Nandu wants to go to his school fancy-dress competition dressed as a king, but his mother makes him wear a foolish-looking watermelon costume instead.

Dolly and Sunny are leading a happy life as a pair of genius twins, till they wish for their clones.
All Poonam wants is the perfect pair of blue and white slippers, and she finds them too, except that they belong to someone else.

Sher and Samandar are best friends till a piece of mysterious rock turns them into sworn enemies.

Meet these kids and many others like them in this very delightful collection, MOONGPHALI. Funny, adventurous, smart and mischievous, these are children from all parts of India. They speak different languages, eat all kinds of food, live in homes that look totally unlike each other, yet you will find a bit of yourself in each one of them. Relish these stories and relive your childhood with your kids.

My take:

This book is a collection of eight short stories written by Neha Singh and Mukesh Chhabra. The illustrations are beautiful and the cover is an instant pick me up.

The stories have been written in simple English which is easily understandable and each story comes with a moral which goes in subtly without being obvious.

After each story, there is a small activity also for the child to do.

Loved the book immensely and would definitely recommend to children and adults alike.

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