I received the book, Laugh & Learn with Dr Parikh: Study and Exam by Dr Samir Parikh, Kamna Chibber, Divya Jain and Mimansa Singh, as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications, and am thankful to them for the same.
Laugh & Learn is a comic series conceptualized to help children navigate various social and emotional challenges that come their way. In the first volume on STUDY AND EXAM SKILLS, join Addy and Anayka as they learn how to study better, improve their memory and concentration, help their parents calm down, and most of all, have fun with exams!
Though this book is supposed to be a guidebook for children written in the form of a comic, it is more important that both children & parents should read this book and understand why the authors thought of writing it.
In our country, the entire neighbourhood, extended family and even acquaintances are interested in how the children are faring in the school. And what was their result? I remember when I was in class tenth, my father’s friend was shocked to see me watching Chitrahaar on TV. Now, thirty two years later, things are worse. The kids have more distractions and the many social media groups make even the remotest of friends or family aware if a kid is appearing for the boards and are want to be updated on the results.
This comic book has been narrated in simple english with the conversations between the two main characters, Addy and Ayanka and the challenges they face on the left page. On the right page is the message that the authors want to convey.
The language is simple and easy to understand. The Do it Yourself pages at the end of the book are very informative like the priority square, setting the goals, managing time, what to do and what not to do during breaks, concentration drills, mnemonics, self-evaluation grid, and what I loved most is the mock-test checklist. I have made my kids make these DIYs in their diaries and asked them to look at it on a weekly basis.
This book is the first in the series and a must read for students and parents. I would also recommend that maybe if these comic strips could be used in social media because that is what is most watched now-a-days so that everyone can make use of the resources, but that is a copyright issue and needs to be dealt with by the publisher and the authors.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.