Saturday, September 24, 2016

Book Review : Around The World With a Chilli & Lights...Camera...Action!

Indian Moms Connect reviews our books 'Around The World With a Chilli' and 'Lights…Camera…Action! The Life and Times of Dadasaheb Phalke'.


Confession Time!!! This book “Around the World with a Chilli” written by Nayan Chanda and illustrated by Priya Kuriyan, taught me lot of unknown facts and fascinating aspects on globalization. I would definitely recommend this book not only for kids but also for parents too.

Learning globalization via chilli? Interesting right? But, the world is tied together by the foods we eat. Columbus came to look for kali mirch but took home hari mirch and lal mirch from Mexico. Columbus made a wrong calculation about the size of the earth and that proved very fortunate. If not for him, we wouldn’t have known about Caribbean islands. It was Vasco Da Gama who actually reached India and got the Pepper. Yes, this tiny pepper was driving factor behind all these sea routes.

You not only learn about the fruits and vegetables that travelled across, but also about the Aztec and Inca Empire, European Empire, Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire. Didn’t I say it’s fascinating?

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 What’s the story behind celluloid and what’s the story behind the man who introduced celluloid to India?

Lights…Camera…Action! By Rupali Bhave explains it all in a simple way. Yes, it’s the story of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian Cinema.

“Watch people move in the magic of photographs! A picture two miles long! Only three anna! – This is how he sold his tickets. And do you know what’s the first movie that he directed? It’s Raja Harishchandra.

It wasn’t an easy journey for him. Due to intense viewing and experimentation he went blind. But to everyone’s relief he recovered his sight after a temporary blindness. No one, except his wife and family, supported him. He lost all his wealth. After a long journey of ups and downs, he released his first movie in the year 1913.

A great book and must read for everyone. This book not only explains the life of Dadasaheb Phalke but also teaches us great life values. 

Read the entire review here.

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