Firstly, a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all. Lord Ganesha is said to be the remover of obstacles and his birthday is celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi across the world by Hindus. 

Let me begin with a question today for which I was wondering for an answer for a very long time. Have any of you ever thought why Ganesha’s face is like an elephant? For this, the answer is present in the book that I am reviewing today. The name of the book is Amma, tell me about Ganesha. This book is written by Bhakti Mathur and wonderfully illustrated by Maulshree Somani.

After celebrating Lord Ganesha’s birthday, young Klaka and Kiki were more curious in knowing how Ganesha got his elephant head and asked their Amma to tell the story. ‘Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati’, begins amma. ‘They lived in the Himalayas on a high peak called Mount Kailash. Shiva always disappeared in the wilderness to meditate and Parvati was left alone without any company. One day, Parvati made a figure of a chubby little boy and blew some air into it. Alas, the boy came alive! And she named him Ganesha.

 The very next day while Shiva was away, Parvati went to take a bath and told Ganesha to guard the entrance. But suddenly, Shiva came home and asked the boy to move. As his mother had ordered him, he didn’t let anyone in. Shiva told him that he was Parvati’s husband and that he was allowed to go in. But Ganesha refused to allow him. Then, a massive brawl took place between Shiva and Ganesha. The rest of the story lies in the result of the brawl, how Parvati reacted to it and how they found a solution.

This is the first picture book on mythology that I have read so far and it is my favourite. The illustrations were very well defined and colourful. This book is written in the form of verses and looks more like a big poem. I would recommend this book for everyone interested in Indian mythology. I would also suggest you have a look at other books under Amma tell me series. It has a good collection of books on Indian mythology and festivals. Happy reading !!!


3 thoughts on “Book Review – Amma, tell me about Ganesha

  1. I am interested to find out more titles in this series. Thanks for reviewing this book, Shreshta. I think it made sense to review this book, keeping in mind the festival season. I am curious to know some of your closest memories of Ganesh Chathurthi. For me, it is the smell of kozhukattais coming from the kitchen. For me, it is the memory of my mother who would make them while I watched her hands work like soldiers- they always knew where to go and what to do! 😀

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  2. Your review is so gripping though it’s a familiar story. Who doesn’t like Lord Ganesha! I am nostalgic about Sakthi Vinayagar kovil which is opposite to our home and the Thiruvilayadal movie dialogue played in the dawn and my brother and father goes to buy clay Vinayagar and the way we immerse in the well, Golden memories!

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