Shastriji is a wise old chicken who always has an answer for How…. until comes the vile crow Kaalia who is up to no good. All of Shastriji’s ideas to deal with Kaalia one after other backfires. What if the right question was not “How” but “Why”? Could there be an end to the tyranny of Kaalia?
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Shastriji is a wise chicken at Anad Nagar. He can solve any problem or dispute among the chickens or roosters. It is a time of freedom and peace.
Then Kaalia, the crow, comes. He challenges Shastriji’s wisdom by his tricks and evil doings. The chickens and roosters put their faith in Shastriji’s plans. Unfortunately they leave Anad Nagar in a dark place…until a cause for celebration arises!
Kaalia does not like that there is happiness in Anad Nagar while he is reigning down his terror. He plans to set the chickens and roosters straight. There’s just one problem: he wasn’t counting on the love of a mother!
The illustrations are adorable, and there was obvious diversity among the chickens. I believe Shastriji is supposed to be the one wearing the glasses. I thought that a bit of a stereotype. I liked how the author took the setting and naming of the chickens from his cultural background in a story that can be enjoyed by many.
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***** About the Author and Illustrator *****
Subhash and Sujata Kommuru hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.
Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea!
These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.
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