Title : Moonrise from the Green Grass Roof
Author: Vinod Kumar Shukla
Translated : Satti Khanna
My rating: 4/❤❤❤❤❤
Thank you HarperCollins for the review copy in exchange of honest review and Satti Khanna for the lovely translated version.
There were a hundred games The children played with the sky.Each question that arose in a child’s mind was a game.Where is the Moon? They asked if they woke up in the middle of the night
There’s a pygmy mountain at the edge of the village.Near the top of the mountain is a mysterious hole.If you toss a stone down that hole, it will keep falling until you return to hear it hit the bottom.
There’s a second- grader named Bolu in the village school.He only speaks while he walks.If you want to speak to him, you must walk with him.
And then there’s the moon, rising from the green grass roof. It travels with Bolu and his friends wherever they go.
In this book, light as pebbles skimming across a pond, Vinod Kumar Shukla speaks of the wonder of a universe in which, however separate we seem ,we are inevitably joined as one.
My Review :
Have you met Bolu, a six year old boy who speaks only when he walks, Bhaira, a normal boy who prefer communicating through sign language over speaking, Chhotu, who has the habit of speaking in voice of others and their friends. You can meet them all and many others in Moonrise from the Green Grass Roof a lovely novel written by famous poet and novelist Vinod Kumar Shukla. Originally written in Hindi titled ‘Haari Ghaas Ki Chhappar Vaali Jhopdi Aur Bauna Pahad’ translated by Satti Khanna.
The author has introduced us to the quintessential world of amazing children where many eccentric situations are possible. In this world the patrangi birds talks only during their flight, khanjan birds can vanish anything, moon rise and set from green grass roof, kittens comes out from textbooks and goes back on its own,writing sticks move from one schoolbag to other and many such outlandish things.
The language used is simple and character development is great. He has used poetry and the quirky innocent questions of children at places which increases the curiosity quotient of the reader.The illustrations at the start of chapter makes the read more interesting. I visited the fantasy world of a very Old man, Bajrang Maharaj, Koona and many others through the lively description of the author and saw the things through their eyes.Children would love this book.
The essence of poetry seem to be lost at few places during translation which prods me to read the original work. I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to everyone who want to revisit their childhood and enjoy the joy of simple things.