Length: 39 pages
Genre: Children’s book
Publisher: Juggernaut Books
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
As you are all aware, I have trolled the juggernaut.in site for free books (Who hasn’t had the misfortune of their need to read exceeding their financial means to buy all books ever to be written?). The Adventures of Tootsie Lama has been receiving a lot of attention over Bookstagram and on Juggernaut and I was very curious to see if it lived up to its hype.
Currently based in New Delhi, Stuti Agarwal grew up in Darjeeling, playing in the mountains and slurping hot thukpa. The Adventures of Tootsie Lama is her first book.
“She is eight, unafraid, and loves Thukpa.
In many ways Tootsie is like any eight-year-old in the hilly town of Darjeeling. But in many ways she is completely different – she lives on her own and cooks her meals. One day Tootsie decides she would like a delicious bowl of thukpa, just like her aama used to make it. Now all she needs is a plan.“
It is very rare to find Indian books written for children which are grammatically impeccable, witty and morally high all at the same time. I was so glad that I could compare The Adventures of Tootsie Lama to short stories by Enid Blyton, who in my opinion is the undisputed Queen of Children’s Stories.
Tootsie Lama is an eight year old orphan who is adopted by a loving couple. However fate turns cruel yet again when her adoptive parents become casualties of an environmental disaster. This gutsy girl does not give up hope just because she is abandoned by adults. She takes care of herself, the house and the garden. She manages to survive by working and feeding herself. True to her 8 year old form, Tootsie also goes on adventures with her friend Tenzing.
Our story begins with Tootsie craving for Thukpa that tastes just the way her Aama used to make. The resourceful girl hatches a plan and enlists the help of Tenzing to steal a bowl of the delicious noodle dish from a restaurant. What happens next and how the little kids are rewarded for their crimes is what makes the 39 paged book exciting.
TL;DR: A fun and exciting children’s book with a moral at the end.
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