Book: The Star That Saved The Day
Author: Nalini Sorensen
Price: Rs 150
Appropriate for: 6-8
There’s an inviolable routine to Yash and Yohan’s mom, Niki’s mornings: to begin the day with a careful scrutiny of Margie Corr’s column in the morning newspaper. Corr, the refuge of Bollywood stars, who has a track record of 100 per cent accuracy in individual predictions, is Niki’s favourite astrologer and her words are law in her universe.
Imagine then a day when the forecast comes with a dire warning: “There are dangers lurking around every corner. Watch every step you take…” The house is turned into a fortress, the boys are given a holiday from school and kept indoors, and every incident is viewed through a lens of perpetual paranoia.
But is it possible that a mistake might have crept into Niki’s forecast, wonders 10-year-old Yohan? When he shoots an email to Corr from his father’s email account, Corr responds. She tells him that even the best of forecasts can be waylaid and the error can go unnoticed.
In a land of many faiths, some rational, many irrational and blind, Sorensen’s simple story is a welcome nod to a spirit of curiosity and enquiry. A hat tip to Shreya Sen too for her age-appropriate illustrations.