Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions–the topic of India is permanently closed.
For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.
In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.
Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC by Harper Collins India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
This beautiful graphic novel was a delight to read. The art is the cutest ever, not to mention enchanting; while the plot itself was empowering!
Pashmina follows the life of Priyanka Das; a teenager to a single mother, who is now slowly starting to question her identity and the identity of others in her life; the past of her mother and the foundations of her family India – questions that aren’t being answered by her mother; questions that leave her confused and irritated.
But when she accidentally finds a pashmina shawl that belonged to her mother; things take a weird yet wonderful turn.
Priyanka is quite easy to relate – a teenager who is frustrated, believes that her art isn’t worthy, her classmates bully her and her favorite uncle; a pseudo dad in fact is having a baby girl, undoubtedly replacing her! But it is when she visits India, her journey that she learns the importance of the freedom she has had her whole life, and how loved she actually is.
The artist/author has done a wonderful job of illustrating the story; especially giving a divide when Priyanka adorns the Pashmina Shawl, with the art going into full color mode and it was absolutely striking.
A graphic novel in itself tends to be a short read; but Pashmina has a strong message in its storyline and it was a very enjoyable read! Can’t wait to see what this artist and author does next!
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