As you have probably seen before, I love promoting up-and-coming authors and I love promoting multicultural books. So, when Sandhya approached me to talk about her book release about a cute tale of two brothers, I jumped at the opportunity!
Idu (Ee-doo) and Adu (Aa-doo) are very excited. Guests are coming over for dinner and their Mamma has already cooked a lot. Next, she is cooking Gulab Jamuns, but Idu and Adu don’t know what Gulab Jamuns are. Before long, they discover just how good these wonderful golden, sugary syrup-soaked balls are and how quickly they melt in their mouths. But Mamma has only made 10 Gulab Jamuns. Will they last until their guests come?
The book features a much loved Indian sweet dish. It not only provides the opportunity for kids of South Asian descent to relate to the book, but also for kids of all backgrounds to learn about something new. The book includes some basic lessons in counting, models positive parenting through its fun story-line and highlights sibling love and dynamics. Also included is a yummy Gulab Jamun recipe by Hetal Vasavada, a recipe developer and food photographer based out of San Francisco.
Sandhya recalls her own childhood mischief while relating this story, which is so relatable for all of us. The book itself is very colorful with wonderful illustrations and big, easy-to-read text. This is Sandhya’s second book; the first being Big Red Firetruck!
The date of retail release is Dec 5th, Preorders available already on bit.ly/10GulabJamuns.
Sandhya Acharya grew up in Mumbai, India, and now lives in Santa Clara, California. She has always loved eating Gulab Jamuns, though she must confess she may not be great at cooking them. She does love cooking stories though. When she is not writing, she is busy training for marathons, learning a form of Indian classical dance, and enjoying the childhood of her young sons. Her articles have featured in NPR(KQED), India Currents and IMC connect. She won the third prize in Katha 2017, a short story contest by India Currents and Wellstone Center in the Redwoods for her story “Cherry Blossoms”. Her short stories have also appeared in literary journals like Peacock Journal, and Aaduna. She also blogs regularly at www.sandhyaacharya.com.