Reviews Book Review of Muskaan Shah's 'Home in the Hill' by teen author Vishwesh Desai

  Most of us have an enormous repertoire of memories about growing up with our grandparents and extended family. No matter what the length of time you have spent with your grandparents and cousins, the very thought of them is enough to bring a smile to your face – that is, when you’re not pulling your hair out in sheer exasperation! Muskaan Shah’s collection of short stories, “Home in the Hill,” brings together ten short stories about the delightful relationship between a little girl and her grandmother, inspired by her own experiences with her grandmothers. She crafts an idyllic world, replete with the titular house in the hills, an annoying-yet-adorable neighbour, and a whole host of cousins and friends, taking the readers along for the adventures of this cast. The stories are simple, uncomplicated and speak of a time left behind – one of unadulterated sweetness sprinkled with memorable relationships. Although the characters are largely based on the author’s family, one can’t help but notice some resemblances to the famous cousins in Enid Blyton’s books. Dog included. Shah has woven her memories into a vast array of stories such as surprising her grandmother on her birthday but getting the recipe… Karna scales a towering height in Fanatika’s Rashmirathee’ vachikam

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Yatra Archives Literature and Candy Floss : Gujarat Literature Festival as experienced by teen author Vishwesh Desai

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