The Why Why Girl

The Why Why Girl

Mahasweta Devi Kanyika Kini / Feb 16, 2020

The Why Why Girl Moyna lives in a little tribal village She cannot go to school because she has to tend the goats collect the firewood fetch the water But she is so full of questions that the postmaster calls her th

  • Title: The Why Why Girl
  • Author: Mahasweta Devi Kanyika Kini
  • ISBN: 9788181460189
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • Moyna lives in a little tribal village She cannot go to school because she has to tend the goats, collect the firewood, fetch the water But she is so full of questions that the postmaster calls her the why why girl Mahasweta Devi is one of India s foremost writers In this delightful story, her first picture book, and the only children s book she has written in EnglishMoyna lives in a little tribal village She cannot go to school because she has to tend the goats, collect the firewood, fetch the water But she is so full of questions that the postmaster calls her the why why girl Mahasweta Devi is one of India s foremost writers In this delightful story, her first picture book, and the only children s book she has written in English, she tells us how she meets Moyna and her mongoose and helps her find answers to all the why whys in books, that Moyna herself learns to read from Tulika

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      • Mahasweta Devi Kanyika Kini

        Mahasweta Devi was an Indian social activist and writer She was born in 1926 in Dhaka, to literary parents in a Hindu Brahmin family Her father Manish Ghatak was a well known poet and novelist of the Kallol era, who used the pseudonym Jubanashwa Mahasweta s mother Dharitri Devi was also a writer and a social worker She joined the Rabindranath Tagore founded Vishvabharati University in Santiniketan and completed a B.A Hons in English, and then finished an M.A in English at Calcutta University as well She later married renowned playwright Bijon Bhattacharya who was one of the founding fathers of the IPTA movement In 1948, she gave birth to Nabarun Bhattacharya, currently one of Bengal s and India s leading novelist whose works are noted for their intellectual vigour and philosophical flavour She got divorced from Bijon Bhattacharya in 1959.In 1964, she began teaching at Bijoygarh College an affiliated college of the University of Calcutta system During those days, Bijoygarh College was an institution for working class women students During that period she also worked as a journalist and as a creative writer Recently, she is famous for her work related to the study of the Lodhas and Shabars, the tribal communities of West Bengal, women and dalits She is also an activist who is dedicated to the struggles of tribal people in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh In her elaborate Bengali fiction, she often depicts the brutal oppression of tribal peoples and the untouchables by potent, authoritarian upper caste landlords, lenders, and venal government officials.Major awards 1979 Sahitya Akademi Award Bengali Aranyer Adhikar novel 1986 Padma Shri 2 1996 Jnanpith Award the highest literary award from the Bharatiya Jnanpith 1997 Ramon Magsaysay Award Journalism, Literature, and the Creative Communication Arts 1999 Honoris causa Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU 2006 Padma Vibhushan the second highest civilian award from the Government of India 2010 Yashwantrao Chavan National Award 2011 Bangabibhushan the highest civilian award from the Government of West Bengal 2012 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Sahityabramha the first Lifetime Achievement award in Bengali Literature from 4thScreen IFJW , , , , , ,


    893 Comments

    1. Wonderfully written and gives a strong message of importance of education for evetyone and also why it is important to ask questions.


    2. Mahasweta Devi is a well known literary figure in India, and her work with tribal communities is also well known. In this picture book for children, she combines her strengths to create magic! Moyna is a curious little tribal girl in one of the villages in which the author works, who is forever wanting to know why. Why can't fish speak? Why do we live in a leaf hut? Why do stars look so small if they are bigger than the sun? She moves into Mahasweta Devi's hut with her baby mongoose, promising t [...]


    3. Asha Nehemiah reviews the book on Goodbooks: "The Why-Why Girl is an unusual book in that it completely charms the reader while gently raising several unsettling questions. Moyna, the eponymous Why-Why Girl, is a feisty child who manages to retain her curiosity and self-worth in spite of growing up in abject poverty. Her family are Shabars, landless tribals, who have very little work to sustain themselves where they live. Moyna grazes the goats of the village landlords and she and her brother go [...]


    4. I wasn't really into this.There are bits I liked -- Moyna's incessant questioning, including her refusal to just accept the status quo (when it disfavored her) without reason, and her insistence on getting an education -- but I just didn't feel drawn into and connected with the story like I'd hoped.


    5. One of the best children's books I have read so far. Children learn the importance of asking questions, self esteem and confidence and the importance of going after what one wants in a positive way. I love the character of Moyna!!!


    6. Suggestive age of this book is 6+ but I would say adults must read it because of the concealed meaning in the simple short story.



    7. A book I read again and again with my daughter. Such a wonderful way to introduce worlds, people's and why's into our lives.


    8. nice book, but for some reason didn't hit 5 stars for me.Book Description:Moyna lives in a little tribal village. She cannot go to school because she has to tend the goats, collect the firewood, fetch the water But she is so full of questions that the postmaster calls her the 'why-why girl'! Mahasweta Devi is one of India's foremost writers. In this delightful story, her first picture book, and the only children's book she has written in English, she tells us how she meets Moyna (and her mongoos [...]


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