Thatha At School


It is Grandparents’ Day at school, and everyone is excited. Not little Oviyam, who is embarrassed at the thought of her school mates seeing her grandfather in a dhoti. She tries her best to convince Thatha to skip the function but he insists on attending.

Will Oviyam rise above her insecurities and own up to her dhoti-wearing Thatha in front of everyone?

Richa Jha’s light, breezy text and Gautam Benegal’s soft playful colour palette help us both empathise with Oviyam’s fears and root for Thatha at the same time.

Awards won: This book won the Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW) Award in 2019 for the theme Learning A Lesson for the age 6-9 yrs.

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Oviyam loves her grandfather, Thatha, but is also embarrassed by his one little quirk: he always wears a dhoti.

When her school announces the date for Grandparents Day, Oviyam is flooded with doubts and what-ifs. “What if my classmate tugs on Thatha’s dhoti and it falls?”

She dreams that night of all her friends laughing and poking fun at Thatha.

Oviyam wakes up the next morning with puffy eyes. Thatha is all dressed up, eagerly waiting to leave.

She tries everything from her little book of tricks to stop him from going, including sending out a prayer, but fate has other plans in store.

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Weight 80 g
Dimensions 27.5 × 24.7 × 0.3 cm


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