I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 22nd 2020
Love is love
Little Ayesha is excited that her favourite cousin, Ritu, is getting married and she and her family have been invited to the wedding. However, not everybody is happy that Ritu is marrying her girlfriend, Chandni, and the sight of a bride leading her own wedding procession, traditionally led by the groom, leads to an angry confrontation.
Ritu Weds Chandni shows the events of the story through the eyes of a child who cannot understand the objections some adults have to her cousin marrying the woman she loves. At the time of the publication of this book, same sex marriage is not yet legally recognised in India, and same sex relationships were only recently decriminalised, so there may be many couples yet who will still have to face the kind of discrimination that the women in this story did and worse. However, this book brings a message of hope, since the prejudices of the past do not have to be passed down to the next generation.
The author and illustrator, Ameya Narvankar, uses simple text and brightly coloured illustrations to tell this sweet story about love and acceptance. Ritu Weds Chandni would make an excellent addition to a primary school library.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Yali books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.