Title- 54 reasons why parents suck and phew !
Author- Swati Lodha & Swaraa Lodha
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Genre- Parenting, Non-Fiction, Self-help
Writing Style- 4/5
” How do you like your Mom? IS she perfect?”
” I like her. But nobody is perfect.”
” Tell us one thing that you don’t like in her as a parent.”
” Oh ! I could write a book!”
And that was the beginning of this unique writing project between a mother and her daughter. In this unconventionally written book, the author is a sixteen-year-old who puts down her thoughts and creates a manifesto on how parents should ideally behave. Yes, you read it right- how parents should behave. Interestingly, she points out son=me common characteristics of ‘arents as seen from a child’s perspective, thereby holding a mirror up to them which should make any parent pause to take stock:
- Parents value obedience from children more than the children themselves.
- Parents remember themselves as being exemplary children, in hindsight.
- Parents preach politeness yet lose it at traffic signals.
- Indian parents are platinum members of the ” emotional club”, experiencing an extra dose of fear, anger, sadness, and loneliness and of course, happiness for everything even remotely linked to their offspring.
A tongue-in-cheek take on things parents should and should not do., this book will leave you with one big reason to look yourself all over again and understand what goes wrong and why.
The book is penned down by a mother-daughter duo and the way Swaraa has pointed out things that children find irritating or not comfortable that is being imposed upon them by their parents is a completely spot on. Being a youngster myself I can completely relate to each and every word of the book. There comes a time when we feel that something is right for us and our parents think that since they have seen the world, they have more experience then we should just obey them. Things don’t go this way. and we as an individual need not to just follow the rules or path which our parents took. Its our choice to choose our path. With original and terse writing style the, author never misses a single point in hooking up the reader. The audacious and euphoric tone of the book is just like a good masala chai which no matter how much you drink, still you crave for more. The insightful theme and points mentioned in the book will make you stop and think. Why do we always need to look at everything from our parents perspective?
Life is a maths equation and it has several ways to solve. Let us find our own interesting way and just rock on.
Overall, a must read book for everyone. And the little girl nailed it.