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Mayil Will Not Be Quiet (English)

Author : Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran
Illustrator : Niveditha Subramaniam

An engaging journey into the mind of a 12-year-old. With everyday dilemmas to questions of gender stereotyping and popular culture, a must-read coming of age book.

2015: Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Sahitya Akademi

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Age 10+
Specifications 104 pages; 8.5” x 5.5”; black & white; soft cover
Awards 2015: Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Sahitya Akademi | 2011: Children's Honorary Shortlist, Economist-Crossword Book Award
ISBN 978-81-8146-855-0
First Published 2011

Meet Mayil Ganeshan, 12 going on spirited 13, who finally has her chance to say all she wants. But the diary for her is also an important step towards becoming 'Mayilwriter', to make up for all the stories she hasn't completed and the novel that didn't know where it was going. So she begins. What she gives is a spontaneous, sensitive, honest, intimate and often hilarious peek into the life and mind of an insightful young girl. The Mayil that emerges is as lovable and recognisable as the delightful sketches she presents of her Amma, Appa, brother, grandfather and friends. Mayil has all the confusion and confidence of adolescence as she faces the everyday dilemmas of young people, as well as questions of gender stereotyping all around – from Ramayana stories to Rajnikanth movies. With enough to keep head, heart and funny bone tickled and happy, this is a must-read coming of age book by two highly talented young writers that will strike a chord with all who read it – pre-teen, teen and older.

Quirky, Compelling and memorable!

The book will have you nodding away, laughing and contemplating. Since it is in first person, as it is a journal and like in a real diary, it is spontaneous , sometimes brief and sometimes elaborate and often irregular. Like anyone's childhood, the book is quirky, charming, peppered with dilemma and drama and bitter sweet moments. Saffron Tree

Sensitive and a funny coming-of-age story

The authors, Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran, use Mayil’s disarmingly frank first person view to paint vivid pictures of the characters and they excel in their rendering of Mayil’s family. The authors have also managed to touch upon several important issues but do it deftly and unobtrusively through the characters and the situations. Young India Books

Comfortingly real

“Mayil Will Not Be Quiet” is comfortingly real as it delicately brings out the problems and hopes of a pre-teen... At 12, going on 13, she fills her diary with doodles, hopes, rants and problems of a pre-teen, with doses of humour that leave you nostalgic. After all, we've all written them in our diaries too… The Hindu

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Mayil Will Not Be Quiet (English)

Mayil Will Not Be Quiet (English)

An engaging journey into the mind of a 12-year-old. With everyday dilemmas to questions of gender stereotyping and popular culture, a must-read coming of age book.

2015: Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Sahitya Akademi

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