Children of a Better God

Children of a Better God
Children of a Better God


About The Book

When Anupurba comes back to India from the United States, reluctantly leaving behind a satisfying job as an art teacher, she does so with a sense of apprehension at this displacement from her comfortable, suburban American life. She never imagines that returning to India would turn out to be a profoundly transformational and life-changing decision. A chance meeting with an old college friend introduces her to Asha Jyoti, a school for children suffering from cerebral palsy. Overcoming her initial trepidation, she agrees to volunteer as a temporary art teacher. Anupurba teaches the children how to draw and paint but it is the children who teach her the real lessons about suffering and survival, joyous friendship, love and laughter.

About the Author
Susmita Bagchi started writing in Oriya in 1982, and has published five novels, seven collections of short stories and a travelogue; she received the State Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993. Susmita lives in Bangalore with her husband Subroto; they have two daughters.Bikram K. Das was formerly a professor at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad as well the National University of Singapore. His English translation of Gopinath Mohanty s Oriya novel Paraja was awarded the first Sahiyta Akademi Translation Prize in 1989. He lives in Bhubaneshwar.
What I Thought
Fate brings Anupurba to Asha Jyoti, a school for children suffering from cerebral palsy. When she finally agrees to become their temporary art teacher, Anupurba does not have even the slightest hint that these very children are going to change her life and her outlook towards life. While she teaches them to draw and paint and to mix colours, the kids teach her to be happy and the other ‘small’ joys of life.

Every once in a while, life brings us face to face with a book that touches your heart like no other book did for a long long time. ‘Children of a Better God’ was one such book for me. It speaks directly to your emotions, tugs at your heartstrings and makes you weak in the knees more than a few times.

You can finish reading this book in just one sitting. I am sure that by the time you are done, you would have a lump in your throat and that you would be looking at life a little bit differently than before. While the book raises awareness about the mental health and condition of the spastic children, it is not at all preachy and is quite an absorbing read in itself. Why are you still thinking about it? Go read it. Now. You will not regret it.

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