Em and the big hoom by Jerry Pinto- book review


Recently I have been all for reading Indian authors. No not Chetan Bhagat and his genre of writings where the title itself puts you off. But the more mature Indian authors. 

Em and the big Hoom caught me for the awesome reviews I read on a facebook group I follow. And the book surely did meet up my expectations. Also the title was quite interesting. The first few pages throw light on the title which is not much of a mystery. Nevertheless I liked the name. 

Not a happy book so keep away if you want something uplifting. In fact a very sad story of a family where the mother “Em” is suffering from severe mental illness, to the extent of driving her to suicide. And how amidst this turmoil her entire family takes care of her and how it leads them to a totally abnormal life. Where they dread each waking hour of their mother. 

“Hoom” is the dotting husband who compliments the turmoil of Em with his own peace and calm. He married her for love and stands by his vows till the end. Where Em is completely weird Hoom is absolutely balanced.

The book takes you in flashbacks to the meeting of Em and Hoom, the good old days where life was more normal and happy.

The story is narrated by the son, who is worried he may fall prey to similar sufferings and also at the same time wants to get inside her mothers head and into her past to know the reasons for her present state. Perhaps in doing so as well he is trying to ascertain his own probability of falling prey to depression.

A sad story which is beautiful in its saddness. Some lovely quotes across the book. Worth a reading if you can handle the saddness! 

Myra’s 100 book pact – 6

Been a long time since I posted. Posting two today cause i completed one much earlier but due to a bad net connection it got left out. 

We have been reading but bad weather and then she was down with cold and I was too tired end of day to think even. Thankfully she started sleeping better since last two days and I too behaving well by sleeping in time. As a mother to a toddler you really must catch on your skeep to be able to handle them the next day. 

In between all this we got two packages of books… one fromMy little bookshop. And another from a facebook group that sells preloved books. We were both very excited obviously. The one from my little bookshop was mostly books on rains as we wanted to follow rhythms and since it is rains right now I wanted to read some books on rains with her. And yes she loved them πŸ˜€

We have changed this shelf long back and are already overdue for the next change. Myra walks up every morning and is not very happy not to find anything much new. So from an old shelf what we had….

Book 35/100 Action rhymes… bought this book from a shop in bangalore that sells preloved books by weight. It has some very good action rhymes and has been very useful for me as I learnt a lot of actions from here and Myra really enjoys these now.

Book 36/100 Where the wild things are…. had been reading awesome reviews for this book since long and finally bought it. This was the first time Myra read this one. I loved the book and I think she will love it too. For now she was only busy looking at the pictures of all the wild things and watching them dance to the tunes of a little boy.

Book 37/100 Penny and Pup… a very cute story. She still does not understand the story yet loves looking at the beautiful illustrations in the book.

Book 38/100 Kitten’s furry friends… this is a finger puppet book and she loves it from the first day. It is a simple and very cute story. This book grew in her and now she goes deeper into whaT is happening at each stage. She absolutely loves this one.

Book 39/ 100 Daring baby mouse… one of my first purchase for her. Very stursy boardboom and a very cute simple story. She enjoys it as well

Book 40/100 Sleepy me…. a very cute bedtime book… the baby is sleepy and so is everything else in the house. Beautiful rhyming book. This one was a free gift from the lady who sells pre loved books. And it is really liked by her. 

That is all for now. Right now our shelf is overflowing with books. Will come back very very soon with some very awesome titles we have on our shelf right now. 

Happy reading till then!

Myra’s 100 book pact – 6

Been a long time since I posted. Posting two today cause i completed one much earlier but due to a bad net connection it got left out. 

We have been reading but bad weather and then she was down with cold and I was too tired end of day to think even. Thankfully she started sleeping better since last two days and I too behaving well by sleeping in time. As a mother to a toddler you really must catch on your skeep to be able to handle them the next day. 

In between all this we got two packages of books… one fromMy little bookshop. And anothe from a facebook group that sells preloved books. We were both very excited obviously. The one from my little bookshop was mostly books on rains as we wanted to follow rhythms and since it is rains right now wanted to read some books on rains with her. And yes she loved them πŸ˜€

We have changed this shelf long back and are already overdue for the next change. Myra walks up every morning and is not very happy not to find anything much new. So from an old shelf what we had….

Book 35/100 Action rhymes… bought this book from a shop in bangalore that sells preloved books by weight. It has some very good action rhymes and has been very useful for me as I learnt a lot of actions from here and Myra really enjoys these now.

Book 36/100 Where the wild things are…. had been reading awesome reviews for this book since long and finally bought it. This was the first time Myra read this one. I loved the book and I think she will love it too. For now she was only busy looking at the pictures of all the wild things and watching them dance to the tunes of a little boy.

Book 37/100 Penny and Pup… a very cute story. She still does not understand the story yet loves looking at the beautiful illustrations in the book.

Book 38/100 Kitten’s furry friends… this is a finger puppet book and she loves it from the first day. It is a simple and very cute story. This book grew in her and now she goes deeper into whaT is happening at each stage. She absolutely loves this one.

Book 39/ 100 Daring baby mouse… one of my first purchase for her. Very stursy boardboom and a very cute simple story. She enjoys it as well

Book 40/100 Sleepy me…. a very cute bedtime book… the baby is sleepy and so is everything else in the house. Beautiful rhyming book. This one was a free gift from the lady who sells pre loved books. And it is really liked by her. 

That is all for now. Right now our shelf is overflowing with books. Will come back very very soon with some very awesome titles we have on our shelf right now. 

Happy reading till then!

Myra’s 100 book pact – 5

Most books here are repeats. Kids love repitition and it makes complete sense to present to her what is her favourite

Book 30/100 perfect pets… bought this book because she loves animals. It is a beautiful touch and feel book and has been a favourite ever since we have been reading it. What i like best is the texture of tongue of the cat. Cat’s tongue is very rough and that is exactly how it feels in this book. Great for young babies too.

Boom 31/100 Naisha at the market… from the naisha series. We lov them!

Book 32/100 vegetables board book… self explanatory name. I too love this as I too learnt the English names for some vegetables for which I only knew the hindi names. A reminder how parenting is also making me grow. 

Book 33/100 little miss sunshine… a tiny board book. Love the little miss series. Good to carry on short trips too. 

Book 34/100 Animal action… this book i got as a free gift from the lady who sells pre loved book. It is an awesome book where some parts of the animal move. Many of these are broken and perhaps that is why it was given as a free book. Nevertheless we love it! 

That is all for now πŸ˜€

Will be back soon with more books from our reading shelf! 

Myra ‘ s 100 book pact -4

A week ran by… i was not my ususal self. Not every day is full of sparks. I was little lost so books were not changed and we just read what was around… also grumpy mood leads to shopping… and in my case online shopping. So since we love books i heavilly shopped books and am very eagerly awaiting my loot πŸ˜…

The books last week were 

Book 24/100 farm hullaballo.. a sound book. Bought it moatly because of the sound. She loves to play the sounds and repeat them. Of late we also started reading a bit. And when we talk of things happening on the farm she has that lost look on her face… deep in thoughtsπŸ€”. Take this out often on our book rotations.

Book 25/100 Say hello to the snowy animals… a very simple cute book with arctic animals. On each page we say hello to the animal and talk about what they are doing. We also shake hands. I think it is the effect of these books that when we go out she sometimes does say hello… or at least bye as by then she is more comfortable.

Book 26/ 100 Fruits… she absolutely loves this book. We have been reading this book for a year now and as a result of having gone through different seasons and having experienced each of these she identifies them and can name them. And yes she loves fruits so that is another reason why she likes this book so much

Book 27/ 100 Ears…. very simple short book. Bought pre loved and not recommended at all. She does look at the pictures sometimes but not much. 

Book 28/100 Naisha at the toy shop… another one from the nine book series. These have really enhanced her vocabulary. We call the little girl Myra so she likes to do what Myra is upto in the book. I generally always have one of these out on the shelf.

Book 29/ 100 Round and round book… this book is a part of pack of three books which are called round and round books. It has no beginning and no end and no story given. It is just pictures and you narrate your own story. She loves this book. Looks at it and loves to hear what i have to say. I am waiting for the day she will come up with her stories 😁

Hope this helps and inspires.

Happy reading untill next time! πŸ’–

Myra’s 100 book pact – 3

So we had a new books on shelf today. The book love seems a bit fizzled lately. We do read… mornings always start with a reading session. But through the day excitement is not as much. 

The new books on shelf today were…

Book 16/100 Twinkle Twinkle little star… thia is a sound book wiTh the complete verses of twinkle twinkle. It is one beautiful poem. Bought this pre loved on a facebook group. She loves it and there were days she made me read it almost ten times. But then I too love the poem and I loved reading it πŸ™‚ 

Book 17/100 Goodnight Moon… we have been reading this book for very long. Being a classic it did not get the response I had though it would. It is not on a favourite list but we do enjoy reading it. I was quite taken abavk when I first received the book. Graphics are so dull and boring! The rhyming is good and that is what caught on I suppose.

Book 18/100 who says woof? .. we love this one. My daughter loves anything to do with animals or animal sounds. I think all children do. 

Book 19/100 vegetables board book… she is learning words in multiples each day. So books like these are favourite. She loves to know the name of everything. 

Book 20/100 Spot my animal friends… this book is a side effect of online shopping. Sadly that is the only way i can get books for my daghter. Nothing great and not recommended at all.

Book 21/100 Naisha at the station…. another from the series

Book 22/100 Remember the magic word…. this book through a very short story emphasises the importance of using please. Though a book cannot anyway teach a child grace and courtesy, it helps reinforce what you teach. My 19 month old already uses please wherever it makes sense to her and we are pleasantly surprised. We set example and encourage her to use words like please and thank you. Cute book!

Book 23/100 Nursery Rhymes… it is a beautiful collection of first nursery rhymes. One of the first books I bought for her we have been reading this for almost a year or more now. She absolutely loves it. Nursery rhymes make awesome activities for little children.

Book 24/100 The Hedgehog Balloon… so far she learnt the name hedgehog from this balloon. And she wants me to name all the colours of the ballons. The story does not yet make sense to her. 

Since most of these books kept her mildly engaged I will change three and bring in three new tonight. 

Hope this was helpful and inspiring! ❀

Myra’s 100 Books Pact

It makes me very happy to see my passion for books reflect in Myra. She absolutely loves her books and we have multiple reading sessions through the day. I have a good collection for her (never bothered to count ). I rotate the books every other day or third day sometimes. The first thing after she wakes up and has visited the potty is to come and see what is on her reading shelf! And some books actually make her sp happy that she will shake her bum just to see them. So obviously we start the day with reading, one session post breakfast while i relish my tea, one after lunch and one after dinner. And many a times one or two books somewhere here and there.

So the aim of this pact is not toΒ bring reading into our routine. I am just looking at sort of penning down what we are reading and share my reviews on the books that we have. And yes it will give me a good excuse buy some more πŸ˜‰

So the first nine books from the pact are these:

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Book 1/100 Flutterfly… a beautiful book which has no words. all black and white except for the butterfly that moves from one place to another on each page. Every time we read this I build my own story. Myra loves my funny versions. She loves this book. She loves to follow the butterfly or to watch the baby sleep with all butterflies on his pillow.

Book 2/100 Carry me Mama…. another book by an Indian author.This one has hindi subtitles too. It talks about how different animals carry their babies and also show a mom and dad carrying a little child. Myra has not shown much interest in this one yet. Though I like it πŸ™‚ Maybe she will understand this better next year. As of now there is only one mama and she does not understand completely that everyone has a mama πŸ˜›

Book 3/100 Pyjama Time…. This is top of our current favourite list. Sandra Boynton books have beautiful rhyming which makes them interesting to little children. This one is almost like a song. But this certainly does not do the work a bedtime book ought to do. in fact this gets her all excited. It is almost like a pyjama party. Every time we pick this up it is repeated at least 4 to 5 times… and sometimes even more. Toddler’s love repetition!

Book 4/100 The Poky little puppy… Given her love for dogs and mine too I just bought this off Amazon. Nothing great but not bad either. She surely does flip through it when I take it out in a long time. It has too much of story so I just cut it short and mostly we leave it halfway.

Book 5/100 Hello, Goodbye… A very cute bear who comes and says hello to everyone and then it starts raining and its time for goodbye. She loves this book. Simplicity is what catches on a toddler I feel. This is one of the simplest books we have and she started enjoying this very early on. Also whenever we go out and she does not say hello I try and bring up this book and then she is all geared up to say hello. So also a good little learning here!

Book 6/100 Mr Brown Can Moo Can you? Dr Seuss books need no introduction i think they are favourite across ages. She only started enjoying it recently but me and hubby loved this since day 1. But now this is on her favourite list too. And it is excellent for talking about sounds that things make.

Book 7/100 Naisha at the Farm… this is a series of 9 books. Good for vocabulary building. Each book talks about one place visited… circus, market, Mall etc. The child can also connect with each place later on. We love these too again for their simplicity and they are great vocabulary builder. She is in her sensitive period for language so she loves to point to each picture and asks me to name it.

Book 8/100 Moo Baa La La La…. again an awesome book by Sandra Boynton. This is one we have been reading for almost a year now. And trust me I know this one by heart. It is an awesome book and Myra loved this one almost from start. Even now she loves it and now she too can repeat the sounds with the book πŸ™‚

Book 9/100 the Very Hungry Caterpillar…. This is a classic but did not go very well with us. I personally too do not find the pictures very attractive. Β A little bit of voice modulation did create some interest and so did all the food that the little caterpillar ate. Plan to do some activities based on this one once she is a little older… maybe then it will be of more interest.

So this is what we have on our shelf… for today and tomorrow. i will be back in another post with more books and more reviews. Hope this helps you choose books.

Would love to hear from you and know what you love to read ❀