Monday, December 14, 2009

A Day For Brothers by Madhur Jaffrey, reviewed by Priyanka Tanwar

A Day For Brothers by Madhur Jaffrey

Reviewed by
Name: Priyanka Tanwar
School: Gyan Mandir Public School

This is a story about a girl who wants to go for fishing with her brothers.

Sometime around March, when the moon is in the second day of its waning cycle, all sisters in India pray hat no harm comes to their brothers. If one lives in a large family as the author did, one prays for one’s male cousins, all of whom happened to be older than he (author) was. He could only stand under the tamarind tee and watch a cousin dig for earthworms. One year in March when the icy winds had stopped swooping down on Delhi from the distant Himalayan mountains and when all the woolen clothes had been cleaned, folded and tucked into mothballed trunks, he approached a group of male cousins as they were preparing for their first fishing trip of the year. He asked them for go with them this time. They relented eventually. My eldest cousin actually made him a small rod out of the cut-up bamboo. He closed his eyes and put his fingers into the thin of worms. It felt quite awful. My eldest cousin put his arm around me and calmed me own. It takes a little while to get used to it. Some cousins and brothers can be so very nice. That is why he did not mind praying for them on the day for brothers.

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