“Mostly Madly Mayil” is the sequel to “Mayil will not be quiet” by Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran. Mayilwriter is back with her delightful observations and recordings in her second diary. Mayil, her friends Ki and Jyothy, and their ‘growing-up’ experiences are captured in a funny and insightful way in this book, yet again.
This time around, read about MayaG going to school, Thatha’s new friend Puma Patti (aka PP), the new twins in class – AvYuck (Aveek that is) and Ashray, the Period law, Kaysha the fake facebook profile, navel piercing, boyfriends and girlfriends and much more. If some of these incidents push the rewind button and remind you of your teenhood, press the pause button and relish the memories for a while. After all, it is not an opportunity that you get everyday.
But don’t think that this Mad Mayil has quietened down! She is still the curious, spirited person that she was when she wrote her first diary – a tad more mature and slightly more adventurous, perhaps.
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- Kudos to the young authors for recreating the magic once again. I am not sure if everyone would enjoy it the same way as I did. But, I could definitely identify with the characters and the incidents, probably because of my gender and familiar settings.
- In the episode “My name is Liyam”, Mayil reverses her name and changes her gender in her imagination. This kind of illogical craziness is very typical of that age. It brought me memories of the infamous Moniki and Vilirmitha attempting to interchange the pair of letters ‘a’ and ‘i’ and the pair ‘o’ and ‘e’ in all their classmates’ names and giggling through the list. A personal thanks to Niveditha and Sowmya for triggering those memories.
- Some of the growing-up confusions (like handling groping) have been integrated well into the other incidents, without sounding very preachy. “
Mostly Madly Mayil” is one up over “Mayil will not be quiet” in this aspect.
- Special mention should be made about the illustrations, which blend well with the text. Mayil’s notes are textual and visual. Liyam’s statement illustration is cool.
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- I could not help but wonder that there is a mix-up of two generations. Though the characters and incidents are very modern, I wonder if any of today’s teen’s facebookified mom had to undergo the ignominy of not being allowed to enter the kitchen during her periods in her teenhood. One generation earlier perhaps. A pardonable mix-up. Or perhaps, I don’t know.
Mostly Madly Amusing