Pashmina
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions--the topic of India is permanently closed.For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she's ever dared and find the family she never knew.In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

Pashmina Details

TitlePashmina
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherFirst Second
ISBN-139781626720879
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fantasy, Comics, Magical Realism, Fiction

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Pashmina Review

  • Eve
    January 1, 1970
    This was a beautifully illustrated middle grade graphic novel! I loved learning about Indian culture, new words in Hindi, and the magical realism. That being said, I felt like the actual story was a bit weak and disjointed. Wasn't a waste of time, but felt like the plot could have been better executed, as well as the characters.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    Priyanka is learning to drive, likes to create comics, has a cool best friend, has a mean blonde enemy, and lives with her mother in California. Her life is fairly standard until two things happen: 1) her beloved uncle and aunt are going to have a baby and she won't see them as often so she 2) asks Shakti to please get rid of the baby because they don't need it, they have her, and then she finds a magical pashmina that transports her to romantic India, making her want to find out about her herit Priyanka is learning to drive, likes to create comics, has a cool best friend, has a mean blonde enemy, and lives with her mother in California. Her life is fairly standard until two things happen: 1) her beloved uncle and aunt are going to have a baby and she won't see them as often so she 2) asks Shakti to please get rid of the baby because they don't need it, they have her, and then she finds a magical pashmina that transports her to romantic India, making her want to find out about her heritage.That sounds like more than 2 things but, really, it's just 2.Priyanka learns and grows and understands that she can be proud of being an Indian American and that she doesn't have to sacrifice who she is to be accepted but that she should be more accepting of others, herself.It's a nice story and I liked it.
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  • Sepideh Salarvand
    January 1, 1970
    هم نمره دادن بهش سخته و هم ازش نوشتن. کتاب کمیک استریپه و در مورد دختر نوجوان هندیالاصلی که در آمریکا به دنیا اومده و بزرگ شده و حالا انگار دچار بحران هویته. از هند فقط سمبوسه و خوراکیها رو میشناسه و حتا از پدرش چیزی نمیدونه.تا یک جایی از داستان من حتا داشتم فکر میکردم کاش ترجمهش کنیم اما از یه جایی به بعد احساس کردم زیادی در ستایش رویای آمریکاییه. فازِ آمریکا سرزمین آزادیه و هند سرزمین بدبختی توش پررنگ بود هر چند سعی میکرد یه جاهایی با جملاتی جلوی این فاز رو بگیره.شاید دو و نیم نمرهی مناسبتری ب هم نمره دادن بهش سخته و هم ازش نوشتن.‌ کتاب کمیک استریپه و در مورد دختر نوجوان هندی‌الاصلی که در آمریکا به دنیا اومده و بزرگ شده و حالا انگار دچار بحران هویته. از هند فقط سمبوسه و خوراکی‌ها رو می‌شناسه و حتا از پدرش چیزی نمی‌دونه.تا یک جایی از داستان من حتا داشتم فکر می‌کردم کاش ترجمه‌ش کنیم اما از یه جایی به بعد احساس کردم زیادی در ستایش رویای آمریکاییه. فازِ آمریکا سرزمین آزادیه و هند سرزمین بدبختی توش پررنگ بود هر چند سعی می‌کرد یه جاهایی با جملاتی جلوی این فاز رو بگیره.شاید دو و نیم نمره‌ی مناسب‌تری باشه
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This was beautiful drawn and the coloring was brilliant. I also loved how it didn't shy away from using Indian terms and short hand, not taking the time to explain or simplify it for white audiences. As well as being a fascinating, feminist story about women's choice, I learned a lot and I cannot wait to shove this at everyone.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    Priyanka is an American teenager who is curious about her Indian ancestry and wants to visit India to find out more about her mother's past and meet some of her family. She finds a magical pashmina in her closet that gives her glimpses of the India she has always imagined. I liked how the illustrations change from grayscale in her real life to vivid colors in the fantasy scenes. The story and the illustrations were wonderfully done! [I received an ARC via NetGalley.]
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  • Jeimy
    January 1, 1970
    Priyanka discovers a magical Pashmina that allows her to see things others can't. When a letter from her aunt arrives from India, she is convinced that is where her destiny lies. This book takes us along as Priyanka is forced both to mature and to come to terms with her culture and heritage. A must for middle-school students who enjoy graphic novels.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. Got this for a cousin who is a reluctant reader because this is in comic book form, which she enjoys. The artwork was good, but the story didn't really resonate with me. I was pissed with the mom not telling her daughter sooner about the father. Like, it wasn't a huge deal, but she was making it out like it was some tragic secret. It could have been used as a good learning experience for the daughter, instead of hidden. I hope my cousin likes it. We'll see. Three, I wasn't moved, but it's m Meh. Got this for a cousin who is a reluctant reader because this is in comic book form, which she enjoys. The artwork was good, but the story didn't really resonate with me. I was pissed with the mom not telling her daughter sooner about the father. Like, it wasn't a huge deal, but she was making it out like it was some tragic secret. It could have been used as a good learning experience for the daughter, instead of hidden. I hope my cousin likes it. We'll see. Three, I wasn't moved, but it's me, not the book, stars.
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  • Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the art, loved the storyline, loved the honest depictions of India, loved Priyanka. A short and sweet graphic novel that more people should read.
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    I had the chance to see Nidhi speak at SDCC and have been anxiously awaiting Pashmina's release since! I absolutely loved this sweet story and recommend it to anyone looking to learn a little more about Indian culture.Pashmina is the story of Priyanka, an Indian-American girl who is like most teens - troubling to communicate with her mother and trying to figure out who she is. She's curious about India and her father. Whenever she asks about them, her mom changes the subject. Nidhi uses facial e I had the chance to see Nidhi speak at SDCC and have been anxiously awaiting Pashmina's release since! I absolutely loved this sweet story and recommend it to anyone looking to learn a little more about Indian culture.Pashmina is the story of Priyanka, an Indian-American girl who is like most teens - troubling to communicate with her mother and trying to figure out who she is. She's curious about India and her father. Whenever she asks about them, her mom changes the subject. Nidhi uses facial expressions from panel to panel to show that there's more going on than Pri and the reader know.Before we can blink, Pri finds herself transported to the colorful land of India, brought on by a mysterious pashmina that was tucked away. The use of color versus the monotone of the contemporary world will transport readers into this universe. The pashmina opens up not only a world but a door to the answers she has been seeking.I enjoyed the flow and length of Pashmina. I loved the glossary of terms at the end and also Nidhi's use of Indian terms within the text. It's short and sweet and to the point, making it an enjoyable read for all ages!
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  • Cori Reed
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this little story, and the art was absolutely stunning.