April 17, 2017

Book Review: So You Want To Know About The Environment” by Bijal Vachharajani

Author: Bijal Vachharajani
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 3.5/5

Fredrik Backman has correctly said- Everything is complicated if no one explains it to you. “So You Want To Know About The Environment” is an earnest attempt by Bijal Vachharajani to throw light on the elements of nature that form the niche of the ecosystem and the relationship they share with the humans. It is these fundamentals that need to be cherished and nourished so that they become stronger with each passing day. This is not a story; this is not a memoir; this is an interactive awareness program.

With simple yet effectual explanations and a lot of fun activities, this book is bound to be liked by the young ones. However, I felt the content was not too out of the ordinary for the grown-ups. No doubt the parents can educate and make their children aware of their surroundings. The activities not only help in better understanding of nature and its components but also provide the opportunity to put on our thinking hats and strive to make a difference.

With fine editing and proofreading, the book is insightful and practical. Seldom do we get a chance to understand the resources around us. Before deciding to protect these resources, it is important to understand their occurrence and function. Narration involving characters from fictitious books (especially the ones that the kids love) act as an icing on the cake.

Coming to the technicalities of the book- the cover is full of plants, animals, and waste- apt to justify the title. The title of the book could have been shorter and more precise. ‘So you want to know more about the environment’- without any punctuation mark, in the end, does not sound proper.

There are things one would have already read or known about, but there are other things that make sense and come along with a solution. The book does not force anyone to incorporate everything in their life. For the ones who have a flair for nonfiction books and are willing to contribute to nature by implementing means that will protect the environment, this book will definitely be well liked. The author has used lucid and extremely simple language ( a boon for all people, in general). Nevertheless, this book does not leave its readers like a lost ball in high weeds, for it relates to everybody.

Overall, this is a new concept. Special appreciation for Sayan Mukherjee for the way the illustrations have been put in the right place.

A quick and good read!
Best wishes!

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Review copy: Provided by RUPA Publications

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