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  1. It is nice to have come across such a intriguing read. Thank you for the recommendation. I am sure going to try it out, as you wouldn’t have written such an elaborate post on it if the book wasn’t terrific enough 🙂

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    1. Oh yes, as I said, it is only one of the two books I keep re-reading 🙂 Coincidentally both are children’s books! As my elder son says, ‘Amma, you are mentally regressing to your childhood!’ I am sure you will like it if you like children’s books.

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  2. I have never heard of it but it sure seems to be a great read. Thank you for sharing with us. Very pertinent for today’s times too.

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    1. It is a very old book and I think has not been reprinted in a while. But it is a very good book indeed, and fit for children of ages 10+ The copy at Flipkart says the price is over Rs.600, for that slim volume!

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  3. I’ve never heard of Mama’s Bank Account, but I like its lessons about finances that you shared here. As a single woman living in a condo, I’ve learned to be very careful about how I spend my money. In fact, when I budget a month’s worth of finances, I take savings as well as my regular bills into account. And I try very hard not to make too many impulse purchases, and to be careful with “big ticket” items. Sometimes it means missing out on luxuries that other people can afford (e.g., I own a smartphone, but its “smart” / Internet capabilities are turned off because of my tight budget), but I’m OK with that. I don’t need to have everything, and I’m happy with what I’m able to afford for the most part.

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  4. Oh they sound wonderful ! Would love to read them. Thanks for sharing !

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    1. I am sure your son would love them too, though The Outsiders is meant for teens. And hey Asha, I was meaning to ask you if you could possibly find a YouTube copy of the movie I remember Mama, which is based on Mama’s bank account, seeing that you are so adept at digging up wonderful short films 🙂

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      1. Thanks ! Will definitely check it out

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  5. I love such stories that remind me of the simplicity of life and saving pennies to make ends meet..the tribulations and modest life. Enjoyed reading your extensive review.

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    1. Try and get it if you can. It is available on Flipkart though a bit steeply priced at over Rs 600. It can be passed on to the kids in the family.

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  6. Stories like these are reminders that we little money to be happy. Ans its courage in the face of adversity that helps us sail through difficult times.

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    1. The last few weeks have taught us that lesson, for sure. More than courage, the book makes the family take things in their stride, as if it is the most natural thing in the world to go through bad patches and treat it like an adventure.

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  7. How I love such books. It has become a fad now to write about people being grey; it is not too great to be made to feel Ok about not being as good as you yourself think you ought to be. In my opinion, books need to set up ideals to aspire to, not knock down whatever remains of ideals these days.

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    1. Writing about people with grey and even black overtones is not new. But the way it is written is certainly new – more brazen, as if justifying it and sort of glamorising it too. As you have pointed out, it gives the idea that not being good is a badge of sorts, which is very bad for children.

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  8. What a lovely treasure the book seems to be! I’m so surprised never to have heard of it in all these years. How sad! I must read both these books for sure.

    A book in the same genre that I’ve loved is ‘The family at red roofs’ by Enid Blyton. That too has an amazing story full of wonderful lessons to I mbibe about family, responsibility and courage. Thank you for this. Felt so good to read!

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    1. One reason why we haven’t heard about it is probably because it has been out of print for years, I think. I used to pick up random books from the footpath shops and mostly ended up getting lovely books. There was another book called The Snow Goose. A really sorry looking one but a beautiful story nevertheless. I have to search for it, probably there in Vinni’s house. I haven’t read the Family at Red Roofs, but have read The Family at One end Street. It is for much younger kids, but what the hell! I love even picture books 🙂

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