THIS IS ME, MAYIL
Fiercely fun, madly morose and prone to spontaneous combustion – this is Mayil Ganeshan at Not Yet Sixteen. Much like before. But edgier. Her diary (or is it her autobiography, she isn’t sure) becomes a rabbit hole and a roadmap to writing her way through life as she sees it. Older and bolder, the unstoppable ‘Mayilwriter’ rants in rhyme, ponders in verse, and doodles in between.
For every moment of clarity, there are others filled with anger, confusion and self-doubt. But Mayil keeps her chin up and decides that she will never put her pen down.
With the laugh-out-loud humour, seriousness and honesty of the popular and award-winning Mayil Will Not Be Quiet! and Mostly Madly Mayil, this third in the series is another exceptional, unputdownable, must-read book for teens and anyone else.
MAYIL WILL NOT BE QUIET
“When I was small, Ma used to give me a rupee if I could keep quiet for 10 minutes. She says I’d ask every 30 seconds if it was 10 minutes, but at least I had no other question to ask. In this book, I’m going to write about everything of and nobody’s going to ask me to keep quiet.”
Meet Mayil Ganeshan, 12 going on spirited 13, who finally has her chance to say all she wants. But the diary for her is also an important step towards becoming ‘Mayilwriter’. So she begins. What she gives us is a spontaneous, sensitive, honest, intimate and hilarious peek into the life and mind of an insightful young girl. The Mayil that emerges is as lovable and recognisable as the delightful sketches she presents of her Amma, Appa, brother, grandfather and friends. Mayil has all the confusion and confidence of adolescence as she faces the everyday dilemmas of young people – including questions of gender stereotyping all around, from Ramayana stories to Rajnikanth movies. With enough to keep head, heart and funny bone tickled, this is an exceptional book by two talented young writers.
MOSTLY MADLY MAYIL
At 13 going on assertive 14, Mayil is now on her second diary after Mayil Will Not Be Quiet. “Teen queen,” says Ma. “Terrible teens,” says Pa. And yes, Mayil is perceptibly older, and wiser to a lot more things that make up teens. We see her as one of the Fake-inas Friend-ing a “cute” senior on Facebook, as a superpowered Liyam Lonewolf, a Cinderella tripping over her ghagra at Pumpkin VS’s party… and of course, as a further evolved Mayilwriter who wouldn’t mind rapping too, like the cool Kumari Misstake.
But some things don’t change. As spirited now as when we saw her last, Mayil continues to pour her many thoughts out in this sequel as honestly, hilariously, thinkingly and touchingly as ever — on everything from sexual harassment, to caste distinctions (even in the Harry Potters!), to Saroja Paati in sleeveless and lipstick. This is another exceptional book from two talented young writers.
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