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Strength in Youth — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly:

Saraswati’s Way
By Monika Schroder
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010

Akash, a 12-year-old boy living in a small village in the Indian desert, is not like the other kids.

First of all, he loves school and would rather spend his days in a classroom absorbing knowledge than playing cricket or other games with his peers. Second, he has a real knack for math and has reached a level beyond that of his teacher. Finally, Akash is so determined to find a good math tutor that he leaves his village and family for Delhi in hopes of a better education. This tutor will hopefully help him prepare for an upcoming exam which could lead to a scholarship for a good school.

“Saraswati’s Way” is the story of a young boy who just cannot catch a break but doesn’t let it get in the way of his dreams. Whether it’s dealing with his father’s death or figuring out how to survive in the city, Akash remains strong, never losing sight of his goal or his faith. He will often pray to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of wisdom and knowledge, and Ganesha, the Hindu god of good luck and remover of obstacles, for their help.

To read the rest, click here.

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