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The Tale of Makkhilal by Geeta Dharmarajan

We are living in times where the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the world in an irreversible manner. One of the realisations that we have come to, has been related to hygiene. As a society we have had to acknowledge the role that good hygiene plays in prevention of diseases and in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Katha publishers have since long been advocating these practices with a very powerful tool- that of storytelling. Many books from the publishing house focus on this theme. One more story, The Tale of Makkhilal, well-written and exquisitely illustrated, brings forth the importance of hygiene and healthy practices. 

The Tale of Makkhilal by Geeta Dharmarajan, and illustrated by Charbak Dipta is set in the land of Makkipuri, where the fly, Makkhilal is god. However, the fly is evil, and no wonder the villagers were suffering. However, they did not know that the cause of this ill health and suffering was right within them! After all, were they not pampering the fly and treating it as god? The arrival of a doctor in the village brings forth the truth. But, is it too late to change? 

This is a delightful picture book for children aged 3-6. It is a fantastic purchase for libraries and households. Another suggestion, it’s a relevant and educative picture book and with a Hindi version available, and hence should a great purchase for sharing with diverse social groups, especially those from lower socio-economic starts, who may be able to use the book in order to spread awareness. It would be a useful thing to buy a copy yourself for staff and helpers who have families living in villages where this awareness would be helpful.

The Tale of Makkhilal merges a profound social message with a beautiful reading experience thanks to the simple language and delightful illustrations for the 3-6-year-old age group. 

Dhanishta Shah

Dhanishta is a Counselling Psychologist and a freelance writer. She is the Founder of Bookedforlife.