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A Summer with Nani and an Alien

Author Name: Bavishya Tai | Format: Paperback | Genre : Children & Young Adult | Other Details

Sometimes, it takes an alien to know your grandmother.

Every summer, Varsha hates nothing more than visiting her grandmother (Nani) in the Indian town of Sullurpeta. Nani is constantly trying to mold Varsha into the “perfect girl.” It takes the arrival of a little alien named ‘Awu’ to turn their strained relationship around. While the town’s space centre is on the probe for the alien, Varsha gets one chance to send Awu back home. It won’t be easy, however. An evil scientist lurks in the neighbourhood, Awu refuses to leave Earth, and Nani is repulsed by Awu’s family of two fathers.

But surprises hang around every corner. And the summer explodes with little adventures, conflicts, and kindness between humans of this small Indian town and an alien of another planet.

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Bavishya Tai

Bavishya Tai is a writer from Chennai, India, best known for her feminist poetry and articles. Her debut novel, A Summer with Nani and an Alien, revolves around a part of her childhood where she tries to understand why her conservative grandmother was disapproving of her individuality and how she wishes their relationship could've changed for the better. 

Bavishya Tai also runs a newsletter called ‘The Feminist Gaze’ where she analyses cinema through a feminist lens. You can read her works at bavishyatai.com.