"Some people would say kismet means fate, but really it is a far more beautiful idea--it is the idea that in spite of all the obstacles, some things are meant to be."
Dini and Maddie are looking forward to summer when they get to go to Bollywood dance camp. They are huge fans of Bollywood movies! But, Dini's mom has big news. Her grant has finally been funded and they are moving to India. Dini is sad, she will miss her best friend Maddie, but she is also happy, her favorite movie star, Dolly Singh, lives in India. Maybe she can get to meet her? Coincidence, kismet, fate; call it what you want, it's the main ingredient in Dini's grand plan.
Uma Krishnaswami fills this story with believable, fun characters and a colorful setting. Veeran, huge fan of Dolly's and taxi driver, Priya, human beatbox and possibly Dini's new friend, Soli Dustup, Dolly's manager and friend, and Mr. Chickoo Dev, owner of Sunny Villa Estates in Swapnagiri where Dini and her family rent a house. The story moves swiftly from the introduction in Maryland, when Dini sends her letter to Dolly all the way to Swapnagiri also known as Dream Mountain, with a quick stop in Mumbai, otherwise known as Bombay. You can tell Krishnaswami knows this landscape and the setting becomes a secondary character that allows the story to progress. Krishnaswami's multicultural tale of friendship and support is packed with humor and students, aged 9 and up, will identify with Dini's movie obsession and want to sign up for their own bollywood dance camp. I only wish Mera Jeeran, Tera Jeeran (my life your life) was a real movie! Don't miss this
Check out this interview with Uma Krishnaswami on Mitali Perkins Fireplace.
Uma Krishnaswami's website
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