Most kids are apprehensive when they join school for the first time.
But little Kali is much more so than the others. Because he is different. He belongs to the Irula tribe, famous for their ability to catch snakes used to prepare anti-venom serum. However, Kali doesn’t want to be different, he wishes he were just like the others, “an ordinary boy with a bus conductor father.” Even though he is a very bright boy, he feels that everything about him is wrong. He eats different foods and he looks different. All he wishes for is to conform, to be like anybody else, anyone, but not himself.
Until, one eventful day at school, he catches a rat snake live and becomes a hero, appreciated by all. He knows now that he finally belongs, when as soon as the teacher’s back is turned, the children grin. "Secret grins, the kind that friends use.” It is finally his difference that makes him belong.
A sensitive and touching tale of fear of rejection and desire for acceptance.
The soft gentle watercolours of the illustrations are evocative and aptly reflect Kali’s dilemma and emotions.
Kali and the Rat Snake is a book that will delight parents, teachers and children alike.
This book is also available in Hindi, Tamil, Malyalam, Kannada.