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Book Review: Mostly Madly Mayil, by Sowmya Rajendran & Niveditha Subramaniam

It is only recently that I chanced upon this childrens’ series about a teenage “drama-queen” Mayil, and got introduced to her, her family, friends and interests through her notebook. The second book in the series continues the madness of her world, as she has started a new year with a new notebook.

In “Mostly Madly Mayil”, we see the drama queen, Mayilwriter, blossoming into a “woman”. We see the siblings’ protective side come up when their thatha’s new friend Puma paati becomes too friendly. We see MayaG working, the new students in the class, a vacation, a crush that leads to a fake Facebook profile etc. There’s jealousy when MayaG’s old friend comes visiting, and the little tiff that follows, in Malayalam, we say it as “soundaryapinakkam”. We see the quirks of the teenage years when Mayil becomes Liyam and goes off into her imaginary worlds. We see the quirks of Thatha too, with his social work and such. And yet, through this wonderfully fun voice of Mayil’s we also get to hear about some issues that may confuse us at that age, and are difficult to share or take, but is written very well through this book.

The cover is as wonderful and inviting as the first book. Her diary entries indicate a slightly more mature, but much madder Mayil as she grows a year older. The book manages to take me back in time and to childhood, and those teenage years. There are parts with which I could relate… the possessiveness, the imagination running wild, the reversing of name as an alternate aura… they just made me smile. And I could see myself as Thamarai too, rushing to protect his sister. The issues dealt with are equally important, dealing with sexual harassment, discrimination, old traditions that may not be accepted by this generation etc. And they’re brought out in an easy manner. The illustrations are as fun as the diary entries.

Like Mayil Will Not Be Quiet, this book too, I feel, has no age bar, because I enjoyed it and traveled back in time. I hope that another Mayil adventure comes in the future, because while being educative, it’s also fun to read, and that matters a lot in a book. This is a book that’ll be on my “Favorites” shelf for a long time.

The Bookworm Rates This: 5/5
The Bookworm Rates This: 5/5
Book Details
Title: Mostly Madly Mayil Series: Mayil Series #2
Niveditha Subramaniam
and Sowmya Rajendran
Genre: Children’s Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: 9789350464816 Publisher: Tulika Publishers
No. of Pages: 139 Price: Rs. 175

I own a copy of this book. The views expressed here are my own, frank and uninfluenced.

(31st January 2015)



Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.