Wednesday, August 10, 2011

India New England Interview with Jen Richman

This interview was conducted in June 2011.  If you follow this link, and type in "Farhana Zia" in the search window, you will be taken to the page where you will have to click on "Book showcases shared Indian heritage."

Book showcases shared Indian heritage

Issue: June 1-15, 2011

Category: 1-ENewsletter-News

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Nice Review!

"This is a touching book of family, food, and fun. Young readers get a taste of a family together, enjoying each other’s company, and experiencing new adventures together. The love between Aneel and his dada-ji is evident from the start. Aneel eagerly seeks out his dada-ji to tell him a story, reminding young readers of the importance and pleasure of listening to a more experienced generation. The conflict for Aneel comes in a bit later into the book, when he decides that his dada-ji must have a stack of hot, hot roti, but everyone else is too busy to make them. Not easily deterred, Aneel begins trying to make his own batch, which draws the rest of his busy family into the kitchen.

The artwork of Ken Min is beautiful in Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji. The pictures and the colors capture the family’s culture. Some of my favorite illustrations come from when Dada-ji relays his story of the young lad in the village, but the most touching are the scenes of Aneel and his dada-ji at the end after they’ve eaten their hot, hot roti.

Included at the back of the book is a glossary of terms. I found this very helpful.

Young readers will flip for Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia!"

Thanks, Raana and Omar!

Just returned from a fabulous trip to SF and a much awaited family reunion with Raana, Omar, Nomaan, Angie, Aydin, Samar and Gabby.  Had fabulous lunches, a wonderful sail through the harbor and great time biking alongside vineyards in Napa Valley.  Thanks, Nomaan for picking out a fabulous picnic lunch!
So glad that Mike and Nancy got to read Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji!

An Interview with Chris Bergeron of the Middlesex News, June 27, 2011

I was happy to welcome Chris Bergeron of the Middlesex News to share some thoughts about Hot Hot Roti for Dadaji.  The link to this interview is provided below.
1.Framingham author offers a delicious tale of food, family

As a gift to her grandchildren, Farhana Zia wrote a story of her native India about a young boy who showed his love for his grandfather by cooking savory hot rotis.

Mon Jun 27 01:48:10 EDT 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Book Reading at the India Society of Worcester

Had my first book reading at the ISW in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, on Sunday, April 10, 2011.  It was a lot of fun to read Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji to a rapt audience of about 15-20 eight and nine year olds.  Many thanks to Shiamin Melville for the warm welcome.  I hope to return  for another book reading soon.  A great experience!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Big Box Arrives!

UPS delivered my personal copies of Hot-Hot Roti for Dada-ji this week.  From an idea that was born during a walk in the neighborhood to this......!  It is so very nice to know that the books are circulating on Amazon.  Happy Reading, everyone!