Valli and Ramesh live under a cloud of fear because of their father, who has a frightening temper. Will things ever change for them? A story about domestic violence, grit and hope.
Illustrator: Aindri Chakroborty
Published by Storyweaver (Pratham Books)
For children 8+ years
“Behind The Lie begins in the middle of a scene, as a young boy sweeps up broken glass, his little sister makes tea for their mother, who holds the cup of hot tea to her swollen cheek. It’s a stark portrait of everyday violence in a book that is almost entirely about its victims. The abusive father is not seen except as a shadowy figure in the narrative and in Aindri Chakraborty’s sensitive drawings: a belt lying on a sofa, an ankle disappearing through the doorway as the children high-five each other in relief at his departure, a cut on the boy’s forehead.
Yet, this is a hopeful story, as Ramesh and Valli seek and get help, and are finally seen being children: singing and saving money to buy chocolates.
There is no easy resolution, except a gentle nudge for communities to stop ignoring and normalizing domestic violence.” Read more…
– LiveMint (Reviewed by Shrabonti Bagchi)
Asha Speaks: “My book, Behind the Lie, is now up on Pratham Books’ digital platform StoryWeaver and in print.
This story on the complex issue of Domestic Violence is for child readers. It’s also ideal for use in schools to start conversations in the classroom on this problem and has been powerfully and sensitively illustrated. Read my blog on Writing a Story on Domestic Violence here.