Purpose of a book
Take a moment of silence and try to recollect all the books you have read. As a matter of fact, try to recollect all the important things that those books have taught you, because no book is written and published to waste the reader's time. Every book, no matter how bad it is, is meant to convey something valuable to the reader. Only through the sacred bond between the book and the reader can one understand what the book is trying to convey. Now imagine a book that just comes out and says this - boy that would be a real treat, isn't it? As important as the sacred bond is, how beneficial would it be to have a book that screams the message it's trying to convey rather than giving you 'food for thought'. Though the latter is not negligible, but for a mind which is like wet cement, the former is a must.
About the book
One such book is 'How I taught my Grandmother to read and other stories' written by Sudha Murthy. A book brimmed over with fun filled stories, which are not just stories but have a personal touch as each story is linked with Sudha Murthy's past. Each story unique from the previous read, and has morals and good values imbibed in each of them. The first story, as given away in the title is about Sudha's grandmother, Krishtakka. Krishtakka was married at a young age, hence she didn't get an opportunity to learn to read Kannada, but being a person of taste she had one novel which she would enjoy, Kashi Yatra, a novel published serially in a Kannada magazine. But having the set back of not being able to read, it was always Sudha who would read her the stories. One fine day, Sudha had gone to attend a marriage and when she came back she found her grandmother in tears, on asking why, she found out that the reason for the outbreak was because of her incapability to read the novel in Sudha's absence. This incident made a scar in her and her grandmother's mind, who set out to learn the language so that she needn't be dependent on anyone. Several other stories have been narrated by Sudha, which correlate with her life, while at the same time, give a valuable note or two to think about.
Reasons for purchasing
You can debate that one doesn't need a book to tell the values of life, there are people for that job. As true as that is, there are a lot more reasons for buying this book than denying it. As stated already, it helps in the defining of moral virtues of a growing child helping him/her become a better person, also this book is written in simple English which helps a child increase hihe/sher vocabulary, the book also helps in the development of creative and listening skills of a child. The list of reasons to buy the book is endless, but more than that, one should know, once lost, childhood can never be lived again, so make sure you help someone make the best of their childhood by introducing them to this jam packed short stories.