“Don’t do everything for me,
how will I learn if you do, don’t you see?
I can weave, I can stitch,
I can work in a factory. I can read,
I can write and tell you my story…”
Meena, the protagonist of ‘Why Don’t You Think of Me, the Meena Girl?‘ says this. Sheila Dhir’s Why Series is a bold illustration of questions that need answers. It urges us to break the taboo and start the conversation with young and curious little minds. ‘Why Don’t You Think of me Meena Girl’, describes a silent conversation between Meena- the girl child and society. The girl child responds in verse, simple and straight from the heart.
This book in the series is a sensible and sensitive way of thinking of the feelings, needs, and thoughts of today’s girl child, who in some economic strata of society, are deprived of basic education, vocational guidance, training, support, and direction.
The simplicity of the lines both visual and verbal will encourage both children and adults as a powerful tool to engage more meaningful conversations and two-way dialogues.