Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani


Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions--the topic of India is permanently closed.For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps h...

Details Pashmina

Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherFirst Second
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fantasy, Comics, Magical Realism, Cultural, India

Reviews Pashmina

  • Elyse
    Author Nidhi Chanani, was born in India, and raised in Southern California. This gorgeously Illustrated graphic novel had to be - must have been - somewhat inspired by her own memories ( at least at one point in her developmental growing years), a search for her own cultural identity.Her artwork is so stunning ( first black and white - then moves into incredible colorful colors) - that I actually just flipped through this lovely 5 by 7 size silky...
  • Lola Reviewer
    A graphic novel with an Indian American teenager who wants to know more about her country, family and culture? The day I say no to diverse stories will never, ever come. Priyanka lives in the US with her mom who left India when she was her age. Priyanka knows little about India, and when her mom does tell her about the life girls live there and how they have less choices than in the US, Priyanka thinks she’s exaggerating. Ms. Chanani created a ...
  • Eve
    This was a beautifully illustrated middle grade graphic novel! I loved learning about Indian culture, new words in Hindi, and the magical realism. That being said, I felt like the actual story was a bit weak and disjointed. Wasn't a waste of time, but felt like the plot could have been better executed, as well as the characters.
  • rachel • typed truths
    Trigger warnings for bullying, sexism and illness/hospitals. This was a sweet contemporary graphic novel about an Indian-American teen wanting to learn more about her heritage. I thought the cartoonish art style worked really well to convey the coming-of-age themes and make it appeal to both middle grade and older readers. There was some great commentary on identity and self-discovery but, ultimately, it failed to really delve into these topics. ...
  • Erica
    Priyanka is learning to drive, likes to create comics, has a cool best friend, has a mean blonde enemy, and lives with her mother in California. Her life is fairly standard until two things happen: 1) her beloved uncle and aunt are going to have a baby and she won't see them as often so she 2) asks Shakti to please get rid of the baby because they don't need it, they have her, and then she finds a magical pashmina that transports her to romantic ...
  • Sepideh Salarvand
    هم نمره دادن بهش سخته و هم ازش نوشتن. کتاب کمیک استریپه و در مورد دختر نوجوان هندیالاصلی که در آمریکا به دنیا اومده و بزرگ شده و حالا انگار دچار بحران هویته. از هند فقط سمبوسه و خوراکیها رو میشناسه و حتا از پدرش چیزی نمیدونه.تا یک جایی از داستان من حتا ...
  • Julie
    This was beautiful drawn and the coloring was brilliant. I also loved how it didn't shy away from using Indian terms and short hand, not taking the time to explain or simplify it for white audiences. As well as being a fascinating, feminist story about women's choice, I learned a lot and I cannot wait to shove this at everyone.
  • Rashika (is tired)
    I've been waiting for Pashmina since I first heard it existed so when my friend got a copy, I dove into hers while I was visiting and also ended up coming home to a precious copy of my own (#SHOUTOUT.) I've already read it twice and there is a very huge possibility I'll have read it a third time before the end of the year (and even the end of the month, tbh.) SO. I THINK it's safe to say that I love Pashmina.It's already being marketed as such ...
  • Stefanie
    An enchanting graphic novel with so many important life lessons for middle schoolers! Loved the scenes in color where Priyanka is magically transported to India when she wraps the pashmina around herself. A beautiful story of empowerment and choosing your own destiny.
  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)
    Read more of my reviews at!Not too long ago I received mystery package in the mail and inside that package was Pashmina, a beautiful graphic novel about an Indian-American girl who desperately wants to know more about the country her mother is from. I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened it and I will totally admit this is not a book I would usually pick up, but I am so glad Pashmina found its way to my doorstep! Priyanka is a...
  • Luna
    Reasons to read:Beautiful artwork, I love the use of the coloured pages when Pri puts on the pashminaEngaging storyFamily relationships, Pri and her mother are the best exampleCharacter development
  • Tali
    4.75 stars. This story was sweet, heartwarming, and refreshing. I could tell that the artist put a lot of herself, her culture, and her family into this novel which made it that much more authentic and meaningful. I loved learning about Indian culture from a child's perspective and it made me want to dive deeper into this subject which I rarely see in children's literature, let alone graphic novels. Chanani did a wonderful job with both the illus...
  • Elizabeth☮
    Priyanka wants to know more about her father and her mother's home country of India, but her mother is reluctant to dig up the past. When Priyanka discovers a suitcase that contains a beautiful pashmina, she is transported to India and longs to visit in order to unravel the origins of her mother and father's relationship.The color illustrations are vibrant and capture Priyanka's joy as she marvels at the various sights. But, the story is jagged a...
  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and chose to review it. This does not impact my opinion.Actual Rating: 3.5*Full review to come on Books and Ladders!
  • Kelly Gunderman
    Check out this and other reviews (as well as other fun bookish things) on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!Pashmina was one of my most anticipated releases for this year - I heard about it months ago and haven been counting day the days until it releases. I was so excited when I had the chance to participate on the blog tour for the book and when a review copy landed in my mailbox (thank you!).This book - it's breathtakingly beau...
  • Marcia
    A magical pashmina helps a girl learn more about her Indian heritage and The circumstances that led her mother to America. The illustrations are terrific, and the magical sequences are in color while the rest are in black and white or sepia tone
  • Laura
    This is the story of a magic shawl, otherwise known as a pashmina, thus the name of the book. Wearing takes the person to a far away place, and when Pro finds it, it takes her to India, where she has never been, but from where her mother came.This is the story of identity, and strength of will, and finding where you belong in the world. Not as complicated as American Born Chinese, which I'm sure it will be compared with, it too weaves in myths an...
  • Jeana
    I absolutely loved this graphic novel of a young Indian girl living in America and trying to gain an understanding of her family and her history. I immediately fell in love with Priyanka and her story. The colors and drawings are beautiful and I love using the color vs. black and white transition. This is Nidhi's first graphic novel and my first read of a graphic novel and it was a good one to start with. I love how the writer put such personal d...
  • Robbi Caldwell
    I really enjoyed this. Priyanka learns more about India and her family. Oh, and there's a magic pashmina involved. There's a nice glossary in the back for anyone unfamiliar with the Indian words and terminology. The artwork is warm and lovely. I do still have some unanswered questions so I'm hoping for a follow up. :)This copy was provided free via NetGalley by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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  • Erika
    A quick and easy read. So happy to see an Indian-America protagonist in a graphic novel. Priyanka is a teenager searching for understanding of her family and culture. Her mother immigrated to the US when she was Priyanka's age, but has never spoke of the girl's father or talked much about her family. After finding a magical pashmina, Priyanka's mother finally approves of her daughter traveling to India to visit an aunt. Priyanka looks forward to ...
  • Terrie
    Priyanka is an Indian American teenager who has many questions about her mother’s past life in India. Where is her father, and why didn’t he come to America? Why doesn’t her mother want to ever return to India, especially when she has a sister there? When Pri stumbles upon her mother’s Pashmina scarf, she is transported to the land of her dreams where everything is beautiful and serene. I liked the idea behind this book of a sort of time-...
  • Stacey M
    This was a great graphic novel. I think it's good for middle grades and high schoolers. It is a great look at identity and finding out who you are. I liked the use of black and white frames for certain aspects of the story and then the colored frames for other aspects. It was a fast read and I would highly recommend it. It would be a great addition to a classroom library.
  • Rachel
    I read an ARC of this from NetGalley; it's due to be published in Oct 2017. As a whole, the story was clever and poignant, and I'm glad to see strong Indian women as the subject of a YA graphic novel. However, I found myself struggling at times to follow the action from page to page; it felt like it was lacking appropriate transition panels and that was confusing at times.
  • Nikki S
    Just beautiful.
  • Bethwyn (Butterfly Elephant Books)
    I was absolutely absorbed in this one. Beautifully illustrated, with characters that I was interested in, and just a touch of magic. I loved the links to Indian deities, the exploration of what makes India what it is, and how we imagine it. The main character is flawed, but wonderful, and her relationships with everyone, particularly her mother, were real and complex. I absolutely adored this and I hope the author continues to make beautiful grap...
  • Christina Taylor
    I highly recommend this graphic novel. Its heartwarming navigation of the quotidien terrain of maturation, the hardship of self-discovery, and the adolescent tendency to rail against the confines of familial authority are couched in an exotic context and, thereby, acknowledge the additional layer of complexity born from juggling two cultures and two worlds while emphasizing the universal plight of growing up. Readers would like this book if they ...
  • Magical_Bookworm
    I really liked this book but I didn't lobe it. I loved Priyanka's relationship with her mother. I loved how we got to learn about India and Indian culture. I loved the magic in this. I just think some things needed to be more fleshed out and explained more.