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, Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics, Magical Realism

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
    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 ...
  • David Schaafsma
    Pashmina is a strong girl character comics volume featuring an Indian-American family that reminds (because of the strong ethnic girl aspect) of the Pakistani-Muslim Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel. I wish the artwork of this debut graphic novel weren’t quite so cartoony and the story had more to offer than culture clashes, (and a young aspiring to be a comics star as main character), but I am glad to see more diversity in comics for girls. Glad to...
  • 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 ...
  • Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
    Loved the art, loved the storyline, loved the honest depictions of India, loved Priyanka. A short and sweet graphic novel that more people should read.
  • 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 ...
  • Jeimy
    Priyanka discovers a magical Pashmina that allows her to see things others can't. When a letter from her aunt arrives from India, she is convinced that is where her destiny lies. This book takes us along as Priyanka is forced both to mature and to come to terms with her culture and heritage. A must for middle-school students who enjoy graphic novels.
  • 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.
  • Dov Zeller
    There are so many things to love about this book. It's sweet, whimsical, beautiful, instructive. There are courageous, mutually supportive, spiritually connected, defiant women in here. And the protagonist, Priyanka, goes on a journey of self-discovery. Her mother is from India, and Priyanka grows up in the U.S. and Priyanka decides she wants to go visit her aunt in India.Actually, Priyanka goes on a few different journeys of self-discovery. She ...
  • Danielle
    This graphic novel completely drew me in, and I read it in one go. The very first page sets up the mother-daughter relationship beautifully, establishing tension, humor, and the desire these two characters have to connect. At its heart, it's a story about choices. The choices the main character, Priyanka makes, some of which she regrets, but all of which are fuel for self-discovery. The choices the women in her family, and other women in India, h...
  • Christy
    I had the chance to see Nidhi speak at SDCC and have been anxiously awaiting Pashmina's release since! I absolutely loved this sweet story and recommend it to anyone looking to learn a little more about Indian culture.Pashmina is the story of Priyanka, an Indian-American girl who is like most teens - troubling to communicate with her mother and trying to figure out who she is. She's curious about India and her father. Whenever she asks about them...
  • 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.
  • La Coccinelle
    This is a weird little book. I don't mind elements of magic in contemporary stories, but this book has a few problems that prevented me from enjoying it more.The main issue I had was that I'm not sure who the audience is. The main character is probably around 16 (she's learning to drive, and it's mentioned that her mother was her age when she got pregnant), and there are some definite heavier issues dealt with in the story (family drama, a sick b...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Maryam
    The illustrations were really beautiful so I added a star just for that. It was a cute story, think it could've benefitted from being a lot longer though. Too juvenile for my taste.
  • Raina
    Pro-voiced Review:Priyanka feels out of place. She lives with her mother in the United States, and has never been to India, where her mother lived before Priya’s birth. Her uncle has been an important figure in her life, but when he announces that he and his wife are about to have a baby, Priya is forced to confront her heritage and insecurities in a new way. Then, she discovers a pashmina which seems to have magical properties. Chanani’s deb...
  • Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {quester in a cashier's body}
    "Life isn't simple anywhere, Priyanka."Priyanka Das is a budding comic book artist, determined to make something great from her experience as a first-generation American from an Indian family.She struggles with the changes in her life, like her uncle Jatin and his wife having their first baby, making less space for Pri in their lives, and the bullying she faces at school.When her relationship with her mother boils over, and her aunt and uncle dis...
  • Saniya
    I really really enjoyed this. It was sweet and innocent and really encapsulated the immigrant experience. For the most part I related to Priyanka's mother because I see the value in having a life here and the opportunities it provides me over what I would have been stuck with in India. And I also see the value in what Priyanka's aunt said about opportunity existing in India if only one looked past the curtain of "grime." And I also saw myself in ...
  • Mandy
    The art was gorgeous- ESPECIALLY in the full color parts. Chanani is definitely one talented artist, and I super need to investigate more of her art. Just the richness and life she brings to her work is wonderful. However, the storyline was a bit dull for me, and I felt there wasn't quite a linear storyline. I mean, I in no way saw the ending coming at all, and I didn't feel like there was too much of a resolution. I also didn't find the main cha...
  • Alison
    A great graphic novel about finding your cultural identity and what it’s like to have roots in another country while growing up in America. I would have liked a bit of a deeper dive on a lot of the topics, but a good surface level introduction to this type of memoir.
  • Jae
    I think this could have been about twice as long and that would have made it even better. There was room for a lot more detail, but the nuance throughout was incredible.
  • Nikki S
    Just beautiful.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Rachel Mans Mckenny
    This graphic novel is incredibly lovely. Chanani illustrates one teen girl's search for identity and family, with a touch of magic. The main character is a second-generation Indian-American daughter of a single mother. Her mother has been quiet about her own past, and so when a blessed Pashmina gives the girl visions of India, she strives to discover more about her heritage and where her mother came from.The illustrations are stunning. When in "r...
  • Rachael Fryman
    Read Harder 2018 Challenge #18: A comic that isn't published by Marvel, Dc, or ImageThis one was kinda all over the place... I LOVED:-the gorgeous color illustrations-the general plot and "moral"I DIDN'T LOVE:-the jumpy story line-all the aspects that weren't resolved - just mentioned and glossed overOverall: D+