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INDIAN MOMS CONNECT
"This book is a wonderful way to teach children about Durga Puja. Written in a poetic style, the book takes us through the Pujo rituals via its vibrant illustrations and simple yet poetic words."
INDIA CURRENTS
"I laud mothers like Shoumi Sen who narrate the tales of their favorite goddesses and gods to their little ones bringing alive the joys and celebrations of India."

RIVOKIDS

"The illustrations are lively and colourful and beautifully capture the essence of this festival both inside and outside the pandal. The book is great to read to young children, to get them excited about Durga puja both in India and abroad." 

BICULTURAL MAMA
“'Celebrate Durga Puja With Me!' presents a story that helps children develop into global citizens though cultural awareness of the world around them."
THE LOGONAUTS
"This would be a great book to introduce a new holiday to children or to teach kids about their own heritage. This would also be a great addition to classrooms looking to celebrate diverse holidays from around the world."
CHAI MOMMAS

"Full of poetry and colorful...easy to read, simple and enthusiastically endorsed by 3-8 year olds and parents alike."

MY CITY 4 KIDS

"Celebrating the spectrum of Indian festivals as experienced by toddlers, it is a delightful way to explain the magic of the festival while retaining its inherent simplicity."

PRIYA'S LIT BLOG

"Diverse children's books such as Celebrate Durga Puja With Me are important to help diasporic children and even children growing up in different parts of the country...for some this book may be a mirror to their culture while to some others, it may be a window to a colorful culture."

INDIAN BY SERENDIPITY

"After reading it again and again, about 10 times, my daughter was demanding more explanations and stories, mostly about how Durga defeated the demon Mahisasur. Now she has a favourite Goddess to look up to. She wants to be strong and powerful like Ma Durga!"

THE EDUCATORS' SPIN ON IT

"One peek at this Indian storybook and you’ll discover it’s (in) rhyme through the eyes of a young child, which I adore. The illustrations in the story are colorful and inviting for children to explore."

THE READING DESK

"Written in rhyme, this cute, little book for toddlers is a delight to read. The rhymes are very catchy and I wouldn’t be surprised if multiple re-reads are demanded! Books like these, that are deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of a community are a boon."

KANIKA G'S BOOKS

"The book is entertaining, informative and simple, achieving the trifecta, for capturing a toddler's attention. It is sure to make your child, as eager to celebrate Holi, as little Riya is."

LUNA RUGOVA

"True to the meaning of the festival, this book is full of delightful colors. My favorite part is the “toddler dictionary” at the end of the book, allowing the young readers to know more about the traditional foods and items used during the Holi festival."

MY LITTLE PUDDING

"This is a wonderful book for both Indian and non-Indian readers. I love how Shoumi added a dictionary in the back for readers to be better acquainted with Hindi  terms.  I love all the bright colors!"

TOKA BOX - INDIAN MOMS CONNECT

"Shoumi Sen brings out this ancient story in her book to go along with all the fun elements of Holi. She uses a lot of Hindi words like – abeer, gulal, pichkari to name a few. This made the reading more fun. Plus the book is so colorful, any child will love it." 

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LOVE LAUGH MIRCH - MARCH HOLI BOX

"It starts with the history behind the holiday and takes little ones on a journey with Riya and her friends with the arrival of spring. Little Mirchi had us all take a turn reading this book to her as she loved the bright colors and easily related to the little girl, Riya.." 

LOVE LAUGH MIRCH - MARCH HOLI BOX

"It starts with the history behind the holiday and takes little ones on a journey with Riya and her friends with the arrival of spring. Little Mirchi had us all take a turn reading this book to her as she loved the bright colors and easily related to the little girl, Riya.." 

ALL DONE MONKEY

"In Celebrate Durga Puja With Me! children learn about the major aspects of Durga Puja through colorful illustrations and rhyming text. It really captures the excitement and joy of the holiday as seen through the eyes of a child..." 

"... charming and informative...great way to introduce children to (Indian) culture"

~ Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Award winning author of "The Mistress of Spices" & "Before We Visit the Goddess"

“A much needed picture book on Holi, not just for the Indian diaspora but for young children living in India too."

~ Richa Jha, Children's book publisher and author 

"When I read Shoumi Sen’s Celebrate Durga Puja 

With Me, brilliantly illustrated by Abira Das, I must admit that I want to witness at least one Durga Pujo in my life, in Calcutta."

~ Indian Moms Connect

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