Getting Granny's Glasses is a touching tale of a tender relationship between a young boy and his grandmother. This beautifully illustrated book also highlights the life and hardship of the people in the mountainous regions.
Mani, an eleven year boy, and his father had been looked after by his maternal grand mother ever since Mani's mother died, when he was barely a year old. Granny, who is seventy years old now, still manages to look after the home in-spite of her poor eyesight. However, both Mani and his father feel that she needs a new pair of glasses, because the one she has been wearing since the last ten years are badly scratched.
But, Granny, stubbornly refuses to go Mussoorie, which although being the nearest town, is still a two days journey. The first ten miles on foot and the next 12 miles by bus, before she can reach an opthalmologist. When father reassures her that Mani would accompany her, she finally relents.
Granny and Mani leave on the difficult journey with only a hundred and fifty rupees in their pocket and a thirst for adventure. On the way they encounter a landslide and the bus is not be able to go any further. They have to make a choice of returning home without the glasses or walk another 10 miles to reach Massourie. They decide to walk and return home only after they have a brand new pair of glasses for Granny, a pair of shoes for Mani, a pullover for Mani's father, and a host of other things.
The journey back opens up new vistas for Granny as she can now see the beautiful world around her.
The magical charm and the spirit of the rustic people is brought out beautifully in this simple story which will compel the young readers to think about all the things that are taken granted by them, are so difficult to come by for those living in the villages.